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Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Education (ATOD) 2018-02-20T14:07:10+00:00

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Education (ATOD)

Multiple Solutions: Policy, Protocols, Programs

At the Center for Health and Learning, we believe that the multiple causes of substance abuse call for multiple solutions in school, community and work site settings. Our staff and seasoned consultants employ a number of strategies with a strong risk management approach.  These strategies include:

  • ATOD education of school staff, community professionals and parents to engender preventive norms and attitudes and appropriate responses within the school, the community and at home;
  • Development and implementation of school, work site and community policies and protocols;
  • Establishment of key norms in the school climate and assets in the school community to foster healthy kids and support learning;
  • Implementation of research-based ATOD education with pre-K-12 students;
  • Community-based ATOD prevention and early intervention programming with community-based coalitions, organizations and groups that serve youth inside and outside the school environment;
  • Implementation of effective support, referral and deterrence systems;
  • Development of comprehensive and coordinated prevention services and systems;
  • Evidence-based drug prevention to ensure environments that are safe, healthy, and drug-free (as per federal grant requirements in the S.1177 every Student Succeeds Act);
  • Evaluation design for assessing ATOD program development.

Backed by 20 years of experience implementing ATOD Education in Vermont, our staff and consultants provide training and technical assistance at the state and local level.

ATOD Education

CHL is committed to high quality professional development offerings in the area of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) education. A series of offerings has been designed to provide school, community staff and employers with important current knowledge and skills related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Professional development, ranging from staff updates to continuing education by design, are facilitated by qualified trainers who have met selection criteria requirements and competencies. Our consultants can also work with local staff to develop a long-term plan for ATOD education at their school site.

Make your school, worksite or organization, a safer, healthier place, and promote coping behaviors and help-seeking skills that keep people healthy and able to carry out early interventions when there are problems. Training focuses on current pharmacology, legal issues, development of school and worksite drug policies, chemical use, misuse and dependence and related risks; intervention and referral protocols; chemical dependency and the family; deconstructing media; asset development, effective treatment, recovery, and more.

CHL also offers trainings in research-based curricula that support ATOD education, including: Know Your Body and Michigan Model.

In addition to on-site and regional face-to-face trainings, CHL can offer Webinars, audio and electronic discussions and on-site technical assistance from its Expert Level Cadre of trainers.  Contact us at info@healthandlearning.org to discuss your training needs. 

Current Course Offerings in ATOD Education:

1.  Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Education (K-12) Two Hour Online Short Course

It is widely recognized that problems related to drug use, misuse, and abuse pervade our society at all levels.  While use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) can have a profound effect on many important aspects of an individual’s life, including mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health and success in school and/or work, very few people have had any direct education about factors related to drug use. Education at the school and community level is critical to reducing problems that arise from ATOD use.  This self-directed two-hour online course consists of a brief introductory module, and the following four modules:

  1.  Module 1 – The Risk Factor Framework
  2. Module 2 – Pharmacologoy
  3. Module 3 – Addiction and Recovery
  4. Module 4 – Substance Use in the School

Some of the topics included in this training include:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs about Drugs & Alcohol
  • Trends and Social Norms
  • Risk and Protective Factors
  • Pharmacology
  • The Teenage Brain
  • Addiction
  • Family Systems
  • Recognizing Signs and Symptoms
  • Review of Local Data
  • What School Professionals Can Do

To learn more about this course or to make it available in your organization, contact info@healthandlearning.org

2.   Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Education (K-12) Six Week Graduate Credit Online Course

This course carries one graduate credit through the Union Institute and University. Students must complete a course project described in the syllabus to obtain one graduate credit. The graduate credit option is offered as one of a series of courses by the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative toward health education licensure.  We ask that you check your state for similar collaboration.

Beyond the one Virtual Course Orientation meeting, this course does not require you to log on at specific times.  You may log on at any time to participate.  There are, however, periodic assignments with deadlines. A Course Orientation meeting, conducted via virtual meeting format is required for this course on May 3, 2015.  The course begins May 3, 2015 with the final paper due before June 20, 2015. Course Description: It is widely recognized that problems related to drug use, misuse, and abuse pervade our society at all levels.  While use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) can have a profound effect on many important aspects of an individual’s life, including mental, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health and success in school and/or work, very few people have had any direct education about factors related to drug use. Education at the school and community level is critical to reducing problems that arise from ATOD use. This course is offered so that teachers and health and guidance personnel have a sufficient level of professional development to enable them to competently teach or provide other services required in the school’s alcohol and drug abuse prevention education program. Participants apply the course teachings in a practical personal, school, or community-based project. Instructional methods include review of research based literature, small- and large-group discussion, audiovisual and other media, student and community presentations and assessment. Goals and Objectives: Classes focus on the following curriculum areas:

  1. Pharmacology
  2. Chemical Use, Abuse, and Dependence
  3. Chemical Dependence in the Family
  4. Societal and Personal Attitudes
  5. Policy and Legal Issues
  6. Support and Referral for Students in Distress
  7. Curriculum Development, Methods, and Classroom Issues
  8. School Climate
  9. Drinking and Driving and Other Risky Behaviors

To find out when this course is being offered again, contact info@healthandlearning.org

Partnership for Success

CHL currently partners with the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP) to provide professional development training through ADAP’s Partnerships for Success (PFS) Grant.

PFS is a three-year Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grant. CHL assists and supports ADAP in providing training to PFS Lead Agencies and sub-grantees, VDH District Office Staff, and Vermont Coalitions and Community Partners. CHL assists in training design and delivery on a wide range of topics pertinent to PFS constituencies.

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Substance Abuse Workforce Development

CHL currently partners with the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP) to provide support to its Substance Abuse Workforce Development Initiative.

The mission of the VDH/ADAP Workforce Development initiative is to improve Vermont’s workforce capacity through recruitment, retention, education, training and development in the areas of substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, continuing care/recovery and enforcement.

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