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Webinar Recording and Follow-Up Materials This presentation focuses on the intersection of adolescent substance use and gun violence in metropolitan, suburban, and rural communities. Along with substance use, 15 additional risk factors for gun violence will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon protective factors which help buffer the impact of risk factors. We will also discuss prevention and intervention strategies.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: Articulate the relationship between substance use and gun violence. Recognize 15 risk factors for adolescent gun violence. Describe how protective factors can help reduce the risk of substance influenced gun violence. Name prevention and intervention strategies that address adolescent gun violence.   ACCESS OR DOWNLOAD SUPPORTING MATERIALS Presentation Recording, March 12, 2024 Presentation Slides, March 12, 2024    PRESENTER:  Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is Illinois state project manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC. He is an international speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and British Virgin Islands. A partial list of clients include General Motors Corporation, Xerox Corporation, Northwestern University, and the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The author of five books, Mark has had two stories published in The New Times bestselling book series, Chicken Soup for The Soul. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and Illinois State University's schools of social work. Mark’s three decades of experience as a direct service Licensed Clinical Social Worker provide the foundation for his presentations.   The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.
Published: March 12, 2024
Dr. Fred Rottnek is a Professor and the Director of Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the Program Director of the Saint Louis University Addiction Medicine Fellowship. His clinical practices currently include addiction medicine and correctional healthcare. He teaches in the School of Medicine, the Physician Assistant Program, and the School of Law. Board-Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, he is the Medical Director for the Assisted Recovery Centers of American (ARCA) and Juvenile Detention in Family Court for the City of St. Louis. He serves on the boards of the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission and Alive and Well Communities.  Email: [email protected] The funder of this project, along with all other products of the Mid-America PTTC is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Although funded by SAMHSA, the content of this recording does not necessarily reflect the views of SAMHSA. The human brain is the most complex organ in the body. Drugs can alter important brain areas that are necessary for life-sustaining functions and can drive the compulsive drug use that marks addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has a great recourse available titled Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction. For more information visit - It is reported that only 25% of parents speak with their children about the dangers of drugs. How can we educate parents on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and provide them with the tools needed to guide and engage children through this very rough and sensitive terrain? Addiction is Real can help answer this simple question – to learn more visit  We’d like to hear from you, please send your comment, topic or guest suggestion to [email protected]
Published: December 21, 2023
Print Media
  Many people involved with the criminal justice system need social and behavioral services. These service needs often entail substance use disorder and overdose prevention and treatment. This product details why expanded services are necessary, the opportunities for prevention professionals to work with the criminal justice system, and how to begin planning for services. It also provides examples of evidence-based services.
Published: July 10, 2023
Stacee Read is Director of Network Development for the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. She is responsible for the development and oversight of State, Local, and Tribal DEC Alliances, and for providing training and TA within the DEC network - and to professionals across the nation. Her previous work in child welfare has included such roles as Crisis Counselor, and a Fatality Review Team Facilitator. Her depth of experience on committees and workgroups includes Substance Exposed Newborns, Rural Methamphetamine, and Child Protection.  Stacee received her Master’s in Social Work and her undergraduate studies in Psychology with an emphasis on abnormal psychology and dependency behaviors. Ms. Read is also an adjunct professor and consultant helping students and professionals on various topic issues across the country. [email protected] 
Published: December 15, 2022
RECORDING: Effecting Change through Alcohol Control Policies   Dr. Toomey will discuss the importance of addressing alcohol-related problems using a population-level approach. She will provide an overview of how alcohol control policies can be effective in reducing a range of alcohol-related problems as well as describe key alcohol control policies that could be enacted at a local or state level. Additionally, she will discuss the importance of implementation of the policies as well as using a comprehensive approach that combines multiple policies and related strategies.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Following this webinar, participants will be able to: (1) describe alcohol control policies that address physical and economic availability of alcohol, (2) discuss the importance of systematic implementation of policies, and (3) describe the importance of strategically combining different alcohol control policies and implementation strategies.   PRESENTER:  Traci L. Toomey, PhD Traci L. Toomey, PhD is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. She serves as the director of the Alcohol Epidemiology Program at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the prevention of problems related to use of substances, including alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Much of her research has addressed underage alcohol use and over service of alcohol. She has a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota.
Published: September 20, 2022
Recording link: Nexus of Substance Misuse Prevention and Suicide Prevention   The focus of this session is on the nexus between substance misuse prevention and suicide prevention efforts. While multiple factors influence suicidal behaviors, substance use—especially alcohol use—is a significant factor that is linked to a substantial number of suicides and suicide attempts.   LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Discuss the complex relationship between suicide and substance misuse. List shared risk and protective factors between suicide and substance misuse disorders List the barriers to collaboration between the suicide prevention field and substance misuse prevention Describe collaboration strategies for substance use prevention professionals and the suicide prevention field to improve public health and community conditions.   PRESENTERS:  Jana Boocock, MSW Jana Boocock is a Senior Prevention Specialist on the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) project. Jana’s primary experience includes managing the implementation of suicide and substance use prevention programming in South Dakota communities. Jana received her Master of Social Work in 2021 from Arizona State University and is a Certified Addiction Counselor and Certified Prevention Specialist. In addition to her state and community led prevention experience, Jana also has experience working with youth and adults experiencing behavioral health disorders within the community.   Alex Karydi Alex Karydi leads and provides technical assistance for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s States and Communities Initiative. Before joining EDC, she served as the Director of Project 2025 at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and was the director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, a global leader in LGBTQ healthcare. Karydi is a certified addictions counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Fluent in French and English, Alex holds a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University and a PhD in Clinical Sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexology.
Published: May 31, 2022
eNewsletter or Blog
In This Issue: National Prevention Week Epi Corner: What We Have Learned About the Prevention and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) "What we give them", A poem about prevention What's Happening Around the Region? Register for Part 3 Ditching the Discomfort with Data, Working With Data PTTC Spotlights Latino Behavioral Health Equity Conference Resources: Online Registry for Substance Misuse Prevention Evidence-based Programs and Practices Funding Opportunities
Published: April 21, 2022
Print Media
One-page information sheet for Prevention practitioners that provides a brief overview of Harm Reduction and its connection with Prevention. It also includes basic Harm Reduction strategies for commonly used substances and viral infections that are a heightened risk for people who use substances.
Published: October 18, 2021
Print Media
The Mountain Plains - Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) conducted a training and technical assistance (T&TA) needs survey distributed to each of the six states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) in our region.  The goal of this survey was to understand the T&TA needs of the prevention professionals in our states.  We developed the survey during December 2018 through April 2019 and it was administered from April through May of 2019.  A total of 267 prevention professionals in Region 8 started the survey; 21 of these individuals did not complete the survey.  After removing the incomplete responses, data collected from 246 participants were reviewed.  Respondents were predominantly: Female (87.40%), White (92.43%) and not of Hispanic origin (97.10%) Between the ages of 35 and 44 (30.86%) Residing in rural communities (67.77%) Working at a community coalition (24.69%), and Working as a substance use prevention specialist (50.22%)   Participants were asked to indicate the priority/need for training and/or technical assistance (TA) on a variety of topics. Each topic was rated on a 5-point scale. The top five training needs based on the percentage of respondents indicating it as a “Very Interested” included: Adolescent substance use prevention Alcohol prevention Marijuana prevention Changing social norms Connecting adolescent development with prevention programming  
Published: December 18, 2019
Presentation Slides
The Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) is offering a new product line for prevention practitioners and other key stakeholders called Best Science Slide Decks for Prevention Professionals, or slideDecks4U for short. These slide decks are intended to highlight a topic in 10 slides or less. The purpose of this slide deck is to provide prevention practitioners with researched and vetted tools they can feel confident in using in their prevention presentations. All slide decks include presenter notes and full references.   The slide deck presented here highlights and defines the key changes to the Spectrum of Behavioral Health Services (formerly called, and still often referred to as, the "Continuum of Care") published in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2019 report "Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda." USE: These slides can be used as a stand-alone overview of the updated “Spectrum of Behavioral Health Services” or incorporated into other presentations or materials. Citing the Pacific Southwest PTTC as the author of these slides is greatly appreciated, noting that the majority of the content is derived from the various Institute of Medicine/National Research Council/National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports on this topic and other key publications.    Each slide deck includes presenter notes to guide the speaker on presenting the information contained in the slides. The slide deck also include the references to all of the literature used to source the information presented. NOTE: Please do not alter any of the slides. If you need additional information, please contact the Pacific Southwest PTTC, email [email protected]  or call toll-free: 1-833-9SW-PTTC. 
Published: December 2, 2019
Click the button below to view this webinar translated in Portuguese     ---This Webinar was in Spanish/Este seminario web fue en Español--- The National Hispanic and Latino Prevention Technology transfer Center (NHLPTTC), presented a webinar on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis C, and Substance Abuse among the Latino Community. This seminar was offered free of charge and in Spanish. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), substance abuse, and the growing number of new cases of Hepatitis C are causing a severe health problem in Latino communities in the United States. During this webinar, we will discuss why this is a problem, the statistics, the advances in the area of ​​medicine to reduce and prevent new cases, the barriers faced by Latinos in trying to access medical and mental health care and the prevention efforts that are taking place.  --------------------------------------------------------- El Centro Hispano Latino de Capacitación y Asistencia Técnica en Prevención (Centro Hispano Latino PTTC), le invita a nuestro seminario web sobre el El virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH), La Hepatitis C y el Abuso de Sustancias en la Comunidad Latina. Este seminario se ofrecerá en forma gratuita y en español. El virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH), el abuso de sustancias y el número creciente de nuevos casos de Hepatitis C está causando un grave problema de salud en las comunidades Latinas en los Estados Unidos. Durante este seminario web discutiremos porque esto un problema, las estadísticas, los avances en el área de la medicina para reducir y prevenir los casos, las barreras que enfrentan los Latinos al tratar de recibir cuidado médico y de salud mental y los esfuerzos de prevención que se están llevando a cabo. Esperamos contar con su participación. Presenter Clotilde “Coti” Perez-Espinoza Clotilde “Coti” Perez-Espinoza, nació en Lima, Perú y emigro a los Estados Unidos en 1986, se graduó en la Universidad de Alabama en Birmingham con un bachierato en Estudios Internacionales y Español. Mrs. Pérez se especializa en planificar e implementar programas de prevención y educación de HIV en comunidades Latinas y Afroamericanas. Ha trabajado como directora del programa ¡VIDA/LIFE¡ de VHI, Hepatitis C y Abuso de Sustancias en CETPA una organización sin fines de lucro que ofrece educación, tratamiento y prevención de las adicciones a la comunidad Latina. También ha trabajado con Positive Impact, El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Fulton, el Centro Medico de la universidad de Alabama como Interprete Medico, y en este momento trabaja para la organización de prevención de violencia domestica PAV. Mrs. Pérez es parte de la Junta Directiva de Latino LinQ, una organización sin fines de lucro que provee enlaces y referidos a la comunidad Latina en áreas de salud y asistencia legal.
Published: September 5, 2019
Scope of Prevention 5-Part Webinar Series Part 2 of 5 Selective and Indicated School-Based Prevention Interventions for Students in Secondary School This webinar will discuss prevention efforts for students who are at risk or currently use substances or have mental health issues. Topics will include therapeutic options ranging from group therapy, individual counseling, and are informed by screening and progress monitoring of pertinent data. PDF Slides Presenter: Aaron Fischer, PhD, BCBA-D
Published: August 28, 2019
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