This is the first of two introductory courses on substance abuse prevention, providing an overview of the field of prevention and some of its basic principles and concepts. This course describes the nature and scope of substance abuse as a public health problem in this country. The history of prevention is summarized by describing various approaches that have been utilized over time. Key concepts in prevention are introduced, including risk factors, protective factors, resiliency, the IOM Model, and environmental prevention.
Approximate Completion Time: 2 Hours
This is the second of two introductory courses on substance abuse prevention, building on the first course which provided an overview of the field of prevention. As we turn our attention to how substance abuse prevention is put into practice, this course utilizes the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF).
Approximate Completion Time: 2 Hours
Adolescence is generally viewed as a difficult time in a young person's life. This course will provide information on the challenges and issues that surround adolescents as well as the developmental challenges that are taking place. You'll get facts and figures about adolescent development and lots of information about the five major developmental challenges adolescents face. You'll also learn how this information relates to the design and implementation of youth programs.
Approximate Completion Time: 3 Hours
Why is it so hard to change our behavior? This course examines the subject of behavioral change by presenting the Transtheoretical Model of change. The Transtheoretical Model is based on extensive research and combines several theories and approaches to the change process. After looking at the challenges of change and common myths about change, the learner is introduced to nine major processes related to changing behavior. These processes are applied and related to the six major stages of change. While the material in this course is relevant to behavior change in any context, connections to substance abuse are identified and discussed.
Approximate Completion Time: 4 Hours
Are you aware of the many types of substances used and abused by young people today? Do you know where these substances come from and how they are used? This course will answer these questions and more, covering alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The course starts by reviewing the major categories of drugs in relation to federal classification schedules and criminal penalties. Then, individual profiles are presented for a broad range of substances. After you finish taking this course, you can come back to it as a reference source to look up information on specific drugs. Prevention workers, parents, teachers, or anyone else working with young people will benefit from the information in this course.
Approximate Completion Time: 2 Hours
Recent research on human brain development is generating findings of great interest to the field of substance abuse prevention. For example, did you know that the human brain continues to develop physiologically until at least the early twenties? This course provides information on how the brain functions, how the brain develops in young people, and what the effects on the brain are for various substances. The course concludes by outlining the implications of adolescent brain information for substance abuse prevention work.
Approximate Completion Time: 3 Hours
This course is part of our course series on interactive delivery in prevention services. Our premise in these courses is that interactivity is a critical element in the effectiveness of prevention programs and services. Prevention practitioners must find ways to engage and connect with adolescents to be successful in achieving prevention objectives.
Approximate Completion Time: 3 Hours
This course is part of our course series on interactivity delivery in prevention services. The use of experiential and reflective learning is one way to build interactivity into prevention programs. In this course, we'll dig into the subject of experiential and reflective learning in depth to see how this can be done. We'll explore how to work with young people in a way that that brings about experiential and reflective learning and enhances their ability to engage in reflective thinking. We'll start with learning theories and learning models supporting the concepts of experiential and reflective learning. From there, we'll see how experiential and reflective learning connects with the practice of substance abuse prevention. After that, we'll present specific exercises and techniques that apply experiential and reflective learning when working with youth.
Approximate Completion Time: 3 Hours