Trainings and Presentations

Trainings & Presentations

Drug Free Action Alliance offers exceptional, cost-effective trainings and presentations for a wide array of audiences. Whether you want to build the capacity of coalition members, key gatekeepers, or your prevention workforce, Drug Free Action Alliance can help.

Our agency has provided over 25 years of leadership helping organizations to create community-level environmental changes which promote healthy lives through the prevention of substance abuse and related problems. By accessing our training and presentation services, you can put our expertise to work for you.

Drug Free Action Alliance provides trainings, workshops, and keynote presentations on a wide variety of topics. Many of the topics listed below can be customized for your audience and your time constraints.

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Drug Free Action Alliance strives to provide high-quality, cost-effective trainings and presentations which are customizable. Fees for training services will vary based on the scope and scale of your needs.  Duration of the training, participants attending, number of trainers required, travel, and materials will also be considered.  Our consultant will provide a quote and work with you to help extend your training budget.  

Note: Discounts are available for members of our Statewide Prevention Coalition Association of Ohio (SPCA).

For Ohio-based trainings, Drug Free Action Alliance can provide RCHs for prevention. If other CEUs are needed or the training is being held out of state, Drug Free Action Alliance can provide the information necessary to aid the training host in completing any CEU process.

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Training Descriptions

Prevention Works! But what works in Prevention?
1 – 3 hours

Prevention is effective and everyone can play a role. This presentation helps participants to build an understanding of what strategies are effective prevention as well as what we have learned is ineffective and sometimes even harmful. Every Ohioan deserves access to effective strategies to keep themselves, their family members, neighborhoods and communities strong and healthy.  We don't have to wait until someone has a problem to make a difference! 

This presentation can be broken into two parts or can be presented as a keynote presentation:

  •  Part I: What works in Prevention? Lessons learned from our past  
    A brief exploration of the history of prevention efforts in our country and key lessons learned.
  • Part II: What works in Prevention? Guiding principles for success
    An exploration of the guiding principles of effective prevention approaches and a brief overview of predominant models which guide prevention approaches today.


School Leaders Training:
Evidence-Based Prevention Strategies for Schools

2 – 4 hours

In light of substance abuse, bullying, sexting, violence, and so much more, schools continue to encounter the difficult life issues of their students. With limited time and resources, schools struggle with how to address these issues amidst their primary charge of focusing on the curriculum and meeting state standards. This training is meant to inform and equip school leadership on effective evidence-based prevention practices and the resources available at the county and state level.

Possible topics include:

  • Understanding the “do’s and don’ts” of school-based prevention strategies and approaches
  • Understanding ineffective and/or harmful strategies that should be avoided
  • Identifying and collaborating with prevention experts at the county and state level
  • Identifying pro-active, comprehensive prevention approaches that encompass the needs of all students


Environmental Prevention Strategies: C.A.M.P.
1 – 6 hours

Much of prevention is focused on individual attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and skills. Yet individuals do not make their choices in a vacuum. This training explores the environmental influences on individual alcohol and drug use choices, such as community norms, access and availability, media messages, and policy and enforcement. In addition, we will examine effective strategies that can be used to impact these environmental factors.


Introduction to Problem Gambling Prevention
4 - 6  hours

With Ohio being the 16th largest gambling state, prevention and community leaders will need to work collaboratively in order to best protect Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens. The Introduction to Problem Gambling Prevention training will inform substance abuse prevention professionals, school administrators, and other concerned community leaders about the state of gambling in Ohio and nationally. The training will begin by examining effective, evidence-based strategies for the substance abuse prevention field and will connect lessons learned in substance abuse prevention with determining strategies for preventing problem gambling. The training will conclude with examining evidence-based strategies for effectively reducing problem gambling in Ohio.

Topics will also include:

  • Examining the relationship of problem gambling and substance abuse
  • Understanding Ohio's gambling trends
  • Identifying strategies for communities to prevent problem gambling


Coalition Development & Maintenance
3 – 4 hours

Coalitions tend to spend a great deal of time on WHAT they are doing, and very little attending to HOW they do it. True collaboration takes effort and coalitions need to devote some time and energy to assessing their functionality as a coalition. This workshop can help existing coalitions to explore issues related to membership, collaboration, leadership, decision-making, team-building and conflict resolution. By focusing on these core issues, coalitions can avoid common pitfalls that can significantly decrease their effectiveness.

This training can help coalition members to:

  • Learn what a coalition is and what it is not.
  • Confidentially assess their coalition’s operations across 12 dimensions via a Coalition ScoreCard.
  • Assess their current coalition membership, including identifying gaps in representation and skills/knowledge needed.
  • Learn six steps for recruiting new members.
  • Learn the basics of collaboration and explore the common barriers.
  • Explore the meaning of facilitative leadership and how this style of leadership can increase the success of their coalition.
  • Learn about various decision-making structures and when to use each to maximize the coalition’s effectiveness.
  • Discuss the difference between team work and team-building and identify a plan to increase attention to team-building to maximize the success of the coalition.
  • Learn about the spheres of conflict and how to work though conflicts, which are a natural part of coalition work.
  • Identify common coalition pitfalls and identify steps to avoid them.


Beyond Billboards & Brochures:
Using Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking to MOBILIZE your community

2 days totaling 11 hours

Too often, parents serve as a social source for alcohol to underage drinkers. This is a universal issue that faces all communities. In response, many communities have chosen to implement the Ohio-based program Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking. However, many communities are implementing this user-friendly program only as a public awareness campaign and have not maximized the opportunities for environmental change which this program provides. This training explores how to use Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking as a platform to engage your community in meaningful environmental change and discuss how the program can be a “turn-key” to community coalition development and maintenance.

  • MAXIMIZE the potential of Parents Who Host as an effective environmental change initiative!
  • Learn how to apply the Strategic Planning Framework and Seven Community Change Strategies, tools that will help communities achieve REAL CHANGE on any issue.
  • Utilize the power of Parents Who Host as a TURN-KEY to community coalition development.
  • Engage your community in MEANINGFUL environmental change!


The Landscape of Prescription Drug Abuse in Ohio
1-2 hours

Ohio’s opiate epidemic has had a devastating impact on the families and communities of Ohio, cutting across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. This training provides an overview of the current epidemic and trends involved with the abuse of prescription drugs. The signs and symptoms of abuse are presented with attention to contributing factors such as the internet and how the drugs are obtained and used.  Prevention is highlighted, including a focus on local efforts to address the problem.


Family Engagement Advocacy Groups:
From Grief to Taking Action for Prevention

1-3 hours

Substance abuse has had a devastating impact on many families and communities across Ohio. In response, many people have felt called to take action to prevent further devastation in their community. Regardless of why each of us chooses to take action, all of us are invested and want our time and efforts to be meaningful and effective. This training is designed to help equip individuals impacted by another person’s substance abuse with the tools needed to effectively move from GRIEF to taking ACTION for PREVENTION. This training can also be customized for community leaders and service providers who are interested in working with this highly motivated population of advocates.

Some of the topics this training covers include:

  • Coping with loss and understanding grief;
  • Prevention principles and effective strategies for preventing drug abuse; and
  • How to balance group time for getting support, giving support and taking action.


Policy & Advocacy
1 – 5 hours

This training explores how prevention practitioners, agencies and community coalitions can engage their community in policy initiatives to reduce alcohol and drug-related problems. We will explore the research which supports policy change as an effective environmental strategy and identify examples of national and local policy changes.

In addition, this training can include topics such as:

  • Assessing the community need for policy change
  • Creating a policy statement
  • Creating a plan to move a policy effort to completion
  • Media advocacy
  • Advocacy vs. lobbying
  • Developing a relationship with key decision makers, including legislators


Working with the Media
Length:  1-3 hours

Description:  This training will provide participants with the skills to be able to work with the media through both learning and also groupwork.  The presentation will give an overview on subjects such as:

  1. Getting media coverage for your organization
  2. What makes a good media story
  3. Being interviewed by the media
  4. Do’s and don’ts with the media


Marijuana: Public Policy
Length: 1-4 hours

This course will equip participants with skills to deconstruct state ballot initiatives to better understand what is being proposed and use this and other information to shape and disseminate messages at the scale and scope necessary to impact community attitudes and behavior regarding youth marijuana use.


Marijuana: Health & Safety Risks
2 – 6 hours

Marijuana use is on the rise, and so are the number of myths and misunderstandings about this drug.  Help your community to separate fact from fiction by learning the latest research on both health and impairment effects.  We can discuss immediate, lingering and long-term effects of use on the human body.  This will include effects on brain functions such as memory, reflexes, judgment, perception, attention and cognitive skills.  We can also discuss health risks such as addiction, as well as effects on the heart and the reproductive, respiratory and immune systems.


Strategic Prevention Framework: An Overview
1 – 3 hours

This training provides an overview of the Strategic Prevention Framework, a comprehensive planning model which can be used by individuals, communities, agencies, coalitions or businesses to create change. We will explore the five key steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework:

  • Step 1: Assessment
  • Step 2: Capacity
  • Step 3: Planning
  • Step 4: Implementation
  • Step 5: Evaluation

Throughout these five steps we will examine how sustainability and cultural competency play a key role in success.

This training can be adapted as an overview for new community partners or be presented as a more in-depth review for those already familiar with the Strategic Prevention Framework.


Engaging Youth in Community-based Environmental Efforts
2 – 6 hours

The role of teens and college students in a coalition cannot be underestimated. Yet, it is not enough that they simply serve as representatives of a target population. Like any other coalition member, youth should be viewed as partners in the planning and implementation of coalition activities. Their perspective is crucial for planning and their abilities can contribute greatly to successful implementation. Coalitions also provide a great training ground for youth who are invested in their community and in the prevention of alcohol and other drug-related problems.

Topics which can be included are:

  • Research support for student engagement
  • Student engagement continuum
  • Benefits, barriers & dangers
  • Elements of successful youth & adult partnerships
  • A self-assessment of adult members’ readiness to work in partnership with youth
  • An organizational assessment of your coalition’s readiness to work in partnership with youth
  • Sample ideas for engaging students in environmental prevention
  • Tips & resources
  • Identifying 3 steps your coalition can take now to engage students


Ethics for Prevention Professionals
3 - 6 hours
(meets the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board Ethics training requirements)

This course is designed for the alcohol and other drug abuse prevention professional, and is intended to improve the understanding of and ability to apply a set of accepted standards/principles, which are expected to guide the behaviors and actions of both individuals and organizations working in the field. Participants will be able to identify standards of conduct for prevention professionals, utilize a method of decision-making for difficult ethical decisions in prevention, and set professional goals with the prevention ethical standards in mind.


Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training:
Building Our Behavioral Health Workforce

4 days with 7 hours of content each day (not including breaks and lunch)

The SAPST training is designed for prevention professionals with one to five years of experience within the field. A professionally trained workforce is extremely important to the continuing improvement of substance abuse prevention services. The SAPST curriculum expands the prevention practitioner focus from solely substance abuse prevention to other associated behavioral health problems, by providing up-to-date, evidence-based information.

Focus areas include:

  • Continuum of care
  • Public health approach
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Developmental perspective
  • Introduction to the prevention framework

The SAPST training was developed by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) with funding provided by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).


Foundations in Prevention Series
48 hours of content, which can be configured in 8 full-day trainings or 16 half-day trainings
Selections from the course can also be presented as stand-alone sessions

The Foundations Series is designed as an overview of the field of prevention and provides an excellent foundation for practitioners both new and old. The course provides breadth and depth in key prevention topics. Completion of the full course provides 48 contact hours for each participant, thereby providing the education needed to meet the requirement for the new Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Assistant  OCPSA level of prevention credentialing in Ohio.

Day 1 -- Overview of the Prevention Field

  • Definitions
  • Credentialing
  • The Strategic Planning Framework

Day 2 --  What are we trying to prevent?

  • Facts about Drugs
  • Current Drug Trends
  • Phases of Progression of Use

Day 3-- SPF: Assessing the Problem & Building Your Capacity

  • Assessment
  • Historical Models of Prevention
  • Lessons Learned

Day 4 -- SPF: Building Your Capacity

  • Contemporary Models of Prevention
  • Environmental Prevention

Day 5 -- SPF: Building Your Capacity & Planning for Prevention

  • Media Influence: Media Literacy
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Principles of Effectiveness
  • Logic Models Made Easy

Day 6 -- SPF: Implementation

  • Group Process
  • Facilitating Effective Meetings and Groups
  • Coalition Development & Maintenance

Day 7 -- SPF: Implementation

  • Ethics for Prevention Professionals

Day 8 -- SPF: Evaluation & Cultural Competency

  • SPF: Evaluation Basics
  • Cultural Competency