Wellspring Center for Prevention

Promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the prevention of addiction-related problems across the lifespan.

Professional Development Courses

Drugs and alcohol have been around for a long time; in fact, they are probably older than the cultures that discovered them. From very early times, alcohol played an important role in religion and worship, and any different plants were known to ancient healers for their medicinal properties. However, just because we are better educated today, we shouldn't assume that we have all the answers about these substances. This course is designed to raise your awareness about how and why young people use alcohol and drugs so that you will be better prepared to discuss and manage these two topics if and when they become issues.

Whether it's chewing tobacco, bath salts, alcohol, or marijuana, drugs continue to take a toll on today's youth. Research shows that youth who use drugs don't do as well emotionally, physically, and academically as nonusers. While some of the information in this course may be familiar to you, the goal is to increase your awareness about drug abuse so that you'll be better prepared to recognize and respond to adolescent substance abuse. The course combines interactive text and videos to show examples of common drugs and how they are abused. In addition, it covers policies, procedures, and laws that educational professionals are responsible for following and enforcing.

Bullying is often the primary nonacademic problem faced by educators. Bullied youth have more physical, emotional, and academic problems than non bullied youth. This course will give you a basic understanding of bullying and assist you in developing tools for addressing bullying in t classroom and school. It will also provide you with information on school policies and procedures that relate to bullying.

Cyberbullying is an insidious form of bullying because bullies can extend their reach far beyond the schoolyard. The impact that cyberbullying can have on the attitudes and academic performance of youth is well documented. The goal of this course is to help you understand more about the digital world and how cyberbullying occurs as well as to provide you with ideas that will help you combat this growing problem among young people.

Each year, thousands of youth in the United States fall victim to suicide. As a country, we are needlessly losing precious lives each and every day. This course will familiarize you with the topic of youth suicide. It will set the stage so you will acquire a better appreciation of the forces that impact the lives of young people and will become more familiar with recognizing responding to children and teens in need.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents. However, suicide is preventable! One of the most important aspects of preventing suicide in youth is recognizing the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, particularly depression. This course provides the information needed to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with suicide and depression, to know what you can do to help, and to understand what your obligations are as an educator.

This online Bloodborne Pathogens course is an OSHA mandated training class for anyone who may come in contact with blood during your job. This course will enable you to stay compliant and avoid any fines. This one-hour course is online, self-paced, and only requires internet access and a browser. The certification is valid for one year.

A student walks into your classroom with another bruise. You believe it may be abuse again. The goal of this course is to provide you with the basic tools needed to recognize and respond to child abuse in the school environment. In addition, the course will help you learn what to do in the case of abuse, including legal obligations, understanding and implementing school policy, and making appropriate referrals to help the victim.

Youth today have access to information resources undreamed of a decade ago. Moreover, the technology available to educators and youth continues to advance. As a result, advocates of electronic learning continue to push for changes in the basic classroom model. The goal of this course is to help educators gain an understanding and awareness of current and future educational technologies as well as the tools that are available now and how to use them.