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Title: Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training


1
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training
2
Definition of Prevention
  • A proactive process that empowers individuals and
    systems to foster a climate in which
  • Alcohol use is acceptable only for adults when
    risk of adverse consequences are minimal
  • Prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and other
    abusable substances are used only for their
    intended purposes and as intended
  • Illegal drugs and tobacco are not used at all
  • (CSAPs Prevention Primer, 1994 SW CAPT online
    glossary)

3
Expectations?
4
Agenda
Section 1 Introduction, History, and Overview of
Drugs Prevention, and Capacity Building
Section 2 Prevention Research
Section 3 Prevention Program Planning
Section 4 Evaluation Section 5 The Cultural Co
ntext Section 6 Using Human Development in Prev
ention Section 7 The Media and Prevention Secti
on 8 Ethics of Prevention and Bringing it all
Together
5
Ground Rules
6
Parking Lot
7
Introduction
  • Why introduction, history and overview?
  • To get to know each other a little better
  • To look at history in order to build on our
    existing knowledge base and avoid duplicating
    ineffective and harmful practices
  • To understand and practice using tools for
    capacity building

8
Attitudes About Drugs
  • What attitudes about drugs did you grow up
    with?
  • How do those attitudes affect and influence your
    role as a prevention professional?

9
Attitudes About Drugs
No matter how knowledgeable or competent we
become as prevention professionals, our work is
invariably influenced by the attitudes we grew up
with. It is important that we become aware of
those attitudes. It is also important that we
explore and challenge those attitudes which may
be counterproductive
10
Viewpoints of Prevention
  • Read the Viewpoint of Prevention that was
    assigned to you
  • Hold a group discussion, representing your
    assigned viewpoint, and express your viewpoint to
    the group
  • Discuss the question What do you think is the
    best way to address the problem of drugs?
  • You have 15 minutes

11
Viewpoints of Prevention
  • Did your group reach any consensus?
  • How difficult was it to represent a viewpoint
    different from your own?
  • What insights did you get from listening to other
    people, as well as to yourself?
  • Why do you think it is important for prevention
    professionals to be familiar with points of view
    that they may consider wrong?

12
Drugs of Abuse- Classifications
  • Central Nervous System Depressants
  • Opioids
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • Hallucinogens
  • Cannabinols
  • Inhalants
  • Anabolic Steroids

13
Drugs of First Use
  • Drugs of first use are the most common drugs of
    first use among youth tobacco and alcohol (and
    in some communities inhalants and marijuana)
  • Effective prevention professionals need to be
    familiar with which substances are being abused
    in their communities
  • Drugs of first use claim more lives than all
    other drugs combined
  • (Data source www.monitoringthefuture.org)

14
  • Supply Reduction
  • Any method used to reduce the availability of
    drugs
  • (Examples confiscation of drug shipments,
    destruction of crops, criminal penalties for
    possession and distribution, sting operations)
  • Demand Reduction
  • Any method used to reduce the demand for drugs
  • (Examples assessment and treatment services,
    prevention curricula in schools, sobriety support
    services)

15
Discussion Questions
  • How has the history of drugs in America
    contributed to current attitudes about drugs?
  • Why do you think some drugs are seen as more
    acceptable, while others are considered
    unacceptable in our society?
  • Why do you think our efforts at prevention have
    not eliminated drug use by adolescents?

16
Evolution and Training of the Prevention
Discipline
  • Scientific Theory Base
  • Verified Methods
  • Accountability for Service Effectiveness
  • Academic Coursework or Degree
  • Formal Training or Internship
  • Code of Ethics
  • Certification or Licensure

17
Building Blocks for Successful Prevention Programs
  • The program is facilitated by knowledgeable and
    competent staff
  • The program is based on sound theory and uses
    practices grounded in research
  • The program is systematically planned and
    assessed
  • The program is evaluated

18
Building Blocks for Successful Prevention Programs
  • The program is sensitive to participants from a
    variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • The program is developmentally appropriate
  • The program incorporates the media
  • The program uses a code of ethics

19

QUESTIONS and DISCUSSION
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