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

SPR 2021 Annual Meeting

Event Date
City/Region/State
Washington DC

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?

Event Date
City/Region/State
online

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.

2020 EUSPR Awards

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.

Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) 2020 Programme Implementation in Pakistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) and support from Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (INL) is in the process of expanding UPC training program in Pakistan. At the initial stage UNODC will provide booster sessions to the already trained 11 national trainers on UPC Courses 1, 5 and 8. These Booster Sessions will help to be more equipped with the skills that are required by a trainer to train other professionals well. These booster sessions are conducted as per following schedule.

Course 1: 11 & 12 August, 2-4 PM

Course 5: 25 & 26 August, 2-4 PM

Course 8: 8 & 9 September, 2-4 PM

At the second stage, these national trainers will be trained by an international trainer on UPC Course 2: Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists.

In addition to the above, UNODC is planning to introduce 4 training of trainers (ToT) sessions on four UPC curricula, for those who wish to learn, contribute to drug prevention interventions in the different settings in Pakistan and become a certified drug prevention expert. These ToT will be conducted by the UPC national trainers along with an international trainer. These training sessions are planned virtually in the following months:

Course 1: Introduction to Prevention Science – 2nd week of October 2020

Course 2: Physiology and Pharmacology of Prevention Science – 1st week of November 2020

Course 5: School-based Prevention Interventions – 3rd week of November 2020

Course 8: Media-based Prevention Interventions – 2nd week of December 2020.

 

CADCA Model for Community Change & the Development of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions in the Philippines

This webinar is presented by Eric Siervo, Vice-President of International Programs of CADCA, Dr. Raquel Tolentino, Chairman and Ms. Rhodora Agoncillo, Secretary of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines Inc.  Session objectives include an in-depth overview on CADCA Model for Community Change and how it has been adapted to the context of the Philippines to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities. Additional topics including various phases coalition development, capacity building, partnerships with national and local governments, lessons learned and the establishment of a national coalition umbrella organization AADAC PHL.  In addition, two case studies will be presented on how local communities in the Philippines have applied CADCA’s methodology and how coalitions have pivoted to be a part of the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Washington State University PhD in Prevention Science

In 2012, Washington State University became the first to offer a PhD in Prevention Science. 

The curriculum is designed to ensure that students both

(a) receive broad, interdisciplinary training in the area of prevention science; and

(b) develop specialized expertise through the selection of relevant electives, research, and outreach activities.

Are you considering applying to our Prevention Science PhD program? If so, please join the Virtual Open House on Thursday, August 13 from noon-1pm PST. Current faculty and students will be available to answer your questions about the program and the application process.

Click here to register for the virtual open house!

Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Coordinators Series

The UPC Coordinators Series provides a 288-hour training programme for prevention coordinators, managers, and students/trainees whose role includes, or will include coordination and supervision of the implementation of prevention interventions and/or policies. The content is organised within the following nine courses:

Course 1: Introduction to Prevention Science

Course 2: Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists

Course 3: Monitoring and Evaluation of Prevention Interventions and Policies

Course 4: Family-based Prevention Interventions

Course 5: School-based Prevention Interventions

Course 6: Workplace-based Prevention Interventions

Course 7: Environment-based Prevention Interventions

Course 8: Media-based Prevention Interventions

Course 9: Community-based Prevention Implementation Systems

Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Series for Implementers

UPC Implementers Series is written for implementers or practitioners who work with families, in schools, the workplace, and the community.

The aim of the series is to provide knowledge about prevention science and its application to the effective delivery of prevention interventions, and equip prevention practitioners with the requisite skills to implement effective evidence-based prevention programmes in their respective settings.

UPC Implementers Series

Core: Introduction to the Universal Prevention Curriculum Series for Implementers

Track 1: Monitoring and Evaluation of Prevention Interventions and Policies

Track 2: Family-based Prevention

Track 3: School-based Prevention

Track 4:  Workplace-based Prevention

Track 5: Environment-based Prevention

Track 6: Media-based Prevention

Track 7: Community Prevention Implementation Systems

Journal of Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program: Request for Applications

Overview:

The Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program is an effort which aims to both mentor early-career researchers in prevention science and increase the pool of possible reviewers. We invite emerging prevention scientists to apply to serve a two-year term as mentored reviewers for the journal Prevention Science.

Candidates apply for the position, and as part of that application process, they identify and secure a commitment from a prevention science mentor to supervise their appointment to the review board for the two-year period.

The candidate commits to providing up to 4 reviews each year; the mentor commits to co-authoring and co-reviewing to ensure high quality reviews. The candidate will serve as the reviewer of record in the online review system.

Timeline:

  • The application is due July 15, 2020

SPR 2020 Annual Meeting

SPR
Event Date
City/Region/State
Online Event
Country
United States

Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science

When: Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23, 2020

Where: The 2020 SPR Annual meeting will transfer from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience.

Why: The SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance the vision of SPR 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.

Though a virtual forum will not provide the same in-person experience, we hope that you are able to join us for part or all of our virtual meeting. The Board feels strongly that SPR must continue to fulfill its mission in the face of COVID-19, while also understanding that there are many competing priorities during these times that not everyone will be able to participate in all or even some of the sessions. We also believe that prevention research needs to be shared, the work of our early career scientists needs to be fostered, and prevention researchers, policy makers and practitioners need a place to share their work and come together as best as we can in these challenging times.

We are developing a leaner schedule which will highlight our plenary sessions, invited symposia, a presidential address, and special events, e.g., Diversity Network Committee, ECPN, and International Committee symposia, and the always popular SPR Cup. Additionally, all presenting authors of organized paper symposia, individual papers and individual posters will have an opportunity, if they wish, to post their pre-recorded presentations which will be available virtually ON DEMAND. All sessions will be archived for future viewing.

More information is available on the Annual Meeting website here.

Event Language

English

Global drug use rising says World Drug Report 2020

Drug use around the world on the rise says report. Population growth and urbanisation driving factors but poorest continue to suffer the largest burden of disorders. Plant-based substances such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin have been joined by hundreds of synthetic drugs, many not under international control.

25 June 2020 - The World Drug Report 2020 is released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The report reveals that around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018 - 30 per cent higher than in 2009, while over 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders.

The Report also analyses the impact of COVID-19 on the drug markets including how border and other restrictions linked to the pandemic have already caused shortages of drugs on the street, leading to increased prices and reduced purity.

Cannabis was the most used substance worldwide in 2018, with an estimated 192 million people using it worldwide. It also remains the drug most likely to bring people into contact with the criminal justice system, accounting for more than half of drug law offences cases, based on data from 69 countries covering the period between 2014 and 2018.

Opioids, however, remain the most harmful with the total number of deaths due to opioid use disorders up by 71 per cent over the past decade.

Drug use among developing countries has risen rapidly over the 2000-2018 period. Adolescents and young adults account for the largest share of those using drugs, while young people are also the most vulnerable to the effects of drugs because they use the most and their brains are still developing.

The report warns that poverty, limited education and social marginalization remain major factors increasing the risk of drug use disorders. vulnerable and marginalized groups may also face barriers to getting treatment services due to discrimination and stigma.

The World Drug Report and further content is available here.

UNODC World Drug Report 2020