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PART 1 - 1pm to 2:30pm, April 6, 2022

PART 2 - 1pm to 2:30pm, April 13, 2022

Underage alcohol use remains an ongoing challenge facing prevention professionals. Rates of use have generally been in decline for many years; however, alcohol remains the most used substance among youth. It is still unclear the extent that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted underage alcohol use, although it is known that the pandemic has accelerated the social and behavioral conditions that make use more likely to occur. This two-part webinar series will provide an overview of the current state of underage drinking and related prevention efforts, with an additional focus on two particular age groups of concern: younger youth (ages 13 and under) and college-aged underage drinkers (ages 18 to 20).

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine how prevention science can be described and provide a shared definition 

  • Understand the research and theories behind prevention science 

  • Review how prevention science is applied to substance use prevention and its impact

  • Discuss some of the challenges to incorporating prevention science and provide a research agenda for expanding future efforts

Networking Event

ACES 101: Understanding Childhood Trauma and Its Impact


1. Become familiar with the 10 types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to establish a common language for traumatic       childhood experiences​ 

2. Review how trauma affects brain architecture, behavior, and traits.​ 

3. Understand the connection between one’s ACE Score and health risk factors​ 

4. Consider implications for educator and youth development role and next steps

ACES 102: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences

Training Objectives:

1. To review the basic concepts of ACES.​

2. ​To learn ways to overcome ACEs.​

3. To understand variables related to resilience; protective factors; and Safe, Stable and Nurturing Relationships and Environments.

4. To gain an understanding of Trauma Informed Care

ACES 103: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Training Objectives:

1. To review the basic concepts of ACES.

2. ​To understand the role of Trauma Informed Care in healing and preventing ACES​To identify how individuals, families,   providers, schools and the community can prevent ACES.​

3. To understand seven positive experiences for healing from and preventing and ACES 


Supportive, caring relationships are critical building blocks for healthy youth development and the heart of what youth need to learn, grow, and thrive. Relationships provide an environment of trust, positive reinforcement, good modeling, and constructive feedback for social-emotional and intellectual growth. This presentation covers research best practices in establishing healthy adult/youth relationships and the role of adult mentors/coaches in helping youth identify and connect with protective factors and build resilience. (This workshop can be broken down into 2 smaller units as per below or delivered in one setting)

Part I - (45- 60 minutes) Objectives

   1. To share research about healthy adult/youth relationship outcomes 

   2. To identify and discuss key elements of healthy adult/youth relationships 

   3.  To understand nonjudgement listening and effective feedback practices that form healthy adult/youth connections

Part II - (45- 60 minutes) Objectives

   4. To review the 7 keys to building resilience 

   5. To identify 7 positive experiences that help youth thrive and have positive outcomes

   6. To understand protective factors and the mentor’s role with connecting youth

CONNECTIONS MATTER   2, 4 or 6 hour Trainings

MENTAL HEALTH 101: Understanding and Taking Charge of Mental Health 60 minutes

What does good mental health look like? Since the Covid pandemic, there has been an increased emphasis on improving mental health; but what exactly does that mean? This training will discuss the components of mental health, what interferes with good mental health, and what we can do to take charge of and improve of our mental health.  This training can be used to help adults assess and take steps to improve their own mental health, as well as, learn how to engage in conversations with youth to help them understand and improve mental health.  Additionally, this training identifies some basic coping skills, resiliency traits, and habits that lead to positive mental health outcomes.


  • Discuss the WHO and CDC definitions of mental health in simple terms so youth can understand what good mental health looks like 

  • Be able to access one’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to mental health, including personal triggers and risk factors that contribute to poor mental 

  • Identify some basic coping skills and self-care strategies to support improved mental health 

  • Learn how to use IDN Mental Health Posters to engage youth in conversations to understand and improve mental health


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Identify. Understand. Respond.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a skills-based training course that provides an overview of common adolescent mental health issues and guides participants through a five-step process to identify, understand, and respond to these youth issues. Those who successfully complete the course earn a Youth Mental Health First Aider Certificate.

DARKNESS TO LIGHT   2 hour Trainings

Join us for an evidence-based two-hour training program for adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training is especially beneficial for parents or anyone who works with or comes into contact with children.The virtual training is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

Training offered by Children’s Advocacy Center, CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital.

SUICIDE PREVENTION: Recognize, Responds, REACT   2 hour Trainings

Suicide is a complex, multi-faceted event that requires a comprehensive, collaborative approach for both prevention and intervention efforts. This session will provide a responsive model for families and youth serving adults on suicide prevention, including how to have a safe and meaningful conversation about suicide, as well as action steps to take in a suicidal crisis. 

  • Participants will be introduced to the significance and prevalence of suicide. 

  • Participants will learn risk and protective factors associated with suicide. 

  • Participants will learn the general gatekeeper model of how to recognize and respond to individuals       with suicidal risk.

Anger Management

Coping Skills and Self Care

Healthy Conflict Resolution

Volunteer Ethics and Best Practices for Mentoring and Coaching Youth

Building Relationships and Resilience

Personalized Education Plans to Support Middle and High School

Supporting Cultural Competence and Diversity

Building a Collaborative Understanding Across Disciplines

Trauma Informed Care

Life Skills Development

Financial Literacy

Using the IDN Volunteer & Student Resource Portals (under development)

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