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Northeast & Caribbean PTTC

Rutgers University Center for Prevention Science
390 George Street, 5th Floor
New Brunswick,
HHS Region 2
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The Northeast & Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center (Northeast & Caribbean PTTC) is managed by the Rutgers Center for Prevention Science and serves New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its purpose is to strengthen the substance use prevention workforce through technology transfer activities, including the delivery of multifaceted training and technical assistance to improve knowledge and skills in prevention science and evidence-based prevention practices. The Northeast & Caribbean PTTC model includes federal, state, and local planning and capacity building; state-of-the-art training and technical assistance services; and prevention technology resources.

Recent News

From the Northeast & Caribbean PTTC
Sep. 13, 2023
Introduction: The Recruit, Train, and Retain Prevention Workforce Workgroup, which came out of a 2020 Prevention Thought Leaders Meeting (see details in the next paragraph), is conducting a national needs assessment for prevention certification.  This needs assessment consists of two main components, a survey to individual prevention practitioners across the nation, and a survey to the […]
Aug. 21, 2023
Check out Xylazine Basics: Overdose Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Wound Care published by SAMHSA!    This document provides information on xylazine, a non-opioid veterinary tranquilizer used as an additive in illicit drug supplies, notably in combination with heroin and fentanyl. It discusses the effects of xylazine use, including sedation and potential risks such as hypotension and bradycardia. […]
Jul. 14, 2023
Antes de Tomar Acción, Identifiquemos las Necesidades y Recursos Comunitarios, y las Prioridades de Servicio: Días 1-3 (Materiales de la capacitación presencial de agosto de 2022) En agosto de 2022, Lourdes Vázquez Matienzo, Especialista en Capacitación y Asistencia Técnica del Centro de Desarrollo Educativo (EDC), brindó una capacitación de 3 días en San Juan, Puerto Rico, a […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Northeast & Caribbean PTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
Although pain management is effective for older adults, adverse effects of medications along with age-related challenges can prompt misuse. Effective prevention includes education and safety coaching to help older adults make sound lifestyle choices when using medications for chronic health conditions. This interactive workshop will review the current prevalence of medication misuse among older adults. Content will also include a discussion about pain management challenges within the potential realities of older adult living. Credits: This training meets the requirements for two renewal hours (CASAC, CPP, CPS) and two initial hours (CPP, CPS) through New York State’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS). As an IC & RC member board, OASAS accredited courses are granted reciprocal approval by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee. Many other states offer reciprocity, please check with your accrediting agency. Trainer: Diana Padilla, MCPC, CARC, CASAC-T has worked in the behavioral health field for more than 25 years. Using a culturally informed and inclusive recovery-oriented perspective, Ms. Padilla instructs on how to enhance strategies and interventions to best meet the substance use and related needs of communities of color, LGBTQ+ people, and other traditionally underserved populations. She is also an SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) Technical Assistance and Implementation Specialist, helping agencies to build their capacity to effectively intervene with communities at risk of substance use and mental health related conditions and behaviors.

Products & Resources

Developed by the Northeast & Caribbean PTTC
  Webinar Description This interactive presentation reviewed the dynamics of culture in substance use prevention and recovery support services. Additionally, content considered cultural humility key components and how they translate in practice for person-centered care and enhance the opportunities that build trust and rapport.   Presenter Information Diana Padilla, MCPC, CARC, CASAC-T, is a Research Project Manager at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center. She is a senior staff trainer for the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Transfer Technology Center Network (NeC-ATTC), and a member of the ASAP-NYCB Trainer Registry. As a cultural agent, Ms. Padilla promotes an equity lens in trainings for engaging diverse communities in need, aligning with evidence and strength-based strategies within behavioral health, addiction, prevention, and recovery supports fields and professional capacities.   Additional Documents PowerPoint Flyer
Webinar Description Tailored for early career practitioners looking to elevate their prevention practice, this session explored the foundational prevention competencies that every prevention professional should build toward, where to find professional development opportunities to support growing those capacities, and best practices for planning your personal approach to professional development. Appropriate for individuals intending to pursue prevention certification, are seeking career advancement or simply want to improve their skills and abilities. Our presenters shared practical insights and valuable resources to support the professional development journey. Session Learning Objectives included: Defining key foundational competencies important for early prevention practitioners to develop Listing sources (e.g., organizations, websites) providing professional development opportunities for prevention professionals Describing the process for developing a personal approach to professional development   Presenter Information Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS is a consultant and master trainer in behavioral health and strategic planning for states and non profits. For over thirty five years, Ms. Del Sesto has provided training throughout the United States in all areas of prevention practice. She is a member of the advisory boards of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), the National Latino PTTC and the New England School of Addiction Studies. Sandra serves as the RI delegate to the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Jessica Goldberg is a Training and Technical Assistance Specialist with Education Development Center. For over a decade, Jess has specialized in building capacity to improve behavioral health at the national, state, regional and local levels. Her areas of expertise include preventing youth substance use; promoting cross sector collaborations; addressing health disparities; strategic planning, logic model development, and sustainability planning. Jess is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MSW and an MPH from Boston University.   Additional Documents PowerPoint Flyer Personal Professional Development Action Plan Starter
Webinar Description This 1.5 hour interactive session looked at cultivating community support for prevention coalitions and explored how to transform local leaders to prevention champions. As managing a coalition effectively is an art, it requires excellent communication skills and the ability to build both individual and organizational prevention capacity. It also involves establishing and maintaining close working relationships with community members and collaborating with them to select and implement community and culturally appropriate substance misuse prevention interventions. In a post-Covid world, the ways in which we work and communicate have shifted in meaningful ways, but the fundamental principles informing that work remain the same. Learning Objectives: Identify key organizational functions and resources necessary to support effective coalitions Discuss strategies to build organizational capacity Describe key strategies for a plan to continually monitor organizational capacity   Presenter Information Charlotte Carlton brings over 30 years of experience leading and implementing substance use prevention programs at the community, state, regional, and national levels. She is currently working with multiple Education Development Center (EDC) teams to provide support for prevention efforts in Health & Human Services Regions 1 and 2. Previously, she served as the Director of the Southeast Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) and as a Senior Program Director for the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE). She has done extensive research on the subject of program sustainability, most recently applying that research to the sustainability of community coalitions. She is the co-recipient of the 2002 Science to Practice award presented by the Society for Prevention Research and the 2001 Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to the prevention field from the National Prevention Network.   Additional Documents PowerPoint Flyer Extra Resource - NeC-PTTC Resources Coalitions Post Covid Extra Resource - NeC-PTTC Coalitions Post Covid - Tips for Engagement
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