The second step in the SPF process is building capacity. Capacity can be thought of as the people, organizations, skills, and resources that are needed to fully address the target problem.
Capacity refers to both resources and readiness.
•What resources (programs, organizations, people, money, expertise, etc.) does a community have to address its substance abuse problems? Resources, or assets, can include individuals, organizations and institutions, buildings, landscapes, equipment—anything that can be used to improve quality of life.
•How ready the community is to accept that substance-related problems need to change, and how ready it is to take action and commit resources to addressing the problems.
Capacity building is the ongoing process of acquiring and improving the necessary skills and resources for addressing the problem. Building capacity involves increasing the physical resources available to address a problem (e.g., funding), as well as improving the skills and abilities available within organizations and the community at large (e.g., through trainings and workshops). It also includes increasing community readiness, so that the community is aware of the problem of substance abuse and is willing to spend resources to prevent the problem. Every individual is a potential community asset, and everyone has assets that can be used for community building.
Improving our communities—making them places where people are healthy, safe, and cared for—is something we can't do alone. Collaborating with other individuals and organizations—both inside and outside the community—is absolutely essential to building healthy communities. Therefore, building and expanding collaborative relationships throughout all levels of the community are also important capacity-building tasks. Individuals and groups who are impacted by the problem or who have the ability to make an impact on the problem are called stakeholders because they have a "stake," or interest, in how the problem gets addressed.
It is important to think about what groups of people, or stakeholders, should be involved in collaborative prevention efforts. In the case of substance abuse prevention these could include:
- Organizations or agencies that implement prevention activities, including administrators, managers, and staff.
- Those who are the intended recipients of prevention activities, including clients, family members, and community residents.
- Program funders and researchers, the specific individuals who are in a position to make decisions about prevention strategies and who are often responsible for disseminating the results.
- Individuals and organizations who can provide support or resources, those that may not seem likely to be directly involved in preventions efforts, but who may, in fact, have important assets they would be willing to contribute towards prevention strategies.
- Individuals or organizations who may oppose prevention activities. It is important to consider the views and opinions of people within the community who may have different or opposing perceptions of the target problem and intended solutions.
Description: Attendees will become familiar with:
- Introductions and networking
- Discussion of “need of know” and relevance to field work
- 12 Ethical Principles of CSAC Code of Ethics
Description: Upon completion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Identify at least three statistical findings that validate the current surge of opioid, stimulant, and marijuana abuse in the US;
- List and describe natural brain neurotransmitters that are mimicked or disrupted by the abuse of external substances;
- Discuss the symptoms of stimulant, opioid, and cannabis use disorder and provide at least four symptoms of their withdrawal syndromes; and
- Name currently employed and developing treatment strategies for opioid, stimulant, and cannabis dependence.
Description: Learning Objectives:
- Recognize the high rates of tobacco use in individuals with behavioral health issues, specifically substance users
- Understand the medical, financial, occupational, and other consequences of tobacco use in individuals with addictions
- Gain increased awareness about the need for integrated tobacco treatment within the behavioral health setting and the barriers which keep smokers with addictions from accessing tobacco treatment. (This can include staff who use tobacco or policies that allow for continued tobacco use in the treatment setting.)
- Become familiar with tools for assessing tobacco use including carbon monoxide measurements, DSM criteria for tobacco use disorder and withdrawal syndromes, assessments of nicotine dependence and stages of change
- Describe the rationale for treatment as effective methods for increasing the success of quit attempts
Upon completion of this workshop the clinician/staff/educators will have a clear understanding of:
- All forms of CyberBullying, CyberStalking and the psychological impact on young people.
- Sexting in context to teenagers and young adults in the 21st century and legal implications.
- How parents, educators and clinicians can safeguard children, teenagers and young adults from Cyber-Abuse.
- Medical, Psychological, Sociological and Behavioral impact on humans as a result of Cyber-Abuse.
Description: This workshop is designed to incorporate the skills necessary to build better relationships with families who may be resistant or hesitant to services. Training will focus on assessing client strengths, reviewing various behavioral theories, approaches and techniques, and identifying strategies for addressing conflict in relationships.