New England PTTC Videos

The New England PTTC has started a YouTube Channel for the center.  Our channel will feature a variety of content including New England PTTC announcements, mini-webinars, interviews with prevention researchers and stakeholders, and much more.  


Introducing the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center


In our first video, we present an overview of the New England PTTC itself.  This video provides an overview of the Technology Transfer Center model, the goals and objectives of the PTTC, and how you can provide input into our services.



PTTC Network Marijuana Prevention Education Toolkit


In this webinar, participants will receive a detailed overview of each of the four products in the Marijuana Prevention Education Toolkit. Link to download the tools showcased in the webinar.



New England PTTC Prevention Workforce Needs Assessment: Key Findings

This needs assessment was conducted by the New England PTTC's evaluation sub-contractor, Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG). This webinar, recorded on Feb. 13, 2020, covers the major findings and recommendations from the report. View and download the full report. 



Evidence-Based Practices to Address Substance Misuse Among Young Adults


SAMHSA’s National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention have collaborated to develop a new evidence-based resource guide, “Evidence-Based Substance Abuse Prevention for Emerging Adults”. This webinar will review the process of developing the guide with technical experts around the country, review the literature and science in the guide, examine emerging and best practices, determine key components of peer-reviewed models that affect policies and programs, and identify challenges and gaps in implementation. View and download the guide. 



Preventing the Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs in New England


Increases in the non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD) and opioid misuse overall, have many New England communities increasingly focusing on these problems as a prevention priority. In order to address these problems, prevention practitioners must understand the factors that contribute to the problems and the strategies that have been effective in addressing those factors. This webinar will look at where to go to learn about risk and protective factors associated with prescription drug misuse, provide an overview of evidence-based strategies that address these factors, and begin to explore opportunities for forging the new partnerships needed to implement these strategies in New England.



Laughing Matters, A Conversation about Natural Highs and Coping with Stress: An Interview with Matt Bellace, Comedian & Psychologist


Matt Bellace during this one-hour special. This engaging hour-long discussion will involve comedy and inspiring stories, in addition to demonstrating Matt’s style when presenting to and communicating with youth, especially during a time of social distancing and self-isolation. Since 1995, Matt Bellace has been traveling the country as a professional speaker and stand-up comedian. He has spoken in 47 states to a wide range of audiences, including SEAL Team Six and survivors of Sandy Hook. Dr. Bellace has a PhD in clinical neuropsychology and trained at both the National Institutes of Mental Health and the traumatic brain and spinal cord injury units of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is the author of the book, “A Better High,” contributing author for National Geographic Kids, and was a regular on truTV’s, “World’s Dumbest.”



Prevention in Action: Positive Ripple Effect of Restorative School Policy


The New England PTTC Prevention in Action webinar series features successful prevention programs throughout New England. In this webinar, So-Po Unite will describe their efforts to create a restorative substance use policy. The South Portland School Department revised the substance use policy from out of school suspension to restorative response in May 2018. The ripple effect has been outstanding! Students are held accountable and underlying causes of substance use are addressed. Students complete an assessment and meet with the social worker, staff and parents to create a response plan: academic support, prevention education and community service. At the re-entry meeting, students have the opportunity to repair the harm they may have caused and plan for moving forward. Over 40 school staff took a 37.5 hour course in restorative mindset and a full-time coordinator works with students. An alcohol and drug counselor provides clinical assessments. Our athletic code is now restorative; athletes are not kicked off the team and can still attend practices. Our policy has informed Maine’s Department of Education and is now the model policy for all schools!




Prevention in Action: Connecting with youth before, during and after COVID-19


As part of the Prevention in Action webinar series featuring successful prevention programs around New England, this webinar will feature a panel of prevention practitioners to discuss their strategies for keeping youth engaged and connected in prevention while schools are closed and meetings are not possible. They will also discuss how these strategies can be adapted to continue to be helpful in the future. Panelists will include Marissa Carlson, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Teen Institute, Deborah Lake, Prevention Program Manager, Governor's Prevention Partnership (CT), Jessica Summer, Youth Project and Fundraising Coordinator, Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community.