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Our technical assistance expands professional development beyond training to assist substance abuse prevention providers in applying what they have learned in their communities. We provide timely, flexible and provider-tailored technical assistance to meet the individual needs of providers. For more information about technical assistance or the services we offer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-836-5346.
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.
During this one-day training, participants will become familiar with Illinois Youth Survey data by reviewing the contents of local and state reports, evaluating the strengths and limitations of data, and analyzing data to identify concerns, priorities and outcomes. Participants will learn methods for displaying and packaging data and strategies for sharing and analyzing data with schools and stakeholders. Additionally, participants will identify ways to incorporate data into local prevention strategies.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
This one-day classroom-based training introduces Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Substance Abuse Prevention Program (SAPP) 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 SAPP 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.
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 SAPP Leadership, this training is required for all SAPS and CSAPS providers staff working on a communications campaign who have not previously completed this training.
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 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 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.
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 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.
This webinar will provide participants with information, tips and tools for planning and implementing activities for National Prevention Week. National Prevention Week in an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.
This webinar 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 YPE program.