Description: Public policy and environmental conditions conducive to health and well-being are fundamental components of substance abuse prevention. Prevention Specialists should advocate for environmental strategies that empower individuals and systems to create conditions that promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors. Public Policy and Environmental Change is one of the IC&RC Prevention Specialist domains and comprises approximately 12% of the questions on the Certified Prevention Specialist exam. This workshop will discuss the tasks associated with advocating for effective public policy and environmental change and resources for study.
Learning objectives include:
1) becoming familiar with resources, training and consultation that promote environmental change,
2) learning how to use media strategies to support policy change efforts in the community
3) learning about enforcement initiatives that affect environmental change.
Presenter: Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist and was a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for 20 years. She has served as Director of Prevention for the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and Training Specialist for the University of Oklahoma’s Southwest Prevention Center, and most recently as Executive Director of LifeSteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs. She is currently Member At Large of the Board of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium and Advisor to the Prevention Committee. Ms. Stevens serves on the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals and is chair of the Prevention Subcommittee. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baylor University and a Masters of Prevention Science from the University of Oklahoma.
In addition, Ms. Stevens is an adjunct professor for the University Of Oklahoma College Of Liberal Studies. She teaches core courses for Masters of Prevention Science Degree, including Foundations of Prevention and Prevention across the Lifespan.
Audience: The training was designed for all audiences.
Skill Level: The training was designed for any skill level.
An application for continuing education credit has been submitted to the NCSAPPB.
Funding in whole or in part for this event was provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services with funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services