Training in Prevention Methods

To ensure that Greater Milwaukee's human services professionals are using the most up-to-date, evidence-based methods in their work, Public Policy Institute staff and partners offer learning opportunities for coalition members, sub-grantees, and interested members of the public. Contact Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator Jeremy Triblett to learn more about our prevention-related trainings.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Brain Architecture Game

Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP)

Nurturing Parenting Programs

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training 

Youth Thrive

Botvin LifeSkills

Youth Mental Health First Aid

For: Groups of 5 to 30 youth workers
Contact: Jeremy Triblett

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute offers Youth Mental Health First Aid training for those who regularly interact with youth ages 12-18, including school staff, law enforcement, faith leaders, hospital and nursing home staff, sports coaches, after-school program staff, mentors, and parents and guardians. Youth Mental Health First Aid empowers adults with tools to help assess teens who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis. The training is eight hours, which can be split into two four-hour sessions. To schedule a training, you must be able to guarantee between five and 30 participants.

The Brain Architecture Game

For: Public Policy Institute sub-grantees and coalition members
Contact: Jeremy Triblett

The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development -- what promotes it, what derails it, and consequences for society. It is appropriate for use with community leaders, policymakers or government officials, health providers and educators. If your organization or community is embarking on a conversation about adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, or other early childhood issues, the game can be a valuable resource for creating a common understanding and a common language on these topics. This training is provided with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services

Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP)

For: Alliance for Wisconsin Youth coalition members
Contact: Jazzmyne Adams

Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (DITEP) is intended to make high school nurses, principals, and school resource officers competent and confident in evaluating and documenting students suspected of abusing and being impaired by drugs. The training will enable school nurses to determine if a student is impaired; whether the impairment is due to a medical problem or is drug related; and, if  the impairment is drug related, through proven diagnostic procedures, what category or categories of drugs that are likely causing the observed impairment. 

Nurturing Parenting Programs

For: Facilitators of family programs
Contact: Jan Buchler

The Nurturing Parenting Programs are a family-centered, trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglectful parenting and child-rearing practices. The program’s long-term goals are to prevent recidivism in families receiving social services, lower the rate of multi-parent teenage pregnancies, reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse, and stop the intergenerational cycle of child abuse by teaching positive parenting behaviors. 

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training

For: Public Policy Institute sub-grantees and coalition members
Contact: Jeremy Triblett

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Those trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans learn to save the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Presented in partnership with Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

For: Alliance for Wisconsin Youth members
Contact: Jazzmyne Adams

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention, grounded in current research and SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework. This training, exclusively provided for members of the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth, prepares practitioners to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. It is ideally for practitioners new to the substance abuse prevention field and/or working in related disciplines. This training is a four-day commitment and a certificate of completion is given upon completion to be presented for credentialing.  

Youth Thrive

For: Alliance for Wisconsin Youth coalition members
Contact: Jazzmyne Adams

Youth Thrive™ is both a research-informed framework based on a synthesis of research on positive youth development, resilience, neuroscience, stress and impact of trauma on brain development and the name of the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s national initiative to improve the well-being outcomes of all youth (ages 9-26), with a particular focus on youth in, or transitioning from, foster care. The Youth Thrive™ Framework functions as a lens for assessing current efforts and for making changes to the policies, programs, training, services, partnerships, and systems that impact young people. This two-day training is relevant to everyone child welfare professionals and others who are concerned about teenagers and young adults. 

Botvin LifeSkills Training 

For: Youth workers
Contact: Jan Buchler

This course trains the youth workers who will be using Botvin LifeSkills Training with young people in their care. Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. 

Community Advocates is supported by ReCAST, a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, under Grant No. 5H79SM063524.