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Substance Misuse Prevention and the Turnkey Revolution [#16]

In this episode, I unpack what the turnkey revolution is and how it can help you in setting up your prevention team so that you have systems and processes set up for a consistent, effective, and orderly way of doing your work. Day in and day out, so that the prevention team is systems dependent and not people dependent.

I cover...

  • Hard, Soft, and Information Systems
  • Humanize your processes and systems
  • Creating your core processes and knowledge base

I also share a way to help shape the culture of your prevention team, build team capacity, and get everyone working together effectively and efficiently.



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T/TA and Adult Learning Theory

Today we are talking about the six principles of adult learning and experiential learning so you can take your T/TA to the next level!


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Podcast: How To Level-Up Your TA

Today we talk about how to take your TA to the next level. When you’re providing TA, a coaching-based approach can drastically increase the quality, engagement, and impact of your work! 



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Podcast: What is the Culture of Your Prevention Team?

How would you answer the question “My prevention team has a culture of _____?

  • Now, how would your team answer that question? Or someone outside of your team?

As prevention leaders, we talk about culture. Cultural competence is at the core of the strategic prevention framework and woven through each step. But today I want to talk about the culture of your prevention team. Not diversity – but culture.

 If you're wondering how to answer that question, this episode is for you!


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Win the Morning Win the Day

“We had an inspiring conversation with Dave Closson from The Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center(Mid-America PTTC).

The Mid-America PTTC is designed to serve as a prevention catalyst, empowering individuals and fostering partnerships to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. Their services are evidence-based, culturally competent, and locally focused. They provide intensive technical assistance to support organizations’ and systems’ efforts to implement evidence-based prevention strategies.

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Student Veterans & Substance Misuse Prevention: Four Tips for Success

As a 21-year-old junior in college, I was deployed to Iraq. That call came right in the middle of the first semester. I went from being a college student sitting in classrooms to patrolling the streets of Iraq. On my very first day in country we took mortar fire and the first week on patrol my truck was hit by an I.E.D. (Improvised Explosive Devise). A big change from being in the classroom and worrying about getting homework done!

After a year-long deployment, I returned home mid-summer and jumped right back into college, picking up where I left off. Since it was such a long deployment all of my friends had just graduated. Now I was older than the other students, didn’t have any friends, my life experiences were like no other, and I was still figuring out how to make the adjustment back to civilian life.

LISTEN: Dave Closson talks about what campus prevention professionals should know about military vets.

I felt alone, but today our student veterans certainly...

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Two Roles in Preventing Opioid Overdoses

Preventing opioid overdoses and deaths might feel different from the previous prevention work you’ve done. People are dying fast. Compared to other substances the opioid crisis is a very public problem. Second, some opioids (prescription opioids) are legal and there is a legitimate medical need for some opioids (to treat pain associated with cancer, surgery, etc.).

There are a few trends that may play a role in the high rates of opioid overdose that we are seeing today.

The first cause is the widespread prescribing of prescription opioids to patients. Since 1999, the number of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled.  In addition to the overall increase in the number of opioid prescriptions written, patients also received opioids for extended durations and in high doses. Overprescribing increases the volume of prescription opioids diverted for non-medical use.

Many prescribers and individuals taking opioids (either for medical or non-medical use) were...

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Risk and Protective Factors

Many different factors can influence a student’s substance misuse. Effective prevention focuses on reducing those risk factors and strengthening the protective factors that are closely associated with the problem being addressed. As a prevention professional, you want to identify the factors having the greatest impact on your target population.

Risk factors are often positively correlated with one another and are negatively correlated to protective factors. For example, individuals with some risk factors have a higher chance of experiencing more risk factors, and vice versa for protective factors.

Although many interventions are designed to produce a single outcome, both risk and protective factors can be linked to multiple outcomes. For example, negative life events are associated with substance misuse as well as depression and anxiety. Prevention efforts targeting a cluster of risk and protective factors have the potential to produce multiple positive effects.

Too often when...

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Homecoming Season & Prevention

Every fall college campuses across the country celebrate homecoming. Often this involves a parade, tailgating before the big game, and large parties after the game. From the college student’s perspective, homecoming can mean a pre-party the night before, alumni returning to campus to join in the fun, beer breakfast/ keg n eggs, tailgating filled with beer bongs and keg stands, followed by 4 o’clock club and a night of house parties.

If you step back and look at the big picture, you can certainly see the need for environmental prevention strategies. Environmental strategies work to change the conditions within a community, including physical, social, or cultural factors that may lead to high-risk drinking behavior. I like to break them down into two groups: 1) community and education 2) enforcement.

Community and Education

Working to influence how the public thinks and behaves can be done through the media. The combination of communication strategies can influence...

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