Training Opportunities

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What is CADCA?

The mission of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally. This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.

Webinar Wednesdays 

Join CADCA each Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m. EDT for a free webinar hosted by CADCA's youth and adult trainers. Webinars will cover topics including social justice, sector engagement, sustainability and more!

Free online courses from CADCA

CADCA’s online courses are self-directed modules that are narrated with accompanying screen shots that include the main points for each slide. Each module has a combination of scenarios, reflection questions, activities, lectures, and quizzes. At the end of each module, the learner will be asked to complete a knowledge assessment. A certificate of completion is provided for those who successfully complete the course.  Click here for a list of free online courses.

Additional Training Resources

Peers Influence Peers: Fine Lines
This is an hour-long program that fuses documentary material with an original screenplay that addresses the potentially dangerous misuse of prescription drugs and through a unique twist in the story, brings awareness to the issue of autism in teens. It's a program produced by youth for a youth audience. This dramatic presentation doesn't pretend to solve these concerns of youth just exposes them. It does not provide answers; it poses the questions and presents the issues. "Fine Lines" provides talking points for discussion in the classroom.

The Blunt Truth: Communities Dealing with Marijuana 
During this hour-long program,  hear how coalitions are getting their prevention message out as laws and attitudes change. Learn the best ways to educate the public about marijuana’s harmful effects on the developing brain. Find out how coalitions are working with local and state governments on legislation and ordinances.

Dispelling Drug Myths
During this hour-long program, hear the facts about drugs from the experts. Listen to them dispel some of the big myths people hear and spread. Learn how to use facts to get the word out via social norms campaigns and other fact-based methods. Because the need for correct information is so important, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is making it a priority to answer questions teens and others have by creating a drug facts week. Watch how TC Williams is being proactive and helping students learn what’s true so they can spread the word to others.

Emerging Drug Trends
During this hour-long program, hear what’s going on now, and what’s on the horizon from people in-the-know. Find out how to tailor prevention messages and see how a coalition of coalitions worked together to quickly make a new drug illegal in their state. See how working together with other coalitions can help achieve goals.

Click here for additional resources from the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training program. 

Teens Think Differently Than Adults 
This teen brain workshop presented to youth service providers describes the implications for risky behaviors because of the developing teen brain. Important new research related to the teen brain appears to support what adults have been saying all along: teens think differently from adults! These differences have behavioral, health, and legal implications. Teen skills and traits in problem solving, impulsivity, sensation seeking, empathy, high risk behaviors, and the role of peer influences have great impact on the decisions teens make every day. Parents and caregivers will leave with key information to improve relationships, promote responsible behavior in teens, and enhance personal skills when working with teens in a variety of capacities.