How Coalitions Work: Developing and Maintaining Effective Workgroups (HHS Region 1)

Date: September 20 & 21, 2023 Blank space (transparent) for table Format: Webinar Blank space (transparent) for table  

Time: 1:00 PM—4:00 PM EST; each day

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Join the New England PTTC for a fall series on Effective Coalitions and Environmental Strategies with trainer Allison Sharer, OCPC. This series will cover How Coalitions Work and the Work of Coalitions in two separate 5.5 hour workshops. Information for the first workshop, How Coalitions Work: Developing and Maintaining Effective Workgroups is listed below. Information for the second workshop, The Work of Coalitions: Environmental Strategies, is listed in the page linked here.


Wednesday, September 20, and Thursday, September 21, 1:00-4:00 pm EDT (5.5 contact hours).

Due to capacity restrictions, this workshop is only open to prevention professionals within the New England region (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT). If you are interested in this workshop but are from another state or region, please feel free to sign up for the waitlist here: Available spaces will be released by September 15.


Most of us have to lead work groups at some point in our career. Often, we simply repeat the role as we have seen others do it. But there is an art and a bit of science to fostering truly collaborative and productive work groups. Join us as we explore how to avoid common pitfalls by attending to group development and maintenance, including collaboration, leadership, membership, decision-making, teamwork, and facilitation.



Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the stages and phases of group development.
  2. Explore group development and maintenance through collaboration, leadership, membership, decision-making approaches, and teamwork.
  3. Understand the spheres of conflict, which are a natural part of work groups.
  4. Identify the five keys to facilitating effective meetings.
  5. Assess their use of the seven areas of inquiry that lead to meaningful discussions.
  6. Identify common work group pitfalls and steps to avoid them.



Allison Sharer, OCPC, has worked in the Prevention field since 1983. She is an independent trainer and consultant, and the President of Wingspan Training, LLC. Her experience includes work within youth-led prevention, community-based prevention, environmental prevention and drug-free workplace. She has developed and presented workshops, trainings and other educational opportunities for a wide variety of audiences. Allison is the past-president of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (now called Ohio Prevention Professionals Association), and also served on the former Ohio Credentialing Board as chair of the Prevention Committee. She represented Ohio for three years to the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.


Criteria for completion:

Participants are expected to fully participate on both dates (9/20 and 9/21) with audio and video access in order to receive a certificate. Participants will be asked to keep video on throughout the workshop barring exceptions*. Participants will be asked to engage in both individual activities and group discussions during the workshop.

*If you would like to participate but will be unable to use video during the workshop, please contact organizer Kristen Erickson [email protected] to discuss accommodations.

Please note: Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, it will not be recorded.


About the program: This event is part of our fall series: Effective Coalitions and Environmental Strategies. Participants may be interested in joining the next workshop in the series, The Work of Coalitions: Environmental Strategies, on October 18 and 19 from 1:00-4:00.

This event is hosted by the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, a program funded through SAMHSA, and planned in response to an identified need for additional training on coalition development.


Starts: Sep. 20, 2023 1:00 pm
Ends: Sep. 21, 2023 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 20, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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