While evaluation is situated as the last step in the SPF process, in reality it is an integral part of the entire SPF structure. Evaluation is a powerful strategy for investigating how programs and interventions are doing in terms of whether they are making the impacts they intend, as well as a useful tool for suggesting how programs can continue to grow and improve in the future. These two questions are at the heart of what a community really needs to know about its prevention programs:
- Are they working?
- Can they work better?
Sometimes evaluation can seem threatening or intimidating, like having to pass an exam or test. However, it is more useful to think about evaluation as a wonderful tool to help organizations and communities better reach their goals. In order to know if our programs are doing what we want them to do we need to collect information, track changes, and consider outcomes. However, rather than being seen as issuing a pass or fail verdict for programs, if done well, the evaluation process can be used at every step of a prevention plan to see if the plan is on target and to suggest new ideas and avenues for continuous improvement and progress.
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.