Supporting the Work of So Many

Every day, prevention specialists and prevention providers across America dedicate their lives to supporting those struggling with substance misuse. Prevention First works directly with those preventionists or providers, supporting their work with the tools, training, and resources needed to change lives and build healthy communities effectively.

Prevention First has been Illinois’ preferred provider of SUPP training and technical assistance since 1985. Prevention First trains an average of 1,300 people a year, providing one-on-one technical assistance to an average of 15 SUP-funded organizations. Our team delivers an average of 55 trainings to those SUP-funded organizations, with over 32 unique programs available in our training catalog. 

We employ a multitude of different approaches to most effectively disseminate this information, including live events (classroom-based, virtual, and webinars) and on-demand options (online self-study and recorded webinar events), as well as one-on-one technical assistance, coaching services, and web-based resources. All of which are rooted in evidence-based prevention approaches. 

The result: Our training and technical assistance services provide professionals and volunteers the training and information they need to effectively impact substance misuse in their communities so they can, in turn, spend their time directly impacting their communities rather than spending valuable time researching appropriate prevention methodology.



Training Options

Classroom-based (instructor-led) training offers a guided, interactive learning experience where participants and facilitators can discuss new information and practice new skills.

Virtual classroom (instructor-led, online) training offers participants a guided, interactive learning experience outside the Prevention First classroom.

Self-paced training (self-study) allows participants to complete the material on their time. Interactive webinars allow structured learning from any location via a computer or phone.

Live Webinar

Healing Centered Engagement

Tuesday, March 05, 2024
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description   This workshop will focus on the shift from the term “trauma-informed care” as it does not encompass the totality of one’s experience and focuses only on harm, injury, and trauma. Current formulations of trauma-informed care presume that the trauma is an individual experience rather than a collective one. Based on the article from Shawn Ginwright, Ph.D. entitled “The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma-Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement”, this workshop will provide tools for an approach that allows practitioners to approach trauma with a fresh lens that promotes a holistic and cultural view of healing from traumatic experiences and environments. This approach is called Healing Centered Engagement. -Understand key differences between a healing-centered & trauma-informed approach to care. -Identify 3 ways to address root causes of trauma in communities -3 ways to improve strategies and outcomes with clients using HCE This training is interactive; please have a microphone and webcam. The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois.  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889.
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Classroom

Establishing and Leading a Youth Advisory Committee

Thursday, March 07, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington - Bloomington, IL
Description In this training, participants will learn to establish and lead a youth advisory committee to support local substance use prevention efforts. Participants will learn best practices for engaging youth in advisory roles, establishing an advisory committee structure, and strategies for recruiting and retaining youth advisors. Participants will also learn appropriate roles for youth committee members in substance use prevention activities.  
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Virtual Classroom

Two-Day ASAM Criteria Skill Building

Thursday, March 7 - Friday, March 8, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description Limited spots are available. This training is focused on the ASAM 3rd edition. This two-day, application-focused training provides participants with an in-depth look at the theoretical foundations of the Criteria, including clinically–driven services, biopsychosocial assessment, the six dimensions, continued stay, and transfer/discharge criteria. Incorporating the use of the new edition of The ASAM Criteria book, participants have opportunities for skill practice at every stage of the treatment process: assessment, engagement, treatment planning, continuing care, and transfer or discharge. All participants receive an in-depth training journal and e-book to guide the training experience and as a resource for continuing skill application as part of the training. This training is interactive; please have a microphone and webcam. The link to join the training will be emailed to you prior to the training.  The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Harm Reduction Approach within ASAM Criteria Framework

Monday, March 11, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description Limited spots are available. This training provides skill-building in the use of the ASAM Criteria as a framework for determining the most appropriate intensity of services and how a harm reduction model/approach, specifically providing strategies for working with clients on goal setting, application of risk reduction skills and evaluation of treatment goals fits within the broader framework of the Criteria’s six dimensions and levels of care. All participants receive an electronic copy of an in-depth training journal to guide the training experience and as a resource for continuing skill application as part of the training. The link to join the training will be emailed to you prior to the training. The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Drug Impairment Training for Treatment Professionals

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Online
Description Course participants will be provided with an overview of the seven drug categories, commonly observed signs and symptoms of impairment for each category, and medical conditions that could mimic impairment. The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889.
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Live Webinar

Integrating Combined Therapies

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
Description This training is part 2 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training. The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments. The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Screening and Assessment/Medication Management

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
Description This training is part 1 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training.  The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments.   The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois.  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Integrating Combined Therapies

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
Description This training is part 2 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training. The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments. The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Screening and Assessment/Medication Management

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
Description This training is part 1 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training.  The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments.   The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois.  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Integrating Combined Therapies

Thursday, March 14, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
Description This training is part 2 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training. The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments. The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Screening and Assessment/Medication Management

Thursday, March 14, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Online
Description This training is part 1 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training.  The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments.   The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois.  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Classroom

Effective Group Facilitation

Tuesday, March 19 - Wednesday, March 20, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
Description The ability to lead groups is essential to a wide variety of positions within the prevention field. This two-day training builds basic facilitation skills of individuals working with youth and/or adult groups. By the end of the training, participants will understand the stages of group development and the major issues associated with them, as well as how to identify and use interventions that will influence group behavior. This is an interactive training that will incorporate theory into discussions, group interaction, role playing and practice, and applied learning.
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Classroom

Effective Group Facilitation

Tuesday, March 19 - Wednesday, March 20, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
Description The ability to lead groups is essential to a wide variety of positions within the prevention field. This two-day training builds basic facilitation skills of individuals working with youth and/or adult groups. By the end of the training, participants will understand the stages of group development and the major issues associated with them, as well as how to identify and use interventions that will influence group behavior. This is an interactive training that will incorporate theory into discussions, group interaction, role playing and practice, and applied learning.
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Live Webinar

Leadership Development

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description   This workshop will explore the components needed to build a culture of serving others first and exploring one's identity and relationship with their emotions.  Through interactive discussions about emotional maturity, leadership development, and appropriate use of one’s experience to advocate for change, participants will walk away with an increased ability to build a thriving community culture. Understand and apply servant leadership values & competencies Develop servant leadership / EQ evaluation for staff and clients Know the 7 aspects of Recovery allyship This training is interactive; please have a microphone and webcam. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889.
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Virtual Classroom

Two-Day Motivational Interviewing & Individualized Service Planning with the ASAM Criteria

Tuesday, March 26 - Wednesday, March 27, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description Limited spots are available. This application-focused workshop offers a practical approach to the ASAM Criteria and how it supports and drives individualized service planning. Participants will understand the relationship between the treatment plan and the use of The ASAM Criteria’s admission, continued stay, transfer and discharge criteria. In addition, participants will learn how to write measurable, individualized treatment plans based on the individualized needs of the client and the dimensional analysis. Behavior change principles will be discussed to enhance trainees’ understanding of how and why people change and explore ways in which the client’s stage of change impacts and drives a person-centered service plan. Participants’ abilities to develop individualized service planning will be strengthened through core motivational interviewing skills as a way to have better conversations about individualized needs and increase client readiness for and engagement in treatment. While there is no prerequisite for this training, participants are expected to have a solid foundation and understanding of the ASAM Criteria. All participants receive an in-depth training journal to guide the training experience and as a resource for continuing skill application, as part of the training. This training is interactive; please have a microphone and webcam. The link to join the training will be emailed to you prior to the training.  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

LGBTQ & Addiction for Providers

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals.   There will be pre-work for this training that will be emailed to you before the training along with the link to join the training. This training is interactive; please have a microphone and webcam. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889.
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Virtual Classroom
THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE ILLINOIS INTRODUCTION TO SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION (IISUP) SERIES

Illinois Introduction to Substance Use Prevention (IISUP) III: A Framework for Prevention

Tuesday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 3, 2024
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Online
Description This virtual classroom training introduces Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the prevention specialist’s role in service delivery. Participants will be introduced to program planning, capacity-building, implementation, and evaluation strategies. Participants will also learn about their role in prevention, including an exploration of ethical issues related to their personal and professional conduct.  
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Virtual Classroom

Recovery Coach Academy

Monday, April 8 - Thursday, April 11, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description This training is based on the Recovery Coach Academy (RCA). This curriculum provides a basic, introductory version of Recovery Coaching to meet the needs of those who want a general understanding of the recovery process to understand better and support the recovery of their loved ones, friends, and colleagues. Although the five-day curriculum is the preferred vehicle to learn about this very important role, we do realize that not everyone has the desire to become a recovery coach or the amount of time needed for that type of endeavor. We hope many of your questions about recovery and the recovery process will be answered. Much like the recovery journey, this training provides an emotionally rich experience combined with skills and techniques for real-life application. Whether you use it to improve your relationships with those seeking recovery or apply it to your recovery… you will be transformed. PARTICIPANTS IN THIS COURSE WILL LEARN TO: Define and increase fluency in the language of recovery Build capacity to understand, support, and advocate for recovery Learn about specific skill sets key to supporting recovery Create a learning community to advance the recognition, acceptance, and support of recovery   The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois.  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889.
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Virtual Classroom
THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGNS SERIES

Ten Steps for Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns

Tuesday, April 9 - Thursday, April 11, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
Description During this interactive virtual classroom course, participants will learn about the steps and best practices involved in campaign planning and implementation.  This course is required for all SUPS and CSUPS staff reporting hours for communication campaigns who have not previously completed Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns.  
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Live Webinar

Moving from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive

Wednesday, April 17 - Thursday, April 18, 2024
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Online
Description While many organizations are trauma-informed, becoming trauma-responsive means looking at every aspect of an organization’s programming, environment, language, and values and involving all staff in better serving clients who have experienced trauma. Moving from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive provides program administrators and clinical directors with key resources needed to train staff and make organizational changes to become trauma-responsive. This comprehensive training program involves all staff, ensuring clients are served with a trauma-responsive approach. The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Virtual Classroom

Foundations of Youth Prevention Education - Virtual Classroom

Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25, 2024
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Online
Description Foundations of Youth Prevention Education prepares direct service providers to implement evidence-based Youth Prevention Education (YPE) programs. Participants will obtain a basic understanding of the components and best practices related to implementing any YPE model program. This training will increase participants’ knowledge and skills related to planning, managing, facilitating, and evaluating a Youth Prevention Education program. Note: All SUPP providers reporting hours for youth prevention education are required to complete this course. Virtual Classroom Training Note: Regular classroom time for this course is 12 hours. Since the classroom time for this modified course is only 9 hours, participants must complete 3 hours of individual work to obtain credit for the course. Prework will be assigned for each session.   When registering for the August training, participants must attend all three sessions for the course. The sessions are scheduled for August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. When registering for the December training, participants must attend all three sessions for the course. The sessions are scheduled for December 12th, 13th, and 14th from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. When registering for the February training, participants must attend all three sessions for the course. The sessions are scheduled for February 27th, 28th, and 29th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm When registering for the April training, participants must attend all three sessions for the course. The sessions are scheduled for April 23rd, 24th, and 25th from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
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Virtual Classroom

Two-Day ASAM Criteria Skill Building

Tuesday, April 23 - Wednesday, April 24, 2024
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Online
Description Limited spots are available. This training is focused on the ASAM 3rd edition. This two-day, application-focused training provides participants with an in-depth look at the theoretical foundations of the Criteria, including clinically–driven services, biopsychosocial assessment, the six dimensions, continued stay, and transfer/discharge criteria. Incorporating the use of the new edition of The ASAM Criteria book, participants have opportunities for skill practice at every stage of the treatment process: assessment, engagement, treatment planning, continuing care, and transfer or discharge. All participants receive an in-depth training journal and e-book to guide the training experience and as a resource for continuing skill application as part of the training. This training is interactive; please have a microphone and webcam. The link to join the training will be emailed to you prior to the training.  The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
Description This training is part 3 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training. The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments.   The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Family Programs

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Online
Description This training is part 4 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training. The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments.   The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois.  If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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Live Webinar

Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

Wednesday, May 01, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
Description This training is part 3 of 4 of the Co-occurring Disorders Program Curriculum Training. This is a training series; please plan on attending all 4 days of training. The goal of the counselor implementation training is to help clinicians apply the evidence-based programs in the Co-occurring Disorders Program in order to deliver the best possible services to persons with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. During portions of the training, we strongly encourage attendance from administrative and clinical leadership, intake/registration, and quality and compliance departments.   The Illinois Department of Human Services funds this training and is only open to license-funded treatment professionals in the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Seigfried by email at madison.mccormick@prevention.org or by phone at 217.993.2889
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