Training Materials, Online Learning, & Webinars 2018-10-29T00:25:05+00:00

Training Materials, Online Learning, & Webinars

Training Materials

Vermont Department of Health – Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (ADAP) Trainings

November 19, 2018 – RPP Training:  “Next Steps for Adverse Childhood Experiences and Prevention”

Prerequisite – Participation in pre-training webinar.  Webinar materials can be accessed here:

PowerPoint Slides – A Critical Look at Intergenerational Trauma and Substance Misuse – Implications for Prevention
Karina Forrest-Perkins, Trauma Research Expert, CAPT Associate and Gisela Rots, CAPT Coordinator, Northeast Resource Team

Click here for Webinar Recording
(Requires Adobe Connect)

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 October 18, 2018 – 7th Annual College Symposium

Keynote Presentation – Addressing Marijuana Use on College Campuses in a Changing Legal Climate
Jason Kilmer, Ph.D.

Substance Use Among Full Time College Students in Vermont – Findings from the 2018 Vermont Young Adult Survey
Bob Flewelling and Amy Livingston

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October 10, 2018 – “Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention:  Collaborative Strategies with Law Enforcement”


PowerPoint Presentation – Overview by Beth Shrader

PowerPoint Presentation – Review and Update Current Strategies Supported by Regional Prevention Partnership Grant
Presenter:  Detective Sergeant James R. Roy, Colchester Police Department

PowerPoint Presentation – Overview of Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery, Division of Liquor Control Education, Compliance and Enforcement 
Presenter: Chief Skyler W Genest, Director, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, and Jennifer Fisher, Education Specialist, Vermont Department of Liquor & Lottery

Link to Evaluation Survey


June 13, 2018 – “Continuing the Discussion of ACT 86 and Its Impact on Prevention Policy”

PowerPoint Presentation

Act 86 – Eliminating Penalties for Possession of Limited Amounts of Marijuana by Adults 21 or Older

Act 86 As Passed

Sample Lease Agreement

April 25, 2018 – “Policy Development:  Engaging Local Decision Makers on Prevention Issues”

PowerPoint Presentation – The Power of Policy

VT Digger Commentary – G. Burley

LYBS Planning Tool

Lyndon Youth Baseball Policy

Policy Planning Steps

The New Marijuana Law – Steven Waldo

Alcohol Sales Staff Resource

2017 Vermont Local Opinion Leaders Survey:  Summary of Findings

2017 Vermont Local Opinion Leaders Survey – Presentation

Village of Lyndonville, Ordinance Proposal 2018 – Smoke-Free Public Event

H 511 –  As Passed – Eliminating Penalties for Possession of Limited Amounts of Marijuana by Adults 21 or Over

Morrisville Sign

January 10, 2018 – “Sustainability:  Embedding Prevention Strategies in VT Communities

Power Point Presentation

Select Funding Strategies

Table Topic Summaries

ACH and Community Benefit:

Community Benefit NPN

Handout – Hospital 990s

Improving Community Health Through Hospital Community Benefit Spending

Healthcare Reform…promise for Prevention

Online Resources Handout

Researching a Hospital’s Community Benefit Spending Using the IRS 990

Continuation Grantee Session:

Template Outcome Chart

Template Sustainability Part 1 and 2

Handout – SPF Sustainability Checklist

Data with Amy Livingston:

PowerPoint Presentation

10 Steps to Creating an Infographic

Checklist for Reviewing Infographics

Data Interpretation Worksheet

Data Visualization Planning Tool

New Grantee Session:

Case Statement Template

Handout – Sample Sustainability Case Statement

Success Story

RBA and Collective Impact – Hillary Orsini

Can RBA and Collective Impact Play Together

Handout – BBVT Definitions

Handout Performance Measure Types


Vermont Department of Health – Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

2018 ADAP Foundations Trainings

“Building a Framework for Effective Adolescent Treatment”

Day Two – March 12, 2018 –

Steven M. Chisholm, MA


PowerPoint Presentation

Therapy Session Coding Sheet

Day One – January 5, 2018 – 

Steven M. Chisholm, MA

PowerPoint Presentation

Agenda and Training Packet


Vermont Department of Health – Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

2017 College Symposium – Presentations

Keynote Presentation:  The Story of Collegiate Substance Abuse:  Where Prevention Meets Response

Erin McClintock, MEd, Director of Prevention Education, EVERFI

Presentation:  Creating a Campus Commitment to Substance Abuse: Prevention and Assisting Students in Distress

Mark A. Levine, MD, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

Panel Presentations:

University of Vermont Care Team – Joe Russell, UVM

Shifting the Culture:  How College Campuses Can Make a Difference – Amy Boyd Austin, UVM


Vermont Department of Health – 2017 Regional Prevention Partnerships (RPP) Trainings

November 13, 2017 – Exploring Cultural Competency for Engaging Military Families and Low Socioeconomic Status Vermonters

Morning Session:  Cultural Competency in Engaging Vermont Military Families

Brian Stoudnor, Lead Child and Youth Program Coordinator, Vermont National Guard

Presentation SlidesMilitary Connected Youth & Families In Vermont


Advocating for Military Children – A Resource Guide for Educators and Community Partners

Slide 8:  Commonalities

Resources to Assist in Working with Military Families

Vermont Family Assistance Center Coordinators

Vermont Veteran Outreach Team Map

Afternoon session:  Poverty and Prevention in an Unequal Economy: Cultural Competency in Engaging VT Families of Low SES Status

Kendra Colburn, Shela Linton, Angela Berkfield, Equity Solutions

Presentation Slides: Poverty and Prevention in an Unequal Economy with Regional Prevention Partners – Equity Solutions


Statistics and Resources – U.S. Statistics on Poverty and Economic Inequality (2015)

SAMHSA Fact Sheet:  Historical Trauma

Critical Thinking: To be read along with SAMHSA’s Fact Sheet on Historical Trauma

Critical Thinking: How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Video on Wealth Inequality

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April 5, 2017 – Team Building & Messaging

Resource List:
1.  Tips & Tools : The Art of Experiential Group Facilitation by Jennifer Stanchfield, Wood N Barnes Publishing and Distribution. Available at  https://experientialtools.com/

2.  CADCA Strategizer 55 (p.21) http://www.cadca.org/sites/default/files/resource/files/strat55.pdf

3.  NIH e-source / Social & Behavioral Theories with exercises http://www.esourceresearch.org/eSourceBook/SocialandBehavioralTheories/4ImportantTheoriesandTheirKeyConstructs/tabid/730/Default.aspx

1. Summary of Team Building Activities from April 5, 2017

2.  Final PowerPoint presentation for Message Strategy for Community Education and Engagement workshop

3.  Worksheet from Message Workshop

4.  Document on Group Decision Making comparing Consensus versus Voting

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March 13, 2017 – Policy Development:  Working with Planners and the Public

Resource List:
Vermont Planning Information Center:  http://vpic.info/index.html
The Vermont Planning Information Center is a clearing house of information for planning commissions, zoning boards, developmental review boards and their staff and all others involved in land planning and regulation in Vermont.

1.  Municipal Planning Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide a guide for municipal planning commissions in fulfilling their role and responsibilities as set forth in 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117, the Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act. The Planning Manual provides information that will help the planning commission with this complex task, from designing the planning program to adopting the plan.


2.  Vermont Healthy Community Design Resource – Examples for Creating Healthy Communities: Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, Tobacco, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention – Draft Version only


3.  Vermont League of Cities and Towns: Vermont Municipal Regulation of Alcohol and Tobacco and Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising


4.  Vermont Healthy Community Design Resource: Active Living & Healthy Eating Toolkit


5.  A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and Policy from the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation commissioned this guide to help determine meaningful ways to
measure and evaluate the impact of its advocacy and public policy grant making. Although a
primary intent of this guide is to contribute practical guidance to the Annie E. Casey
Foundation regarding evaluation of the foundation’s investments, this guide also serves as a
broad call to grant makers to build and advance the field of evaluation in this area.


6.  Community Leaders Toolkit – Educating Community Leaders from the Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy

Materials designed to support Community Coalitions plan and prepare for meetings with community leaders.

Community Leader Toolkit

7.  Community Readiness for Community Change

Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research Community Readiness Handbook


8.  A Primer on Planning for Prevention 


Sample Policies from Around Vermont:

1.  Town of Parker Marijuana Ordinance


2.  Town of Norwich Alcohol Ordinance


3.  Weathersfield Selectboard Drug and Tobacco Paraphernalia

Drug Paraphernalia Amendment Text with signatures 021616

4.  Towns of Middlebury and Wallingford Alcoholic Beverage Restrictions

Middlebury and Wallingford

5.  Town of St. Albans Liquor Control


Vermont Department of Health – 2016 Partnership for Success (PFS) Trainings:

December 7, 2016 – Planning for Sustainability to Maintain Regional Prevention Partnership Strategies

PowerPoint Slides
VT Sustainability Training PPT

Participant Workbook
2016-12-7 VT Sustainability Training Workbook v.1

Handout – SPF Sustainability Checklist v.3

Handout – Sample Sustainability Case Statement from IL

May 24, 2016 – Webinar – Family Engagement Frameworks and Strategies as Applied to Local Prevention Efforts

Click here for Webinar Slides

Click here for Webinar Recording


Family Engagement Strategies

Partners in Education – A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

Redefining Family Engagement for Student Success – Harvard Family Research Project


E-newsletter Sample – Flipsnack

Pinterest Board – Black River Middle School

March 3, 2016 – “Policy as a Strategy for Environmental Change”
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont

Workshop Presentation Slides

Other Materials:

Addressing Challenges to Community Level Policy Strategy – Activity Results

Advancing Prevention Policy Work in Communities – Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership

Drug Paraphernalia Amendment Text – Weathersfield Select Board – February 16, 2016

Education for Cities and Towns on Substance Abuse Prevention – Central Vermont New Directions Coalition

Curtis Pond Island Ordinance – Town of Calais, Vermont

A Primer on Planning for Prevention – Morrisville District Office, Partnership for Success Initiative, April 2015

Slides – A Primer on Planning for Prevention – A Tool to Help Link Alcohol Prevention with Land Use Planning, Vermont Department of Health, Morrisville District Office

Community Readiness Tools:

2011 Community Resources and Readiness Survey – Instructions for Community Grantee Coordinators

Community Leaders Toolkit – Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy

Vermont Community Resources and Readiness Survey

January 21, 2016 – “Engaging Youth for Impacting Perception of Risk and Social Norms”
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont

Materials will be posted shortly.

Online Learning

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

If you would like to find out when this course is being offered again, contact info@healthandlearning.org

Promoting Personal Health and Safety Through the Prevention of Injury and Violence

This online  Promoting Personal Health & Safety Through the Prevention of Injury and Violence course is offered as one of a series of courses by the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative toward health education endorsement.  Students taking the course for credit and successfully complete the course will receive 2 graduate credits through Union Institute and University.

Course Description  

This course is designed to address concepts, knowledge and skills related to promoting personal health and safety through injury and violence prevention.

 It is widely recognized that problems related to injury and violence are prevalent across all ages and in all cultures, impact physical, mental, social, environmental and spiritual health and wage significant costs to society. This course will be looking at these issues through the lens of American society and will consider personal change processes and environmental change strategies that are promising for promoting lifestyles that reduce the likelihood of injury and are free of violence.  School, community and legislative policies that promote healthy and safe environments will be identified. Participants will apply the course teachings in on-line discussions, reflection papers and student units of study.

Instructional methods include a virtual meeting at the beginning of the course, online readings, discussions, and assignments, and telephone and email communications with the instructor/s as needed. Students are required to complete weekly assignments and Learning Tasks, and a final paper at the end of the course.

If you would like to find out when this course is being offered again, contact info@healthandlearning.org


Umatter for Schools Training Follow-up Webinar

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Objective: To provide additional support and assistance to school staff to implement Umatter activities in your school.

Implementation activities discussed:
1) Suicide Prevention and Postvention Protocols
2) Staff and Parent Awareness Sessions

Umatter for Schools Training Follow-up Webinar Slidespdf

Guiding Good Choices

Date/Time: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Objective: Facilitator training for the Guiding Good Choices program

Webinar Slidespdf

Suicide Prevention in Vermont- Engaging Vermont Department of Health District Offices

Date/Time: December 18th, 2014, 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Presenter: Nicole Miller, MSW, Mental Health Program Specialist- Center For Health and Learning, Vermont Suicide Prevention Center

Goal: Educating the VDH District staff about suicide prevention and strategies in Vermont.


  1. Update VDH staff on suicide prevention data
  2. Provide an overview of the Umatter for Schools best practice training for school professionals
  3. Provide an overview of Umatter for Communities training for community professionals including First Responders and Law Enforcement, Social Services, Mental Health, Faith Leaders, Health Care providers, Educators
  4. Introduce the new Umatter for Youth and Young Adults initiative
  5. Review current infrastructure for suicide prevention in Vermont
  6. Consider ways VDH District Offices can support, utilize and provide referrals to these suicide prevention resources

Suicide Prevention in Vermont- Engaging VDH District Offices Slidespdf

Help Seeking: Ubiquitous Barriers Across the Life Span

Date/Time: June 20, 2014, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Presenter: Madelyn S. Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry; Deputy Director of Research Training in Child Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center

Description: Help-seeking attitudes and treatment beliefs are likely contributors to under-utilization of mental health services, which is well documented both among suicidal individuals and in the general population. Of particular concern is the finding that negative help-seeking attitudes are greatest among individuals with the greatest mental health needs. Barriers to help-seeking found in several of Dr. Gould’s studies across diverse age groups and populations will be presented.

Help Seeking: Ubiquitous Barriers Across the Life Span Slidespdf