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Join Us for PCCG Prevention Courses in July!

GUIDE is excited to announce another full week of Prevention Training taking place July 21-25! This is a fantastic opportunity to take all four PCCG core courses in one week. Don’t miss out!

What’s PCCG Anyway?

IMG_4035The Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia (PCCG) is a 501(c)6 organization with committees covering credentialing, recertification, training, public relations, resource development and prevention ethics. PCCG works to advance the prevention field by promoting credentialing standards of excellence. To fulfill one of the requirements to become a credentialed Preventionist in the state of Georgia, applicants must attend all four core courses (Fundamentals of Prevention, Ethics in the Prevention Field, Cultural Competency for the Prevention Professional and Communication Skills for the Prevention Professional). We’ve made this super easy for you! We’re offering all four in just one week!

To learn about additional requirements for credentialing, click here.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will learn about and explore an array of pertinent topics including, but not limited to:

  • 177Protective and risk factors;
  • Prevention processes/programs that represent each prevention strategy;
  • What works in prevention;
  • Defining prevention strategies;
  • Outline of historical timeline in prevention;
  • Basic introduction to the Principles of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Prevention;
  • Ethical principles using the interactive methods and role-plays that encourage and support adult learning;
  • Interpersonal communication skills, facilitation, public speaking and good listening skills; and
  • Cultural diversity and prejudices in a safe environment in order to learn how to increase cultural competence and create safe spaces in your programs and organizations.

Participants will learn all of the above AND have fun at the same time. It doesn’t get better than that!

I Can’t Attend All of the Trainings that Week. Can I Register for Just One?

Attend one, or attend them all! To find out more about the individual training opportunities, see below.

Fundamentals of Prevention (A PCCG Core Course)

Date: Monday, July 21 – Tuesday, July 22
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
By:  GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost: $100 per person

Description:  This course, approved by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia as a Core Course, will provide a basic foundation of prevention knowledge that can be further expanded through ongoing prevention training and development. 

Ethics in the Prevention Field (A PCCG Core Course)

Date:  Wednesday, July 23
Time:  9 am – 4:30 pm
By:  GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost:  $60 per person

Description: This course, approved by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia as a Core Course, is designed to provide a basic introduction to the Principles of the Code of Ethical Conduct for Prevention, Early Intervention and Health Promotion Professionals and Volunteers. It will also provide an overview of the ethical dilemmas that Prevention Professionals encounter in their work. Using the Code of Ethics from the Prevention Think Tank as a framework, participants will explore ethical principles using interactive methods and role-plays that encourage and support adult learning.

Communication Skills for the Prevention Professional (A BRAND NEW PCCG Core Course)

Date: Thursday, July 24
Time:  9 am – 4:30 pm
By: GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost: $60 per person

Description:  This course, approved by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia as a Core Course, is a response to the prevention domain changes made by IC&RC. In order for prevention professionals to be prepared to interview or test for their prevention credentials, they will need this core course that will focus on interpersonal communication, facilitation, public speaking and good listening skills as well as public awareness campaigns and marketing basics.

Cultural Competency for the Prevention Professional (A PCCG Core Course)

Date:  Friday, January 17
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
By:  GUIDE, Inc. Staff
Cost:  $60 per person

Description:  This course, approved by the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia as a Core Course, will give Prevention Professionals a refresher in cultural awareness and appropriateness in the prevention field.  At a young age most people learn how to recognize differences more quickly than similarities, and how to dislike others who are not like us. In our ever-increasing diverse communities, understanding, tolerance and appreciation for differences is necessary to running effective prevention programs. This session will include activities and discussions exploring cultural diversity and prejudices in a safe environment in order to learn how to increase cultural competence and create safe spaces in your programs and organizations.  Bring an open mind, as we will discuss critical diversity issues such as racism, ageism, heterosexism and sexism.

Okay, I’m Hooked! How Do I Register?

photo (15)We would absolutely LOVE for you to join us for our week of Prevention Training in July. See below for registration details.

Each course is priced separately as indicated above.

A $10 per person, per training discount is available for those who register more than four people at one time. Participants MUST all be registered at the same time and by the same person in order to qualify for the discount.  Agencies who have individuals register separately WILL NOT QUALIFY for discounts.

All costs include light breakfast snacks and coffee, lunch and materials.

All courses incur processing fees to cover the fees charged by the online registration service. These fees vary, as they are based on your total registration cost. When requesting payment from your organization, please take note of these fees. The courses are the base prices listed above PLUS fees.

Online payment is available during registration via credit or debit card. An option to pay by check is also available. Checks should be mailed, with invoice/confirmation available after registration, to GUIDE, Inc. Checks MUST be received by July 11.

All courses require pre-registration.

Click here to register now!

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Get Involved During National Prevention Week 2014

You are cordially invited to become a proactive partner in the prevention of youth substance abuse.

A common answer to this invitation may sound something like this: 

Voluneering Clip Art“No, thank you.

I’m pretty busy with my own job which has absolutely nothing to do with substance abuse prevention. In addition to that, I’m a parent, a spouse, an adult child of aging parents and a sibling. I’m active at my church, belong to several civic and professional organizations and volunteer with my child’s sports league. So, you see, I’m way too busy to take on anything else, especially something I know NOTHING about. So, thanks, but…

No Thanks!”

Wait a minute!  Let me ask you a few questions. Have you ever:

  • Kids Sports Clip ArtTalked to your child about why drinking alcohol or using other drugs is harmful and should be avoided?
  • Encouraged your family to eat dinner together regularly?
  • Refused to serve alcohol at a party for teens?
  • Involved your family in volunteering and community service?
  • Provided opportunities for your child to engage in positive free time activities such as sports or the performing arts?
  • Offered to be the designated driver when you went to an adult function that involved drinking?
  • Explained to a friend, relative or colleague why you think it’s not a good idea to legalize marijuana or other drugs that are illegal?
  • Participated in a health fair at your place of work or worship?
  • Asked your aging relatives to keep their prescription medications in secure places so that they’re not available to children?
  • Chaperoned a group of kids to make sure they were safe and supervised?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then guess what? You’re already involved in substance abuse prevention and you didn’t even know it. Prevention can be as simple as taking the time to talk to your children as they grow and mature about all the reasons it’s better for them to stay away from alcohol and other drugs. It doesn’t take an advanced degree or full-time job to be a prevention proponent. Everyone can contribute to prevention in various ways throughout their lives. 

Eating Dinner Clip ArtFamilies that eat dinner together regularly are less likely to have children that get involved in drugs or other high risk behaviors. Children who have opportunities to volunteer are less likely to use drugs and often become lifelong volunteers. Individuals that are concerned about their health and well-being are less likely to abuse substances of any kind. Children and teens who are engaged in positive after-school programs and extra-curricular activities are more likely to stay away from drugs. 

This week is National Prevention Week. Follow #NPW2014 on social media sites to find out more about prevention strategies that really work and why they are so important. It’s a week to celebrate people involved in prevention around the country. So, we’re actually celebrating YOU because you’ve taken the time and effort to do many of the little things in life that make a big difference. THANK YOU!!

Teens Talking Clip ArtDon’t believe those who say, “We’ve lost the War on Drugs.”  Prevention is alive and well and making a huge difference in communities across Georgia and the rest of the country. Prevention works!  It’s encouraging young people to do their best and have a vision for their future. It’s providing opportunities for children and youth to succeed in school, consciously make good decisions and hang out with peers who are engaged in healthy, positive activities. It’s reporting stores that sell alcohol to minors without checking their IDs. It’s making sure there are places for kids to socialize that are safe, supervised and alcohol/drug-free. It’s talking to your elected officials so they know how you feel about keeping kids safe from illegal drugs. 

Want to know more?  Becoming a prevention champion is only a click away!  Visit our website, and if you’re on social media,  follow and like us. Share, re-tweet and re-pin information you find interesting or helpful with others. We want you to get hooked… on prevention!! 

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Recapping the Successes of the 2013-2014 YAB

YAB Walk Like MADDThe GUIDE Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of youth from across Gwinnett County that commit to making a difference in their community. YAB members, through monthly meetings and community events, develop and practice key leadership skills such as public speaking, group management, networking, decision-making, organization and time management. The 2013-2014 YAB includes Josselyn Garcia- President, Micheline Amisi- Vice President, Akua Obeng-Akrofi- Secretary, Angela Luu, Charlene Marsh, Christine Edih, Courtney Serra, Gaby Guzman-Simon, Joy Choi, Marilyn Carias, Maya Carter, Nathan Carter, Odemi Pessu, Rachel Topper and Vincent Morales. This group of 15 high school students has had a busy year.

YAB GTIDuring June 2013, Maya, Charlene, Angela and Marilyn worked with their facilitator, Josselyn, and Adult Advisor, Mary Kate at Georgia Teen Institute (GTI). While at GTI, the team completed the Strategic Prevention Framework to identify a need to be address in the community and then planned a project to meet that need. The team identified a need for more fun activities for youth to do on weekends that were drug- and alcohol-free. Because of this need, the team began planning an event to be held during the school year to address the lack of activities.  

The YAB met for the first time on August 15th to kick off the year. They elected two representatives, Josselyn Garcia and Marilyn Carias, to serve on the GUIDE Board of Directors. Both representatives attended all Board of Directors during the year and gave valuable input from a youth leader perspective.

photo 3 (1)The team who attended GTI shared the plan they had created with the other YAB members, and everyone started to generate a plan for the upcoming year. Over the next several months, YAB members prepared for the event they called “Fresh Start Town Hall Meeting.”  They planned a workshop, contacted sponsors, prepared materials, assisted with recruiting participants and more. The event was held in January at the J.M. Tull Family YMCA, and it was a huge success. Event participants greatly enjoyed the keynote speaker, Wes Bender, workshops facilitated by YAB members and a Gwinnett County Police Officer, Zumba and other YMCA activities and a skit that was put on by YAB members about starting the new year with a fresh start. Overall, the event was an accomplishment for each YAB member because of the hard work they put into planning it.

Another major accomplishment was the success of the YAB Red Ribbon Week (RRW) Campaign in October. All members helped create Boo Bags with prevention messages to distribute to their classmates. They also participated in GUIDE’s social media #BeRed campaign. Members from Norcross High School (NHS) developed a lesson plan about underage drinking for the Freshman Advisement Class. They also had a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) representative make presentations in health classes. The SADD group they helped start at NHS sponsored student pledges not to drink alcohol under 21 on a large banner. Members from Archer and Grayson High Schools also conducted RRW activities, reaching 1340 and 3230 students respectively. GUIDE was awarded the Overall Statewide RRW Award, and the GUIDE YAB was a major part of that happening.

YAB LeadershipDuring each monthly YAB meeting, members also completed various activities for the Alcohol Prevention Project. Using the Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA) strategy intent, the YAB worked diligently to reduce underage drinking in Gwinnett. YAB members participated in several activities, including the Sticker Shock campaign, an Environmental Scan, Most of Us Social Norms activities and many more. They also provided feedback on prevention messages and how well they would relate to youth. Also during the monthly meetings, YAB members completed a marijuana prevention activity. These included completing an Environmental Scan, brainstorming prevention messages and educating members and their peers on HB 885 – the recent marijuana bill that was presented to Georgia legislation.

YAB Be RedOutside of the monthly meetings, YAB members were also hard at work in the community. They participated in various events such as the Walk Like MADD event, the Public Safety Fall Festival and the Gwinnett Great Days of Service. At each event they distributed Save Brains packets and collected adult signatures to not provided alcohol to those under 21. Josselyn was featured on People Helping People TV show for Alcohol Awareness Month. Each YAB member was required to complete 20 hours of community service, and they all did so through various events throughout the year.

Overall, it has been incredible year for our Youth Advisory Board, and we appreciate all their hard work and dedication to making a positive difference in our community. 

Team Building Activity: Life Line

Life Line

If you’re looking for some team building to use during your Youth Action Team meetings or to jazz up your National Prevention Week (May 18-24) activities, you’re in luck! This activity is more than just a team builder, it’s a great way to open up conversation about prevention, peer pressure and supporting each other.

photo 2Time Needed:  20-30 minutes

Group Size: Any, split into groups of 8-12

Materials:  Rope(s), 1 per group

 

Directions:

Set Up

  1. Tie simple overhand knots in the rope so that there is one space between knots for each person in the group.
  2. The knots should be about five feet apart. There should be enough spaces for all the students.
  3. Spread the rope out on the floor so that there are no overlaps, etc.

Framing

“We all need sources of support to help us through life. The rope before you represents your life line. As you can see there are several knots in your life path. The knots represent times when you may be pressured to drink alcohol or use drugs or tobacco. With support we know that we can move through many challenges or knots in our path to a healthy life.”

Procedure

  1. Have students stand near the rope at a space between two knots. Be sure no one is at the very ends of the rope and that there is a knot between them and the ends.
  2. Tell students that the rope before them represents their life line of support and in a moment you are going to ask them to reach down and grab the rope with one hand in between two knots.
  3. Explain that when they grab the rope their hand will be super glued to that spot so choose their and position wisely.
  4. The group’s task is to untie all of the knots on the rope without anyone taking their hand off of the rope.
  5. They can use their other hand, talk to one another, etc. They just can’t move the hand that is “super glued” onto the rope.

Reflection:

  1. How were you able to make decisions and solve the problems so you could untie all the knots?
  2. How important is it to stay super-glued to your life line of support when dealing with pressure to drink alcohol or use drugs or tobacco?
  3. What are some examples of when your life line of support includes the legal and responsible use of drugs or medicines?
  4. What are some helpful guidelines for deciding when people are using over-the-counter drugs or medicines as healthy supports versus unhealthy coping strategies?
  5. Who are YOUR life lines? Ask participants to think about the people who help keep them afloat.