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April 17, 2017

TAG Talks, created as part of the Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) call to action from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recently released the first two videos in the series.  All videos in the free series are presented as both a 30-minute video and in short segments and accompanied by additional resources and discussion guides for professionals and family members.

The first video, “The Crisis of Connection for Adolescent Boys,” underscores that adolescent boys want and need close, supportive friendships. It also provides guidance to professionals and family members on how to foster those relationships. The video features Niobe Way, Ed.D., an applied psychology professor at New York University who has studied adolescents’ social development for over 30 years. She shares what young men say about increasing isolation as they move from childhood to adolescence and how social connections affect health and well-being. In this video, Dr. Way provides strategies to encourage friendships that help adolescent boys thrive.

The second video, “The Power of the Adolescent Brain,” reviews adolescent brain development and how it affects learning, health, and behavior. The video features Frances Jensen, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Drawing on clinical experience and research, and inspired by her personal experience of parenting two teenage boys, Dr. Jensen shares what is known about adolescent brain development, functioning, and capacity. Dr. Jensen explains the strengths and potential of the adolescent brain; addresses learning, risk behavior, addiction, and mental health issues; and provides practical suggestions for families with adolescents.

The video series is co-sponsored by OAH and the federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs.




April 13, 2017

WSU Extension of Yakima County is offering facilitator training for this research- and evidencebased, internationally-recognized best practice model. The training will cover the Spanish language Fortaleciendo Familias Program (FF), which is a culturally-adapted version of Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth 10-14 using the latest research and curriculum from Iowa State University. AnaMaria Diaz-Martinez from WSU will lead the class in Spanish.

See attached brochure for training details, contact info, and registration information.

April 4, 2017


This is a free 45-minute webinar with three objectives:


1.   Describe the features that differentiate practical Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) programs from other marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse prevention programs.


2.   List the program, training and materials options offered at Prevention Plus Wellness, LLC.


3.   Explain the key components, outcomes and uses of the evidence-based SPORT PPW and InShape PPW programs.


Day: Wednesday April12th


Time: 11:30am ET/8:30am PT


Register now:


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Limited space, so register today. 


For answers to questions, contact us at:


(904) 472-5022


Please share this free webinar with people you know in:


      K-12 school health, PE, science, and citizenship studies


      After school programs


      In lieu of school suspension


      Student athletes


      Colleges and universities


      Sports and recreation leagues


      Youth leadership opportunities


      Youth and family organizations (BGC, YMCA, etc.)


      Summer and enrichment camps


      Faith-based settings


      Hospitals and health clinics


      Juvenile justice settings


      Substance abuse recovery and treatment organizations


      Substance abuse coalitions


      Mental health agencies


Thank you!


March 25, 2017

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has been on the front lines of substance abuse prevention for more than 30 years, helping parents address their son or daughter’s substance use.

They recently launched a "new look", customized specifically for a parent’s journey from discovery to recovery; through relapse and ongoing struggles; from the teen years to young adulthood. 

New services and resources on the site include: 

Online chat: a pilot program available on nights and weekends to give you more opportunities to reach out for help. 

Parent Blog: a place to get valuable, timely advice from experts and parents who have been there. 

Know Your Child Is Using?: a guide for parents who recently discovered their child is using drugs or alcohol.

March 25, 2017

Community-based and individual-level prevention strategies are effective ways to reduce alcohol use among American Indian and other youth living in rural communities, according to a new study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute on Drug Abuse also provided support for the study.

For more information about this study, review the NIH New Release and a summary article from The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

March 24, 2017

There will be a series of Healthy Youth Survey workshops held across the state in April and May.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what students said about themselves, their school, family and community
  • Be able to interpret and communicate the HYS results
  • Learn how to use the HYS website and access your HYS data

The training will include small group activities, to make these activities worth your while, please bring your laptop in order to access your HYS data. 

Contact Krissy Johnson to access your data.

Consider bringing a colleague to enhance your learning and action planning.

See the attached flier for dates, times and locations of these workshops.

March 22, 2017

King County's Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program Presents

Scott Backovich Youth Engagement Training (For Adults!)

Is promoting the youth voice an essential element of your work? Do you recognize that youth are our emerging leaders shaping society? Do you want to master the art of youth engagement? Then come learn from one of the best! Scott Backovich joins us in Seattle to teach adults how to engage, captivate, and inspire youth into taking positive action in their own lives and in their local communities! You won’t want to miss a moment of this fun, action packed, skill building training! Register today, as space is limited!

You can learn more about Scott, by visiting his website:

When: Friday, May 12, 2017

Where: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle WA 98118

Time: 9am to 2pm

~Lunch will be provided~

Register Here:

Questions? Contact Erin James, Outreach Marijuana & Opiate Prevention Coordinator, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division: or 206.477.7657

March 16, 2017


Is synthetic marijuana like regular pot?  How is it sold and marketed?  Is it really safer than plant-based marijuana?


These and other important questions will be addressed in this article. 


Every youth and adult should know these seven evidence-informed facts to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.


March 15, 2017


This is a free webinar designed specifically for school personnel, including teachers, counselors, administrators and school board members. 



The aim of the webinar is to provide critical evidence-informed information about marijuana for inclusion in K-12 health, science, PE and citizenship studies and counseling settings.  



This is the first of a two-part webinar series.  This first webinar will discuss the nature of marijuana and its harmful effects.



Questions answered in this webinar will include:


1. What is marijuana?


2.   How many youth use marijuana?


3.   How potent is today’s marijuana?


4.   How is marijuana used?


5.   What are marijuana extracts/concentrates?


6.   How does marijuana work in the body?


7.   What are the harmful effects of marijuana for youth and adults?


8.   What do recreational marijuana laws mean for youth?


9.   What are common myths about marijuana?   




Date: Thursday March 23rd




Time: 11:30am Eastern, 8:30am Pacific




Register today:




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Website location to revisit the login address: 




For answers to questions about this webinar series: (904) 472-5022 or


March 12, 2017

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington has cancelled the March 28, 2017 "Prevention Ethics Training" in Ellensburg. Please note that another "Prevention Ethics" training will be held during April that also fulfills this specific training requirement needed for the Certified Prevention Professional (CPP). Details are below.

"Ethics in Prevention: A Decision-making Process for Human Services Professionals"

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hotel RL

Olympia WA

Liz Wilhelm, MA, will present this all day Ethics in Prevention training. She is a current board member of the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington. She works at Seattle Childrens as the Coalition Coordinator for Prevention WINS..

Ethics in Prevention describes the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics, illustrated by realistic examples designed to enhance understanding of each principle.This training also introduces a decision-making process designed to actively apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas.

This is a pre-conference training offered as part of the "Focus on the Future" conference sponsored by the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling. For registration costs and other information about this training and the full conference, please see the website,