Prevention in Action-23pt

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Keynote: “Fearless Factor”

Ray Lozano

Living an abundant, drug-free life includes knowing how to get the most out of it. One of the most important aspects of becoming a successful adult is knowing where you are headed. This workshop will inspire you to start dreaming of possibilities for your life and give basic tools for heading toward your dreams.


MHSA Quality Management Unit & MHSA Contract Management Unit

Speaker – TBD

  • Review FY17 QM Tool
  • Introduction of CM Unit
  • Requirements for FY17
  • Q&A with QM and CM


“Just Say No! Why? How? Drug Prevention for Teens in a Peer Pressure Digital World”

Melanie Ann Camp, LMSW, LCDC, SAP, MAC, Owner, MA Camp Counseling Services, PLLC

We have been telling teens for years to Just Say No! But is anyone telling them why and how? As mental health providers and community leaders, how are we able to be combatants in the “War on Drugs” when getting high looks so cool on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat? We will explore the epidemiology of substance abuse disorders in adolescents, risk and protective factors associated with addiction, implementation of prevention programs, and how digital peer pressure and other cultural factors are influencing addiction in teens. Lastly, learn how to organize and execute a Drug Prevention Program/Event in your community.


“Promising Practices for Latina Youth in Prevention Programs”

Johanna Creswell Baez, PhD, LCSW, Director of Research and Evaluation, Southwest Key Programs

A keen ear to the voices of system-involved Latina youth is critical for providing effective service and care. Despite their demographic prominence, research on Latina youth is limited, with a clear lack of culturally-specific services. In this workshop, we will share the findings of a rigorous qualitative participatory action research study that examines the needs of Latina youth. Attendees will leave with a copy of the toolkit as a resource for improving their own approaches with Latina youth.


“You Gotta Have CLAS… (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services)”

Detra Stewart, President/CEO, ADA Compliance Experts

Hearing loss affects aspect of life. Some may question if it attributes to juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and psychosocial issues. This workshop addresses these issues along with gaps in social, mental, and healthcare services that contribute to additional barriers for children and parents who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, and deaf-blind. Parents, educators, policy advocates, researchers, caregivers and professionals will acquire valuable information about mandated responsibilities for effectively communicating, while discovering proven ways to avoid litigation and the costly mistake of “I didn’t know”.


“What Will Your Social Media Footprint Look Like?”

Sergeant Lance C. Cox, Austin ISD Police Department 

Get the most up to date information on today’s social media outlets and how juveniles are using them to leave a positive, and sometimes negative, footprint as they grow. Most juveniles recklessly use social media with little understanding of how it might affect them as they grow into a young adult and move into their college years or even professional career. We will also take a look at how juveniles can create a positive online identity for themselves that may actually benefit them in the future. We are going to talk about the good, bad and ugly of social media!


“Synar Training”

Texas School Safety Center, Texas State University

Speaker – Texas School Safety Center, Texas State University – Jennifer Steele and Alexia Cox

Description coming soon!


“Prevention Services at the Front Line of Trauma Informed Care”

Marisol Acosta, MEd, LPC-S, Interim Manager of Child and Adolescent Services Trauma Informed Care SME, TCRFT Project Director

The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study of the CDC has demonstrated the importance of prevention and early intervention in the work of trauma and the prevention of chronic illness, mental illness and substance use. Although trauma is pervasive, many traumatic events can be prevented. This session will discuss the role that prevention providers play in trauma informed care efforts and the prevention of the aftermath of trauma and substance use. An overview of trauma informed care framework will be discussed and the incorporation of promotive and protective factors will be address in the context of preventing trauma.


“3 P’s of Alcohol / High Expectations”

Ray Lozano

This humorous, yet motivating, workshop covers current alcohol and marijuana information for youth. At no point do I ever say “Don’t use” but I give them plenty of laughs and information that makes them think twice about using. Experience up-to-date facts on alcohol and marijuana in such a fun way that you might just forget you’re learning. This workshop covers such topics as: The 3 P’s of alcohol; youth use vs. adult use; the toxic truth of marijuana; my uncle smokes and he’s OK; Why is it so hard for me to finish my…finish my…finish my sentences?


“I’ll Take ____ for $300, Alex!” (How Do You Stack Up in this Interactive Game of YP Contract and Drug Facts?)

Susie A. Villalobos, PRC10 Regional Evaluator, Aliviane, Inc.

Leandra Henderson, Program Manager – YPI/YPS, Fort Bend Regional Council

A high-energy, interactive twist on the classic Jeopardy game. Attendees will test their knowledge about Ethics, community engagement, drug trends and harmful effects of illicit substances. This session will surely make you put your thinking cap on while providing friendly competition amongst all the regions. Do you think you have what it takes to be the FIRST Jeopardy Champion?


“ASK About Suicide”

Julie Priego, Divisional Director, Aliviane, Inc.

Learn basic skills on how to recognize, communicate about and understanding suicide. Review the 3 step process of 1. Ask about suicide 2. Seek more information and keep safe 3. Know how and where to refer. The goal of this session is to enable participants to become suicide prevention gatekeepers who understand the process, know basic information about suicide, and believe it can be prevented. The training also provides an overview of Texas efforts and data.


“All in the Family: Family-Based Prevention Programs”

Melanie Ann Camp, LMSW, LCDC, SAP, MAC, Owner, MA Camp Counseling Services, PLLC

Researchers indicate that adolescents who grow up with parents who talk to them about the dangers of drug abuse are far less likely to develop a dependence on drugs; therefore, parenting skills and involvement are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use. In today’s digital world, parents need to know how to talk to teens and actively participate in the prevention of substance abuse.  We will examine family-base prevention programs and explore how to assist clients in developing parenting skills that focus on substance abuse prevention, communication, and enforcing family policies on substance abuse.


“Beyond Alphabet Soup: Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQIA Youth”

Shane Whalley, LMSW, Owner of Daring Dialogues Consulting

LGBTQIA youth can face many obstacles to being their full and authentic self at home and at school.  How do we stay current on the ever-growing LGBTQIA vocabulary?  What are the issues currently facing LGBTQIA youth?  How do we make spaces safer for LGBTQIA youth?  In this interactive workshop, by the end participants will be able to answer these questions and more.


“Sparks: Igniting the Hidden Strengths of Youth”

Jim Conway, Search Institute Senior Trainer

Only 35 percent of young people say they are connected with caring adults at school who know them and their interests well. This session will focus on that activity or interest about which a youth is passionate, something that unleashes their energy and joy, one that may allow them to really express who they are and perhaps make their own contribution to the world. Examine how adults can assist youth in identifying and nurturing their unique spark. Learn a simple tool for building deeper adult-youth relationships based on data that suggests when youth know their spark and have several adults who know and support it.


“The Truth About Synthetic Drugs”

University Medical Center’s NEIDS

(Nurses Educating on Illegal Drugs and Synthetics)

We are an outreach group of registered nurses that believe synthetic marijuana and other illegal drugs kill and harm too many of our fellow human beings. We are emergency nurses and nurse educators from Lubbock, Texas, whose mission is to provide education to the public on the health risks and hazards of the use of synthetic marijuana and other harmful drugs. We accomplish this by utilizing public service announcements, focused educational offerings to school age children, point of care education, and working with local coalitions and agencies against the use of synthetic marijuana.


“Using Your CMS Account Once a Week Will Make Your Coalition More Productive. Here’s How.”

Keri-Lyn Coleman, Collaborative Planning Group, LLC

Workshop attendees will learn how to optimize the use of their CMS account.  Regular CMS users are able to monitor progress toward goals and objectives, track activities and campaigns, and efficiently produce reports.  This workshop will provide attendees with specific information on the CMS features that contribute to their efficiency and effectiveness as a coalition.


“Facing Addiction In America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health”

Abigail Moore, LPC, LCDC, ACPS, CEO, San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

As the name suggests, this session highlights key messages and important facts and statistics in the Report and is intended as a supplemental resource to share the Report’s key messages and data showing the seriousness of the substance misuse problem in the United States, as well as the positive steps individuals, families, health care providers, policymakers, and others can take to improve the health and well-being of those with substance misuse problems and substance use disorders.


“Sexting, Inappropriate Content, TMI: Risky Behaviors Youth Are Engaging in Online and How to Prevent It”

Victoria Walker, Outreach Manager Texas Regional Office, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Internet safety is an issue that permeates many types of crimes, and many children become victims online or are identified and groomed for victimization online.  Unfortunately, youth are not being educated about the true risks of their online activity, and parents often feel left behind when it comes to the apps, games and websites their kids are using.  This presentation will you to fill a critical gap by not only talking to youth in their community about their online activity, but also by providing information and resources to parents to help them in keeping their children safer online.


Opioid Misuse Prevention Summit

Kasey Strey, ACPS, SPF-Rx Project Director and Substance Abuse Prevention Program Specialist

Jessica Cance, MPH, PhD, Substance Abuse Prevention Program Specialist

Marc L. Fleming, Ph.D., MPH, R.Ph., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Houston College of Pharmacy

The purpose of this ½ day summit is to provide prevention providers with guidance on how to develop and implement HHSC-funded opioid misuse prevention activities. The presenters will discuss the epidemiology of opioid misuse in Texas and prevention activities related to two HHSC projects – the Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx) and the Texas Targeted Opioid Response (TTOR). Participants will discuss existing evidence-based strategies to prevent the misuse of opioids and will be encouraged to engage in discussion of how these strategies can be implemented in their communities.


“Bringing it all Together”  

La Jean Burnett, CPS, CSAP/SAMHSA Fellow, SPF-PFS Project Director

A case study of coalitions from beginning to end utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). This training will utilize a case study and have the participants work in groups to develop the following:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Logic Model
  • Strategic Plan
  • Implementation Plan
  • Evaluation Plan (This is dependent on accurate reporting.)

*Note:  There will be a pre-assignment requiring the participants to use either their current CNA or one of the case studies to develop an Assessment Summary Sheet.


“Quality Improvement to Enhance Capacity”

Albert Yeung, Substance Abuse Prevention Program Specialist

Nicole Luciani, CPA, CSSGB, CAPT Southwest Resource Team

Beverly Triana-Temain, Ph.D, CSSGB, CAPT Southwest Resource Team

Description coming soon!


 “Tobacco Specialists and the Emerging Line of Work”

Robert Alvarado, Substance Abuse Prevention Program Specialist Section

Description coming soon!


Ethics in Prevention

Julie Stevens

Ethics in Prevention (EIP), developed by SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) provides practitioners with an opportunity to explore the role and application of ethics in substance misuse prevention. This training is six (6) contact hours long and has been endorsed by the International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium, which requires training hours in prevention ethics for certification. Throughout EIP, participants explore practical information and guidance, engage in both small- and large-group discussions of key concepts, and identify action steps to facilitate future application.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Warren Stewart, Program Specialist, Adult Mental Health Programs, Behavioral Health Services Section. Nadia Kalinchuk co-presenting.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The 8-hour course covers a range of common disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who is having a panic attack, is contemplating suicide or is struggling with substance abuse.