NEW Printable Prom Infographic – Let’s have all teens have a safe, fun prom night this year.

Are you a parent or teacher who wants youth to have a safe and fun prom night this year?

The risk is not so much at school sanctioned events. The after party is where problems occur. An informal party is often held after prom with little or no adult supervision. The presence of alcohol and lack of restrictions can lead to poor decisions and harmful consequences.

Download the PROM INFOGRAPHIC here. 

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Parent Action Pack Featured in LCBO’s Food & Drink Magazine

Thanks to the LCBO for including a full page ad in the early summer edition of the Food & Drink magazine about our Parent Action Pack! We are excited about drawing traffic to our Parent Action Pack website and appreciate the support of the LCBO.

Also, be sure to check out our Parent Action Pack prom campaign here!

Parent Action Pack ad in food and drink

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Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth: Recap of All-Partner Forum in Toronto

On March 23rd, 2015, Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) was fortunate enough to have all our provincial partners for the Health Canada project come to Toronto for a face-to-face all-partner forum. The day was full of collaboration, networking, and information sharing about how to make Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth (SFPY) deliveries as successful as possible in the coming years.

Diane Buhler, Executive Director at PAD opened up the day by discussing the objectives of the Health Canada project, and what has been achieved so far. After discussing what the goals for the all-partner forum were, Diane passed the floor to Suzanne Witt-Foley (Consultant at Making Connections 4 Health), who was the facilitator for the day.

After leading an activity to help partners get acquainted with one another, Suzanne facilitated a discussion about where each partner is at in terms of delivering an SFPY cycle. Following this, the Peterborough Drug Strategy shared a presentation about their experience running SFPY in Fall 2014, and how they achieved such strong successes with 11 families.

Next, Suzanne facilitated a community mapping exercise, where all participants were asked to identify the assets in their community, the need for SFPY, the service gaps SFPY can fill, how SFPY can benefit the organization, and what individuals, businesses, funding sources, and organizations may help in delivering a successful SFPY cycle.

After a fun activity from the SFPY curriculum, the group participated in an interactive activity about how to engage youth successfully in SFPY. Participants were given post-its and were asked to write down what works, successes, challenges, and barriers to running SFPY. The post-its were then posted on the wall, which had a continuum showing different stages of the SFPY cycle. See the attached for a photo of the continuum and a list of the ideas and lessons learned that were raised during this session.

After a nutritious lunch, the group came back to a presentation by Suzanne about how 14 years of running the Strengthening Families Program has transformed the community in Muskoka. Suzanne touched on funding sources, how stigma associated with the program has almost disappeared over the years, and tips on how to make families feel as comfortable as possible when they are participating in the program.

The group then had a discussion about where each partner is at in terms of capacity building, and how the project has contributed to an increased sense of community. The day closed off with a discussion and sharing of each partner’s community map (see some examples attached), and a roundtable discussion about what each participant gained from the day.

It was a wonderful day full of rich discussion, knowledge exchange, networking and capacity building. We are very thankful to our partners for making the trip to Toronto for the all-partner forum, and also to Health Canada for providing the funding to make this all-partner forum possible.

For more information about SFPY, see www.sfpy-pad.org.

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PAD Featured in Prevention Hub and Mentor International’s Resource Tool

PAD is proud to have been featured in a resource tool for those looking for prevention resources, be it parents, families, teachers, health practitioners, community leaders, or policy makers.

Having over 100 international resources in one place is tremendously helpful for anyone looking to learn more about preventing youth substance abuse.

Take a look and browse through some of PAD’s featured resources!

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Webinar Recordings: Pathways to Substance Use

Did you miss our webinar series on Pathways to Substance Use?

Pathways to Youth Substance Use: Evidence and Implications is part one of the series Youth Substance Use: From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development. The series presenters have extensive expertise in both the research and youth clinical domains. In this first webinar, we will examine the evidence around the particular vulnerabilities of youth pertaining to the developmental pathways that both influence and are impacted by youths’ substance use patterns. In particular, research around the genetic and brain development of adolescents will be presented, with an emphasis on resiliency and how resilience-based interventions can positively impact youth development. By the end of the webinar, we will consider the challenges this evidence poses for youth/family-focused and community practices as well as policy development, a segue to the second webinar of the series, where these issues will be considered further.

Applying Evidence to Health Promotion Practices and Policies is part two of the series, Youth Substance Use: From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development. In the first webinar, we established how the developmental pathways of adolescents interface with their use of alcohol and other drugs.

In this second webinar, we continue the consideration of youth as a priority population and examine how evidence can be applied to health promotion practices and policies, and the link between policy and service delivery. This webinar will start off by introducing the substance abuse continuum of service. There will be a particular emphasis on the gaps that exist in services for youth. Participants will also learn the implications that policy can have across different levels in the continuum of service. The presenters will discuss the on-the-ground implications of policy for youth, with a particular focus on cannabis policy.

The recordings and slides are up and available on the HC Link website!

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PAD’s SFPY Program Featured by the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)!

How do you convince a teenager to participate in a program with his or her parents? And how do you convince parents to participate in a skills-building program with their teenage children? These are some of the questions that Parent Action on Drugs had to consider while developing Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth (SFPY).

SFPY is proud to have been featured by the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet). To read the full profile, click here!

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Upcoming Webinar (Mar 5): Applying Evidence to Health Promotion Practices and Policies

Applying Evidence to Health Promotion Practices and Policies is part two of the series,Youth Substance Use: From Developmental Pathways to Policy Development. In the first webinar, we established how the developmental pathways of adolescents interface with their use of alcohol and other drugs.

In this second webinar, we continue the consideration of youth as a priority population and examine how evidence can be applied to health promotion practices and policies, and the link between policy and service delivery. This webinar will start off by introducing the substance abuse continuum of service. There will be a particular emphasis on the gaps that exist in services for youth. Participants will also learn the implications that policy can have across different levels in the continuum of service. The presenters will discuss the on-the-ground implications of policy for youth, with a particular focus on cannabis policy.

 

Flyer for Twitter Webinar 2

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Upcoming Webinar (Feb 10th) – Pathways to Youth Substance Use: Evidence and Implications

PAD is partnering with HC Link to deliver a two-part series on youth substance use, featuring exciting speakers from the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse and the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Sick Kids.

See the flyer below for more details and register by February 5th at  http://bit.ly/1yEOlHO !

Stay tuned for more details about part two!

Flyer for twitter

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Government of Ontario Releases the 2014 Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed

Today, the Government of Ontario released the first annual report of Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed. The report is the first to develop a ‘roadmap’ to how government and service providers can help support Ontario’s youth. The report highlights key priorities and will inform decision-making, as well as program delivery and design for Ontario youth in the future.

Stepping Up is focused around seven ‘Themes of Youth Well-Being’:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Strong, Supportive Friends and Families
  • Education, Training and Apprenticeship
  • Employment and Entrepreneurship
  • Diversity, Social Inclusion and Safety
  • Civic Engagement and Youth Leadership
  • Coordinated and Youth-Friendly Communities

The report is extremely relevant to the work PAD does, and provides great information that will help inform our work as well.

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PAD presents at 2014 Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference

On November 25th, Seher from PAD attended the 2014 Children Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) conference titled “Getting it Right for Kids and Families” at the Marriot Hotel in Toronto. I attended on behalf of PAD, and we had a poster presentation on display titled Strengthening Families for Parents and Youth: Engaging Diverse Youth in a Family-Based, Skills-Building Approach.

CMHO Seher Nov 25

More details about the conference can be found on the HC Link blog!

 

 

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