Professional Development Services

Our Professional Development Services include many learning opportunities to increase prevention professionals’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate appropriate evidence-based strategies to address local substance-related problems. Training and technical assistance services are designed to specifically meet the needs of IDHS SUPR Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers. FY24 SUPP Training Requirements

For more information about our professional development services, view our Training Catalog.


Training Events

Our core training events (in person and virtually) are offered throughout the fiscal year. Descriptions are below. 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. 

Training Series

Conducting Focus Groups

Conducting Focus Groups is a series of two courses introducing the Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the steps necessary to conduct a successful focus group. The two courses in the series include:

Introduction to Focus Groups Register

Preparing for Successful Focus Groups Search below for upcoming dates.

Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations

The Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations virtual classroom training series introduces participants to foundational strategies for convening and facilitating collaborative prevention groups, including community coalitions and advisory boards/groups (primarily comprised of adults or adults and youth, but not youth-only groups). The three courses in the series include:

Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations 1: Collaborative Purpose and Participation Search below for upcoming dates.

Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations 2: Structuring for Success Search below for upcoming dates.

Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations 3: Productive Group Processes and Facilitation Search below for upcoming dates.

Illinois Introduction to Substance Use Prevention (IISUP)

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

IISUP I (Pre-requisite for IISUP III)  Register

IISUP II  Register

IISUP III Search below for upcoming dates.

Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns

Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns is a series of three courses introducing Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the basic skills, information, and concepts needed to plan and implement effective communication campaigns. The three courses in the series include:

Introduction to Communication Campaigns (Pre-requisite for Ten Steps for Planning & Implementing Communication Campaigns) Register

Ten Steps for Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns (Pre-requisite for Developing Materials for Locally-Designed Campaigns) Search below for upcoming dates.

Developing Materials for Locally-Designed Campaigns Search below for upcoming dates.

Substance Use Prevention Supervisor Training Series

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers supervising prevention staff and providing 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 staff supervision.

STS Course 1: Making the Right Hiring Decision  Register

STS Course 2: Providing Program Support to Your Prevention Staff  Register

STS Course 3: Developing Effective Supervisory Skills  Register

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

Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Data

This virtual classroom training event is the second of the Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey Data series and is offered during IYS Non-Administrative years. During this training, participants will organize, examine, and summarize local IYS data to identify concerns, priorities, and outcomes. Participants will identify 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. The first course of the series is Introduction to Illinois Youth Survey

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Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations 1: Collaborative Purpose and Participation

During this course, participants will discuss how to establish the function and purpose of community coalitions and collaborations, and identify strategies for recruiting a diverse group of stakeholders. Participants should have a specific collaboration in mind when completing training activities to maximize learning opportunities.

*This course is 3 hours; an additional 30 minutes of prework is required.*

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Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations 2: Structuring for Success

During this course, participants will discuss how to structure and organize a community coalition or collaboration for success and infuse cultural respect and responsiveness into their processes. Participants should have a specific collaboration in mind when completing training activities to maximize learning opportunities.

*This course is 3 hours; an additional 30 minutes of prework is required.*

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Convening Coalitions and Community Collaborations 3: Productive Group Processes and Facilitation

During this course, participants will discuss best practices for coordinating and facilitating community coalition or collaboration meetings, keeping stakeholders engaged, and evaluating the group’s effectiveness in making improvements. Participants should have a specific collaboration in mind when completing training activities to maximize learning opportunities.

*This course is 3 hours, and an additional 30 minutes of prework is required.*

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CSUPS/SUPS Provider Spring Networking Events

This in-person networking event will give IDHS Substance Use Prevention Program Services (SUPS) and Chicago Substance Use Prevention Program Services (CSUPS) professionals the opportunity to discuss prevention-related topics with each other and share resources and experiences. Participants should come prepared to discuss their prevention program successes and challenges. SUPS and CSUPS professionals are encouraged to attend whichever event is most convenient.

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Developing Materials for Locally-Designed Campaigns

During this interactive virtual classroom course, participants will learn the steps and best practices involved in planning and implementing a locally designed communication campaign. Participants will become familiar with print ad principles and obtain tips, tools, and resources for designing and pilot testing materials.

All SUPS and CSUPS staff implementing locally-designed communication campaigns who have not previously completed Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns are required to complete this course.

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Effective Group Facilitation

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

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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 use prevention efforts. Participants will learn best practices for engaging youth in advisory roles, how to establish an advisory committee structure, and strategies for recruiting and retaining youth advisors. Participants will also learn appropriate roles for youth committee members in substance use prevention activities.

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Foundations of Prevention Ethics

During this course, participants will explore the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics. Participants will then learn and use an ethical decision-making process to apply the Prevention Code of Ethics to various realistic ethical examples that substance use prevention professionals may encounter.

This course was developed by the SAMHSA Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) and will be facilitated by Prevention First’s Substance Use Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Specialists. A certificate for six (6) training hours is provided upon completion. This ethics training has been endorsed by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and meets the IC&RC’s prevention ethics education requirement for prevention specialist credentialing. 

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Foundations of Youth Prevention Education

Foundations of Youth Prevention Education (YPE) 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 in planning, managing, facilitating, and evaluating a Youth Prevention Education program. 

Foundations of YPE is offered in both the virtual classroom and classroom setting. The virtual classroom course requires participants to complete 3 hours of individual work to obtain credit for the course. Prework will be assigned for each session.

Note: All SUPP providers reporting hours for youth prevention education are required to complete this course.

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Illinois Introduction to Substance Use Prevention (IISUP) III: A Framework for Prevention

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

IISUP III: A Framework for Prevention 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 program planning, capacity-building, implementation, and evaluation strategies. Participants will also learn about their role in prevention, including exploring ethical issues related to their personal and professional conduct.

IISUP I: Welcome to Prevention is a prerequisite course for this course.

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Preparing for Successful Focus Groups

This virtual classroom training event is the second of the Conducting Focus Group series. During this interactive course, participants will learn how to screen and recruit participants, develop effective questions to gain useful insights, moderate focus groups successfully and confidently, and analyze the results of the focus groups to bolster programming. Introduction to Focus Groups must be completed prior to registering for this course.

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Too Good for Drugs Facilitator Training

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 training will familiarize participants with the research, theory, and concepts behind the program and provide an opportunity for facilitation practice. This training is designed to prepare facilitators to implement the Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) Program successfully and with fidelity within a classroom setting. The Too Good for Drugs Program has a developmentally appropriate and separate curriculum for grades K-12; however, training is only provided for the SUPP-approved implementation for 4th and 5th grades,  Middle School, and High School.

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Ten Steps for Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns

During this interactive virtual classroom course, participants will learn about the steps and best practices involved in campaign planning and implementation. Introduction to Communication Campaigns must be completed before registering for this course.

This course is required for all SUPS and CSUPS staff reporting hours for communication campaigns who have not previously completed Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns.

Search below for upcoming dates.

Online Training

AOD Effects and Trends

This online training provides general information about substance use disorder and the impact of substance use on the brain and adolescent development and introduces drug classifications and types. Participants will further explore the effects and trends of the most widely used substances by teens - alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs. 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. Participants will obtain additional resources to learn more about ATOD effects and trends.

Register

Authentic Youth Engagement

Youth are critical partners in developing and implementing programs and strategies that impact them. This course gives learners the knowledge and skills to authentically engage youth in prevention and youth development programs. Topics include adolescent development, the advantages of youth involvement, phases of authentic engagement, combating stereotypes and discrimination, adultism's impact, and effective youth recruitment and retention strategies. Participants will explore the importance of equitable power-sharing, recognize misconceptions, and understand how to engage youth effectively while navigating complexities in engagement practices.

Register

Collaborating with Key Stakeholders in Substance Use Prevention

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.

Register

Creating Community Change With Environmental Strategies

This online training provides an overview of environmental strategies and immerses participants in a scenario where they learn about the process of selecting environmental strategies that fit the community environment. Participants will learn what environmental strategies are and their benefits, which stakeholders to engage in the selection and implementation of environmental strategies, a process for identifying environmental strategies that match identified contributing factors and key components of building capacity for environmental strategies. 

Register

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.

Register

Facilitating Prevention Education Curricula

This online training will assist prevention education facilitators in strengthening their facilitation and classroom management skills. The training is designed for facilitators who implement prevention programs in schools but who are not school staff. Participants will learn to identify and address facilitation-related challenges via three key strategies: building strong partnerships with classroom teachers, making minor curriculum adjustments to increase engagement and relevance to the audience, and applying effective facilitation techniques. Participants will hear real-life examples and experiences from classroom facilitators during the training.

Register

Illinois Introduction to Substance Use Prevention (IISUP) I 

IISUP I: Welcome to Prevention is a self-paced, online course that 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. The estimated completion time for the course is 2 hours.  

Register

Illinois Introduction to Substance Use Prevention (IISUP) II

IISUP 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, the roles and responsibilities of SUPP providers, and grant, reporting, and training requirements. Additionally, IISUP II now contains a Prevention Hub Orientation. The Prevention Hub is the online reporting system for SUPP grantees. The Prevention Hub Orientation is optional, although you are strongly encouraged to complete it if you will be responsible for entering Hub data. If you choose to bypass the HUB Orientation at this time, you must still launch the course and complete the first four slides before you can move on to complete the IISUP II evaluation and post-test. You may return to the course anytime and complete the modules at your own pace.  

Register

Introduction to Communication Campaigns

This online self-study course introduces participants to the term ‘communication campaign,’ the goals and objectives of communication campaigns within the SUPP system, and the SUPP standards.  

Register

Introduction to Focus Groups

This online self-study course, the first of the Conducting Focus Groups series, identifies the characteristics of focus groups and when to use them, illustrates how to create a focused purpose statement, and guides participants through the steps of planning a focus group study. The second course of the series is Preparing for Successful Focus Groups (virtual classroom).

Register

Introduction to Engaging Youth in Prevention

This online training will provide 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.

Register

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 of developing a comprehensive strategic substance abuse prevention plan. Participants will better understand the community coalition's role and the steps involved in developing a strategic plan.

Register

Planning for National Prevention Week

During this online course, participants will obtain 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.

Register

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse is an online course designed for substance use prevention professionals who would like a better understanding of prescription drug and opioid misuse. During the course, participants will learn about the most commonly abused 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.

Register

Promote Your Prevention Efforts and Build Support

This online course will provide tips for promoting your prevention efforts to increase awareness and support for prevention and the prevention services you provide your community.

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Promoting the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) to Schools

This training will build participants’ knowledge and skills to promote the administration of the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) to schools in their service area. Participants will learn strategies to promote the IYS to schools and obtain schools’ commitment to administer the survey, as well as strategies for building relationships and overcoming barriers to participation. SUPP Providers will also become familiar with a recruitment plan template. This course consists of four modules plus a brief closing module. Estimated completion time for the entire course is 2 hours. 

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SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting (Program Representative)

The SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting for Program Representatives is required for all SUPP organization program contacts and lead staff per grant program (SUPS, CSUPS, and SRSUPS). This training includes four modules presented by IDHS/SUPR, Prevention First, and CPRD that provide an overview of the Illinois substance use prevention system, information related to the SFY24 budget, fiscal requirements, program deliverables, and training and Prevention Hub reporting requirements. All four modules must be completed to obtain a certificate of completion. 

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SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting (Fiscal Representative)

The SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting for Fiscal Representatives is required for all SUPP organization fiscal representatives per grant program (SUPS, CSUPS, and SRSUPS). This training includes two modules presented by IDHS/SUPR that provide an overview of the Illinois substance use prevention system and information related to the SFY24 budget, fiscal requirements, and program deliverables. Both modules must be completed to obtain a certificate of completion. 

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STS Course 1: Making the Right Hiring Decision

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers supervising prevention staff and providing 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 staff supervision.

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.  

Register

STS Course 2: Providing Program Support to Your Prevention Staff

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers supervising prevention staff and providing 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 staff supervision.

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.

Register

STS Course 3: Developing Effective Supervisory Skills

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 staff supervision.

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.

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Recorded Webinars 

Certificates of Completion/CEUs are not provided for recorded webinars.

Drug Take Back Event Webinar (CPRD)

Introduces CSUP/SUPS grantees to the Prevention Hub Drug Take Back Event feature that requires providers to enter specific information about Drug Take Back events occurring in their service area.

Recorded on March 7, 2024.

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My Generation Rx - Teaching Safe Medication Practices to Teen Audiences

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 stories 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.”

Recorded in April 2019.

More info and recording

National Prevention Week Webinar (CPRD)

Introduces CSUPS/SUPS grantees to the Prevention Hub National Prevention Week feature that requires providers to enter specific information about National Prevention Week activities implemented by grantees to promote SAMHSA's National Prevention Week.

Recorded on March 13, 2024.

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RUSPICS Reporting Webinar (CPRD)

Introduces RSUPICS grantees to the grant prevention activities and reporting requirements in the Prevention Hub.

Recorded on April 4, 2024.


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SUPP Reports-Data at Your Fingertips!

Introduces all SUPP grantees to the Prevention Hub SUPP Reports feature that empowers Hub users to explore and pull data on various screens within the Prevention Hub. Provides detailed information on the types of reports that can be generated along with how to view and export the data.

Recorded on March 9, 2023.

More info and recording

SUPP Webinar on 2024 IYS Recruitment

This webinar, hosted by the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), is provided to inform all Illinois SUPS and CSUPS providers about the 2024 Illinois Youth Survey. It includes recruitment efforts by CPRD, Chicago Public Schools, and tips for providers. Changes to the 2024 IYS were also described. 

Recorded on August 9, 2023.

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Understanding the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act and What it Means for Prevention

Marijuana is fully legal for adults in Illinois as of January 1, 2020. You might wonder what’s in the law and what it means for your prevention efforts. During this webinar, participants will learn about the Illinois marijuana law, including benefits and concerns related to legalization. We’ll also discuss relevant prevention education messages and strategies.

This is a recorded webinar from December 2019. 

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Using a Trauma-Informed Lens and Health Equity When Working with Clients

Presented by Jay Hughes, this training will explore the principles of a trauma-informed approach in client interactions and the connection between trauma-informed care and health equity.  It will also discuss strategies for implementing trauma-informed care and health equity principles in various settings. Jay Hughes is the founder of Committed Consulting LLC, a certified peer specialist for Addictive Disease (CPS-AD), and a certified peer specialist for Mental Health (CPS-MH) who is focused on increasing the impact of recovery from substance use disorder and mental health challenges through education, training, and advocacy. Mutual Ground sponsors this training. 

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Vaping 101 and Trends Among Youth in Illinois

Dr. Brian Williams of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health presents an overview of vaping, including basic facts about how it works, the harm it causes, and current national youth vaping stats and trends. Jake Levinson shares Illinois-specific data regarding vaping use among youth, which was taken from the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey.

This is a recorded webinar. 

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Work Plan Projections Webinar

Introduces CSUPS/SUPS grantees to the Prevention Hub Work Plan Projections feature, including how to accurately report YAC/YPE/CC work plan projections and how to utilize the Communication Log to communicate with DHS/Prevention First/CPRD about YAC/YPE/CC projections. The Communication Log is the central permanent location for all work plan projections communications.

Recorded on August 8, 2022.

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Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Meeting Webinar

This webinar recording introduces CSUPS/SUPS grantees to the Prevention Hub YAC Meetings feature, which requires providers to enter specific information about YAC youth members and further details on implemented YAC meetings.

Recorded on May 23, 2023.

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Classroom

CSUPS / SUPS Provider Spring Networking Events

Tuesday, June 18, 2024
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington - Bloomington, IL
Description

This in-person networking event will give IDHS Substance Use Prevention Program Services (SUPS) and Chicago Substance Use Prevention Program Services (CSUPS) professionals the opportunity to discuss prevention-related topics with each other and share resources and experiences. Participants should come prepared to discuss their prevention program successes and challenges. SUPS and CSUPS professionals are encouraged to attend whichever event is most convenient.

*Additional details to follow.*

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Foundations of Youth Prevention Education - Classroom

Tuesday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 26, 2024
09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Description

Foundations of Youth Prevention Education 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 reporting hours for youth prevention education are required to complete this course.

Virtual Classroom Training Note: Regular classroom time for this course is 12 hours. Since the classroom time for this modified course is only 9 hours, participants must complete 3 hours of individual work to obtain credit for the course. Prework will be assigned for each session.

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Foundations of Youth Prevention Education - Classroom

Tuesday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 26, 2024
09:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Description

Foundations of Youth Prevention Education 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 reporting hours for youth prevention education are required to complete this course.

Virtual Classroom Training Note: Regular classroom time for this course is 12 hours. Since the classroom time for this modified course is only 9 hours, participants must complete 3 hours of individual work to obtain credit for the course. Prework will be assigned for each session.

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Online

AOD Effects and Trends

Online
Description

This online training provides general information about substance use disorder and the impact of substance use on the brain and adolescent development. The training introduces drug classifications and types. Participants will further explore the effects and trends of the most widely used substances by teens - alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and prescription drugs. 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 includes information and resources for IDHS SUPP providers to make referrals for early intervention or treatment services. It also provides strategies for applying this information to their work. Participants will obtain additional resources to learn more about the effects and trends of alcohol and other drugs (AOD).

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Online

Authentic Youth Engagement Online Course

Online
Description

Youth are critical partners in the development and implementation of programs and strategies that impact them. This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to authentically engage youth in prevention and youth development programs. Topics include: adolescent development, the advantages of youth involvement, phases of authentic engagement, combating stereotypes and discrimination, adultism's impact, and effective youth recruitment and retention strategies. Participants will explore the importance of equitable power-sharing, recognize misconceptions, and understand how to engage youth effectively while navigating complexities in engagement practices.

Read More
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

Commonly Missed Standards Recorded Webinar (FY24)

Online
Description

During this webinar, the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) addresses the commonly missed standards during annual reviews for both Communication Campaigns (CC) and Youth Prevention Education (YPE). The webinar is intended for all SUPS and CSUPS providers, especially those agencies who achieved below 80% on CC and/or YPE annual reviews. Participants are encouraged to have a copy of their Annual Review Feedback Report of Evidence-Based Prevention Activities available for reference during the webinar. The webinar is intended to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of data reporting requirements related to annual evidence-based strategies.

The webinar aired live on June 13, 2024. The recording is approximately 45 minutes.

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Online

Creating Community Change with Environmental Strategies

Online
Description

This online training provides an overview of environmental strategies and immerses participants in a scenario where they learn about the process of selecting environmental strategies that fit the community environment. Participants will learn what environmental strategies are and their benefits, which stakeholders to engage in the selection and implementation of environmental strategies, a process for identifying environmental strategies that match identified contributing factors and key components of building capacity for environmental strategies. 

Read More
Online

Facilitating Prevention Education Curricula

Online
Description

This course will assist prevention education facilitators in strengthening their facilitation and classroom management skills. The course is designed for facilitators who implement prevention programs in schools, but who are not school staff. Participants will learn to identify and address facilitation-related challenges via three key strategies: building strong partnerships with classroom teachers, making minor curriculum adjustments to increase engagement and relevance to the audience, and applying effective facilitation techniques. Participants will also hear real-life tips from experienced classroom facilitators.

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Online
THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE ILLINOIS INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION (IISUP) SERIES

IISUP I: Welcome to Prevention

Online
Description

IISUP 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.

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Online
THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE ILLINOIS INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION (IISUP) SERIES

IISUP II: SUP System Orientation

Online
Description

IISUP 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. Additionally, IISUP II now contains a Prevention Hub Orientation. The Prevention Hub is the online reporting system for SUPP grantees. The Prevention Hub Orientation is optional, although you are strongly encouraged to complete it if you will be responsible for entering Hub data. If you choose to bypass the HUB Orientation at this time, you must still launch the course and complete the first four slides before you can move on to complete the IISUP II evaluation and post-test. You may return to the course at any time and can complete the modules at your own pace.

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Online
THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGNS SERIES

Introduction to Communication Campaigns

Online
Description

This online self-study course introduces participants to the term ‘communication campaign,’ the goals and objectives of communication campaigns within the SUPP system, and the SUPP standards. 

Read More
Online

Introduction to Engaging Youth in Prevention

Online
Description

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.

Read More
Online
THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE CONDUCTING FOCUS GROUPS SERIES

Introduction to Focus Groups

Online
Description

This online self-study course identifies the characteristics of focus groups and when to use them, illustrates how to create a focused purpose statement, and guides participants through the steps of planning a focus group study. The estimated completion time is 1 hour.

Read More
Online

Overview of Strategic Planning

Online
Description

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. 

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Online

Planning for National Prevention Week

Online
Description

This online course was originally a webinar recorded on February 26, 2019. The content from that webinar has been updated and modified for an online format. During the course, participants will obtain 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.

Read More
Online

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Online
Description

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.

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Promote Your Prevention Efforts and Build Support

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This course will provide you with tips for promoting your prevention efforts to increase awareness and support for prevention and the prevention services you provide your community. Estimated completion time is 1 hour.

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Promoting the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) to Schools

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This training will build participants’ knowledge and skills to promote the administration of the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) to schools in their service area. Participants will learn strategies to promote the IYS to schools and obtain schools’ commitment to administer the survey, as well as strategies for building relationships and overcoming barriers to participation. SUPP Providers will also become familiar with a recruitment plan template. This course consists of four modules plus a brief closing module. Estimated completion time for the entire course is 2 hours.

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THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SFY24 SUPP ANNUAL MEETING SERIES

SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting (Fiscal Representatives)

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The SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting for Fiscal Representatives is required for all SUPP organization fiscal representatives per grant program (SUPS, CSUPS, and SRSUPS). This training includes two modules presented by IDHS/SUPR that provide an overview of the Illinois substance use prevention system and information related to the SFY24 budget, fiscal requirements and program deliverables. Both modules must be completed to obtain a certificate of completion. 

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THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SFY24 SUPP ANNUAL MEETING SERIES

SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting (Program Representatives)

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The SFY24 SUPP Annual Meeting for Program Representatives is required for all SUPP organization program contacts and lead staff per grant program (SUPS, CSUPS, and SRSUPS). This training includes four modules presented by IDHS/SUPR, Prevention First and CPRD that provide an overview of the Illinois substance use prevention system, information related to the SFY24 budget, fiscal requirements and program deliverables, as well as training and Prevention Hub reporting requirements. All four modules must be completed to obtain a certificate of completion. 

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THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION SUPERVISOR TRAINING SERIES (STS) SERIES

STS Course 1: Making the Right Hiring Decision

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The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers supervising prevention staff and providing 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.

During STS Course 1: Making the Right Hiring Decision, 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.

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THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION SUPERVISOR TRAINING SERIES (STS) SERIES

STS Course 2: Providing Program Support to Your Prevention Staff

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Description

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers supervising prevention staff and providing 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.

During STS Course 2: Providing Program Support to Your Prevention Staff, participants will identify strategies for supporting prevention staff, including communicating expectations, supporting professional development, supporting program planning and implementation, and identifying available resources.

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THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION SUPERVISOR TRAINING SERIES (STS) SERIES

STS Course 3: Developing Effective Supervisory Skills

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Description

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers supervising prevention staff and providing 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.

During STS Course 3: Developing Effective Supervisory Skills, 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.

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The Dynamic Adolescent Brain

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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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