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Alcohol Policy: Adoption, Enforcement and Media Advocacy

Participants who attend this two-day training will increase their understanding of specific local policy options to prevent underage drinking, including: Social Host, Minors In Possession, Mandatory RBS, Advertising/Promotion, and Event Restriction. Participants will learn how to develop a Policy Adoption Advocacy Plan based on best practice and their local political environment. Participants will also learn how to develop a Policy Implementation/Enforcement Plan to ensure that once the policy is adopted it is effectively enforced by local officials. Finally, participants will learn media advocacy strategies to support their policy adoption and/or enforcement efforts.

Wednesday, February 1 - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Chestnut Health Systems - Bloomington - Bloomington, IL

Applying Elements of Shared Leadership to Strengthen Coalitions "Webinar"

Coalitions function best when members collaborate and stay invested and involved in the coalition as work cannot be done by one person alone. During this interactive skill building webinar, participants will discuss the principles and importance of shared leadership and how to develop each coalition member into an active participant who utilizes their unique skills and talents for the overall good of the coalition and for preventing substance use by youth. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Applying Elements of Shared Leadership to Strengthen Coalitions Webinar FY17

Building Capacity for Substance Abuse Prevention

Successful prevention efforts hinge on the readiness and capacity of the community. During this two-day training, participants will be introduced to a process for assessing community readiness to address prevention problems and strategies to build community capacity. Participants will also learn how to conduct a coalition assessment and use the results to develop a plan to improve coalition functioning.

*All SAPP Sub-Grant A providers, Sub-Grant B providers. Participants must complete Overview of Strategic Planning prior to participating in this course.

 **Completion of this course is waived for Sub-Grant A providers who completed the four Capacity trainings in FY13.

Tuesday, March 21 - Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL

Coalition Coordination

During this two-day training, participants will learn strategies for advancing and facilitating a community coalition to prevent substance abuse. Participants will learn characteristics of effective coalitions, strategies for recruiting and retaining stakeholders, and strategies for enhancing coalition organization/structure (mission and vision, clear roles and organizational structure, meeting and communication habits, decision-making and problem-solving process, leadership). Additionally, participants will enhance their ability to fulfill their role as a coalition facilitator, including meeting coordination and facilitation.

*This training is required for all SAPP Sub-Grant A and Sub-Grant B providers. Completion of this course has been waived for those who completed "Strategies for Coalition Development" facilitated by CADCA on 4/24-25/13 in Springfield or on 6/4-5/13 in Naperville.

Wednesday, March 1 - Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters)

Communication Campaign Workshop: Gathering feedback on campaign messages and materials "Webinar"

This webinar workshop will provide tips, tools and resources for gathering feedback on campaign messages and materials from a representative sample of the target audience during both the planning and implementation phases. This workshop will focus on strategies for recruitment and effective methods for gathering information during both pilot testing and evaluation.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Communication Campaign workshop: Gathering Feedback on Campaign Messages and Materials "Webinar" January 12 2017

Conducting Focus Groups

This in-depth, two-day training will provide the opportunity to learn the steps necessary to conduct a successful focus group. Attention will be placed on question development, moderator skills, and planning critical logistical details of focus group interviews. Participants will also learn how to analyze the results of focus groups and put those results into action.

Wednesday, February 22 - Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Tuesday, April 25 - Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters)

Designing Materials for Your Communication Campaign "Webinar"

This Webinar will provide tips, tools and resources for designing materials for a communication campaign. The Webinar will focus on the aesthetic design of developing materials to appeal to a target audience. Using software, the facilitator and participants will create a sample poster during the Webinar.

*Participants of this course are required to have previously completed "Developing and Implementing Successful Communication Campaigns."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Designing Materials for Communication Campaigns "Webinar" November 29 2016
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Designing Materials for Communication Campaigns "Webinar" April 4 2017

Developing and Implementing Successful Communication Campaigns

Developing and Implementing Successful Communication Campaigns is a two-day training introducing direct service providers to the basic skills, information and concepts needed to successfully design and implement a communication campaign. This course specifically relates the process of campaign development to preventing youth ATOD use. Participants will learn about the steps and best practices involved in campaign planning, strategy development, implementation and evaluation.

*All Sub-Grant B program staff implementing a Communication Campaign are required to attend this training. 

Tuesday, November 1 - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Wednesday, March 15 - Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Chestnut Health Systems - Bloomington - Bloomington, IL

Effective Group Facilitation

The ability to lead groups is essential to a wide variety of positions within the prevention field. This two-day training builds basic facilitation skills of individuals working with youth and/or adult groups. By the end of the training, participants will understand the stages of group development and the major issues associated with them, as well as how to identify and use interventions that will influence group behavior. This is an interactive training that will incorporate theory into discussions, group interaction, role playing and practice, and applied learning.

Wednesday, October 12 - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Wednesday, April 12 - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters)

Foundations of Successful Mentoring Programs

This two-day training will detail essential program components of successful adult-to-youth mentoring programs. Participants will gain skills to build or enhance mentor programs. Training topics include: mentor recruitment and screening, making and supporting the match, and forming and maintaining partnerships. Participants will receive key resources to develop and implement program concepts.

 *All Sub-Grant B program staff implementing a mentoring program are required to attend this training. 

Tuesday, September 27 - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL

Foundations of Youth Prevention Education

Foundations of Youth Prevention Education is a two-day training that prepares direct service providers to implement evidence-based and/or standards-based Youth Prevention Education (YPE) programs. Participants will obtain a basic understanding of the components and best practices related to implementing any YPE program. This training will increase participants’ knowledge and skills related to planning, managing, facilitating and evaluating a Youth Prevention Education program.

*All Sub-Grant A and Sub-Grant B program staff implementing a YPE program are required to attend this training.   

Tuesday, December 13 - Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Wednesday, March 8 - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Chestnut Health Systems - Bloomington - Bloomington, IL
Wednesday, June 7 - Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL

Illinois Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention (IISAP) III: A Framework for Prevention

This one day classroom-based training introduces Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP) providers to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework and explains the prevention specialist’s role in service delivery. Participants will be introduced to prevention best practice in the context of the Strategic Prevention Framework and understand the phases of the process through a problem-based learning model. Participants will also learn about their role in prevention, including an exploration of ethical issues related to their personal and professional conduct.

*All SAPP providers are required to complete this course. Participants must complete the IISAP I prior to participation in IISAP III.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters)
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL

Making the Most of Your Illinois Youth Survey Data

This one-day, interactive training will help substance abuse prevention professionals apply IYS data to a variety of real world situations. Through a series of activities, participants will gain a strong understanding of the contents of an IYS report and increase understanding of how to clearly interpret the data. Participants will discover methods for utilizing results for planning, monitoring outcomes of interventions, and communicating key findings to a variety of audiences. This training will also provide participants with a concrete set of tools and skills to translate and package data into easy-to-use information for dissemination.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL

Overview of Strategic Planning

Overview of Strategic Planning is a self-paced, online course that provides participants with an overview of the purpose and process used to develop a comprehensive strategic substance abuse prevention plan. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of the community coalition and the steps involved in developing a strategic plan. 

Completion time for this course is approximately 1.5 hours. A link to access this online course will be provided upon registration. 

*All SAPP Sub-Grant A providers, Sub-Grant B providers and PFS SPF Training of Facilitators participants are required to complete this course. Participants must complete this course prior to participating in Building Capacity for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Promoting the Illinois Social Host Law Webinar

This training will provide participants with an overview of Illinois’ Social Host law. Participants will learn about the parameters of the law, consequences for violations and limitations of the law. Participants will also obtain resources and strategies for promoting enforcement of the law in their community (if there is not a local social host ordinance). ***All Sub-Grant A, Sub-Grant B and Sub-Grant C program staff are required to attend this webinar if not attended in FY16.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Promoting the Illinois Social Host Law "Webinar" October 18 2016
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Promoting the Illinois Social Host Law "Webinar" January 10 2017

Too Good for Drugs

This training will help prepare facilitators to implement the Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) Program successfully. The Too Good for Drugs Program has separate, developmentally appropriate curriculum for grades K-12; the focus of this training is on SAPP-approved implementation for grades 5-8. TGFD is a school-based prevention program designed to reduce the risk factors and enhance the protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among students. Participants will gain hands-on experience with the core curriculum while acquiring essential prevention education teaching strategies. The trainer will familiarize participants with the research, theory, and concepts behind the program and provide an opportunity for facilitation practice.

*Materials are not included with this training program; participants are required to bring their own Teacher's Curriculum to the training. Participants who do not have current materials may obtain them from the Mendez Foundation at http://www.mendezfoundation.org/toogood/middle.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Chestnut Health Systems - Bloomington - Bloomington, IL

Youth Prevention Education Facilitation Skills and Classroom Management Techniques "Webinar"

This skill building webinar workshop will assist participants in strengthening their facilitation skills and implementing their YPE program successfully. Participants will obtain strategies from peers in the field for overcoming barriers /challenges they face in managing the classroom and facilitating their Youth Prevention Education program.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Youth Prevention Education Facilitation Skills and Classroom Management Techniques "Webinar" January 26 2017