Professional Development Services

Our Professional Development Services include many learning opportunities to increase prevention professionals’ knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate appropriate evidence-based strategies to address local substance-related problems. Training and technical assistance services are designed to specifically meet the needs of IDHS SUPR Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers. FY24 SUPP Training Requirements

For more information about our professional development services, view our Training Catalog.


Training Events

Our core training events (in person and virtually) are offered throughout the fiscal year. Descriptions are below. To find the next scheduled event, search below. Training on demand (self-paced) can be found via search or browsing through the online training and recorded webinar descriptions below. 

Training Series

Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey Data

Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Data is a series of two courses to introduce Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the contents of IYS reports, to a process for analyzing IYS data, and to methods for sharing IYS data with stakeholders. The two courses in the series include: 

Introduction to Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Data
This is a prerequisite for 
Register for this online course.

Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Data (Search below for upcoming dates.)

Conducting Focus Groups

Conducting Focus Groups is a series of two courses that introduce Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the steps necessary to conduct a successful focus group. The two courses in the series include:

Introduction to Focus Groups  Register for this online course.

Preparing for Successful Focus Groups (Search below for upcoming dates.)

Illinois Introduction to Substance Use Prevention (IISUP)

Illinois Introduction to Substance Use Prevention is a series of three courses to introduce Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the field of prevention (IISUP I), the state substance use prevention system (IISUP II), and prevention best practice (IISUP III). All SUPP grant staff are required to take all three courses in the series.

IISUP I (Pre-requisite for IISUP III)  Register for this online course.

IISUP II  Register for this online course.

IISUP III (Search below for upcoming dates.)

Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns

Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns is a series of three courses introducing Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP) providers to the basic skills, information, and concepts needed to plan and implement effective communication campaigns. The three courses in the series include:

Introduction to Communications Campaigns (Pre-requisite for Ten Steps for Planning & Implementing Communication Campaigns) Register for this online course

Ten Steps for Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns (Pre-requisite for Developing Materials for Locally-Designed Campaigns) (Search below for upcoming dates.)

Developing Materials for Locally-Designed Campaigns (Search below for upcoming dates.)

Substance Use Prevention Supervisor Training Series

The SUP Supervisor Training is a series of three online courses designed for managers who supervise prevention staff and provide programmatic oversight of the IDHS SUPR grant. By taking the courses in this series, participants will identify critical skills of prevention specialists to consider in hiring decisions and apply a hiring process, identify strategies for providing initial and ongoing program support to prevention staff, and identify strategies for providing effective staff supervision.

STS Course 1: Making the Right Hiring Decision  Register for this online course.

STS Course 2: Providing Program Support to Your Prevention Staff  Register for this online course.

STS Course 3: Developing Effective Supervisory Skills  Register for this online course.

Live Training (In Person or Virtual)

Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Data

This virtual classroom training event is the second of the Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey Data series and is offered during IYS Non-Administrative years. Participants will organize, examine, and summarize local IYS data during this training to identify concerns, priorities, and outcomes. Participants will identify methods for displaying and packaging data and strategies for sharing and analyzing data with schools and stakeholders. Additionally, participants will identify ways to incorporate data into local prevention strategies. The first course of the series is Introduction to Illinois Youth Survey

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Convening Prevention Coalitions, Advisory Groups, and Other Collaborations

During this three-part virtual classroom training, participants will learn strategies for convening and facilitating collaborative prevention groups, including community coalitions and advisory boards/groups. In Session One, participants will discuss how to establish the function and purpose of the collaboration and identify strategies for recruiting a diverse group of stakeholders. In Session Two, participants will discuss how to structure and organize the group for success and infuse cultural respect and responsiveness into their processes. In Session Three, participants will discuss best practices for coordinating and facilitating meetings, keeping stakeholders engaged and evaluating the group’s effectiveness to make improvements. There will be approximately one hour of prework/homework that participants must complete prior to each session.

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Effective Group Facilitation

The ability to lead groups is essential to various 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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Establishing and Leading a Youth Advisory Committee

In this one-day training, participants will learn how 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, how to establish 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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Foundations of Youth Prevention Education

Foundations of Youth Prevention Education (YPE) 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 in planning, managing, facilitating, and evaluating a Youth Prevention Education program. 

Foundations of YPE is offered in both the virtual classroom and classroom setting. The virtual classroom course requires participants to complete 3 hours of individual work to obtain credit for the course. Prework will be assigned for each session.

Note: All SUPP providers reporting hours for youth prevention education are required to complete this course.

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Preparing for Successful Focus Groups

This virtual classroom training event is the second of the Conducting Focus Group series. During this interactive course, participants will learn how to screen and recruit participants, develop effective questions to gain useful insights, moderate focus groups successfully and confidently, and analyze the results of the focus groups to bolster programming. Introduction to Focus Groups must be completed prior to registering for this course.

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Too Good for Drugs Facilitator Training

TGFD is a school-based prevention program designed to reduce the risk factors and enhance the protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among students. Participants will gain hands-on experience with the core curriculum while acquiring essential prevention education teaching strategies. The training will familiarize participants with the research, theory, and concepts behind the program and provide an opportunity for facilitation practice. This training is designed to prepare facilitators to implement the Too Good for Drugs (TGFD) Program successfully and with fidelity within a classroom setting. The Too Good for Drugs Program has a developmentally appropriate and separate curriculum for grades K-12; however, training is only provided for the SUPP-approved implementation for 4th and 5th grades,  Middle School, and High School.

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On-Demand Training

AOD Effects and Trends

This online training provides general information about substance use disorder and the impact of substance use on the brain and adolescent development and introduces drug classifications and types. Participants will further explore the effects and trends of the most widely used substances by teens - alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Participants will learn about the effects of each drug on the brain and body, signs and symptoms of use, and state and national rates and trends of use. Participants will obtain additional resources to learn more about ATOD effects and trends.

Register for this online course.

Collaborating with Key Stakeholders in Substance Use Prevention

This online course will increase participants’ knowledge and skills related to building relationships and collaborating with key community stakeholders. Participants will learn strategies for identifying and engaging key stakeholders, building relationships, getting stakeholders on board, and convening local coalitions.

Register for this online course.

The Dynamic Adolescent Brain

This online training will increase participants' knowledge of how the teen brain develops, how adolescent brain development differs throughout various stages, and how adolescent brain development influences adolescent thinking and behavior. The impact of early life trauma and racism will also be explored. Participants will examine their beliefs and attitudes about adolescence and how they affect their work with youth. This training will also highlight the value of authentically partnering with young people.

Register for this online course.

Facilitating Prevention Education Curricula

This online training will assist prevention education facilitators in strengthening their facilitation and classroom management skills. The training is designed for facilitators who implement prevention programs in schools but who are not school staff. Participants will learn to identify and address facilitation-related challenges via three key strategies: building strong partnerships with classroom teachers, making minor curriculum adjustments to increase engagement and relevance to the audience, and applying effective facilitation techniques. Participants will hear real-life examples and experiences from classroom facilitators during the training.

Register for this online course.

Introduction to Focus Groups

The first of the Conducting Focus Groups series, this online self-study course identifies the characteristics of focus groups and when to use them, illustrates how to create a focused purpose statement, and guides participants through the steps of planning a focus group study. The second course of the series is Preparing for Successful Focus Groups (virtual classroom).

Register for this online course.

Introduction to Engaging Youth in Prevention

This online training will provide an overview of youth engagement and best practices for working with youth committees/councils. Participants will learn about the benefits of engaging youth, levels of youth participation, strategies for addressing barriers to youth engagement, and best practices for youth/adult partnerships.

Register for this online course.

Introduction to Illinois Youth Survey

The first of the Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey Data series, this online self-study course will help you become familiar with the contents and organization of Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) school reports, evaluate the strengths and limitations of IYS data, and understand a process for analyzing IYS data. The second course of the series is Analyzing and Sharing Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) Data (virtual classroom).

Register for this online course.

Overview of Strategic Planning

Overview of Strategic Planning is a self-paced, online course that provides participants with an overview of the purpose and process used to develop a comprehensive strategic substance abuse prevention plan. Participants will gain a better understanding of the role of the community coalition and the steps involved in developing a strategic plan.

 Register for this online course.

Planning for National Prevention Week

During this online course, participants will obtain information, tips, and tools for planning and implementing activities for National Prevention Week. National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of and action around mental and/or substance use disorders.

Register for this online course.

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse

Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse is an online course designed for substance use prevention professionals who would like a better understanding of prescription drug and opioid misuse. During the course, participants will learn about the most commonly abused prescription drugs, including opioids, use rates and trends among U.S. and Illinois teens, factors that contribute to prescription drug and opioid misuse, and effective prevention strategies and applicable resources.

Register for this online course.

Promote Your Prevention Efforts and Build Support

This online course will provide tips for promoting your prevention efforts to increase awareness and support for prevention and the prevention services you provide your community.

Register for this online course.

Webinars (Live and Recorded)

Certificates of Completion/CEUs are not provided for recorded webinars.

My Generation Rx - Teaching Safe Medication Practices to Teen Audiences

The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. We strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities, and older adults. Adolescence is a key developmental stage for developing good habits and positive decision-making. The “My Generation Rx” theme of the teen toolkit encourages teens to incorporate the Generation Rx messages into their individual, everyday lives. “My Generation Rx” emphasizes the positive choices the majority of teens are making and invites them to share their own stories of how they safely use medication and prevent misuse. The Teen Education activities talk with teens about safe medication practices, key skills to turn down invitations to misuse, and positive alternatives to cope with the demands of life. This learning session addresses the need for prevention education and how to use “My Generation Rx.”

This is a recorded webinar from April 2019.

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SUPP Reports-Data at Your Fingertips!

The most recent enhancement to the Prevention Hub now includes a feature, SUPP Reports, which empowers Hub users to explore and pull data on various screens within the Prevention Hub. In this webinar, CPRD provides detailed information on the types of reports that Hub users can generate and how each user can view and export the data.

This was recorded on March 9, 2023.

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SUPP Webinar on 2024 IYS Recruitment

This webinar, hosted by the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), is provided to inform all Illinois SUPS and CSUPS providers about the 2024 Illinois Youth Survey. It includes recruitment efforts by CPRD, Chicago Public Schools, and tips for providers. Changes to the 2024 IYS were also described. 

This was recorded on August 9, 2023.

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Understanding the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act and What it Means for Prevention

Marijuana is fully legal for adults in Illinois as of January 1, 2020. You might be wondering what’s in the law and what it means for your prevention efforts. During this webinar, participants will learn about the Illinois marijuana law, including benefits and concerns related to legalization. We’ll also discuss relevant prevention education messages and strategies.

This is a recorded webinar from December 2019. Certificates of Completion/CEUs are not provided for recorded webinars.

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Vaping 101 and Trends Among Youth in Illinois

Dr. Brian Williams of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health presents an overview of vaping, including basic facts about vaping and how it works, the harm it causes, and current national youth vaping stats and trends. Jake Levinson shares Illinois-specific data regarding vaping use among youth, which was taken from the 2018 Illinois Youth Survey.

This is a recorded webinar. 

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Work Plan Projections Webinar

During this webinar for CSUPS/SUPS, CPRD  demonstrated how to accurately report work plan projections and utilize the new “Communication Log” feature. Beginning in FY23, Prevention Hub users (agencies, IDHS/SUPR, Prevention First, CPRD) will be able to submit communications about an agency’s YAC/YPE/CC work plan projections to the Communication Log. The Communication Log will serve as the central permanent location for all work plan projections communications. 

Recorded on August 8, 2022

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Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Meeting

This webinar for CSUPS/SUPS grantees introduced the new Prevention Hub feature - YAC Meetings. The YAC Meetings feature requires providers to enter specific information about YAC youth members and further details on implementing YAC meetings.

The webinar was recorded on May 23, 2023

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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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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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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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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
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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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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Establishing and Leading a Youth Advisory Committee

Wednesday, May 01, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, 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
THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE CONDUCTING FOCUS GROUPS SERIES

Preparing for Successful Focus Groups

Monday, May 13 - Wednesday, May 15, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Online
Description During this interactive virtual classroom course, participants will learn how to screen and recruit participants, develop effective questions to gain useful insights, moderate focus groups successfully and confidently, and analyze the results of the focus groups to bolster programming.  All SUPS and CSUPS staff reporting hours for communication campaigns who have not previously completed Conducting Focus Groups are required to complete this course.  
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THIS EVENT IS PART OF THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGNS SERIES

Developing Materials for Locally-Designed Campaigns

Tuesday, May 21 - Wednesday, May 22, 2024
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Online
Description During this interactive virtual classroom course, participants will learn about the steps and best practices involved in planning and implementing a locally designed communication campaign. Participants will become familiar with print ad principles and obtain tips, tools, and resources for designing and pilot testing materials. All SUPS and CSUPS staff implementing locally-designed communication campaigns who have not previously completed Planning and Implementing Communication Campaigns are required to complete this course.  
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Foundations of Youth Prevention Education - Classroom

Tuesday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 26, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Prevention First's Chicago Office (Branch Office) - Chicago, IL
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.
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Foundations of Youth Prevention Education - Classroom

Tuesday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 26, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Prevention First's Springfield Office (Headquarters) - Springfield, IL
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.
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