Events

Upcoming Events

Event Title Description Event Date/Time
Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners

Explore the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with real-world examples, and meet your annual IC&RC prevention ethics requirement for prevention specialist certification. Registration is open now!

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Building Brave Spaces Across Difference (Day 1)

In this two-day training, we will explore what it means to act in solidarity for folks with historically marginalized identities. This training will focus specifically on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations, and recognize the beautiful intersection of these identities as well. On day one, the trainers will spend time walking participants through the assumptions or unconscious biases they might be bringing into spaces and have a chance to explore learned values and beliefs that may be influencing their allyship. It is important to walk-back and begin undoing our unconscious biases before we can move into a space of genuine solidarity.

In day two, participants will learn more specific frameworks and tools to help them figure out when and where to use their voices to fight for justice. The trainers will offer their insights on how to support our BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ friends, family, and coworkers, even if we do not share common identities. How can we take these strategies and apply them to the work we’re doing in communities? This training will use a mix of small and large group discussion, hands-on activities, and deep self-reflection. Come prepared to dig into heart work, and walk away with some strategies and best practices.


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Getting to Know "Truth: Resources for Inspiring Lives Free from Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine"

CADCA’s Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA) is partnering with the Truth Initiative to present “Getting to Know Truth: Resources for Inspiring Lives Free from Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine” on May 25th, 2022 from 12-1:30 PM EST. This webinar will introduce participants to free resources that are available via the Truth Initiative, including the truth® campaign and its evaluation, Vaping: Know the Truth vaping prevention program, community, and youth engagement programs, and This is Quitting, a text message based vaping cessation program for youth and young adults.


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Talking Effectively With Youth About Substance Use

Substance use is prevalent among adolescents and poses risks to their health and well-being. Adults who work with teens are in a unique position to help, but often feel at a loss how to do so effectively, in a short amount of time, and in a way that builds a positive relationship. This training will help adults improve their conversations with youth about drugs and alcohol.


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Opioid Settlement Funding: A Chance to Repair the Harm

A recent settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors allocates $26 billion in funding for states to use for relief programs. This settlement creates a unique opportunity for public safety agencies to secure funding for programs to mitigate the impact of the opioid epidemic. Join Lexipol for a panel discussion on how opioids have affected first responders and agencies, how this new funding will be allocated, and what you can do to advocate for the needs of your organization. 


Exploring the Science of Connection Behind Promoting First Relationships

Promoting First Relationships ® (PFR: Kelly et al., 2008) is a brief 10-week home visiting intervention designed for caregivers with infants or young children. PFR is a program that focuses on the quality of the caregiver-child relationship as a source of protection from toxic stress. Providers who learn to use PFR are trained to use strength-based strategies including positive feedback and reflective observation. Together these strategies help caregivers develop a deeper understanding of their child’s behavior which in turn increases their sensitivity to their child’s social and emotional needs. PFR uses video feedback to facilitate reflective observation and discussion. PFR has been evaluated in five randomized clinical trials: two trials in the child welfare system in Washington State; two trials within American Indian tribes; and one trial in a perinatal mental health setting. In this presentation, we will first describe the underlying conceptual model that leverages positive relationships as a source of resilience and then describe the PFR model of intervention. We will also show some videotaped examples of PFR in practice and conclude with a brief overview of the evidence base. There will be time for questions and answers upon the conclusion of the presentation.


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Building Brave Spaces Across Difference (Day 2)

In this two-day training, we will explore what it means to act in solidarity for folks with historically marginalized identities. This training will focus specifically on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations, and recognize the beautiful intersection of these identities as well. On day one, the trainers will spend time walking participants through the assumptions or unconscious biases they might be bringing into spaces and have a chance to explore learned values and beliefs that may be influencing their allyship. It is important to walk-back and begin undoing our unconscious biases before we can move into a space of genuine solidarity.

In day two, participants will learn more specific frameworks and tools to help them figure out when and where to use their voices to fight for justice. The trainers will offer their insights on how to support our BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ friends, family, and coworkers, even if we do not share common identities. How can we take these strategies and apply them to the work we’re doing in communities? This training will use a mix of small and large group discussion, hands-on activities, and deep self-reflection. Come prepared to dig into heart work, and walk away with some strategies and best practices.


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Advanced Ethics Series Session Six Learning Lab

The purpose of the virtual learning lab is to expand on the information delivered in the preceding webinar. The virtual learning lab will provide an opportunity for conversation between prevention professionals, guided by facilitators, to provide a greater level of detail and understanding into the key concepts of the topics addressed. Anticipated goals of virtual learning lab include; increased knowledge transfer, increased network development, opportunities to trouble-shoot real life cases.


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Cultural Humility Webinar

Embark on this self-evaluation and self-critique journey with us. This training is an introduction to people who want to learn some tools on how to become more culturally humble by examining their own biases, beliefs, and cultural identities. We will explore how providers can begin to work towards consciously demonstrating cultural humility in their client interactions.


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Cultural Humility as a Methodology for Collaborating with Massachusetts Native Communities

The training team will present an interactive program that integrates best practices and principles regarding training for cultural humility (Fisher-Bourne, Cain and Martin, 2015; Betancourt, Green and Carrillo, 2016), while communicating essential knowledge and nuanced understanding regarding Native communities in Massachusetts.


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53rd New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies

The New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies, commonly called Summer School, is an intensive 5-day learning experience to further knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of substance use disorder services. For over 50 years, participants from many disciplines have come together to form a unique, diverse learning community. 

New England summer programs have been developed to respond to specific needs in our regional workforce. Participants may attend offerings specifically for treatment, prevention, or recovery support, or select courses of interest to all.

The Summer School provides wonderful combined learning opportunities for participants working in different areas of the behavioral health services continuum.

Please join us for new knowledge, skills, virtual networking and continuing education contact hours in June!

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Blunt Talk: Reframing the Conversation with Youth about Marijuana

This training provides an overview of marijuana and current trends in use among youth.  We will review research to date on marijuana and the teenage brain, perceived benefits, short-term vs. long-term effects of use, and facts about marijuana and addiction/ cannabis use disorder.

The training will focus on ways to engage youth in understanding their patterns of marijuana use, their reasons for use, and developing alternatives to marijuana use while promoting open, positive communication and healthier life choices.  Treatment resources for youth and young adults (licensed by the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services/BSAS) will also be shared.

This training is aimed towards anyone working with youth and young adults; prior knowledge is not required.


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Black Addictions Institute (BAI)

The Black Addiction Institute's (BAI) training will serve as an opportunity for providers serving people of African ancestry to meet, engage, and renew as we approach much needed change in the future when delivering substance use, misuse, abuse, addiction, mental health, and alternatives to incarceration services and supports. 

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2022 Policy Action Institute

APHA’s Policy Action Institute brings the importance of policy to the forefront. Attendees will hear from influential leaders, discuss the latest topics in Public Health and learn from one another during designated networking and interaction times. Share your latest concerns around public health policy and the wins you have made in your community.


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Preventing Injury, Pain, and Opioid Use in the Workplace (for Employers)

This 1.5 hour interactive training for Massachusetts employers will describe how workplace conditions may lead to injury, pain, and opioid use, explore strategies to create a work environment that will help prevent opioid use and addiction, and identify workplace strategies that support treatment and recovery.


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Prevention Meets Harm Reduction: How Community Collaborations Work Across the Continuum Part One

How can prevention coalitions work across the continuum of care to maximize impact and sustain systems-level changes that promote wellness for everyone? This virtual series will provide a framework for understanding harm reduction strategies by sharing the history and pillars of harm reduction as a social movement and examples of various types of harm reduction strategies. Participants will explore how the goals and values of prevention intersect with harm reduction and how we can work together through community collaborations to address overlapping goals. Finally, we will explore how the knowledge brought from those with lived experience can enhance our implementation strategies across the continuum of care.


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Prevention Meets Harm Reduction: How Community Collaborations Work Across the Continuum Part Two

How can prevention coalitions work across the continuum of care to maximize impact and sustain systems-level changes that promote wellness for everyone? This virtual series will provide a framework for understanding harm reduction strategies by sharing the history and pillars of harm reduction as a social movement and examples of various types of harm reduction strategies. Participants will explore how the goals and values of prevention intersect with harm reduction and how we can work together through community collaborations to address overlapping goals. Finally, we will explore how the knowledge brought from those with lived experience can enhance our implementation strategies across the continuum of care.


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Preventing Injury, Pain, and Opioid Use in the Workplace (for Employers)

This 1.5 hour interactive training for Massachusetts employers will describe how workplace conditions may lead to injury, pain, and opioid use, explore strategies to create a work environment that will help prevent opioid use and addiction, and identify workplace strategies that support treatment and recovery.


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Preventing Injury, Pain, and Opioid Use in the Workplace (for Employers)

This 1.5 hour interactive training for Massachusetts employers will describe how workplace conditions may lead to injury, pain, and opioid use, explore strategies to create a work environment that will help prevent opioid use and addiction, and identify workplace strategies that support treatment and recovery.


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NPN Conference: The Power of HOPE: Healthy Opportunities for Prevention to Empower Change

The purpose of the NPN Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance use prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.

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