Prevention First’s Cannabis Policy Resource Center (CPRC) provides education, training, expert-led webinars, resources, and tools on data-supported policies and strategies to prevent youth cannabis use, reduce youth access to cannabis, and promote healthy community behaviors.

Contact Jake Levinson to learn more about how the CPRC can assist you!

Training Events

Our training events (in person and virtually) are offered throughout the fiscal year. To find the next scheduled event, search below. Training on demand (self-paced) can be found via search or browsing through the online training and recorded webinar descriptions below. 

Live Training: Classroom (In Person or Virtual) and Webinars



High in Plain Sight - Current Alcohol, Cannabis, and Vaping Trends, Concealment Methods, and Identifiers

This workshop is for educators, prevention providers, coalition members, law enforcement, probation officers, school administration, treatment providers, nurses, health care workers, and counselors. This workshop covers alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, prescription drug abuse and misuse, alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, drug-related music and groups, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, social networking sites, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, marijuana concentrates, E-cigarettes, and popular party drugs, including opioids, Adderall, and ecstasy. This session also covers common stash compartments that can be used to hide weapons inside everyday clothing containers and other items, in addition to the impact on traffic safety.

This unique session provides over 70 visual aids for attendees to hold and become familiar with. In today's culture, everything is person-specific and has different meanings for different individuals. Meanwhile, certain items have gained popularity in the alcohol and drug scene - which changes every day.


Officer Jermaine Galloway, known as the "Tall Cop," is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, five-time national award winner, international award winner, and resource for those involved with prevention, education, treatment, and enforcement. Officer Galloway began his law enforcement career in 1997 and has more than 24 years of experience in alcohol and drug education, enforcement, and prevention. As a full-time trainer, the "Tall Cop" currently dedicates thousands of hours to community scans, research, and substance abuse identification in various communities across the country. While in law enforcement, Officer Galloway was a member of the DUI task force, a CSI, a community policing unit, and a field-training officer. The Tall Cop calls the great state of Texas home as he travels and trains nationally and internationally.

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Online Training

Collaborating with Key Stakeholders

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

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The Dynamic Adolescent Brain

This online training will increase participants’ knowledge of how the teen brain develops, how adolescent brain development differs throughout various stages, and how adolescent brain development influences adolescent thinking and behavior. The impact of early life trauma and racism will also be explored. Participants will examine their beliefs and attitudes about adolescence and how they affect their work with youth. This training will also highlight the value of authentically partnering with young people.

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Recorded Webinars

CEUs are offered for many CPRC live events but not for recorded webinars.

Cannabis Impaired Driving, Prevention, and Policy

This webinar was recorded on March 23, 2023. No CEUs are offered for recorded webinars. The proportion of cannabis impairment involved in traffic crashes and injuries has been on the rise. In this webinar, Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell examines the association of cannabis impairment with injury prevention policy.

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Community Response to Cannabis Legalization: The Illinois Experience

Community Responses to Cannabis Legalization: The Illinois Experience is hosted by the Great Lake PTTC, featuring Prevention First’s Jake Levinson and Brandi Young. The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act went into effect on January 1, 2020, making retail cannabis sales legal in Illinois. In this webinar, we describe the main features of the legislation, provide a snapshot of the current cannabis landscape in Illinois, and highlight some of the ways the state’s prevention system and local communities are responding.

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Engaging Youth in Prevention

This is a recorded webinar. No CEUs are offered for recorded webinars.

Presenters: Kellie Henrichs, Randyl Wilkins, Kathy Murphy, Jody Heavilin, and Jacob Levinson

This webinar will share effective strategies that have been shown to engage youth in meaningful prevention efforts. Please take a moment to complete our post-webinar evaluation! Upon completing the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of authentic youth engagement 
  • Recognize opportunities to engage youth in prevention work 
  • Highlight ways youth can benefit from being involved in prevention work 
  • Identify how to recruit youth for prevention work  

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Introducing the Cannabis Policy Resource Center: Comparing Alcohol & Cannabis Policies and Respective Public Health Outcomes

Join the Cannabis Policy Resource Center (CPRC) in partnership with Advocates for Human Potential as we explore some of the critical differences between alcohol and cannabis. Our knowledgeable and experienced speakers will compare alcohol and cannabis policies and discuss the respective public health outcomes. We will end the webinar with an Ask the Experts session!

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Online

Collaborating with Key Stakeholders

Online
Description

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.

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Online

The Dynamic Adolescent Brain

Online
Description

This online training will increase participants' knowledge of how the teen brain develops, how adolescent brain development differs throughout various stages, and how adolescent brain development influences adolescent thinking and behavior. The impact of early life trauma and racism will also be explored. Participants will examine their beliefs and attitudes about adolescence and how they affect their work with youth. This training will also highlight the value of authentically partnering with young people.

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Recorded Webinar

Alternatives to Suspension for Cannabis Vaping

Online
Description

This is a recording of a webinar on February 6, 2024. No CEUs are offered for this recording.

Vaping has become a significant public health concern, and youth using on-campus challenges schools and communities to create effective policies and response strategies. When intervention is warranted, the use of alternatives to suspension programs has been shown to have a greater effect than removing students from school. This webinar will describe the frameworks of alternatives to suspension programs, demonstrate their effectiveness, and display Stanford REACH’s cannabis vaping alternatives to suspension program, Healthy Futures.

Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher is the Marron and Mary Elizabeth Kendrick Professor in Pediatrics II in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University. Dr. Halpern-Felsher is a developmental psychologist with additional training in adolescent and young adult health. She is the founder and executive director of her REACH Lab, the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit, the Cannabis Awareness and Prevention Toolkit, the Vaping Information, Solutions, and Interventions Toolkit, and Safety First: Comprehensive Drug Prevention Program. She is also the President-Elect of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Funded by the NIH and many foundations, her research has focused on understanding and reducing adolescent and young adult tobacco, marijuana, and other drug use. Her research, committee, and advocacy work have been instrumental in setting policy at the local, state, and national level. She has served as a consultant to several community-based adolescent health promotion programs, participated in three Surgeon General Reports, participated in six National Academies of Science committees, and has been a member on several national campaigns to understand and reduce adolescent tobacco/e-cigarette use.

 

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Recorded Webinar

Cannabis Impaired Driving, Prevention, and Policy - Archived Webinar

Online
Description

This webinar was recorded on March 23, 2023. No CEUs are offered for recorded webinars.

The proportion of cannabis impairment involved in traffic crashes and injuries has been on the rise. In this webinar, Dr. Ashley Brooks-Russell examines the association of cannabis impairment with injury prevention policy.

Click here to view this archived webinar.

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Recorded Webinar

Community Responses to Cannabis Legalization: The Illinois Experience - Archived Webinar

Online
Description

Click HERE to watch Community Responses to Cannabis Legalization: The Illinois Experience hosted by the Great Lake PTTC, featuring Prevention First's Jake Levinson and Brandi Young. The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act went into effect on January 1, 2020, making retail cannabis sales legal in Illinois. In this webinar, we will describe the main features of the legislation, provide a snapshot of the current cannabis landscape in Illinois, and highlight some of the ways the state’s prevention system and local communities are responding.

Read More
Recorded Webinar

Engaging Youth in Prevention

Online
Description

This is a recorded webinar. No CEUs are offered for recorded webinars.

Presenters: Kellie Henrichs, Randyl Wilkins, Kathy Murphy, Jody Heavilin, and Jacob Levinson

Summary: This webinar will share effective strategies that have been shown to engage youth in meaningful prevention efforts. 

 

Please take a moment to complete our post webinar evaluation!

Upon completing the webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the importance of authentic youth engagement 
  • Recognize opportunities to engage youth in prevention work 
  • Highlight ways youth can benefit from being involved in prevention work 
  • Identify how to recruit youth for prevention work 

Helpful Links:

YPRC Tip Sheet - Engaging Youth in Your Messaging

TSRC Peer to Peer Traffic Safety Program

APRC Resource - Youth Voice: Educating Elected Officials

APRC Resource - Youth Voice: Educating on Policy

APRC Resource - Strategic Prevention Framework Resource Guide

APRC Resource - Law Enforcement Strategies Guide

ChangeLab Solutions Pathways to Policy

CADCA

 

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Recorded Webinar

Introducing the Cannabis Policy Resource Center: Comparing Alcohol and Cannabis Policies, and Respective Public Health Outcomes - Archived Webinar

Online
Description

Join the Cannabis Policy Resource Center (CPRC) in partnership with Advocates for Human Potential as we explore some of the critical differences between alcohol and cannabis. Our knowledgeable and experienced speakers will compare alcohol and cannabis policies and discuss the respective public health outcomes. We will end the webinar with an Ask the Experts session!

View this webinar

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Recorded Webinar

The Layers of Cannabis Policy and Where Prevention Fits In – Archived Webinar

Online
Description

This training provides a focus on cannabis policy and how it impacts and should inform, how we plan, implement, and evaluate our cannabis prevention strategies.

Participants will learn the basic policy literacy skills that are necessary to be aware of and understand the cannabis policies that are passed in your state and communities, including how to inventory those components of cannabis legalization policies that impact the risk and protective factors we have prioritized in our prevention work.

The training examines the different layers of policy: federal, state, municipal, and organizational, and how we can have impact through prevention. Finally, participants will see examples of how we can identify intervening variables and local conditions impacted by state legalization policies, and how we use the strategic prevention framework, and the Seven Strategies of Community Change, to map out prevention strategies to address them.

Presented by Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C, Associate Executive Director of AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., and Director of SAMHSA’s New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC).

This is a recorded webinar from June 30, 2022/CEU's are not provided for recorded webinars. 

Click here to view this archived training. 

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