School-based Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education

The requirements for school staff training about drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention changed as a result of H.711: An Act Relating to Agricultural, Forestry, and Horticultural Education; Animal Dissection; the Repeal of Burdensome Reports; Streamlining the Formation of Union Districts; Districts that Pay Tuition for All Students; and Other Changes to Education Law. This new legislation supersedes all previous legislation and State Board Rule 4200 specific to ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention) Education for school faculty and staff. As of July 1, 2008, "Each superintendent shall determine the content, duration, and frequency of training on issues concerning alcohol and drug abuse for the districts in his or her supervisory union."

"The Agency of Education will provide for pre-service and in-service training programs for school personnel on alcohol and drug abuse prevention and on the effects and legal consequences of the possession and use of tobacco products. At least one training program shall be made available in electronic format."

In order to comply with this new requirement, the Safe & Healthy Schools Team has created six online training resource modules that are accessible to the public.

   
LINKS TO CURRENTLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION
   
  Substance Abuse Prevention Speaker Guidelines
School or community-based prevention programs occasionally invite outside speakers to address students. To maximize the benefits from these visits, the Vermont Department of Health has released Substance Abuse Prevention Speaker Guidelines which are designed to help with the process of selecting presenters.
   
 

Training Resource Modules: Overview
View a two-page outline of the proposed objectives of the resource training modules.

Training Resource Module I: Chemical Use, Misuse, Abuse, Dependence & Recovery
Module Objectives - By the end of this module, the learner will have a better understanding of relevant alcohol and drug terminology, signs and symptoms of chemical dependency, the alcohol continuum (nonuse to recovery), and the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction. NOTE: This document is 3.5MB; pages are numbered 1-90.

Training Resource Module II: Pharmacology
Module Objectives - By the end of this module, the learner will have a better understanding of the short and long-term effects of ATOD use, effects of ATOD use on the brain and adolescent development, ATOD use and their impact on decision-making, and ATOD use and drugged driving. NOTE: This document is 4.1MB; pages are numbered 91-178.

Training Resource Module III: Chemical Dependence in the Family
Module Objectives - By the end of this module, the learner will have a better understanding of risk factors for substance use, how chemical dependency affects families, and the survival roles that emerge in families living with addiction. NOTE: This document is 1.7MB; pages are numbered 197-216.

Training Resource Module IV: Providing Support to Students
Module Objectives - By the end of this module, the learner will have a better understanding of how to talk with students about ATOD issues, the importance of early referrals, and the Student Assistance Program model. NOTE: This document is 2.7MB; pages are numbered 217-239.

Training Resource Module V: School Prevention Strategies
Module Objectives: By the end of this module, the learner will have a better understanding of guiding principles and best practices, developmental assets, coordinated school health, and how ATOD is addressed in the Health Grade Expectations. NOTE: This document is 2.1MB; pages are numbered 240-297.

Training Resource Module VI: Societal & Personal Attitudes
Module Objectives: By the end of this module, the learner will have a better understanding of personal and cultural norms that influence drug use, how the media markets ATOD products to youth, and Vermont statistics and trends in adolescent ATOD behavior and perceptions. NOTE: This document is 984K; pages are numbered 298-339.

   
CONTACT INFORMATION
   
  Kathryn O'Neill
(802) 479-1437
kathryn.oneill@state.vt.us
   
 

Donna McAllister, Health Education Consultant
(802) 479-1426
donna.mcallister@state.vt.us

   
   

   

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