Call for Team Applications, SPR Sixteenth Annual Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup

Significant advances in prevention science are often due to a team of individuals working closely together across many years. In recognition of the importance of the collaborative process to the field, the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) will sponsor a friendly competition amongst teams of early career researchers for the honor of bringing home the Sloboda and Bukoski SPR Cup for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Cup is named for two of the founders and long time active members of SPR, Dr. Zili Sloboda and Dr. William Bukoski.

The competition is an opportunity for a unique experience: several independent teams of scientists, each working with the same data set, problem solve together for a brief period of time and then jointly present the results of their work to each other and to a panel of senior prevention scientists and the SPR membership.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

El jueves 12 de noviembre del 2020, conversamos con el Mtro. Jorge Villatoro, la Mtra. Raquel Mondragón, la Mtra. Itzia Sayuri Soto Hernández, la Mtra. Vianey Cañas Martínez y Aurora Paredes Mendoza, acerca del programa de prevención y salud mental "Explora H".

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

The session titled, "CDC Dual Session: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Opportunities for Action/Cannabis and Vaping: A Public Health Perspective" occurred during the 2020 Virtual Mid-Year. Topics covered include:

 

UNODC Listen First Campaign

'Listen First' is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities. Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.

Listen First was launched in 2016 during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem. It began as a campaign on science-based drug prevention to raise awareness around listening to children and youth as the first step to help them grow healthy and safe. The campaign targets parents, teachers, policy makers, health workers and prevention workers particularly, as well as the wider public.

The global campaign - using the hashtag #ListenFirst - aims to increasing support for science-based drug use prevention. In order to illustrate this important issue to a diverse audience, public service announcements, videos and fact sheets have been developed for use by health workers, parents, teachers, prevention workers and policy makers.

Prevention of substance abuse is a key target under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 on Health. 'Listen First', seeks to raise awareness of the fact that drug use prevention based on science is an effective investment in a healthy future.

During the global pandemic in 2020, UNODC focused the Listen First materials to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities, specifically during times of isolation and physical distancing.

The key messages of the campaign are:

  • Core of science-based prevention is listening.
  • Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them stay healthy and safe.
  • Evidence-based science to prevent drug use in children and youth is an effective investment in the global health and well-being of communities.

Materials are currently available in English, French and Spanish and will be launched in other official languages at a later stage.

Multi-Phased Dissemination Timeline

Each one of the 10 sets of materials comprises a video and a factsheet, illustrating a different aspect of parenting and the science behind it. The sets will be launched according to the following schedule.

10 November 2020    

Science of Affection and Science of Family Activities

20 November 2020

World’s Children Day: Science of Active Listening and Science of Play

10 December 2020             

Human Rights Day: Science of Patience

15 January 2021

Science of Praise and Science of Physical Activity

11 February 2021 

Women and Girls in Science: Science of Information

20 February 2021 

World Day of Social Justice: Science of Routines

08 March 2021                        

International Women’s Day: Science of Staying Busy

Look out for the #ListenFirst and #Scienceofcare on social media!

Prevention Nuggets

Welcome to APSI's "Prevention Nuggets". Every week APSI will be delivering key information to prevention professionals around the world. They will address topics on prevention science and practice, etiology models, critical theories, ethics, environments for prevention, and many other issues fundamental to evidence-based prevention practice. They will be starting with a review of the basics and fundamentals of prevention science and practice and from there, climb up to more complex issues and topics. 

APSI invite you to subscribe to their website and follow us in social media to receive all these "nuggets" of information and together, build capacity to better serve our communities and their prevention needs. You can also check out the "Prevention Nuggets" by clicking here to access the weekly entries.

Launch of the 2019 ESPAD Report

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The most recent report of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) will be published on 12 November 2020. The ESPAD Report 2019 is based on a 2019 survey in 35 Europen countries. ESPAD has been collecting data through school surveys every four years since 1995. Further iinformation is available on the ESPAD website.

The findings will be discussed at a webinar on 12 November ‘The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD) — new results and stakeholder feedback’.

Training of Trainers on UPC Course 2, Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists

A 4 days virtual training on Universal Prevention Curriculum Course 2, “Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists” from 02 to 05 November 2020 kicked off today by UNODC to add into pool of national master trainers on substance use prevention working in Pakistan, funded by INL and supported by Ministry of Narcotics Control Govt. of Paksitan and Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation Section UNODC HQ.

This intervention focuses on building the capacity of professionals as trainers from health, education, law enforcement and civil society organizations on substance use prevention.

Child Art: The Intersection of Art and Neuroscience

NIDA has worked with the International Child Art Foundation on their current issue of ChildArt which focuses on brain development and child health. It features the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study which will have many implications for adolescent prevention and treatment.

Addictology Journal Call For Papers

ICUDDR is sponsoring a special edition of the journal Addictology. The special edition will be on the emergence of specialized education programs for drug demand reduction.

ICUDDR are interested in paper submissions that may include case studies of new program development, community and country needs assessment outcomes, reviews and analysis regarding the history, current state or potential future of education on drug demand reduction.

Deadline: February 15th, 2021

Send manuscripts to: journal [dot] adiktologie [at] lf1 [dot] cuni [dot] cz

Addictology

SPR 2021 Call for NIDA International Poster Abstracts

The Program Committee of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) invites proposals for preconference workshops to be held June 1, 2021, the first day of the SPR Annual Meeting. The workshops are primarily pedagogical, with hands-on instruction and specific learning objectives. Past workshops have provided continuing education in innovative quantitative methods; assembled experts to share theoretical perspectives, research findings and real-world implementation experiences that can inform prevention programs; and presented information helpful in advocacy and/or grant writing efforts. These are intended as examples to stimulate creative thinking about workshops. The Program Committee encourages workshop proposals on any topic, as long as the workshop’s objective is to enable the audience to gain skills and knowledge that are important to prevention scientists. 

Workshops typically are a full day in length. SPR will provide a suitable room and audiovisual equipment, and will reproduce handouts if they are provided far enough in advance. 

SPR will hold four to five workshops on a diverse set of topics. The selected topics will be informed by the work of the SPR Training Needs Assessment Task Force (TNATF), which completed a two-year project during which it surveyed the SPR membership and other stakeholders on the training needs of prevention scientists. The TNATF then developed a three-year plan based on the most highly endorsed training needs according to the survey (link to download three-year plan). Based on the work of the task force the following training needs have been identified as priorities for the 2021 preconference workshops: (1) understanding the role of context in shaping health behavior, (2) theories underlying the mechanisms of health disparities, and (3) developing cultural competency and community collaborations. 

In addition to the areas identified by the TNATF, we are also interested in proposals that address the ethical issues in bringing prevention programs into community settings, i.e., how to develop ethical partnerships with historically disadvantaged communities, how to ethically conduct evaluations of prevention programs in the community, issues of privacy in an era of big data access, etc. (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11121-018-0912-7 )

Thus, in addition to general proposals we are also looking for proposals related to the three TNATF-identified areas and ethical issues in prevention science.

Workshop proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria: Clarity of workshop objectives; value of the topic to the field of prevention science; relevant to the conference theme(s) and/or TNATF-identified theme(s); likelihood that the content and methods of the workshop will impart knowledge successfully; relevant background of presenters; lack of redundancy with recently presented workshops (link to download list of prior workshops)

Submission Deadline: November 25, 2020 11:59pm, Pacific

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Fuente:

Gutiérrez, M. L. y Villatoro J.(2012) Desarrollo de Habilidades sociales en la escuela: Experiencia de una estrategia de prevención. Revista Rayuela, 5-34.

 

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Esta conversación con el Mtro. Jorge Villatoro, la Mtra. María de Lourdes Gutiérrez López, la Mtra. Lianed Gaytán López, y la Mtra. Verónica del Carmen Alcántara Quintero, fue sobre el Programa de Prevención y Desarrollo de Habilidades Socioemocionales "Dejando Huellitas en tu Vida".

SPR 2021 Annual Meeting

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Mark your calendars to attend the most important prevention science conference–the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 29thAnnual Meeting that will be held June 1-4, 2021. This year’s theme is “Addressing Racism and Disparities when Considering Biology and Context.”

The Society for Prevention Research envisions a wellness-oriented society in which evidenced-based programs and policies are continuously applied to improve the health and well-being of its citizens, fostering positive human development and citizens who lead productive lives, in caring relationships with others.

The SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance this vision by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and by providing a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.

Call for Papers

Call for Preconference Workshop

Call for Special Interest Groups

Call for NIDA International Poster Session

A Culture of Prevention

A recent commentary in Prevention Science explored the concept of a culture of prevention and what that means to research and practice.

In this session, Dr. Zili Sloboda opened the discussion by providing a general overview of the issues raised in the Commentary and her general take on this issue.

Then Claudia Zundel and Craig PoVey offered the view from their positions at the state level where the leadership in regard to prevention decision-making happens.

How do they think of the value and possibilities of a “Culture of Prevention.”

Prevention Portraits

Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) is putting together a new series of informal video interviews with scientists, professionals and other stakeholders who are contributing to prevention knowledge and practice around the world.

Chris Ringwalt, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), and is an Adjunct Professor with the University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Ringwalt has 30 years of experience in the design, development, analysis, and reporting of epidemiological, etiological, and evaluation studies relating to public health issues. His research has focused primarily on the prevention of adolescent and adult risk behaviors, particularly alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use. He has recently retired from the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Ringwalt currently serves in APSI's Scientific Advisory Board.

UNODC Training for Kenyan Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

More than 25 Kenyan policymakers participated in a five-day UNODC policymakers online training on the nature, prevention and treatment of drug use disorders, held between 24 and 31 August 2020. The aim of this high-level training is to support Member States in their efforts to create humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services.

This UNODC event was inaugurated by the CEO of National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), the Director General of the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the Head of the Social Development Pillar, UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) and organized with the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

With the involvement and active participation of public governmental institutions, universities, prevention and health professionals, this UNODC policymakers training promotes a systematic, intersectoral and multidisciplinary solution in building a health-and human-rights-oriented response to the problem of drugs and to reduce the burden caused by associated health and social consequences. Moreover, this initiative is all the more crucial in the follow up on the United Nations Special Session on World Drug Problem 2016 (UNGASS) and to progress Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 5, 8, 10, 16.

 

EUSPR 2020 Award Nominations

Nominations for 2020 EUSPR awards are now open. The closing data for nomination is Wednesday 30th September at 1pm, UK time. This is an important opportunity for EUSPR members to recognise individuals who have made an important contribution to Prevention Science. Please see the attached information with information about the awards, how to submit a nomination and the criteria that will be used to judge them.

This year’s judging panel will comprise a sub group of the EUSPR board, and up to five other members of the Society. We invite members to apply to be a member of the judging panel. Please submit your expression of interest to office [at] euspr [dot] org with a brief explanation of why you would like to be part of the judging panel and the relevant experience/skills you can offer.

You can download the guidelines here.

Prevention Talk # 1 - A Culture of Prevention: What does that mean and how would it affect research and practice?

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About the Event

A recent commentary in Prevention Science, [Sloboda, Z., David, S.B. Commentary on the Culture of Prevention. Prev Sci (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01158-8 ] explored the concept of a culture of prevention and what that means to research and practice. The commentary was requested by the Associate Editors of a Special Issue on the topic. In the call to scientists for articles, the journal defined the concept as the “general orientation or readiness of a group of people…to address problems by using a preventive, rather than a reactive approach.”

But how do we normally address serious behavioural health problems? Generally, it is piecemeal. We first identify a problem—often affecting large numbers of people, then devise programming to prevent them in the future.  And generally, the focus is on treatment first. While we believe in ‘preventing problems before they happen,’ operationally we rarely build such programming without recognition of serious problems that have affected many. And even then, we may not activate interventions for quite a while—e.g., the opiate overdoses of the past couple of years took a long time before policymakers recognized and provided significant funding to intervene effectively with emergency Narcan and treatments but not in the prevention of substance use. 

So how would a culture of prevention change that formula? Could we establish an infrastructure that is built to prepare and prevent populations from behavioural health problems? If so, what would that look like? In this session, Dr Zili Sloboda will open our discussion by providing a general overview of the issues raised in the Commentary and her general take on this issue. Then Claudia Zundel and Craig PoVey will give us the view from their positions at the state level where the leadership in regard to prevention decision-making happens. How do they think of the value and possibilities of a “Culture of Prevention.” We will then open discussion with our audience.

Applied Prevention Science International (APSI)- Upcoming Courses

The APSI Education Centre is running a series of summer courses. Find out more about the events below.

Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions and Policies: New Tools for Prevention Professionals

Sep 24, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Sep 29, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

This course features one of the major outcomes from more than 30 years of prevention science. The term “evidence-based” has long been applied in the medical field and now is a focus for substance use prevention.  In this course we will discuss the definition of ‘evidence-based,’ the criteria for determining whether a prevention approach is considered ‘evidence-based’, and how these new tools for the prevention toolbox have been shown to be the most effective for use in our communities. 

This is a live, on-line course moderated by an expert prevention professional and trainer where you will be receiving valuable knowledge on the topic, work in small groups and individual exercises and also engaging in live discussions while interacting with other participants in real time. It is also a great networking opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field around the world. 

Planning for the Implementation of Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions and Policies

Oct 06, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Oct 08, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

In this course we present a tested planning approach to implementing evidence-based substance use prevention interventions and policies.  Following this planning cycle helps to maintain the quality of implementation over time. It also helps to maintain stakeholder involvement and documentation of the process and its outcomes that can be used to convince policy makers, community residents, and funders of the benefits of an evidence-based approach to prevention.

This is a live, web-based moderated course where you will have the opportunity to acquire and exchange knowledge and engage in real time discussions with our prevention expert trainers and other participants. This is also an opportunity to expand your professional network at a local and international level.  The limited number of participants per course allows us to provide a more personalized 

Ethics for Prevention Professionals

Oct 13, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Oct 15, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

The work of prevention involves decisions regarding the treatment of others in the most important settings of their lives—the family, the school, and the workplace.  But it also involves the community environment where policies and laws dictate acceptable behavior.  The prevention professional needs to be guided by ethics and values that can help in these challenging areas of life.

This is a live, web-based moderated course where you will have the opportunity to acquire and exchange knowledge and engage in real time discussions with our prevention expert trainers and other participants. This si also and opportunity to expand your professional network at a local and international level.  The limited number of participants per course allows us to provide a more personalized experience and respond to all the questions you may have.