CE Credit Hours: 3.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
Teen drug and alcohol use remains a significant public health and safety issue for virtually all communities in the United States, and an ongoing concern for parents and caregivers of pre-teens, teens, and young adults. Research shows that people who begin using drugs or alcohol as teenagers are more likely to become addicted later in life than someone who begins using after their teenage years. This brief continuing education course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Justice, provides information on how community stakeholders, including educators, can develop and sustain partnerships with organizations in their community to prevent substance abuse among young people. The benefits of collaboration, ways to create relationships and work as a team, and how to harness the expertise of each agency and person on the team is also discussed.
1. Analyze how substance abuse impacts young people across the United States and the reasons that teens abuse substances.
2. Describe how the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids works to reduce teen substance abuse and help families impacted by addiction.
3. Summarize the importance and benefits of collaboration, and discuss how to identify potential partners and create relationships with them.
4. Evaluate strategies to most effectively work as a team during collaboration.
5. Examine barriers that may inhibit effective collaboration among community partners.
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