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Pacific Southwest PTTC

Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N Virginia St.
HHS Region 9
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The Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) will provide training and technical assistance (TTA) services to the substance misuse prevention field in Region 9, encompassing American Samoa, Arizona, California, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The overall goal is to advance Region 9's substance misuse prevention workforce's ability to identify, select, plan for, implement, and evaluate evidence-based and promising substance misuse prevention interventions to achieve a reduction in substance misuse and harmful consequences. This goal will be accomplished by strengthening regional alliances among culturally diverse prevention professionals and key partners, and delivering state-of-the-art, culturally-relevant TTA services that reflect regional and local needs.

Recent News

From the Pacific Southwest PTTC
Jun. 05, 2024
To launch National Prevention Week (May 12-18), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the winners of the FentAlert Challenge! Receiving almost 200 entries, this nationwide challenge sought innovative ideas from U.S. youth aged 14-18 to develop community strategies to educate their peers about fentanyl and fake pills to prevent drug overdose […]
Oct. 18, 2019
The Pacific Southwest PTTC hosted 12 prevention professionals from American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau at the University of Nevada, Reno campus for two training-of-trainers (TOT) events.  Participants completed TOTs in two curricula: 1) the Substance Abuse Prevention […]
Aug. 06, 2019
Email us at [email protected] for information on hosting this training in your area!   Workshop Description Prevention leaders are dedicated to improving the health of their communities through the implementation of effective strategies to reduce substance misuse and related consequences. Perhaps the most critical decisions prevention staff weigh are what interventions to adopt and implement, typically with […]

Upcoming Events

Hosted by the Pacific Southwest PTTC
Webinar/Virtual Training
Series Overview: This 2-week, 4-session Enhanced Prevention Learning Series (EPLS) offers a unique interactive experience that explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics using realistic examples designed to strengthen participants’ abilities to manage challenging situations in their work. The learning series is structured to also provide online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and individual activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to application of an ethical decision-making process. By the end of the EPLS, participants will be able to: Define ethics and related terms Describe the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics Use an ethical decision-making process to apply the Prevention Code of Ethics   Audience: Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.   Facilitator: Christina López-Gutiérrez has extensive experience in evidence-based substance misuse prevention practices at the local, state, and bi-national levels. Her career began in the late 1990s, implementing “model” curricula in communities and evolved to providing Training and Technical Assistance to community-based coalitions, single state agencies, Promotores and Community Health Workers. Ms. López-Gutiérrez has been part of various training teams to include the U.S.-Mexico Border states and sister cities in Mexico with the delivery of the Strategic Prevention Framework in Spanish. More recently, Ms. López-Gutiérrez has participated in a state-wide evaluation team to support grantees aiming to decrease Prescription Misuse and Underage drinking.   Dates and Times: States & American Samoa: July 23, 25, 30, & August 1, 2024 03:00 pm – 04:30 pm Pacific 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm Hawaii 11:00 am – 12:30 pm American Samoa Pacific Jurisdictions: July 24, 26, 31, & August 2, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands 09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae 08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap 07:00 a.m. – 08:30 a.m. Republic of Palau (view in your time zone)   Certificates: Participants who complete all 4 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 10 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.   Register Here: Prevention Ethics EPLS Registration   Cost is Free!   Questions? Please Contact Reagan Hart ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For all other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).
Virtual TA Session
Series Overview This four-session series is designed to prepare individuals for the IC&RC international examination to become Certified Prevention Specialists (CPS). Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the Candidate Guide for the IC&RC Prevention Specialist Examination, the exam development and application process, and the various domains covered in the certification exam. The series includes practical strategies for successful computer-based test-taking, along with opportunities to review sample questions and practice determining the best responses. Participants will take a sample test before and after the sessions. Prior to attending, participants are encouraged to review the Candidate Guide for the IC&RC Prevention Specialist Examination and bring questions about the topic areas or the CPS application process.   By the end of the EPLS, participants will be able to: Describe the steps in the prevention certification process Identify the main elements of each of the six domains in the Prevention Job Analysis upon which the exam is based List at list five strategies for successful standardized test taking. Describe steps in a plan to prepare for the exam itself.   Who Should Participate: Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.   Dates & Times: States and American Samoa August 20, 22, 27, & 29, 2024 03:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. Pacific (including Arizona) 12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. Hawaii 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. American Samoa Pacific Jurisdictions August 21, 23, 28, & 30, 2024 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands 09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae 08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap 07:00 a.m. – 08:30 a.m. Republic of Palau (view in your time zone)   Facilitator:   Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed., ACPS, is a consultant and master trainer in behavioral health and strategic planning for non-profits. She was the founder and for 30 years the executive director of Initiatives for Human Development, a statewide, multi-service prevention program, and a founder of CODAC, RI’s largest non-profit treatment program. She was also the founding director of the Institute for Addiction Recovery at Rhode Island College. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Prevention Technology Transfer Center; National Coordinating Office (PTTC-NCO), the New England PTTC, and was a member of the former Latino PTTC. She is a consultant to the Strategic Prevention Technical Assistance Center (SPTAC). For many years, Sandra served as the RI delegate to and the Prevention Committee Co-Chair of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), which certifies professionals working in behavioral health. Sandra is a co-author of SAMHA’s SPF Application for Prevention Success training (SAPST) and its basic and advanced Prevention Ethics courses as well as many other face-to-face and online courses in prevention. She has delivered multiple training courses about prevention certification throughout the US.   Registration Click here to register for this EPLS   Cost: Free!   Certificate of Attendance Participants who complete all 4 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 10 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.   Questions? Please contact Reagan Hart ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).
  Leadership Academy Dates: September 3, 5, 10, 12, 2024. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm PDT each day   Applications Due: July 24, 2024, 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)   About the Leadership Academy Leading through Change is an interactive workshop designed specifically for leaders in the field of prevention. Participants will be empowered and inspired to lead their teams through change – whether the change is planned or unplanned – while they process the changes for themselves. They'll learn a change-management system that is easy to follow, simple to maintain and supports them becoming better leaders, encouraging the best from their teams and providing optimal outcomes for the communities they serve. Participants will learn skills that not only enhance their ability to lead their team during times of change, but also fosters a positive work environment, increases productivity, and reduces turnover. Finally, participants will learn how to facilitate a culture of continuous improvement and pave the way for future leaders to emerge and a culture that is primed to deliver health equity. No matter if the change is a deadly pandemic, a polarized political landscape, or even changes to public laws, participants will uncover and practice a system that will enable them to lead their team, their agencies and themselves through any change that may come their way. The Leadership Academy will take place virtually over the course of 4 days, 4 hours each day. There will be a 30-minute break in each session. Due to the high demand and the intensive nature of the course, we require applicants to meet some minimal qualifications to ensure a committed and capable cohort. This selection process ensures that every participant is poised to maximize their learning and contribute meaningfully to the collective experience. Embrace the opportunity to lead with confidence and agility—complete the application below to become a part of this transformative journey. Applications are due July 24, 2024, at 5:00 pm PDT. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance status no later than August 6, 2024.   Learning Objectives: Develop the mindsets and skill sets necessary to effectively lead people in times of change while enhancing staff engagement. Assess and evaluate their unique change style and develop strategies for 'style-flexing' as necessary in supporting their team during change. Demonstrate proficiency implementing a C.L.E.A.R. strategy to lead through any change. Identify ways to create value for their organization by growing and developing themselves and their people. Design a support system for leaders and their team. Develop an individualized action plan to master core competencies, fostering personal and professional growth in leadership.   Cost: There is no registration fee for the Leading through Change: An Advanced Leadership Academy.   Audience: Prevention leaders in Arizona, California, Hawaiʻi, and Nevada with at least 5 years of leadership experience in primary prevention.   Eligibility Requirements: Have at least a bachelor’s degree Worked in prevention in a leadership/management role for at least five years Committed to participating in all four sessions (four hours each). Committing to participation includes: Use a web-camera and have access to appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, desktop/laptop computer, 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 Participation is limited. To apply, complete your application by July 24, 2024, 5:00 pm PDT. We will notify those selected by August 6, 2024   Application: Click here to apply for the 2024 Prevention Academy: Leading Through Change   Facilitator: Award-winning trainer, international speaker, and author of the book “How You Can Become An Invincible Social Worker: The Real Deal on Beating Burnout in Social Work,” Anthony President has empowered and inspired more than 100,000 people to perform, produce, and partner better at their workplaces. Because he focuses on building work environments where employees enjoy their jobs more and perform their work better, organizations such as the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Miami University, and Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have trusted Anthony to help their staff lead, serve, and work more effectively. His high energy and signature humor have made him a favorite among audiences, who consistently praise his engaging presentations and practical, actionable insights. Anthony launched his training career as the Senior Training Officer for the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services, the largest human services agency in Ohio. He also spent a decade in the corporate arena honing his leadership skills as a sales executive and sales manager at two Fortune 500 companies. Now, as Founder and Chief Training Officer for Presidential Consultants, Ohio's top human services training firm, Anthony leads a team of award-winning, internationally recognized trainers. They deliver impactful training and coaching on a wide range of topics, including leadership, diversity, equity & inclusion, workplace safety, and well-being.   Certificates: To receive 14 continuing education hours, participants are expected to join each live session and be on camera for 90% of the live sessions. If you wish to use these hours toward your prevention certification, you will need to confirm with your certification board to determine if these hours are accepted towards your specific certification requirements.   Questions? For questions related to the Academy, please contact Britany Wiele at ([email protected]).

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Webinar Description: In collaboration with the Great Lakes PTTC, this engaging 90-minute webinar aims to deepen understanding of the social determinants of health (SDOH) and explore their significant impact on community health outcomes. Participants will gain insights into the primary preventionist's role in addressing SDOH and learn practical strategies for collaboration with various partners. The session is designed to move beyond the theoretical understanding of SDOH, prompting action by highlighting successful examples and providing actionable steps for prevention providers to integrate these determinants into their work effectively. By focusing on collaboration and action, this webinar seeks to empower participants to make a tangible difference in their communities. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Define and explain the concept of social determinants of health and their importance in health equity. Identify the role of prevention providers in addressing SDOH within communities. Highlight successful examples of SDOH integration into prevention practices. Offer practical strategies for effective collaboration with other partners working on SDOH. Motivate participants to apply learned strategies in their practice to improve community health outcomes.   Post Webinar Materials Integrating Social Determinants of Health Recording Integrating Social Determinants of Health Slide Deck Integrating Social Determinants of Health STRETCH Framework   Presenters: Nicole M. Augustine, Founder & CEO of RIZE Consultants Inc., embodies the spirit of innovation and advocacy in public health. With a vibrant career launched from Cornell University and propelled at George Washington University School of Public Health, Nicole has evolved from a campus harm reduction counselor to a beacon of prevention and equity in public health. A trailblazer in substance misuse prevention and a passionate social justice advocate, Nicole's contributions are not just professional but deeply personal. Her role as an Advanced Implementation Specialist with the Opioid Response Network and consultant to the Prevention Technology Transfer Center underscores her commitment to tangible, widespread change. In 2022, Nicole authored the groundbreaking "Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide," bridging a crucial gap in the field and empowering professionals to excel in substance misuse prevention.   Certificates of Attendance Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 1.5 hours for participating in the live event. Questions? Please email Reagan Hart at ([email protected]) for any questions.
Webinar Recording and Follow-Up Materials   Webinar Description What if college graduates entered the prevention workforce with basic knowledge of prevention science, the Strategic Prevention Framework, and the importance of evidence-based programs, practices, and policies? Despite the interdisciplinary nature of substance misuse prevention, traditional college courses often lack explicit content relevant to this critical field. To address this, the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) developed curriculum infusion packages that can be easily inserted into existing college-level coursework to engage the pre-professional workforce. This webinar will explore the pressing need for capacity-building within the pre-professional workforce, guide participants through the Pacific Southwest PTTC’s curriculum infusion packages, “The Power of Prevention,” and discuss additional ways they can be utilized to develop knowledge and skills for coalition staff, volunteers, and partners. By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to: Articulate the need to increase exposure to prevention science and application prior to entering the prevention workforce Describe the benefits of curriculum infusion packages as an innovative method of introducing core prevention concepts Discuss how curriculum infusion packages are useful and accessible across professional roles and can increase prevention knowledge regardless of educational background or status   Webinar Recording and Slides Power of Prevention Recording Power of Prevention Slide Deck   Presenters Michelle Frye-Spray, MS, CPS specializes in integrating prevention science, capacity-building, and workforce development to expedite the adoption and diffusion of evidence-based interventions that achieve intended outcomes. With over 30 years of experience in substance misuse prevention, including 15 years focused on managing and delivering Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) services to states, jurisdictions, and tribes across the western region, she has extensive subject matter expertise in designing and delivering learner-centered, skills-based training and consultations to secondary educators, prevention practitioners, pre-professionals, coalition members, including under-served populations and organizations, on the application of prevention science. As part of her work with SAMSHA’s Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), she has chaired and co-chaired the Cannabis Prevention and Community, Coalition, and Collaboration Workgroups, and as a member of the Prevention Workforce Development Workgroup contributed to updating the SPF Application for Success Training (SAPST). Britany Wiele, CPS is a Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Specialist for the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), administered by CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). In this role, she provides direct TTA services to build state, jurisdiction, tribal, and community capacity in the application of data-driven decision-making to the selection, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based programs and practices to prevent substance misuse within the Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 9. Additionally, Ms. Wiele chairs the National PTTC Cannabis Risk Work Group. Prior to her work with CASAT, she served as Program Manager for Join Together Northern Nevada, a substance misuse prevention coalition serving Washoe County, NV where she implemented effective community-wide youth and adult substance misuse prevention programs, developed informational materials, and delivered presentations relating to prevention, drug trends, and other topics to diverse audiences.   Questions Contact Reagan Hart ([email protected]) if you have additional questions about the content related to this webinar.
Webinar Description The association between chronic exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poor behavioral health outcomes across the lifespan is well-established, but ACEs are preventable. This webinar will explore the evidence supporting upstream strategies that can prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as positive childhood experiences (PCEs) that can mitigate the harms of ACEs. Recent data sources that can be used to monitor ACEs and PCEs at the state-level to guide prevention and evaluation activities will also be explored.   Webinar Objectives By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Explain the influence of ACEs and PCEs on risk behaviors using a lifecourse perspective; Describe primary prevention strategies that can prevent ACEs; Describe how PCEs can buffer the impact of ACEs on behavioral health outcomes; Identify state-level data sources that can be used to monitor ACEs and PCEs.   Presenters Amanda Haboush-Deloye earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology and her Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Amanda's research background is on mental health in adolescent, adult, and older adult populations. She also has a particular interest in improving research methods to be more culturally competent. As a researcher at NICRP, she has designed and implemented many research projects regarding children's physical health, mental health, and education, as well as children's advocacy initiatives such as Every Child Matters in Nevada and Prevent Child Abuse Nevada. Being a Las Vegas native, Amanda aims to remain in Nevada and work with NICRP to create a healthy community where families and children are a priority.   Kristin Clements-Nolle received her MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Ph.D in Epidemiology, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Kristen is a nationally recognized adolescent health researcher and has published extensively on the impact of ACE exposure on health outcomes across the lifespan. She also investigates social, community, and family factors that can prevent ACE exposure and/or mitigate the impact on behavioral health outcomes. Kristen is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Public Health and the principal investigator for a five year grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will focus on preventing ACEs and promoting positive childhood experiences in Nevada.   Post Webinar Materials Preventing ACEs and Their Associated Harms Recording Preventing ACEs and Their Associated Harms Slide Deck   Questions Please email Reagan Hart at ([email protected]) for any questions.
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