2012 Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

Thank you for joining us for the 2012 Prevention Conference!  This year, we were pleased to offer two specialized tracks this year.  Every single session was new to the conference this year, including two special optional pre-conference sessions from CADCA.

For those who didn’t get to attend a session, or those who’d like to see it again, we’ve asked all of the presenters to share their PowerPoints, handouts, etc. with us.  The available materials are listed below:

Easy to Use Behavioral Health Data ProductsSusan Depue
This workshop will provide an overview of the products being developed by the Behavioral Health Epidemiological Workgroup. Products include county level profiles, hot topic briefs, how to use data webinars and the data querying website. The majority of the time will be spent on a demonstration of the website. All products are designed to be user friendly and provide information to assist in behavioral health prevention work.

Interconnected: How Bullying, Dating/Domestic Violence, & Substance Abuse IntertwineTimmarie Hamilton and Erica Manahan
This workshop discusses multiple aspects of bullying, dating and domestic/family violence with the thread of substance abuse woven within them. The bullying aspect will cover the different types of bullying and characteristics of those involved, including the bully, the victim and the bystander. Additionally, the workshop will cover the signs of unhealthy dating and domestic/family relationships, including the generational cycles of violence and the importance of breaking that cycle. The essentials of bystander intervention for both bullying and dating and domestic/family violence will also be addressed. Participants will learn about how prevention plays a role in reducing bullying and violence, how to educate communities on bystander intervention, and will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of how to implement best practice education programs.

Like Riding A Bike: Neroscience in Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery – Heather Harlan and Carrie McKinley
The workshop will deliver visual illustrations, along with active learning opportunities to understand the vulnerability of adolescent brains to addictive substances. The presenter will build on the analogy that prevention, treatment and recovery are “Like Riding a Bike.”  In other words, reward systems in the brain are responsible for creation of neuro pathways and skill sets which result in learned and repeated pro-social behaviors through effort driven rewards or drug seeking and high risk behavior. The presenter will bridge the gaps between prevention, treatment and recovery using layperson’s understanding of brain science to list out what adults, communities and institutions can do to reinforce and develop protective factors for youth.