Southeast PTTC Webinars

Upcoming Webinars & Trainings

HIV A to Z: An Interactive Training for Prevention & Treatment Providers

Thursday, July 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Equity in Action: Crafting Inclusive Prevention Communication

Wednesday, August 7, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET


On-Demand Webinars

2024 Webinars

Lunch & Learn Series: How to Write Successful Grants in Prevention - Workshop #3: Analyzing and Learning From Real-World Examples

Presented by Drew Reynolds & Keri-Lyn Coleman on June 10, 2024

The third and final workshop provided attendees an opportunity to practice and workshop the skills they learned in workshops 1 and 2. Attendees analyzed real-life grant materials that offer ‘teachable’ moments to identify areas of strength as well as areas for improvement.

Lunch & Learn Series: How to Write Successful Grants in Prevention - Workshop #2: Writing a Winning Proposal Narrative

Presented by Drew Reynolds & Keri-Lyn Coleman on June 3, 2024

Session two focused on the key parts of a strong grant proposal narrative in the field of prevention.

Lunch & Learn Series: How to Write Successful Grants in Prevention - Workshop #1: Planning for Successful Grant Writing

Presented by Drew Reynolds & Keri-Lyn Coleman on May 20, 2024

This workshop focused on planning for successful grant writing, with an emphasis on factors outside the proposal narrative that are critical to success.

Youth Engagement Workshop 2: A Social Justice Approach to Working With and For Young People In Substance Use Prevention

Presented by Parissa J. Ballard, MA, Ph.D., Heather Kennedy, MPH, Ph.D., & Allyson Howe, MSW, on May 15, 2024

In the second workshop, we invite participants to learn more about the social justice youth development framework and we will focus on how to identify and address unequal distributions of power in youth-adult relationships. The workshop will close with reflection and discussion, tailored to participants’ own level of youth engagement identified through a pre-survey, about how to engage in practices that enhance authentic collaboration between youth and adults and to apply concepts to their own contexts to deepen commitment to youth voice.

Youth Engagement Workshop 1: Assessing Organizational Capacity and Readiness to Successfully Engage with Youth in your Substance Use Prevention Work

Presented by Parissa J. Ballard, MA, Ph.D., Heather Kennedy, MPH, Ph.D., & Allyson Howe, MSW, on May 8, 2024

The first workshop in this series will introduce participants to characteristics of organizations that serve as a strong foundation for youth engagement. Participants will then examine their own organizational capacity and readiness for youth engagement. After this, participants will be invited to discuss with others' ideas for advancing characteristics to include and strengthen youth voice within their own settings. The workshop will close with an introduction to social justice youth development theory as a model for how to deepen practice with and for young people.

Cultural Intersections Across the Continuum of Care - Southeast TTC’s Collaborative Virtual Summit

Presented by CAPT Michael King, PhD, MSW, Regional Director; Albert Gay, MS, CPC; Lucy Cannon, EdD, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS; & Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, on April 23, 2024

Join the Southeast TTC’s Collaborative Virtual Summit! Are you a professional or practitioner in the field of prevention, treatment, recovery, or mental health services within the southeastern United States? If so, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Southeast Technology Transfer Centers (TTCs) invite you to our illuminating event: "Cultural Intersections Across the Continuum of Care."

Building Bridges: Fostering Community-Campus Collaboration for Substance Use Prevention, Harm Reduction, & Recovery

Presented by Dr. Lori Ann Eldridge, Kayce Matthews, Annette Newton-Baldwin, & Reese Hiatt, on April 10, 2024

Join the Southeast PTTC for a lively discussion on the power of collaboration between college campuses and their surrounding communities to support substance misuse prevention, harm reduction and recovery. Our panel of regional experts will share insights, best practices, and success stories, empowering participants with the knowledge needed to implement successful initiatives.

2024 Workforce Development Series - Communications Strategies and Essentials for the Prevention Workforce

Presented by Stephanie Strutner & Carlton Hall on March 26, 2024

The Southeast PTTC is committed to addressing collective needs of the prevention workforce through the development and adaptation of culturally appropriate training products and services for the Southeast Region. The overall goal of this 3-part series is to build capacity of the Prevention Workforce to deliver effective prevention strategies and programs, support individuals working towards IC&RC Prevention Certification, and build knowledge and skills in a variety of training topics aligned to SAMHSA Priorities.

Advancing Health Equity through the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF): A Lunch & Learn Series

Presented by Nicole M. Augustine, MPH, MCHES, PS Region 3 and 4 SPTAC Director; Priscila Giamassi, MPM, PS Region 3 and 4 SPTAC T/TA lead on February 5-9, 2024

The Southeast & Central East PTTCs are pleased to present this week-long Lunch & Learn Series in collaboration with the Southeast Regional SPTAC Team. This interactive webinar series offered new and experienced prevention professionals an opportunity to explore comprehensive prevention planning with a Health Equity lens. Sessions included dynamic breakout room discussions, resource sharing, and networking opportunities between prevention professionals from regions 3 and 4.

Practical Skills in Prevention Series - Session 3: Make the Magic Happen in a Meeting - Meeting Facilitation Skills

Presented by Jamie Comstock and Robin Carr on February 28, 2024

When it comes to building workforce capacity, some fields overlook the importance of practical or “soft skills” as they are not as tangible as technical or “hard skills.” Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with others. Soft skills are transferable, and useful in every domain of life. Soft skills enable you to collaborate, build relationships, and enhance productivity. For prevention professionals, strong communication skills instill confidence to engage with communities, foster meaningful connections and strengthen relationships. Developing soft skills may take time but is essential for advancing in the modern prevention workforce.

Promoting Prevention by Understanding Psychostimulant Use

Presented by Colber Prosper on November 8, 2023

When it comes to building workforce capacity, some fields overlook the importance of practical or “soft skills” as they are not as tangible as technical or “hard skills.” Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with others. Soft skills are transferable, and useful in every domain of life. Soft skills enable you to collaborate, build relationships, and enhance productivity. For prevention professionals, strong communication skills instill confidence to engage with communities, foster meaningful connections and strengthen relationships. Developing soft skills may take time but is essential for advancing in the modern prevention workforce.

2023 Webinars

Empowering Prevention Professionals: A Deep Dive into Certification, Equity, and Essential Resources

Presented by Nicole M. Augustine, MPH, MCHES, PS Region 3 and 4 SPTAC Director, on December 7, 2023

When it comes to building workforce capacity, some fields overlook the importance of practical or “soft skills” as they are not as tangible as technical or “hard skills.” Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with others. Soft skills are transferable, and useful in every domain of life. Soft skills enable you to collaborate, build relationships, and enhance productivity. For prevention professionals, strong communication skills instill confidence to engage with communities, foster meaningful connections and strengthen relationships. Developing soft skills may take time but is essential for advancing in the modern prevention workforce.

HIV A to Z: An Interactive Training for Prevention & Treatment Providers

Presented by Shannon Farrar, Leslie Dill, Reginald Walker, Derrick Pegg, & Ibrea Crowder on December 5, 2023

When it comes to building workforce capacity, some fields overlook the importance of practical or “soft skills” as they are not as tangible as technical or “hard skills.” Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with others. Soft skills are transferable, and useful in every domain of life. Soft skills enable you to collaborate, build relationships, and enhance productivity. For prevention professionals, strong communication skills instill confidence to engage with communities, foster meaningful connections and strengthen relationships. Developing soft skills may take time but is essential for advancing in the modern prevention workforce.

Practical Skills in Prevention Series - Session 2: Contagious Leadership! If there is such a thing?

Presented by Colber Prosper on November 8, 2023

When it comes to building workforce capacity, some fields overlook the importance of practical or “soft skills” as they are not as tangible as technical or “hard skills.” Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with others. Soft skills are transferable, and useful in every domain of life. Soft skills enable you to collaborate, build relationships, and enhance productivity. For prevention professionals, strong communication skills instill confidence to engage with communities, foster meaningful connections and strengthen relationships. Developing soft skills may take time but is essential for advancing in the modern prevention workforce.

Practical Skills in Prevention Series - Session 1: Nurturing a Sense of Belonging

Presented by Colber Prosper on November 1, 2023

When it comes to building workforce capacity, some fields overlook the importance of practical or “soft skills” as they are not as tangible as technical or “hard skills.” Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with others. Soft skills are transferable, and useful in every domain of life. Soft skills enable you to collaborate, build relationships, and enhance productivity. For prevention professionals, strong communication skills instill confidence to engage with communities, foster meaningful connections and strengthen relationships. Developing soft skills may take time but is essential for advancing in the modern prevention workforce.

Honoring Culture in Prevention - Cultural Interactions, Awareness, & Responsiveness Training

Presented by Michael Browning on October 11, 2023

The goal of this webinar is to increase prevention professionals' understanding of how cultural humility and cultural standards can improve interactions with a variety of audiences. Participants will explore cultural humility and how to apply it, and the National Enhanced CLAS Standards (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care), in their profession.

Health Equity Series: Session 2 – Cultural Intersections: LGBTQ Youth and Substance Use Disorder

Presented by Carlton Hall & Leslie Dill on August 9, 2023

Many minority populations are disproportionately affected by substance use disorders and the LGBTQ community is no different. We used data to take a look at how LGBTQ youth and young adults are affected by substance use disorder and reviewed some strategies to combat this issue. Attendees also learned new ways to engage LGBTQ youth and young adults in their work!

Health Equity Series: Session 1 – Prevention Leadership Through a Culturally Humble Lens

Presented by Carlton Hall & Dr. Cerise Hunt on July 19, 2023

This interactive course provided a foundational conversation that placed the idea of prevention leadership in the context of cultural humility, inequity, and social justice.

Creating Effective Evaluation Plans

Presented by Dr. William Geary on July 12, 2023

Conducting an effective evaluation is essential to determine if you are meeting your goals for any project or program. An evaluation plan is one of the key documents that guides the evaluation process from beginning to end. An evaluation plan serves as your guidebook in making sure the evaluation is thorough, accurate, timely, and effective. It provides a detailed outline of the evaluation process and serves as a reference point for identifying your evaluation goals and determining the steps necessary for an effective evaluation. This course provides a step-by-step guide for creating an evaluation plan based on a proven effective, widely used template. After taking this course, you will better understand the importance of an evaluation plan, the basic elements of an effective evaluation plan, and how to use and share an evaluation plan to maintain credibility and effectiveness in your evaluation.

HIV A to Z: An Interactive Training for Prevention & Treatment Providers

Presented by Shannon Farrar, Leslie Dill, Reginald Walker, Derrick Pegg, & Ibrea Crowder on June 6, 2023

This interactive learning opportunity examined Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through an intersectional lens. During this 6-hour virtual training, participants learned about the history, as well as the future, of HIV.  Instructors used activities, videos, case studies, and interactive lecture format to introduce topics such as HIV Basics, History, Trauma, Homelessness, Mental Health, Substance Use, and Prevention Options for SUD professionals and other providers.

Introduction to the Prevention Core Competencies: For Prevention Professionals

Presented on June 5-7, 2023

This 3-day training covered substance use prevention fundamentals for early career prevention professionals. The training provided an introduction to prevention science and a roadmap to further education and professional development.

Building a Trauma Informed Resilient Focused Community

Presented by Becky Haas on June 1, 2023

This presentation describes trauma's impact on communities and compelling reasons a community, and its prevention workforce, needs to become trauma informed and resilient focused. In sharing success stories from Northeast Tennessee in work she helped to pioneer, Becky also discussed practical steps communities can take to reduce the effects of toxic stress and childhood adversity and promote resilience.

Double Trouble: Common Risk Factors for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Presented by Dr. Alex Elswick on May 10, 2023

This webinar will explore common risk factors for mental health and substance use disorders. The presentation is roughly divided into two evidence-based approaches to stigma-reduction and education: 

  • Part 1 includes a personal testimony of co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses. 
  • Part 2 details the common risk factors and provides context for preventing and treating co-occurring disorders
2023 Workforce Development Series Session 4: Communication Techniques for the Prevention Specialist

Presented by Carlton Hall & Stephanie Strutner on April 19, 2023

This course is designed for prevention professionals and practitioners to address the job tasks of the Communication Domain of the Prevention Specialist credential. Course content built knowledge and competency in organizational communication such as discussion facilitation, effective listening, consensus building, presentation delivery and public speaking. Also, course content addressed interpersonal communication to the masses including promotions, public relations, marketing, and health education of mission and strategies.

2023 Workforce Development Series Session 3: The Application of Prevention Science and the Role of Harm Reduction

Presented by Carlton Hall and Dorothy Chaney on April 12, 2023

As the overdose crisis continues to change, we must take a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to saving lives, reducing risk, and removing barriers to effective interventions. This requires that we provide care and services that respect the health and dignity of people who use drugs. While understanding primary prevention is an essential first step toward addressing overdoses, harm reduction is vitally important to keeping people who use drugs alive and as healthy as possible. This session looked at harm reduction as an approach that emphasizes engaging with people who use to prevent overdose and improve the physical, mental and societal well-being.

2023 Workforce Development Series Session 2: Application of the 4 E’s using the Strategic Prevention Framework

Presented by Carlton Hall & Dorothy Chaney on March 27, 2023

This is part 2 of the “4 E’s Learning Lab” series. Presenters described and explored...

  • How the 4 E’s can be applied in prevention work and
  • How the 4 E’s can be implemented throughout the Strategic Prevention Framework.
2023 Workforce Development Series Session 1: Introduction to SAMHSA 4E’s Modern and Comprehensive Prevention System

Presented by Carlton Hall & Dorothy Chaney on March 3, 2023

SAMHSA recently introduced the 4 E’s as a “Modern and Comprehensive Prevention System” to support the work of prevention providers in States and communities. The 4 E’s: Early Action, Easy Access, Equitable Opportunities and Effective Delivery, provide a vital system for ensuring that prevention efforts are planned and implemented in an equitable and effective manner.

Vaping THC and Other Substances: Understanding Risks and Connecting to Resource

Presented by Dr. Mary Martinasek on March 15, 2023

This webinar covered the products typically utilized in vape devices, such as THC. We also discussed the components and constituents and associated health risks. Finally, we discussed some resources for helping people quit smoking or vaping.

How to Facilitate the "Perfect" Presentation: A Workshop on Learning Styles and Group Management

Presented by Jordon Hillhouse on February 15, 2023

As prevention professionals, we spend much of our time facilitating trainings for our peers and various community sectors. Facilitators juggle many roles, from keeping the group focused to exploring ways to promote the application of new knowledge. But how do you learn to do this? This workshop explored what makes the "perfect" facilitator and the impact the facilitator has on the training and participants. Many of you may have found yourself in a situation where you are ready to deliver an outstanding presentation, only to encounter a distraction. Distractions, whether intentional or not, happen. As facilitators, how we respond to distractions is a good indicator of how successful the presentation will be. It's best to be prepared for potential distractions so that we are ready just in case they occur. This workshop discussed the importance of setting group norms and expectations to create presentations that will benefit all learning styles. There was a discussion of the different types of participants. Finally, there was a discussion of strategies for working with all participants and situations that could arise during your presentation.

HIV A to Z: An Interactive Training for Prevention & Treatment Providers

Shannon Farrar, Leslie Dill, Reginald Walker, Derrick Pegg, & Albrea Crowder on February 7, 2023

This interactive learning opportunity examined Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through an intersectional lens.  During this 6-hour virtual training, participants learned about the history, as well as the future, of HIV.  Instructors used activities, videos, case studies, and interactive lecture format to introduce topics such as HIV Basics, History, Trauma, Homelessness, Mental Health, Substance Use, and Prevention Options for SUD professionals and other providers.

Engaging Youth Voices to Improve Substance Misuse Prevention: Tips and Tools

Presented by Dr. Parissa Ballard on January 25, 2023

Youth Engagement (YE) is an approach to prevention in which prevention organizations effectively engage youth as leaders or partners in planning, tailoring, implementing, or evaluating prevention programming. In this webinar, Dr. Ballard described different models of YE for prevention, shared tips for YE, and provided tools to guide members of the substance misuse prevention workforce through decisions about whether, and how, to incorporate YE into their prevention work.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the Southeast: Epidemiology, Special Topics, & Opportunities for Prevention

Presented by Dr. Philip A. May & Dr. Julia Hasken on January 11, 2023

Dr. May has been, and is currently, the principal investigator of clinical and epidemiologic studies funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research the characteristics of the continuum of FASD in the general populations of South Africa, United States, and Italy. He and his colleagues have focused on refining the diagnostic criteria for the FASD continuum, defining maternal risk and protective factors for FASD, and uncovering and quantifying the wide variation of outcomes and phenotypic traits of children who have been exposed to alcohol in the prenatal period. He presented data on studies of first grade children in the United States overall, South Africa, and focus on findings on FASD among children and their mothers in a county in the Southeastern region of the USA. FASD are prevalent today in the United States and are pernicious health disparities that no individual should have to endure.

2022 Webinars

Supersized Alcopops: What Can Localities Do About Alcohol Products That Are Attractive and Dangerous to Youth?

Presented by Dr. Matthew Rossheim on December 14, 2022

This presentation will highlight research on "supersized alcopops," including why they are especially dangerous and how they serve as an exemplar of problematic alcohol products regarding the 4 P's of marketing: Price, Place, Product, and Promotion. This presentation will underscore the importance of collecting data for understanding local conditions and framing them in ways that support local policy change. Participants will leave with possible options for next steps to better understand their local alcohol environment.

2021 Webinars

Engaging Faith Communities in our Prevention Work

Presented by Tracy Johnson, Michael L. Dublin, & Lesley Gabel on December 15, 2021

This webinar provided participants with a broad overview of the issues of faith and spirituality as protective factors, outlined the significant assets religious organizations possess and described how they can be mobilized to reduce substance misuse. Effective and innovative strategies for engaging faith leaders in prevention efforts were also discussed.

Community Prevention with the National Guard & Reserve: Opportunities for Collaboration

Presented by Erin Jamieson Day, Kathleen Roberts, MS, Master Sergeant Nicole Smashum Lynch, Alicia Sparks, PhD, MPH, on November 10, 2021

The Southeast region has a strong history of military service. Of the states with highest numbers of troops serving post 9/11, 5 of them are in the Southeast (South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina). This 90-minute webinar will highlight community-level collaborative approaches for substance misuse prevention for National Guard & Reserve Soldiers and their communities. We will learn about the National Guard, their unique culture, and challenges faced by service members that may contribute to substance misuse. We will briefly explore environmental strategies to change the context in which our service members live, work, play and learn. Finally, we will learn about two collaborative efforts happening in North Carolina and Florida between the National Guard’s Drug Demand Reduction Outreach Program and a community coalition partner.

Building Statewide Alliances to Reduce Alcohol Related Harms: Southeast Regional Conversation

Presented by Michael Sparks, Dylan Ellerbee, & Michael Mumper on October 25, 2021

State alcohol policy alliances are statewide coalitions that work to educate communities and policymakers about evidence-based state and local alcohol policies to reduce alcohol-related harms in communities. This webinar will describe how the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance uses technical assistance and information dissemination to ensure state alliances (1) have a meaningful voice in the state policy process and(2) are able to build the capacity of local coalitions to support local policy development. We will describe the steps involved in forming a state alcohol policy alliance and provide examples of the experiences in a few states.

Health Equity Series: Session 2 – Needs Assessment

Presented by Raylette Pickett-Johnson, Albert Gay, & Tasha Wilkerson on October 13, 2021

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are important considerations in prevention practice. Over the course of the Health Equity Series, we will discuss action steps, both personally and professionally, to bring the conversation of equity to life. Session 2 outlined the steps and components involved in conducting needs assessment, including data collection and the identification and prioritization of the problem, and contributing factors.

Health Equity Series: Session 1 – Foundations

Presented by Raylette Pickett-Johnson, Albert Gay, and Tasha Wilkerson on September 22, 2021

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are important considerations in prevention practice. Over the course of the Health Equity Series, we will discuss action steps, both personally and professionally, to bring the conversation of equity to life. Session 1 began the conversation of health equity and its importance in the field of prevention. In this session, we defined terms that are essential to the discussion, as well as discussed the roots of how inequities are formed.

Substance Misuse Prevention with Hispanic and Latino Communities in the Southeast - What Cultural Dynamics are at Play?

Presented by Dr. Jana Spalding on June 7, 2021

The Southeast PTTC in collaboration with the National Hispanic & Latino PTTC offers this training for prevention practitioners in HHS Region 4: AL, FL, GA, KY, MI, NC, SC and TN. This training, offered in response to a need identified by Region 4 stakeholders, will focus on the relationship between our personal and professional cultural backgrounds and those of people whose historical roots are embedded in the expansion of Spain, once a powerful global empire. Do people in this diaspora have particular views, beliefs, and biases about substance misuse? Are they different than ours? Dr. Jana Spalding will explore and encourage deeply reflective questions such as--from what cultural framework has the field of prevention developed? What assumptions, unspoken beliefs, and biases exist in the field of prevention? How can we ever know how to work with people whose ways of being in the world are different from ours? How can we ever understand, much less find common ground with, people from another culture in order to prevent substance misuse and promote health?

Learning Effective Prevention Engagement in African American Communities & Sharing Successes

Presented by Carlton Hall & Tracy Johnson on April 21, 2021

Participants will learn key strategies and practical method to implement prevention in the urban and black community. The presenters review African American history and how it impacts the way organizations learn and ultimately define what prevention is or is not for their targeted population. Participants will explore what the national data offers about African Americans drug and mental health concerns, learn specific prevention principles, and how to apply these principles within the African American/urban communities.

Workforce Development Training 3: Community Organization for the Prevention Professional

Presented by Carlton Hall, Tracy Johnson, & Dave Shavel on January 5, 2021

The Community Organization training provides information which community preventionists can use as they work to plan and implement prevention efforts in their communities. The training focuses on elements and skills needed to engage and organize a community's prevention efforts. Participants will experience how these skills are relevant to each element of the SPF.

2020 Webinars

Workforce Development Training 2: SPF: Assessment, Planning and Evaluation for the Prevention Professional

Presented by Carlton Hall, Tracy Johnson, & Dave Shavel on December 15, 2020

This webinar provided participants with a broad overview of the issues of faith and spirituality as protective factors, outlined the significant assets religious organizations possess and described how they can be mobilized to reduce substance misuse. Effective and innovative strategies for engaging faith leaders in prevention efforts were also discussed.

Trauma-Informed Health Communications 101: Targeting Low Income Communities of Color

Presented by Ivan J. Juzang, MBA on December 9, 2020

This session is designed to improve prevention professionals’ cultural competency and ability to communicate with low-income communities of color (particularly urban, African-American communities), to provide them with behavioral health information in a way that is effective and culturally-relevant. The webinar addresses why traditional forms of health communications may not be cost-effective or culturally-sensitive, and also how they may be insulting to low-income audiences and counter-productive to a prevention program’s goals.

Workforce Development Training 1: Prevention Fundamentals

Presented by Carlton Hall, Tracy Johnson, & Dave Shavel on December 8, 2020

The Prevention Fundamentals training provides an overview of the key concepts in substance use and misuse prevention. Participants will be introduced to concepts of the public health approach to prevention, the continuum of care and the role of coalitions and providers in community-based prevention efforts. These concepts will be referenced as the participants are introduced to the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). This two-hour session provide the framework the upcoming trainings in the PTTC Workforce Development Series.

Strategies for Advancing Equity

Presented by Cerise Hunt, Ph.D., MSW on December 2, 2020

As inequities continue to permeate our society, it’s important for prevention leaders to build their organization’s capacity to advance health equity. This session will explore the institutionalized, personally-mediated and structural mechanisms, which cause or perpetuate differences in opportunities, stresses and exposures as well as prevention service access and quality. Participants will identify practical strategies to act individually and collectively to address challenges and systemic barriers that impact the communities we serve.

Shaping the Alcohol Policy Environment: Past, Present and Future - Part 2

Presented by Cassandra Tourre on November 18, 2020

While other substances may get the share of the media attention, excessive alcohol consumption remains a consistent public health issue. This two-part webinar series will unravel the mystery of U.S. alcohol regulation, review the current science on effective strategies to addressing local conditions that influence the alcohol policy environment, and provide insights about the future of alcohol policy regulation, and the need for balance between consumer interests and public health and safety considerations. This session covered trends in alcohol policies related to direct-to-consumer policy changes, particularly focused on direct shipping and home deliveries and the importance of enforcement capacity to address the changing alcohol marketplace in these non-traditional settings.

Shaping the Alcohol Policy Environment: Past, Present and Future - Part 1

Presented by Cassandra Tourre on November 4, 2020

While other substances may get the share of the media attention, excessive alcohol consumption remains a consistent public health issue. This two-part webinar series will unravel the mystery of U.S. alcohol regulation, review the current science on effective strategies to addressing local conditions that influence the alcohol policy environment, and provide insights about the future of alcohol policy regulation, and the need for balance between consumer interests and public health and safety considerations. This session covered trends in alcohol policies related to direct-to-consumer policy changes, particularly focused on direct shipping and home deliveries and the importance of enforcement capacity to address the changing alcohol marketplace in these non-traditional settings.

Managing the Impact of COVID-19 in Children, Families and Communities through Prevention Strategies

Presented by Maureen Underwood, LCSW on August 5, 2020

The world climate of uncertainty, fear and worry enveloping the COVID pandemic created new challenges for many people. Prevention professionals are concerned about the rise in negative mental health outcomes and projected increases in suicide risk, domestic violence, and substance use. While that risk appears to be escalating, COVID-19 made prevention both more relatable and more relevant. This webinar takes a look at some of the challenges caused by the uncertainty of COVID-19, including chronic stress, emotional distress, and loss through the lens of prevention. It provided strategies and solutions for health promotion, with practical tips that translate theory into workable practice. It also provided guidelines for implementing prevention strategies and educating clients on prevention.

Leading From the Head and the Heart - The Pyramid of Success

Presented by David Anderson, Ph.D. on June 3, 2020

This session provided perspectives and insights for those seeking to address drug and alcohol issues; helpful for professionals and volunteers with limited or extensive experience, the Pyramid of Success helps anchor strategies, tools and tips that incorporate both “the head and the heart.”

Keeping Kids Safe in Schools - Associations between School Safety and Behavioral Health

Presented by Patti Clark, Ed.D, MBA, CPS on May 20, 2020

School safety is at the forefront of educators’ minds in light of recent high profile school shootings. Academic achievement and social thriving are reduced when students don’t perceive they are safe. Research shows that the perception of safety is a better predictor of student success than the presence of physical safety measures. Feeling safe in school is necessary for learning, and for physical, emotional and social development. Students who use substances are more likely to report their school is unsafe and to be fearful at school. However, schools don’t always include prevention strategies as a component of their school safety plans. Prevention professionals play an important role in educating schools on the role of behavioral health issues in the perception of school safety, and supporting the inclusion of prevention education to students and their parents, and the implementation of policies and procedures that create a pathway for connecting students to appropriate resources. In this webinar, participants learned about the findings from a Kentucky study that looked at the association between substance use, mental health issues, interpersonal violence, and problem behaviors and the perception of safety of students. We reviewed specific prevention strategies that schools should consider, and provided talking points to create dialogue with educational systems around the inclusions of behavioral health prevention components in school safety plans.

TTC & Opioid Response Network (ORN) Collaborative Brown Bag Webinar

Presented on May 8, 2020

Community Engagement Strategies: Best Practices for Preventing Substance Misuse at the Grassroots Level

Presented by Ivan J. Juzang, MBA on April 15, 2020

Many agencies and organizations are struggling to engage members of affected communities with opioid prevention, recovery and treatment messaging, due to stigma related to addiction, ineffective outreach and engagement strategies, low levels of trust in government institutions and other challenges. During this webinar, MEE shared how Coalitions or Collaborations in any size community can enhance their outreach, engagement and prevention efforts, with a focus on hard-to-reach audiences. These strategies and tactics will help them grow their presence in both digital (online) and grassroots (off-line) spheres to educate communities and to mobilize partners and stakeholders, increasing both impact and effectiveness of their opioid prevention and reduction efforts.

Leveraging a Health Equity Approach to Improve Prevention Efforts

Presented by Cerise Hunt, Ph.D., MSW on April 1, 2020

As health disparities continue to persist throughout our community, the prevention field has an important role in the advancement of health equity. The session helped leaders identify practical strategies to act individually and collectively to address significant challenges and barriers for the achievement of optimal health and wellness.

The Brain Science of Substance Misuse

Presented by Michael Nader, Ph.D. on March 18, 2020

This presentation described key brain regions affected by drug misuse and how experimental paradigms model prevention strategies.

The Benefits of Engaging Youth in Communities: Insights and Evidence from Developmental Science

Presented by Parissa Ballard, Ph.D., Wake Forest Health Sciences on February 19, 2020

Engaging youth in their communities in meaningful ways can benefit community organizations and youth themselves. This presentation provided an overview of theories and evidence regarding the benefits of youth community engagement to organizations (for example, strengthening youth-focused prevention programs and policies) and to youth themselves (for example, promoting a sense of empowerment and meaningful contribution). This presentation will also provide developmentally informed information and suggestions for practitioners and organizations to engage youth in a way that promotes youth development.

Best Practices for Prevention Media Campaigns

Presented by Jennifer Ross, Ph.D. on February 5, 2020

This presentation provided an overview of communication campaigns aimed at youth prevention, including guidance for development and implementation of a communication campaign.

Youth Opioid Addiction: What Preventionists Need to Know

Presented by Dr. Marc Fishman on January 31, 2020

Young people are disproportionately affected by the current opioid epidemic, with catastrophic consequences for youth and their families. This presentation provided an overview of central topics, including: prevention of progression to opioid use through treatment of other substance use disorders (primarily cannabis and alcohol); developmentally specific approaches to treatment of adolescents and young adults with opioid addiction; use of relapse prevention medication (MAT) in youth; and the role of families.

Innovative Strategies for Engaging Underserved Populations

Presented by Wanda Boone, Ph.D., Together for Resilient Youth and Teresa Bishop, Roundtable of St. Lucie County on January 15, 2020

Reaching underserved populations is often a dilemma for coalitions, agencies, and organizations. This presentation helped participants explore the causes of community disengagement and provided tips and strategies for facilitating meaningful participation of underserved populations in community change efforts.

2019 Webinars

Understanding the Prevention Specialist Certification Process

Presented by Nicole Augustine, MPH, MCHES, CSAPC on Dec. 18, 2019

Credentialed staff is a key priority in ensuring the delivery of evidence-based practices. ''The Prevention Specialist credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, supervision and the passing of a rigorous examination'' (IC&RC). This interactive webinar will review the basic credentialing requirements and provide an opportunity for discussing the importance of credentialing for the prevention workforce.

Prevention in a Changing Marijuana Landscape

Presented by Amy Ronshausen on September 10, 2019

This webinar gave an overview of the marijuana policy landscape with a special focus on the current Florida medical marijuana law and what measures were put in place to mitigate some of the negative consequences seen in other states with similar laws. Additionally, this webinar included data and research that can be shared with policy makers and communities members and review the role of prevention in this changing landscape.

Reducing Prevalence of Addiction Begins with Youth Prevention: One Choice for Health

Presented by Robert L. DuPont, MD and Caroline DuPont, MD on August 16, 2019

Nearly all adults with substance use disorders began using addictive substances as teens. The adolescent brain is hardwired for risk-taking putting teens at the highest risk for problems related to substance use including addiction. This webinar will review the new biology of addiction and the recognition “hijacked" addicted brain. New data from two major national surveys of teen substance use will also be presented to discuss the importance in youth drug prevention.

Advancing Prevention Science - An Introduction to the Southeast PTTC and Interactive Forum

Presented on July 9, 2019

Join us for this free webinar introducing SAMHSA’s Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network, and the launch of the Southeast PTTC housed at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC.

Prevention Resources

Resources Developed by the Southeast PTTC   The Southeast PTTC Policy Guidebook IMPLEMENTING POLICY TO PREVENT ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND OTHER DRUG MISUSE This Guidebook was developed by the Southeast Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) to provide a framework for advancing evidence-based policy strategies in local communities. Download Guidebook   Preemption & The Regulation of Alcohol Infographic This interactive resource was developed by the Southeast PTTC to assist in the education and dissemination of state-based policy regarding alcohol distribution, regulation, and enforcement. Download Resource   Southeast PTTC Onboarding and Orientation Guide This resource is adapted by the Southeast PTTC from a resource created in partnership with the Maine Prevention Workforce Development Workgroup, convened by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine under contract with the Maine Center for Disease Control. It aims to meet universal developmental training needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce in the Southeast. Download Resource     Resources Developed by SAMHSA SAMHSA's Practical Guide for Implementing a Trauma-Informed Approach SAMHSA Prevention Resources A Guide to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth SAMHSA Evidence-based Resource Guide Series SAMHSA Evidence-based Resource Guide Series Tobacco-free Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies SAMHSA National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery Advisory: Peer Support Services in Crisis Care - added 8.31.22 Advisory: Expanding Implementation of Mental Health Awareness Trainings (MHAT) in the Workplace - added 9.2.22 Addressing Burnout in the Behavioral Health Workforce through Organizational Strategies - added 9.7.22 Guide Overview - Adapting Evidence-Based Practices for Under-Resources Populations - added 9.19.22 Adapting Evidence-Based Practices for Under-Resourced Populations - added 9.19.22 Sample Policies for the Delivery of SUD-related Services via Audio-Only Telehealth Product Developed by:  Pacific Southwest ATTC  & Mountain Plains ATTC - added 9.28.22 Racial Equality Tools Glossary - added 9.28.22 Tip 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives - added 9.28.22 General Disaster Response and Recovery Information - added 9.28.22 Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System - added 11.28.22 Guide Overview: Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System - added 11.28.22     Resources Developed by the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network A Comprehensive Culturally Responsive Glossary: Concepts to Increase Awareness Towards Health Equity - Direct Download     Resources Developed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing 2022 Access to Care Survey Results - Direct Download More than 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Who Needed Substance Use and Mental Health Care Did Not Get Treatment     Resources Developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism NIAAA Expands Outreach to Diverse Audiences with New Factsheet Translations The Latest “Alcohol Facts and Statistics” from NIAAA - Added 3.21.23    
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Implementing Policy to Prevent Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Misuse: A Guidebook

Efforts to prevent substance misuse generally fall under one of two broad approaches: individual and environmental strategies. Individual strategies focus on interventions to change attitudes and intentions, provide knowledge, and develop skills to help individuals resist influences that would lead them to use substances. These interventions involve working repeatedly with individuals and small groups, requiring a tremendous amount of resources to reach a large portion of the community population.   Environmental strategies, such as policy change, focus on changing the environments that shape individual behavior. The goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Policy change also provides a greater opportunity to address health disparities.This guidebook will help you and your coalition make sense of the policy process by breaking it down step-by-step.   In detail, the guide will cover: How to draft the Policy Action Statement Building compliance of the policy with the responsible organization(s) or entity Collecting data to establish a link between the Community Condition and the Proposed Policy Developing an Issue Brief that makes the case for the Policy and offers the policy solution Drafting the Policy Language Utilizing media advocacy Organizing and mobilizing for support Preparing and presenting your policy to Decision Makers Supporting policy implementation and compliance Evaluating the policy campaign process and impacts     By working through the supporting activities, you and your partners will gain experience in forming, implementing, and promoting the compliance with ATOD policies. These policies have the potential to make alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs less accessible, less affordable, and less prevalent, thereby reducing the community-level harms associated with these substances.    This guidebook was adapted from Implementing and Supporting Policies to Prevent Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Misuse Information Guide Series funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.
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Southeast PTTC Onboarding and Orientation Guide

This resource is adapted by the Southeast PTTC from a resource created in partnership with the Maine Prevention Workforce Development Workgroup, convened by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine under contract with the Maine Center for Disease Control. It aims to meet universal developmental training needs of the substance misuse prevention workforce in the Southeast. This resource is not specific to any one funding source or program. This resource can be used by new or current prevention professionals entering the field working in any federal, state, or locally funded prevention coalition, organization, or initiative. The purpose of this resource is to provide an overview of, and orientation to, the field of substance use prevention. We hope that the information will assist new professionals to become successful and productive. It is likely that your specific initiative or organization has its own on-boarding process and tools. This resource is offered as a supplement to your training. This document is a living document that will change as the field of substance use prevention changes. The most current document can be found at the download link above.
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