New England PTTC Videos

The New England PTTC YouTube channel features 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.




Direct to Consumer Alcohol Sales in the Era of COVID-19: Enforcement and Policy Challenges


Direct to consumer alcohol sales are on the rise nationwide, especially as some states loosen or modify restrictions to allow alcohol delivery, curbside pickup and cocktails to go during the pandemic.  These models challenge traditional alcohol control policy and require creative solutions to address challenges in enforcement. This webinar will review current policies on home alcohol delivery, alcohol shipping and curbside service, challenges in enforcement and compliance. It will also provide specific examples of how compliance and enforcement can work in this environment and action steps that can be taken in your own community. This webinar will include data specific to the New England states as well as drawing from nationwide trends and examples from other regions.

Presented by Cassandra Greisen of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Carrie Christofes of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Agency, and Matthew Stemple of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Alcohol Law Enforcement Division





Prevention in Action: Data-Driven Vaping Prevention Messaging in New Hampshire and Maine


The New England PTTC Prevention in Action webinar series features successful prevention stories from across New England. In this Prevention in Action webinar, representatives from New Hampshire and Maine will share how their agencies each developed data-driven vaping prevention media campaigns, what the campaigns included and what their next steps are. This webinar will demonstrate how state and local data can be used to develop universal and targeted media campaigns for prevention.

Presenters: Jessica Morton, New Hampshire DHHS Tobacco Control and Prevention Christin D’Ovidio, John Snow Institute David Pied and Garth Smith, Maine CDC Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention Elizabeth Daniels, Rinck Advertising




New Conversations for Changing Times in Marijuana Prevention


Do your marijuana presentations inspire and influence your audiences? Do you know how to pivot - and edit - your content to meet a wide range of audience needs and accommodate ever-shifting and changing policies? Preventionists are called upon to educate a diverse range of community members about the impact of marijuana and presentations are often the vehicle through which that information is relayed. In this 90-minute virtual training, participants will learn practical skills to create compelling marijuana prevention presentations that can be adapted for different audiences, using the tools and resources they already have.



Webinar Series: Part 1: Introduction to Evaluation for Substance Use Prevention Professionals


Prevention funding often requires program evaluation to demonstrate impacts, successes, challenges, opportunities, and efficiencies. However, conducting an evaluation is a science with many steps along the way. Join Public Consulting Group (PCG) on December 2 at 1:00pm for an introduction to evaluation for substance use prevention professionals, the first of a four-part series to learn about the evaluation process from why evaluation is important to how to design and conduct an evaluation, and ultimately, how to use your findings to make data-driven decisions for your programs.



Webinar Series: Part 2: Designing Your Evaluation - Evaluation for Substance Use Prevention Professionals


Prevention funding often requires program evaluation to demonstrate impacts, successes, challenges, opportunities, and efficiencies. However, conducting an evaluation is a science with many steps along the way.





Webinar Series: Part 3: Conducting a Program Evaluation - Evaluation for Substance Use Prevention Professionals


Prevention funding often requires program evaluation to demonstrate impacts, successes, challenges, opportunities, and efficiencies. However, conducting an evaluation is a science with many steps along the way.



Webinar Series: Part 4: Using Evaluation to Make Data Driven Decisions for Substance Use Prevention Professionals


Prevention funding often requires program evaluation to demonstrate impacts, successes, challenges, opportunities, and efficiencies. However, conducting an evaluation is a science with many steps along the way.



Prevention in Action Webinar: Adapting Prevention Programs to COVID 19


In this New England PTTC Prevention in Action webinar, we will hear how two prevention organizations have adapted their programs to accommodate the need for social distancing and reduced face-to-face programming due to the pandemic. This session will also include an opportunity to discuss and share other strategies for adapting prevention programs as well as live Q & A.




Building the Latinx Prevention Workforce


There are many destabilizing aspects of social adaptation in the United States for Latinos including discovering their career path. Prevention is not a very well known field in the Hispanic/Latino community although many protective factors used in prevention are inherent to the Latino family. The journey toward building the Latinx Prevention Workforce must pay careful attention to issues of ethnic and cultural sensitivity and overall cultural competence. We know that culture and language pose significant barriers to providing the appropriate workforce for some populations.




CBD 101 for Prevention Professionals


Unsure of what CBD is and how it is related to cannabis and THC? In this webinar, Dr. Karen Simone will review the differences between CBD, THC and cannabis, what is the evidence for clinical use of CBD and how prescription CBD differs from commercially available CBD products. As state policies on cannabis and related products continue to evolve, it is important for prevention professionals to stay aware of what products exist and how they are used.




A Circle Tied to Mother Earth: Supplementing EBPs with Culturally Relevant Material


Learn how the Institute for New England Native American Studies in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a Native Youth focused supplement to add culturally relevant materials to an evidence-based prevention curriculum. This webinar will explore the challenges of adapting prevention materials for specific populations while maintaining program fidelity. This webinar is hosted as part of the New England PTTC Prevention in Action series.




Advanced Prevention Series: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Behavioral Health


Many of us know and agree that diversity, equity, and inclusion are important considerations in prevention practice. In this session, we will discuss actions steps, both personally and professionally, to bringing the conversation on equity to life. Come prepared to roll up your virtual sleeves and get to work on building equity into our prevention practices.






Recovery & Resiliency with Real Students (HHS Region 1)


Listen to hear student testimony and learn how commitment, collaboration, and compassion, work together to make recovery possible with welcoming remarks from SAMHSA’s Office of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Recovery. SAMHSA would like to highlight the successes of recovery high schools in MA while addressing the barriers communities sometimes face during implementation and emphasizing the importance of cross sector collaboration. This is also an opportunity to share those best practices with neighboring states and community leaders.






Maine Virtual Communities Talk 2021 (HHS Region 1)


Virtual event sharing stories, information, and messages on how to promote wellness and prevent underage drinking in Maine youth.

Guest speakers:

  • Sterling Campbell is a professional musician with the B-52s. Sterling has also toured with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Soul Asylum and played throughout the U.S. and Europe.
  • Matt Bellace is a psychologist and comedian who addresses substance use and mental health for young people and adults across the country.

In addition to guest speakers, you will also hear from students around the state promoting ways to talk about wellness and substance use. This event is a collaboration among the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center, River Valley Rising, Be the Influence Windham-Raymond, Gardiner Area Thrives/Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Casco Bay CAN, in partnership with the SAMHSA Region 1 office.





Invisible Disability: Overdose, Brain Injury, and the Impact of Cognitive Impairment on Service Delivery and Treatment Outcomes (HHS Region 1) - An installment of Maine's Governor Janet Mills Opioid Response Summit & Seminar Series


New England PTTC will be co-Sponsoring the March installment of Maine’s Governor Janet Mills’ Opioid Response Summit Seminar Series, which will be focused on the topic of the intersection of brain injury and substance use disorder. The seminar is being conducted in partnership and featured speakers from the Maine/New Hampshire chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Along with the epidemic of overdoses, there has been a parallel rise in sustained and often permanent cognitive disability resulting from a loss of oxygen to the brain. This webinar will provide an overview of the relationship between brain injury and substance use, and introduce the practical steps providers can take to recognize the cognitive impact of overdoses. New resources to support provider screening, assessment, and intervention will be introduced.

Presenter: Carolyn Lemsky, Ph.D.,C.Psych ABPP-CN Moderator: Steve Wade, MBA - Consulting Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of America – Maine Chapter





Cannabis Legalization New England: Using Data to Understand Regional Context & Consumption Patterns


While medical cannabis has been legal for some time in New England, the movement toward adult use cannabis legalization has gained traction over the last few years and now seems imminent for holdout states. However, each New England state has had a different approach to governing and regulating cannabis programs, which has influenced availability, access, and use. Understanding this influence and the context of use is critical for prevention. Join us for a review of New England state cannabis programs and a look at the data available to guide prevention work at the ground level.

Join presenters from Public Consulting Group, the New England PTTC Evaluation Partner.

  • Tim Diomede, MPP, Epidemiologist, Maine SEOW Coordinator
  • Kim Magoon, MS, Evaluation Analyst
  • Megan Hawkes, MPH, Program Manager, Evaluation





Prevention in Action: Developing and Disseminating the "You Think, You Know" Campaign


Learn about the development and implementation of the You Think You Know media campaign addressing counterfeit pills in Connecticut. This webinar will address how this campaign came to be, from recognizing the need to developing the campaign and disseminating information statewide- and beyond!


  • Melissa McGarry, TPAUD, Trumbull Prevention Partnership
  • Katherine Gallo, Daydream Communications
  • Giovanna Mozzo, The Hub
  • Anna Gasinski, New England HIDTA



Prevention in Action: Drug Take Back Efforts in New England

Learn about Drug Take Back Day events and related efforts to reduce the illicit use of prescription medications across New England. This webinar includes a spotlight on what coalitions around the region are doing to support drug take-back as well as a presentation from the DEA on their new and ongoing initiatives.



2022 Maternal and Child Health and Substance Exposed Infant Conference

Maine’s Maternal and Child Health and Substance Exposed Infant Virtual Conference 2022 offers two days of inspiring presentations along with educational and networking opportunities related to maternal and child health, with focused attention on substance exposed infants and families living with substance use disorder.

Participants will gain knowledge about current national and local maternal and child health trends along with strategies and ideas about how to optimize maternal and child health engagement, promote education and cultivate connections and resources within your community. National, regional, and local keynote speakers and presenters will share evidence-based information and guide us to new thinking about how to best support healthy pregnancies (prenatal and postpartum) which lead to healthier outcomes for infants, young children, and families.

With filmed and live recovery stories, your understanding of the disease of substance use disorder will deepen while learning about innovative programs and resources for families, including for those living with substance use disorder and those who support them.

Topics Featured Include:

  • National and Regional Maternal and Child Health Trends
  • Why Healthy Brain Development Matters: Infancy through Young Adulthood
  • The Oral Health Circle of Life: Childhood through Adulthood
  • Cannabis Use During Pregnancy and Beyond: What it means for Infants and Parenting Individuals
  • Recovery stories will be shared throughout both days of the Conference


2022 Maternal and Child Health and Substance Exposed Infant Conference


Fellowship Symposium: Tools for the Substance Misuse Prevention Workforce on the Changing Landscape of Cannabis in New England


Learn about the six new research-based tools and resources created for the New England substance misuse prevention workforce to support their work in the Changing Landscape of Cannabis, with a focus on the IC & RC Prevention Domains.


Resources include:

  • A Practical guide to introduce and assist preventionists on how to leverage social media as an environmental change strategy for cannabis prevention and adoption of health-promoting norms in school and community settings 
  •  A thought piece that applies lessons learned from underage drinking and tobacco use prevention programs to the evolving landscape of cannabis use this paper takes a restorative approach and provide recommendations to communities based on the successes and shortcomings of these programs.
  • A presentation/ToolKit municipalities can use to learn about the implications of allowing retail cannabis businesses to operate in their community the tool kit will cover a variety of data-driven considerations communities may want to review and discuss prior to making any decisions.
  • A communication frame that will compassionately educate parents caregivers and youth on the potential harms of cannabis use on young brains while reducing stigma.
  • A new and improved multipronged cannabis prevention education tool to be used in an alternative to suspension programs the tool could be a standalone product for other school districts and community coalitions to use as an alternative to suspension program.
  • A tool kit that prevention professionals and communities working on cannabis-related policy improvement can use to help support prevention and public health at a community level.




The Invitation to Change Approach 

This 1-hour talk introduces the Invitation to Change (ITC), a model built to provide accessible and impactful practices to anyone in a helping role––be that a family member, peer support, or professional. Blending principles and practices found in three evidence-based approaches for supporting change, the ITC offers guidance on how to use them in a common language: not only to make helpers more effective but also to increase their capacity and willingness to support a person struggling with substance use.




Alcohol Policy and Use in 2023: An Update

The alcohol marketplace is changing quickly, from direct shipment and third-party delivery services to cocktails to-go and curbside pickup, requiring enforcement, prevention, and public health stakeholders to react with creative solutions and strategies to regulate and enforce this new environment. This webinar will review the current alcohol policy landscape and alcohol consumption trends and how both have changed during the Covid-19 pandemic and discuss effective strategies that work to prevent alcohol-related harm with a spotlight on one state’s efforts to track and monitor the alcohol home delivery environment.



Youth Cannabis Prevention: Alternatives to Suspension and Restorative Practices hosted by The Partnership @drugfreenh

Two New England PTTC fellows will come and present their new toolkits.

A guide for community prevention efforts focused on keeping youth healthy while navigating the evolving cannabis landscape. Through adopting restorative practices and focusing on relationships, this guide seeks to support youth health and well-being while applying lessons learned from youth alcohol and tobacco use prevention efforts. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE.


An alternative to suspension curricula and facilitators guide built on best practices for cannabis prevention within indicated populations. DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAM & TOOLS.

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