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: This workshop is to introduce the concept of Positive Psychology and the benefits of applying these techniques to the worker’s professional and personal lives. Participants will discern the difference of Positive verses Negative Self Talk. All will be able to engage in group activities, review research findings, and practice effective stress management tools.
Description: Upon completion of this Workshop the Clinician/Staff/Educators will have a clear understanding of:
A. An Understanding of all forms of “Dependence” as it relates to smoking, vaping, nicotine and cannabis.
B. Recent Statistics on health related problems amounts young people in the United States as well as an understanding of smoking related cancers.
C. How Vaping is not a safe alternative to regular forms of smoking tobacco and cannabis.
D. Medical, Psychological, Sociological and Behavioral impact on young people as a result of Cannabis and Nicotine use.
E. Know when to seek Supervision and Co-Treatment.