As anyone who has ever hosted an event for parents and caregivers with low attendance can attest, engaging caregivers in prevention efforts is no easy task. Yet, as prevention practitioners, we know that getting caregivers to the table has a direct impact on the success of our efforts. This two-part virtual learning series will explore the parent/caregiver role in preventing youth substance misuse. Session One (webinar) will delve into the power of parents’ own beliefs in determining whether substance misuse is seen as preventable or inevitable. It will also highlight the many risk and protective factors that parents have the ability to influence in their own homes and in the broader community, and will highlight both evidence-based and promising practices for engaging parents/caregivers in prevention efforts. Session two (peer-sharing call) will lift up voices and examples from our region to share lessons learned from both successful and challenging experiences from bringing parents/caregivers to the prevention table.
Ivy Jones-Turner – Is a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center. For over 20 years, Ivy has provided organizational capacity assistance on health promotion and prevention in substance abuse, suicide, violence, injury, and mental health with nonprofit and community-based organizations, state and faith-based agencies, and school districts. Her capacity building skills include program evaluation, training and technical assistance in program design and implementation, organizational development, partnerships/collaborations, and sustainability. Ms. Jones-Turner is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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 holds an MSW and MPH from Boston University, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.