Partners In Prevention

 

Partners in Prevention Conference

Virtual Options for 2020! Check out more information and registration links below and/or at our Partners in Prevention Website!

 
Partners in Prevention Plenary Session: Words Matter (Click here to register)
Monday May 18 from 11:00AM - 12:15 PM Central Time 

Addict, substance use disorder, alcoholic, etc. How do the words we use impact our work? During this session, participants will take a deep dive into the importance and impact of language on alcohol and other drug risk reduction work, stigma, and how to re-frame to better align with best practices for communication around health promotion topics. Rebecca Juarez has served as a Wellness Coordinator in the Center for Health Education and Wellness since April 2015 working directly with alcohol and other drug misuse prevention and intervention. The focus is on primary and secondary prevention providing educational programs, events, outreach, and individual brief interventions. Additionally, she has served as the Program Chair for CHASCo since the summer of 2018. Prior to the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Rebecca was a clinical therapist with experience working in substance use disorder treatment, treatment of trauma, and generalized practice in community mental health settings.

Rebecca Juarez has served as a Wellness Coordinator in the Center for Health Education and Wellness since April 2015 working directly with alcohol and other drug misuse prevention and intervention. The focus is on primary and secondary prevention providing educational programs, events, outreach, and individual brief interventions. Additionally, she has served as the Program Chair for CHASCo since the summer of 2018. Prior to the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Rebecca was a clinical therapist with experience working in substance use disorder treatment, treatment of trauma, and generalized practice in community mental health settings.

 
Partners in Prevention Plenary Session: Racial Bias & Restorative Approaches to Prevention (Click here to register)
Monday May 18 from 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Central Time 

This session will discuss and explore the connections between racial bias, prevention and the use of restorative approaches. The aim is to gain a greater understanding of how racial bias, blind spots and cultural competence show up in prevention work and creating messages that improve efficacy and acceptance in communities of color. We will also explore how restorative approaches may be integrated into prevention work.

Sharon Travis is the prevention and outreach specialist at the Sexual Assault Center. Originally from the Philadelphia, PA area, she has a Master of Arts in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University and a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee State University. She possesses a passion for expanding prevention efforts that go upstream and stop sexual violence before there is a need for intervention and counseling. She works on community initiatives, creates awareness and delivers presentations with creativity, cultural sensitivity, and trauma/resiliency informed approaches. Building collective and positive community impact and innovative change strategies around the tough issue of sexual assault and sex positive education are the hallmark of her professional experience that spans over 25 years working with youth, college students and professionals.

Partners in Prevention Plenary Session: Meditation & Yoga for Beginners 

Tuesday, May 19 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Central Time (Click here to register)
Thursday, May 21 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Central Time (Click here to register)

We wanted to provide an opportunity for preventionists across the state to take a breath and engage in some deep breathing and mindfulness this week. Please join these two sessions to meditate and stretch your body within the comfort of your own home. This session will be led by certified yoga instructor, Athina Kladis.

The TN Certification Board and CHASCo have worked together to create some virtual professional development and wellness opportunities to take place during the week that our annual Partners in Prevention Conference was scheduled. We have also secured institutional memberships for one year to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol & Drug Misuse Prevention & Recovery for all CHASCo member institutions! I will send out more details about this opportunity at our CHASCo meeting scheduled for May 20 from 11:00-1:00 Central- which will be conducted via Zoom.