Friday, September 18, 2009

FFF Diva Accomplishment: National Prevention Network Conference

The photos above: 1) NPN Conference Booklet 2) NPN Plenary Description 3) My colleague Lance and myself right before the plenary.

The National Prevention Network (NPN) invites you to our 22nd Annual Prevention Research Conference, September 15-18, 2009 in Anaheim, California. The theme for this year’s conference is “Prevention Research: Striking Gold.”

We encourage you to make your plans now to attend. You will gain knowledge from nationally recognized researchers and practitioners who are using research to strike gold with successful outcomes for prevention programming. You will also have the opportunity to network with leaders from the federal agencies supporting prevention, including Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration / Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Office of National Drug Control Policy, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and U.S. Department of Education, as well as prevention professionals from around the country.

In this challenging economic climate, we know you are mindful of getting the best return on your training dollars and that travel approvals are being scrutinized. We trust that when you review the conference session descriptions on this website, you will find the added justification you will need to describe this conference as the single best training opportunity to increase your prevention workforce skills and knowledge in substance abuse prevention research. Additionally, all courses and workshops provide contact hours and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit through the Southwest Prevention Center (SWPC), a department within University OUTREACH, College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma. SWPC Continuing Education hours are accepted for CEU's by the following certifying bodies: National Board of Certified Counselors, Oklahoma Drug & Alcohol Professional Counselors Association, and Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.

We are excited about this year’s conference. It has a wide range of substantive topics and levels of expertise. There will be three keynote addresses to expand your vision and inspire your service. There will be presentations on Underage Drinking, Prescription Drugs, Social Marketing, Public Policy, Frontier/Rural, Cultural/Ethnicity, and Alcohol Industry Advertising. This year there is a dedicated emphasis on ensuring culturally competent and relevant services which is woven throughout the conference and which all presenters are expected to integrate into their workshops. For the second year there will be international presenters supported by the state department.

FFF Diva Accomplishment: National Prevention Network 2009, Anaheim, California

I have never felt so good as a young professional. Long story short is that our CEO and founder Maureen requested the presence of a young experts panel in the field of prevention. This conference had over 1,900 prevention specialists and researchers from around the world. During Maureen's AM plenary speech she incorporated the young experts panel, which I was a part of. After our presentation we received a standing ovation, and on a personal note I was praised for my ability to speak and capture the true nature of our prevention work and the important role of young people in the process. Bottom line: I am being groomed to become a future key note speaker for future conference opportunities. What an honor! I still have goosebumps.

"Just wanted to extend a huge THANK YOU for participating in the expert panel and NPN this week highlighting the amazing work you have done, lead and inspire others to do not only in your own communities, FNL and in California, but now throughout the nation. Thank you for your prep time, thoughtful preparation and quick adaptation to the shortened time. Congratulations!" --YLI colleague

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