ELIZABETHTOWN-In the past 25 years, the Prevention Team has brought many innovative programs to Essex County. In keeping with this commitment to bring the best possible services for youth, families and communities, the Prevention Team is now offering training in Teen Intervene, a brief intervention for substance using/abusing adolescents and young adults.
Teen Intervene targets youth in non-treatment settings and can be used by a wide range of professional staff. The goal of Teen Intervene is to reach youth and young adults in alternative community settings before they need longer term, more intensive help.
A Prevention Team staff member was trained as a trainer as part of a federal training initiative. A training scholarship was funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to participate in this Training of Trainers pilot program.
The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) selected the participants and is coordinating the program, developed by Hazelden and Dr. Ken Winters of the University of Minnesota.
As health care reform trickles down to the community level there will be an increasing emphasis on using focused, short-term, evidence-based interventions like Teen Intervene. And as we all try to increase our effectiveness with individuals we serve, Teen Intervene will enable those trained in it to help youth in many more settings than before.
Workshops are offered free to medical staff, education, mental health and criminal justice professionals, youth workers and pastors. Professionals using the intervention on a regular basis in a clinic or school will need to buy the curriculum and protocol.
Training workshops are one day. The first two full day workshops are:
March 31: Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake
April 1: InterLakes Health Campus, Moses Ludington Hospital, Ticonderoga
Students in related fields will be accommodated in training sessions based on space availability. Class space is extremely limited but registration is still available. Split sessions will be accommodated.
To register and obtain materials, or to get more information contact the Prevention Team at 585-7424 ext. 106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance registration is required.