Coalition members have many opportunities to attend various trainings and conferences every year. While some are offered as part of a local coalition meeting, others are offered statewide by the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center or nationally by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). These trainings equip coalition members with knowledge and skills of prevention programs, practices and policies.
Program Sharing is a two-day conference hosted by the Minnesota Prevention Resource Center. In recent years, the conference has been held in October in St. Cloud. It features nationally-recognized keynote speakers, breakout sessions and an exhibit hall. Attendees learn about the latest research in the prevention field as well as prevention strategies implemented with success in communities throughout Minnesota.
Regional ATOD Prevention Seminars
Minnesota Regional Prevention Coordinators (RPC) periodically host trainings for prevention professionals and coalition members within their regions.
Spring & Fall Forums
The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center (MPRC) hosts one-day forums twice a year in various locations throughout Minnesota. In the past, Spring Forums have been held in April or May and Fall Forums have been held in September or October. Topics vary each time but have included:
- Bullying Research and Interventions: Connecting the Dots of Behaviors and Experiences
- Helping Children and Families Thrive: A look at the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACES)
- Creating & Delivering Effective Prevention Messages for Your Community.
Shutting Off the Tap for Teens & Young Adults
The Shutting Off the Tap for Teens & Young Adults (SOTT) is a one-day conference that occurs annually. Keynote speaker(s) and breakout sessions focus on environmental strategies to prevent alcohol use among young people. In recent years, the conference has been held in August in Coon Rapids.
Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)
Minnesota Regional Prevention Coordinators (RPC) offer the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) at various times and locations throughout Minnesota each year. SAPST is 40-hour training that is designed to provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the prevention field. Completing the SAPST is required to be a Certified Prevention Professional. For more information on SAPST offerings, click here.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) offers the National Coalition Academy (NCA). The NCA is a year-long training program that combines three weeks of classroom training, distant learning, and Web-based support. It provides the tools needed to start or sustain an effective anti-drug coalition and the necessary steps to reduce drug and alcohol abuse. Participants produce five written products: a community assessment, a logic model, a strategic/action plan, an evaluation plan, and a sustainability plan. For more information on the National Coalition Academy, click here.
CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) hosts the annual Mid-Year Training Institute in July. Community coalition staff and members attend from all 50 states and territories of the United States. The Institute offers in-depth training, personal coaching and National Youth Leadership Initiative activities. Attendees learn about coalition building, strategic planning, evaluation, research and much more!
CADCA National Forum
The annual National Forum, hosted by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) each February in Washington D.C. for community coalition staff and members, features workshops that help CADCA members develop approaches to prevent underage use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Tactics include comprehensive evidence-based strategies to achieve community-level change. Attendees also have an opportunity to participate in Capital Hill Day to educate U.S. Representatives and Senators about the importance of substance abuse prevention.