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“Before you Fly the Rainbow Flag: Inclusive practices for working with LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools and Community”

This one-day workshop will give participants an up to date foundation in understanding gender, gender roles, expression and identity terminology and will build their skills on creating and implementing inclusive practices in youth prevention work.

Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression;
  • To learn inclusive practices for communication and youth engagement; and
  • To gain a general understanding of how one’s lived experience can be impacted by race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity/expression, age, sexual orientation, class, and ability

Priority will be given to OAH Tier 1-B grantees for this training.

 

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Trickster Art Gallery - Schaumburg, IL
2019 WIC Regional Meetings

The 2019 WIC Regional Meetings will be an in-depth day of WIC work as we strive to improve and grow our program. Each region has space reserved for approximately 100 attendees.  Please bring key staff who will be involved in WIC MIS/EBT and those who take a lead role in the Nutrition Education Plan for your agency.  Key staff would include WIC Coordinator, CHP, and Intake staff.  Please speak with your Regional Nutritionists if you have questions.

Lunch will be on your own.

Dates and Locations 

Region 1 = June 13th, Holiday Inn William Tell at Countryside

Region 2 = June 14th, DeKalb NIU

Region 3 = June 17th, Bloomington Double Tree

Region 4 = June 10th, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

Region 5 = June 19th, Mt Vernon Doubletree

 

Agenda

9:30-11:00 EBT/MIS Project updates

  • Demonstration/Policy/Timelines

11:00 -12:00 Making WIC Work For Illinois

12:00-1:15 Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:15 FY20 NEP

  • Caseload/Outreach strategies
  • BF calls
  • Nutrition Education

2:15-2:45 Regional Updates

2:45-3:15 Wrap up and Evaluation

 

 

 

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 03:15 PM
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield-a DoubleTree by Hilton - Springfield, IL
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 03:15 PM
Holiday Inn William Tell Countryside - Countryside, IL
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 03:15 PM
NIU, Holmes Student Center - DeKalb, IL
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 03:15 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington - Bloomington, IL
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 03:15 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Mt. Vernon - Mt. Vernon, IL
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.

 

** Per IDHS SAPP leadership, this training is required for all SAPS and CSAPS providers staff working on a communication campaign who have not previously completed this training.

Tuesday, June 4 - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Establishing and Leading a Youth Advisory Committee

In this one-day training, participants will learn how to establish and lead a youth advisory committee to support local substance abuse prevention efforts. Participants will learn best practices for engaging youth in advisory roles; how to establish an advisory committee structure; and strategies for recruitment and retention of youth advisors. Participants will also learn appropriate roles for youth committee members in substance abuse prevention activities.

 

 

** Participants must complete Introduction to Engaging Youth in Prevention prior to participation in Establishing and Leading a Youth Advisory Committee.

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Chestnut Health Systems - Normal - Normal, 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 Youth Prevention Education (YPE) programs. Participants will obtain a basic understanding of the components and best practices related to implementing any YPE model program. This training will increase participants’ knowledge and skills related to planning, managing, facilitating and evaluating a Youth Prevention Education program.

 

Note: All SAPP providers are required to complete this course.

Wednesday, June 19 - Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
ATOD Effects and Trends

This online training provides general information about addiction, the impact of substance use on the brain and adolescent development and also introduces drug classifications and types. Participants will further explore the effects and trends of the most widely used substances by teens - alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. Participants will learn about the effects of each drug on the brain and body, signs and symptoms of use and state and national rates and trends of use. The training also includes information and resources for IDHS SAPP providers to make referrals for early intervention or treatment services as well as strategies for applying this information to their work. Participants will obtain additional resources to learn more about ATOD effects and trends.

 

 

IISAP I: Welcome to Prevention

IISAP I: Welcome to Prevention is a self-paced, online course which introduces participants to the prevention field. It provides an overview of the need for prevention services, prevention history, the evolution of prevention science and evidence-based prevention. Estimated completion time for the course is 2 hours. 

 

 

IISAP II: SAPP System Orientation

IISAP II: SAPP System Orientation is a self-paced, online course that introduces Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP) providers to the Illinois substance abuse prevention system. The course includes an overview of IDHS and SAPP; roles and responsibilities of SAPP providers; and grant, reporting and training requirements. Estimated completion time for the course is 1 hour. Note: This course has been updated for FY19. 

Introduction to Engaging Youth in Prevention

This online training provides an overview of youth engagement and best practices for working with youth committees/councils. Participants will learn about the benefits of engaging youth, levels of youth participation, strategies for addressing barriers to youth engagement and best practices for youth/adult partnerships.

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. 

Preventing Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Among Teens

Preventing Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse Among Teens is an online course designed for substance abuse prevention professionals who would like a better understanding of prescription drug and over-the-counter drug misuse among teens. During the course, participants will learn about the most commonly abused prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, use rates and trends among U.S. and Illinois teens, factors that contribute to prescription drug abuse and effective prevention strategies and applicable resources.

FASD 101 Webinar

This webinar training will provide an introduction to Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorders (FASD) including general information about the risks of
alcohol intake during pregnancy, the negative impact on the developing fetus,
as well as how to prevent it. This is the introductory session for all WIC
Certifying Health Professionals. Basic vocabulary, standard drink sizes, and
baseline information will be reviewed.

How to Host a Town Hall Meeting (FY16 Recorded Webinar)

This recorded webinar is available through the end of FY19.

Certificates of Completion/CEU's are not provided for recorded webinars.

 

Town Hall meetings are intended to educate communities about underage drinking and to mobilize them around its prevention. This training will provide participants with information, tips, and tools for planning, and hosting a town hall meeting. Participants will also learn strategies for engaging coalitions in hosting the meeting.

 

This is a recorded webinar from FY2016. Click HERE to be directed to the webinar registration page and webinar recording.

My Generation Rx: Teaching Safe Medication Practices to Teen Audiences - Recorded Webinar

This recorded webinar is available through the end of FY19. Certificates of Completion/CEU's are not provided for recorded webinars.

 

The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. We strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities, and older adults. Adolescence is a key developmental stage for developing good habits and positive decision making. The “My Generation Rx” theme of the teen toolkit encourages teens to incorporate the Generation Rx messages into their individual, everyday lives. “My Generation Rx” emphasizes the positive choices the majority of teens are making and invites them to share their own story of how they safely use medication and prevent misuse. The Teen Education activities talk with teens about safe medication practices, key skills to turn down invitations to misuse, and positive alternatives to cope with the demands of life. This learning session addresses the need for prevention education and how to use “My Generation Rx”.

 

The webinar-based training will:

  • Provide a brief overview of prescription medication use and the need for safe medication practices;
  • Review the components of the toolkit and their intended use;
  • Discuss effective education and engagement strategies with teen audiences; and,
  • Provide recommendations for implementing the toolkit and/or adapting activities for group size and setting.

 

This is a recorded webinar from April 2019. Click HERE to be directed to the webinar recording.

 

My Generation Rx: Teaching Safe Medication Practices to Teen Audiences - Presentation Handout

 

My Generation Rx: Teaching Safe Medication Practices to Teen Audiences - FAQ

Planning for National Prevention Week - Recorded Webinar

This recorded webinar is available through the end of FY19.

Certificates of Completion/CEU's are not provided for recorded webinars.

 

This webinar will provide participants with information, tips, and tools for planning and implementing activities for National Prevention Week. National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and, action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

 

This is a recorded webinar from February 2019. Click HERE to be directed to the webinar registration page and webinar recording.

Supporting Students: Screening Tools (FY 2017)

In this webinar, participants will learn about screening tools that can be used to identify students who may be struggling with mental health or other behavioral health issues that could impede their ability to be successful in school or life.

 

 

This is an ongoing event for FY 2017. -
Supporting Students: Screening Tools
YPE Facilitation Skills - Recorded Webinar

This recorded webinar is available through the end of FY19.

Certificates of Completion/CEU's are not provided for recorded webinars.

 

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

 

This is a recorded webinar from January 2019. Click HERE to be directed to the webinar registration page and webinar recording.