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Training & Presentations We Offer

Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Prevention


Tobacco/Vaping Education 

Nicotine delivery products come in all different types now but the addiction to nicotine is the same. We have also found many of the same chemical combinations in vape smoke as compared to tobacco smoke.

  • Length: 1.5 

  • Target Audience:  Everyone (Adult/Youth) 


Emerging Drug Trends 

This workshop has been designed and updated over the years to give the audience member appropriate and functional information on the issues of gambling, substance abuse, and mental health in Southwestern CT.

  • Length: 45 min- 1 Hour 

  • Target Audience: Any adult who works with various populations seeking information and education. 


Cannabis & A Review of the CT Cannabis Law 

This presentation covers basic information regarding cannabis as well as an overview of the cannabis bill (S.B. 1201), and how we can get involved for community prevention. Subtopics include cannabis facts and myths, high potency marijuana (THC), use among youth, brain development, public health concerns, and strategies for prevention and change. The presentation has a focus on youth but can be adjusted to your audience. 

  • Length: 1 hour

  • Target Audience: Any adult/youth seeking information and education.


Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and Coalition Building Overview

Strategic Prevention Framework is a dynamic, data-driven planning process that prevention practitioners can use to understand and more effectively address the substance abuse and related mental health problems facing their communities. Through this process preventionists will be able to identify sectors, stakeholders and other various partners in creating a strategic plan and identify shared goals. 

  • Length: 1.5 

  • Target Audience: Prevention Professionals, Coalition Members 

*We do offer a 2 day intense SPF training for those that are new to the Prevention Field. You can inquire by emailing us at 


A-SBIRT: Adolescent Screening, Brief Interview and Referral to Treatment

A-SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services that adolescent primary care providers can utilize to efficiently incorporate screening, brief advice, brief motivational interventions, referrals for further evaluation and treatment for alcohol and other drug use into routine adolescent visits.

  • Length: Required minimum of 4 hours

  • Target Audience: Everyone who works with youth 

Opioid Education and Naloxone Administration Training

This training provides information on opioids that include street drugs (like heroin) and prescription drugs (like Oxycontin). Opioid overdoses have become an epidemic; in Connecticut, on average, two people die every day from an opioid overdose. By the end of this training you will learn how to administer naloxone, also known as Narcan, which can reverse an opioid overdose in a few minutes.

  • Length: 1 hour

  • Target Audience: Everyone / Those over 18+ will receive a naloxone kit for FREE 

  • Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Promotion 

Suicide Prevention, Postvention & Mental Health

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention 

The ultimate goal of the QPR training is to help community members prevent suicide attempts and completions. As a result of this training, participants will be able to recognize risk factors and warning signs and understand the myths and facts associated with suicide. Knowledge of referral sources will be addressed as well as increasing intervention skills. 

  • Length: 1 hour 30 minutes 

  • Target Audience: Everyone over 18+ 


Signs of Suicide (SOS) for youth 

SOS Signs of Suicide is a universal, school-based prevention program designed for middle school (ages 11-13) and high school (ages 13-17) students. The goals of this program are:

  1. Decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression

  2. Encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend

  3. Reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment

  4. Engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention through “gatekeeper” education

  5. Encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health

  • Length: Time varies

  • Target Audience: Middle school and high school students 

Talk Saves Lives 

An Introduction to Suicide Prevention is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.

  • Length: 45 minutes - 1 Hour 

  • Target Audience: Everyone

Postvention Training

How to create, plan and implement a town suicide postvention response team. 

  • Length: 4-7 Hours 

  • Target Audience: Town Leaders, Collaborative stakeholders

LGBTQIA+ & Allyship

An introduction of LGBTQIA+ education and how to become an ally to the community. This training covers gender identity, sexual orientation, behavioral health statistics, challenges and triumphs within the community, characteristics of an ally, and how to be more inclusive in your work. This training can be adjusted depending on the time and audience. Prevention best practices and interactive group discussions can be included. 

  • Length: 1 hour - 1 hour & 30 minutes

  • Target Population: Everyone - including youth, families and prevention professionals


Adult or Youth MH Overview - MH and Teens Overview  

Description: Discuss what mental health is, the stigma associated with mental health disorders, examples of common mental health disorders, suicide, prevention, and resources for children, adolescents, and adults. 

  • Length: 1 hour to 1.5 hour

  • Target Audience: Everyone - can be adjusted to youth as young as middle school


Healthy Choices and Building Friendships/Working Through Conflict

Description: Discuss making physical and mental healthy choices as a child. Discuss building healthy friendships and working through conflicts as a youth.

  • Length: 1 hour

  • Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School Youth

Recognizing Anxiety in Teens and Young Adults

Description: Overview of what anxiety is. Discuss what it’s like to live with anxiety, how COVID has affected anxiety, and what adults should know and how they can help.

  • Length:1 hour

  • Target Audience: Adults, Parents, Caregivers, Prevention Professionals and those who work with teens and young adults

  • Problem Gambling/Gaming Prevention

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) 

Description: Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. This training is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. This certified course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people who may or may not be experiencing a crisis. For more information, visit the Mental Health First Aid page here: 

  • Length: Varies depending on format (we offer in-person, hybrid of in-person & online or fully online) 

  • Target Audience: Parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human service workers (attendees must be 18+)

Problem Gambling/Gaming Prevention

CAP: Congregational Assistance Program/Community Awareness Program

The Congregation Assistance Program and the Community Awareness Program (CAP) is designed to help you gain more knowledge and connection with your community with the issues facing our society today. CAP sessions train individuals in organizations, churches and businesses to raise awareness of the real impact of addictions, gambling and suicide prevention. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of behavioral health issues and the local resources that are available to help. This is not a clinical training, but will train you to recognize the possible warning signs and how to help.

  • Length: 3 hours

  • Target Audience: Designed for those working in non-clinical settings, foster parents, union stewards, school staff, office staff and lay ministries


Powered UP Courses 

Healthy Video Gaming Programs 

Powered Up Parent: Video game Awareness, Knowledge & Confidence 

Powered Up Player: Level Up Your Gaming. Level Up Your Life.

  • Length: 2 hours (Online Learning at your own pace) 

  • Target Audience: Parents & Youths (over the age of 10)  


Additional Trainings


Basics of Advocacy 

This presentation covers an introduction to advocacy in our state, how to become involved, and the basics of written and spoken testimony. This includes why advocacy matters, how a bill becomes a law, legislative terms to know, how to find and contact legislators, how to locate and track bills, how to access a bulletin as well as a breakdown of steps for spoken testimony and written testimony, including phone calls and emails. 

  • Length: 1 hour - 1.5

  • Target Population: Everyone


Regional Priority Needs Report

Discuss the process and findings of our Needs Report submitted to DMHAS. The discussion is tailored around accessing the needs for children, adolescents, and adults in region 1 and discuss the regional strategic plans that include epidemiological profiles and priority recommendations for prevention, treatment and recovery services. 

  • Length: 45 minutes - 1.5 hour 

  • Target Audience: Any stakeholder in Southwestern CT region 1

Suicide Prev an MH
Problem Gambling
Additional Trainings
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