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Action Planning for Successful Prevention Programs

This one-day training will provide participants with the information, tools and templates to develop and implement a successful action plan, as well as an opportunity to practice and apply an action planning process. Action planning is a process during which specific and detailed steps are identified and carried through in order to achieve a goal. It can be used to successfully plan for direct service programs such as Youth Prevention Education and Communication Campaigns, as well as other local prevention efforts such as IYS recruitment, hosting a town hall meeting, coalition-led efforts, etc. Participants should come prepared with a prevention strategy or effort for which they would like to develop an action plan.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, 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 SUPP 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.

 

 

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.

Wednesday, February 19 - Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Wednesday, May 6 - Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Collaborating with Key Stakeholders

This online course will increase participants’ knowledge and skills related to building relationships and collaborating with key community stakeholders. Participants will learn strategies for identifying and engaging key stakeholders, building relationships and getting stakeholders on board, and convening local coalitions.

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 SUPP leadership, this training is required for all SUPS and CSUPS providers staff working on a communication campaign who have not previously completed this training.

Tuesday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Tuesday, March 24 - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Wednesday, June 24 - Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
CSUPS Provider Spring Networking Event

This structured networking event will give IDHS Chicago Substance Use Prevention Services (CSUPS) providers the opportunity to discuss program-related successes and challenges and share resources and experiences with one another.  A main focus of this event will be planning and implementing National Prevention Week activities.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, 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.

Tuesday, December 3 - Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Tuesday, May 19 - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, 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, February 11, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
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.

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 SUPP providers are required to complete this course.

Wednesday, June 17 - Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
FY 20 SUPP Annual Meeting (Webinar)

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

 

The FY 20 SUPP Annual Meeting webinar will provide important grant information from IDHS SUPP leadership, professional development information from Prevention First, and reporting information from CPRD. Please note that one (1) program representative and one (1) administrative/fiscal representative are REQUIRED to listen to the recorded webinar by August 1, 2019.

 

Click HERE to download the slides of the presentation.

 

Click HERE to be directed to the webinar registration page and webinar recording.

 

Click HERE to download the FY20 SUPP Annual Meeting Webinar FAQ.

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

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.

Illinois Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention (IISAP)

Illinois Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention is a series of three courses to introduce Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the field of prevention (IISAP I), the state substance use prevention system (IISAP II), and prevention best practice (IISAP III). All SUPP grant staff are required to take all three courses in the series. IISAP I and II are online courses, and IISAP III is a one-day classroom course. 

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: SUP System Orientation

IISAP II: SUP System Orientation is a self-paced, online course that introduces Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the Illinois substance use prevention system (SUP). The course includes an overview of IDHS and SUPP; roles and responsibilities of SUPP providers; and grant, reporting and training requirements. Estimated completion time for the course is 1 hour. Note: This course has been updated for FY20. 

IISAP III: A Framework for Prevention

This one-day classroom-based training introduces Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the prevention specialist’s role in service delivery. Participants will be introduced to strategies for program planning, capacity-building, implementation and evaluation. Participants will also learn about their role in prevention, including an exploration of ethical issues related to their personal and professional conduct.

 

Note: All SUPP providers are required to complete this course. Participants must complete IISAP I prior to registering for IISAP III. You can register for IISAP I here.

Thursday, November 07, 2019 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Chestnut Health Systems - Normal - Normal, IL
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.

IYS 2020 Recruitment Plan SHORT COURSE

This short course introduces SUPP providers to the IYS 2020 Recruitment Plan. It is designed for SUPP providers who have already taken Promoting the Illinois Youth Survey to Schools, and would like a refresher on the IYS recruitment plan template. Participants will receive the IYS Recruitment Plan template and instructions for completing it. This course takes less than 15 minutes to complete. CEUs are not provided for this course.

NOTE: THIS SHORT COURSE DOES NOT MEET THE TRAINING REQUIREMENT. SUPS and CSUPS providers reporting hours to IYS recruitment are required to take the course Promoting the Illinois Youth Survey to Schools

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

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

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. 

Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns

This training introduces direct service providers to the basic skills, information and concepts needed to plan and implement effective communication campaigns. This course specifically relates the process of campaign development to preventing youth alcohol and marijuana use. Participants will learn about the steps and best practices involved in campaign planning and implementation.

 

** Per IDHS SUPP Leadership, this training is required for all SUPS and CSUPS providers staff working on a communications campaign who have not previously completed this training.

Tuesday, March 10 - Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Tuesday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Planning for National Prevention Week - Recorded Webinar

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.

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse is an online course designed for substance misuse prevention professionals who would like a better understanding of prescription drug and opioid misuse. During the course, participants will learn about the most commonly misused prescription drugs, including opioids, use rates and trends among U.S. and Illinois teens, factors that contribute to prescription drug and opioid misuse and effective prevention strategies and applicable resources.

Substance Use Prevention Supervisor Training Series (STS)

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers who supervise prevention staff and provide programmatic oversight of the IDHS SUPR grant. By taking the courses in this series, participants will identify critical skills of prevention specialists to consider in hiring decisions and apply a hiring process, identify strategies for providing initial and ongoing program support to prevention staff, and identify strategies for providing effective supervision to staff.

STS Course 1: Making the Right Hiring Decision

During this course, participants will identify critical skills to consider when hiring prevention specialists and apply a hiring process, including creating a job description, recruiting applicants, interviewing candidates, and making a candidate selection.

STS Course 2: Providing Program Support to Your Prevention Staff

During this course, participants will identify strategies for supporting prevention staff, including communicating expectations, supporting professional development, supporting program planning and implementation, and identifying available resources.

STS Course 3: Developing Effective Supervisory Skills

During this course, participants will identify qualities of effective supervisors and strategies for providing effective supervision to staff, including developing a flexible management style, building relationships, challenging staff to grow, providing ongoing engagement, and conducting formal performance evaluations. Supervisors will also learn strategies for balancing their workload.

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
SUPS Provider Spring Networking Events

This structured networking event will give IDHS Substance Use Prevention Services (SUPS) providers the opportunity to discuss program-related successes and challenges and share resources and experiences with one another. A main focus of this event will be planning and implementing National Prevention Week activities.  SUPS providers are encouraged to register for whichever event is most convenient.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Chestnut Health Systems - Normal - Normal, IL
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Mt. Vernon - Mt. Vernon, IL
Thursday, April 02, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville - Lisle, IL
Youth Advisory Committee Engagement and Retention Webinar

Now that you have your Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) up and running, how do you keep it going strong? This webinar is designed for YAC leaders who have an established committee and want to learn more about keeping youth members actively involved. Participants will learn strategies, tips and tools for keeping youth YAC members on board and engaged in program meetings and activities. Participants must complete Introduction to Engaging Youth and Establishing and Leading a Youth Advisory Committee prior to registering for this webinar.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
YAC Engagement and Retention Webinar February 19, 2020
YPE Facilitation Skills - Recorded Webinar

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.