The Prevention Council also offers different substance abuse education classes and trainings designed for youth involved in the court system. These substance abuse education classes are not limited to court-referred participants. Both programs are offered to schools as alternatives to suspensions, in addition to suspensions, and also to parents or guardians wishing to refer their child(ren). Both classes have fees attached that can be waived or reduced in some circumstances. The classes are best suited for first- or second-time non-violent offenders.
The Prevention Council offers 3 different education classes. The classes are designed primarily for teens and young adults involved in the criminal justice system or students in violation of school and athletic codes of conduct. Classes are open to all and appropriate for anyone wanting a better understanding of the use of alcohol and other substances in one’s life
For youth ages 16-21
Offered: 3-4 times a year on Monday evenings
6 – 8 p.m. Registration required call 518-581-1230 for the next scheduled course.
This six-week course covers basic information on most drugs of abuse, with an emphasis on alcohol and marijuana. Participants will receive accurate information about substances, the laws and consequences of use, how these chemicals affect the body, particularly the brain, and the impact chemicals may have in their personal development and future choices. It covers in depth the information presented in the Risk and Responsibility class. The class uses several guest speakers covering topics such as rape and domestic violence, underage gambling, the effects of drunk and drugged driving, and legal issues.
This class is appropriate for youth charged with any alcohol or drug related offenses, including but not limited to underage use, unlawfully dealing with a minor, fake I.D. charges, intent to sell, disorderly conduct, and any crimes or violations committed under the influence of substances or to obtain illegal substance. It is appropriate for most high school students suspended for the possession or use of substances on school grounds, or other school infractions related to alcohol or other substances.
Youth ages 15-21- Registration required call 518-581-1230
January 19, 2017
February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017
April 13, 2017
May 18, 2017
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July 20, 2017
September 21, 2017
October 19, 2017
November 16, 2017
This one-session class is designed to help youth and young adults understand the risks and consequences of their actions. Discussed is the need to take responsibility for one’s own actions and how those behaviors may affect others. Participants are introduced to goal setting and commitment skills and the impact of risky behavior on these skills. A basic understanding of how alcohol and other drugs impact decision making will be presented.
This class is well suited for youth receiving moving traffic violations, possession of alcohol or marijuana, disorderly conduct or similar legal charges, as well as students receiving short suspensions from school. Or, it may be appropriate for a first time offender with more serious charges, who may need this information in addition to other consequences.
January 3, 2017
March 7, 2017
May 2, 2017
August 8, 2017
October 3, 2017
This class covers the same topics as the Risk and Responsibility class but geared for the young adult offender and will target areas of interest and need for this population. Participants will receive:
• An understanding of how substance use impacts decisions and life goals.
• Up to date relevant information about alcohol and other drugs and related laws.
• What treatment programs are available and how to access these programs if needed. Why offer a class instead of an online program?
• In a continuously changing field of research and laws, information is updated immediately.
• Participants can interact personally with instructor and other participants.
• Individual questions are answered.
• Class can be structured to meet the specific needs of the participants
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Training for Intervention Purposes (TIPS) Class
Selling Alcohol Has Legal Responsibilities. TIPS Provides Vendors with the Training to Meet These Responsibilities.
Training for Intervention Purposes (TIPS) is a nationally-recognized program that teaches bartenders, waitstaff, and retail vendors about the legal responsibilities of selling alcohol, how to identify fake IDs, and how to recognize intoxicated patrons and refuse sales when necessary. The Prevention Council has offered this program regularly since 2002, and in that time period has trained over 500 people from hundreds of local establishments.
The courses are geared for either bar and restaurant staff or retail and package store staff, and are taught by certified TIPS trainers. Participants must pass a multiple-choice exam to receive a certification card. Certification is valid for three years. All Prevention Council TIPS courses are Responsible Vendor Programs, which provide participants with a “limited affirmative defense” in the event they were charged with underage sales, over-serving, or other alcohol-related incidents.
Each TIPS course consists of three main areas of focus: Information, Skills Training, and Practice/Rehearsal.
- Behavioral Cues – Visible, progressive signs of intoxication
- Blood Alcohol Content – The level of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream
- Absorption Rate Factors – Factors that affect the absorption of alcohol
- Effective Responses – Intervention strategies to prevent alcohol-related problems
- Checking IDs – Proper formats and things to look for on an ID
- State-Specific Information – Including laws that relate to alcohol and/or alcohol servers
- Documenting Incidents – Forms to use to document problem situations
This section is presented in two parts: Evaluating Cues and Evaluating Responses. Participants review a short video scene, rate the scene according to a predetermined rating chart, and then explain why they chose the rating they did. This section helps develop participants’ ability to assess behavior and intoxication levels, and determine appropriate responses to each situation.
Participants participate in role-playing exercises to demonstrate their ability to effectively intervene in difficult alcohol-related situations. The trainers and other participants offer feedback on the intervention techniques used.
More information can be found at the TIPS website, at http://www.gettips.com. TIPS is available through Health Communications, Inc., based in Arlington, Virginia.