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Social Development Research Group University of Washington
9725 3rd Ave NE, Suite 401
HHS Region 10
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The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) at University of Washington (UW) will lead SAMHSA's Region 10 Northwest (NW) Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) in partnership with Washington State University (WSU), and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). NW PTTC partnering institutes share a vision to expand the impact of community activated prevention by equipping the prevention workforce with the power of prevention science. Every year, communities in Region 10 lose millions of dollars and thousands of bright futures to alcohol, cannabis, opioid misuse, violence and crime. The NW PTTC will serve as a primary training and technical assistance (TTA) resource to Region 10 by leveraging the knowledge of prevention science with the application of community capacity-building, workforce development, and expertise in knowledge transfer mechanisms.

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Apr. 08, 2022
The Alcohol Action Network (AAN) is a project of the American Public Health Association and is a nationwide network of alcohol prevention practitioners and researchers engaging in alcohol policy issues in their states or local communities. AAN was initially established to address the shifting alcohol policy landscape at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and […]
Oct. 22, 2021
This series will focus on the importance of narrative in advocating for prevention, integrating issues of race and equity in comprehensive planning using the strategic prevention framework, and focusing on using the power of culture to promote wellness.  These sessions will be followed by a conversation about how folx are more intentionally integrating race, equity, […]
Mar. 31, 2021
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. This week (April 11-17), our focus is alcohol’s role in the opioid epidemic. Just this year, CDC’s Alcohol Program released a study showing that binge drinking is strongly associated with the use of other substances. To raise awareness about alcohol-related harms and the importance of alcohol policy safeguards, we […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Northwest PTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
Weaving Wisdom with Innovation: Timeless indigenous strategies for contemporary substance use disorder prevention Webinar Description: Discover how integrating Indigenous wisdom with contemporary strategies bolsters substance use disorder prevention. This session highlights how blending traditional and modern practices creates effective community-based prevention models. Experts will unpack the process of merging ancestral knowledge with innovative approaches, aiming to tackle substance use challenges more effectively, enhance community bonds, and promote health.   Webinar Objectives: In this webinar, participants will: To recognize the importance of Indigenous wisdom in shaping effective, contemporary strategies for substance use disorder prevention and health promotion, with an emphasis on opioid challenges. To identify innovative practices integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge with modern prevention approaches, enhancing community engagement and resilience. To design integrated prevention frameworks that honor Indigenous heritage while effectively addressing the spectrum of substance issues through innovation and collaboration.   Date & Time: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 09:30 am – 11:00 am Alaska 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Pacific 11:30 am – 01:00 pm Mountain (view in your time zone)   Audience: Prevention practitioners, allied health partners and community members working to prevent substance misuse in tribes, communities, and states in HHS Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).   Presenters: Angela Da Re Angela Da Re is a distinguished facilitator and trainer with over 25 years of dedicated service in substance use disorder prevention, focusing on mitigating its harmful impacts on communities, families, and youth. As the CEO of Delta Prevention, Angela excels in devising and applying innovative strategies that significantly boost community health, with her work underlining the importance of community and coalition engagement. Her methodology showcases the strength of collective action, proving how coordinated efforts can lead to meaningful changes and improved community well-being. Serving as a consultant for diverse communities and a national trainer for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), she has refined her skills in cultivating resilient and proactive coalitions. These coalitions are instrumental in instigating change, encouraging cross-sector collaboration, and bolstering community-led prevention efforts. Angela’s dedication to enhancing the outcomes of substance use disorder prevention through community-driven solutions and proactive educational approaches underscores her commitment to public health.   Raquel Ramos Raquel Ramos is a Prevention Specialist for the Whole Child Initiative at the National Indian Education Association, proudly representing her heritage as a member of the Comanche Nation and the great-great-granddaughter of Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches. With nearly a decade of experience working with tribal communities and native youth in prevention, Mrs. Ramos has significantly contributed to the field. She co-founded and serves on the Steering Committee of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Indigenous People’s Advisory Council (IPAC), showcasing her commitment to community-based prevention efforts. Her dedication to prevention work in native communities has garnered several prestigious accolades, including the 2019 “Preventionist of the Year” award at the Heartland Alcohol Substance Abuse Conference. Raquel’s achievements reflect her profound impact on substance abuse prevention within native communities, underlining her commitment to improving the well-being of Indigenous peoples through innovative and culturally informed approaches.   Registration: Click here to register for the webinar: Weaving Wisdom with Innovation: Timeless indigenous strategies for contemporary substance use disorder prevention   Continuing Education: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance of 1.5 hour for completion of this live webinar event.   Cost: FREE!   Questions: Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration.  For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).
Webinar/Virtual Training
Getting Ready for Sustainability Planning An Enhanced Prevention Learning Series   Series Overview This 7-week series offers participants a unique, interactive experience to explore how to develop a sustainability plan. Sustainability planning is an intentional process of looking critically at your current prevention infrastructure, processes, and strategies to develop the necessary resources to sustain meaningful prevention outcomes beyond current funding. Sustainability planning involves a series of concrete tasks to create feasible, ongoing support for essential components of your prevention work. Elements of sustainability planning include examining the impact of strategic planning processes, such as SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and interventions, priority setting, resource and feasibility analysis, communication planning, and resource and grant development. Trainers will demonstrate how to use a set of tools to facilitate a sustainability process with community partners and will coach participants to set actionable steps and timelines to complete a plan over the next year. The distance learning series will include skill-based learning opportunities, individual and group activities, reading assignments, and group discussions.   Audience Prevention practitioners, coalition coordinators, and allied partners working to prevent substance misuse in communities and tribes located in Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn what opportunities for similar courses are available to them.   Session Dates Session 1 - May 21, 2024 Session 2 - May 28, 2024 Session 3 - June 4, 2024 Session 4 - June 11, 2024 Session 5 - June 18, 2024 Session 6 - June 25, 2024 Session 7 - July 2, 2024 Session Time 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm Alaska 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm Pacific 02:00 pm – 03:30 pm Mountain (View in your time zone)   Trainer Susannah Burt has been working in Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Prevention since 2001. She has implemented the Strategic Prevention Framework since 2003 and has trained on the model since 2006. Professionally, it has been part of her responsibility to work with the evaluators and review data for state and local communities for assessments. She has worked to develop an evaluation plan for environmental strategies, including policies and campaigns. Ms. Burt is currently working on securing ongoing private and public funding for coalitions in her local area. Ms. Burt currently sits on her local Communities that Care coalition in Utah. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State University and works for Weber Human Services.   Participant Commitments and Expectations Download and complete the Session 1 prep packet  before the first session on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 If unfamiliar with zoom, View a 20-minute video tutorial before the first session Attend each of the seven 1.5 hour live Zoom sessions in the series Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities prior to each session Use a web camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone) Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session since this is not a webinar series, and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills   Continuing Education Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance for 17.5 hours. Partial credit will be considered if a participant completes over 80% of the course and submits completed prep packets to the course facilitator for review for any missed session. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements. To help make engagement more comfortable, we limit the number of people who can enroll in EPLS. If you cannot commit to joining the sessions or completing the prep-work packets, please defer this opportunity to others on our waiting list. The Northwest PTTC is a collaboration led by Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University, and CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.   Registration Details Space is limited to 25 participants. Register for the Enhanced Prevention Learning Series: Getting Ready for Sustainability Planning   Cost is Free!   Questions?  Contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions or difficulty in registration. For any other questions, please contact Clarissa Lam Yuen ([email protected])
Webinar/Virtual Training
Training Description The SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST) Virtual Training of Trainers (VTOT) is a five-day innovative training that prepares VTOT participants to teach the in-person SAPST to new prevention practitioners. This VTOT will provide an overview of the four-day SAPST curriculum, provide opportunities for participants to practice teaching short sections of the curriculum, and receive feedback from their peers and master SAPST trainers.   Who Should Participate Community, tribal, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest or Northwest PTTC Regions.   Prerequisites for Participation in the Training of Trainers Experience/Training 3+ years of experience in substance use/misuse prevention Participated in the SAPST within 3 years max Facilitation Strong training skills and experience that can be applied to conducting training with fidelity Willingness to conduct 2 trainings within 2 years Participants must co-teach with an established trainer the first time they deliver the trainer Give notice to the regional PTTC and state in which you are training, if not directly connected to the state Participant Expectations Plan to devote 21 hours during the week of the training Participate in all sessions; there are no opportunities for make-up days Prepare for and present teach-back assignments during the week Spend approximately 2 hours total completing homework in addition to preparing for the teach-back presentations Coordinate work schedules and immediate surroundings to support maximum engagement in the training Be on camera throughout each session and the entire series Review the 5-hour online Pre-SAPST, "Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics" prior to the training date *This is a highly participatory experience* Two master SAPST trainers will guide the process Participants are expected to thoroughly study the material and practice assigned sections prior to delivery When participants are not presenting, they will role-play SAPST participants for those who are presenting   Dates & Times: June 10 - 14, 2024 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:15 am to 2:00 pm Alaska Time 9:15 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time 10:15 am to 4:00 pm Mountain Time Thursday and Friday 8:15 am to 11:30 am Alaska Time 9:15 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time 10:15 am to 1:30 pm Mountain Time (view in your timezone)   Master Trainers Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS, is a consultant and master trainer who has provided community and strategic planning, program development, and capacity building in all areas of prevention practice throughout the United States. She was the founder and for 30 years the executive director of a statewide, multi-service prevention program and a founder of Rhode Island’s largest non-profit treatment program. In addition to her prevention work, she was the founding director of the Institute for Addiction Recovery at Rhode Island College. Sandra is a delegate to and the former Prevention Committee Co-Chair of the IC&RC. She is a member of the faculty and advisory board of the New England School of Addiction Studies, a member of the Advisory Board for the National Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), the National Hispanic/Latino PTTC and the New England PTTC. Sandra is a co-author of SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST) and its Basic and Advanced Prevention Ethics as well as many other courses and webinars. She has previously trained members of the US National Guard in prevention planning. Sandra received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College (Newton), and her Master’s degree in counselor education from Rhode Island College. She also completed a certificate program in nonprofit management through Brown University in Providence. Ms. Del Sesto is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist.   Ben Stevenson II currently serves as the Prevention and Harm Reduction Manager for Montgomery County, MD. He is a seasoned prevention professional who has been in the substance abuse prevention field for over 15 years working with thousands of youth, professionals, and parents in various communities across the country. Prior to his current role, Ben has served as Training Manager with CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) as well as served as a Training and Technical Assistance Associate with the SAMHSA’s CAPT (Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies) with the Southeast Resource Team working directly with states providing training and technical assistance. He has worked in various capacities across the continuum of care throughout his career working in treatment and recovery in addition to his prevention work.  Ben enjoys developing and facilitating prevention programs for youth and adults. He is very passionate about prevention and its ability to impact communities by promoting healthy lifestyles. Ben is originally from Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC with a BA in Political Science and minor in History. He also holds a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. Ben was first certified in prevention as a Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant in North Carolina and currently is a Certified Prevention Professional in Maryland. He previously served as the western region representative for MAPPA which is the Maryland Association for Prevention Professionals and Advocates.   Certificate of Attendance Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 21 hours for participating in the live event.   Registration Deadline to Register: May 24, 2024 Register for SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST)   Cost is Free!   Questions? Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration.  For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).

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Developed by the Northwest PTTC
Prevention Across the Lifespan 3-Part Webinar Series Substance Use Prevention Among Young Adults April 11, 2024   Webinar Series Description In our prevention efforts, we most often focus on children and youth. However, prevention is important across the entire lifespan. In this 3-part series, participants will learn about substance use among young adults, mid-life adults, and older adults. Participants will also learn about preventive strategies that can be used with the adult population.   Webinar Description In this 90-minute webinar, Dr. Kilmer will share research related to substance use with this age group, as well as evidence-based prevention and intervention efforts. The importance of connecting young adults to these efforts (and opportunities for doing so) will be discussed. A one-hour presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.   Webinar Objectives In this webinar, participants will: Learn about substance use during young adulthood and how it affects health and wellbeing during this life period. Learn about strategies that can be used to prevent substance misuse and related harms among college students and other young adults.   Webinar Recording and Slides Substance Use Prevention Among Young Adults - Recording Substance Use Prevention Among Young Adults - Slide Deck (PDF)   Additional Resources Post Webinar Resources   Presenters Jason Kilmer, PhD Dr. Jason Kilmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. The focus of Dr. Kilmer's research has primarily been the development, implementation, and evaluation of brief interventions and prevention efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms among college students and other young adults.   Questions Contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
Multimedia, Presentation Slides
Alcohol and Social Injustice: The Untold Story March 26, 2024   Webinar Description This webinar seeks to change the narrative about how we think about alcohol and alcohol policies in our society. We have been systematically lied to about alcohol’s role, both historically and in the present. Alcohol industry marketing creates a “wallpaper” that both covers up the tragedies and obscures the inequities in the consequences of alcohol use in the present day. Beginning with key historical vignettes, the presentation then jumps forward in time to alcohol and the alcohol industry’s impact on health, safety and inequities today, and how we can use evidence-based alcohol policies to address this.   Webinar Objectives In this webinar, participants will: Explore how inequity is infused in the history of alcohol policy, both globally and in the USA. Describe inequities in alcohol-related harms. Explore alcohol’s role in various types of violence. Describe how alcohol companies perpetuate and support inequities and social injustice, at national and local levels. Examine evidence-based alcohol policies that alleviate inequity and address social justice issues.   Webinar Recording and Slides Alcohol and Social Injustice: The Untold Story - Recording Alcohol and Social Injustice: The Untold Story - Slide Deck (PDF)   Presenters David Jernigan, PhD David Jernigan, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management and Assistant Dean for Practice at the Boston University School of Public Health. He has written and worked on alcohol policy for more than 35 years, at local, state, national and global levels. He has written more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and contributed chapters to seven books on alcohol issues, as well as two chapters on cannabis policy. He has also authored or co-authored pioneering works on alcohol, young people and health worldwide and in less-resourced countries, and on cannabis policy and public health.   Questions Contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
Multimedia, Presentation Slides
Opioids, Fentanyl, and Xylazine: What are they and what do prevention professionals need to know and do to prevent overdose? March 25, 2024   Webinar Description The opioid misuse epidemic continues to affect youth and families throughout the Pacific Northwest region. As prevention practitioners, it is important to stay up to date on the latest research-based information related to this critical public health problem. The goal of this session is to provide prevention professionals with knowledge about opioids, fentanyl, and xylazine, including what are they and how they are similar and different. We will also focus on debunking common myths about occupational fentanyl exposure, naloxone safety, the use of medications for opioid use disorder in adolescents, and discuss the role prevention professionals can and should play in preventing drug overdose.   Webinar Objectives In this webinar, participants will: Understand what illicitly manufactured fentanyl is and how it compares to other opioids. Describe what Xylazine is and how it is used in illicit substances. Recognize current drug use trends in the Northwest region. Debunk common myths around occupational fentanyl exposure, naloxone safety, and the use of medications for opioid use disorder in adolescents.   Webinar Recording and Slides Opioids, Fentanyl, and Xylazine: What are they and what do prevention professionals need to know and do to prevent overdose? - Recording Opioids, Fentanyl, and Xylazine: What are they and what do prevention professionals need to know and do to prevent overdose? - Slide Deck (PDF)   Additional Resources Webinar Questions and Answers   Presenters Nicole Rodin, PharmD, MBA Nicole Rodin, PharmD, MBA is an Assistant Professor at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her research focuses on public health efforts for pharmacy and research to understand preventative and treatment interventions for substance use disorders. Dr. Rodin is currently practicing at the WSU Research clinic where she acts as a clinical lead for patients that are in clinical trials finding novel ways to treat substance use disorders. Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH Kym Ahrens, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute and the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Ahrens’ research focuses on intervention development, design, and testing interventions to promote resilience and reduce risk among adolescent and young adult populations. In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Ahrens is Medical Director of the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families Juvenile Rehabilitation system.   Questions Contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
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