Education is one of the first lines of defense against substance use. Education breeds awareness and awareness leads to prevention which results in change. Through both resources and connection, APC has been able to provide certified trainings to the community covering topics that are connected to the issues of substance use disorder.
Each quarter APC hosts at least one training on substance use disorders that is directed towards educating healthcare professionals on substance use disorders, how to work with clients with substance use disorders and the stigma surrounding substance use disorders. APC aims to educate healthcare professionals on substance use disorders to reduce stigma, which is often a major barrier to seeking healthcare and receiving quality healthcare. These opportunities are accredited by the NBCC*, Alabama Board of Nursing (provider number: ABNP1557) and the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners (provider number: #0687). Although primarily created for health care professionals, these resources can also be used as an additional resource to learn about substance use and vast topics that accompany this prevalent issue of substance use.
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To learn more about these trainings, contact Ashley Loftis.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This course is designed to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations around these topics and equips participants with an action plan to safely respond when these challenges arise. To learn more about which training is best for you and schedule a training, contact Abi Famurewa.
This curriculum is for community members, employers, first responders, police officers, hospital staff, faith leaders, and caring individuals and uses the ALGEE Action Plan. The course can be implemented virtually or in person over the course of 8 hours and 2 hours of self-paced work to be completed before the training begins. The curriculum can be broken into multiple sessions.
This curriculum is for adults that work with youth or students. The training is available for teachers, school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders, parents, and any person that works with youth. The course can be implemented virtually or in person and uses the ALGEE Action Plan. The training is a total of 8 hours and 2 hours of self-paced work to be completed before the training begins.
This curriculum is for high schoolers in the 10th-12th grades and is designed to be taught in community sites or interactive classrooms over the course of three sessions of 90 minutes or six sessions of 45 minutes. Schools and organizations offering the training must train 10% of adult staff in YMHFA and offer the course to an entire grade level or entire youth serving organization. A critical part of the TMHFA Action Plan is connecting a friend to a trusted adult. YMHFA trains adults to be prepared to help a student experiencing a crisis.
Anyone in the state of Alabama can take the Jefferson County Department of Health’s free online Naloxone training at ALNARCAN.org. Naloxone/Narcan is an opioid overdose reversal medication that can save the life of someone overdosing on opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, morphine, or other prescription pain medications. You will receive a free Naloxone nasal spray kit once you complete the 7-minute training video. Through the Be A Hero Campaign, APC was able to spread awareness on the positive impact one and have by getting trained.
The Birmingham Coalition acts with the goal to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments. It is with this collaboration that they seek to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use and misuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase risk and promoting those that minimize the risk of substance use and misuse. To learn more contact Adrienne Coleman.
Athletic Prevention Partners
Through our partnership with Substance Free Athletics, APC trainers facilitate healthy conversations for drug education as well as policy clarification for coaches, athletes, and parents in and around the Birmingham City School System. Encouraging these teams to remain substance free and educating parents creates healthy athletes in and out of season who will be able to reach their potential as individuals and a team. To learn more, contact Carie Wimberly.
Prevention Partners is an educational program that provides wellness and prevention offerings to protect employees, educators, and members of the community from moving toward substance use disorder and rather toward wholistic health and recovery. You can find this in these main areas: The Workplace, Schools and Athletics, and the Community. To learn more contact Carie Wimberly.
APC offers additional trainings relating to prevention, substance use education, and mental health that are beneficial for organizations and schools. If you or your organization is interested in additional trainings regarding these issues, contact Raven Johnson. To watch previous virtual trainings and webinars, visit our Voices and Video page.