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Increasing One's Impact
Through Deepening Emotional Intelligence
April 28, 2014 , 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Presenter: Kerry Secrest, Watershed Coaching

This webinar will present the Emotional Intelligence Framework and specific strategies for how to use it to increase self-awareness and interpersonal communications. Concepts related to mental models, ladder of inference, and personal conflict styles will be explored in light of how they inform our conversations and work with others.

pdf Webinar Handouts
pdf Webinar Selected Slides

Education on Policy Approaches at the Community Level to Address Substance Use Prevention
February 20, 2014

Beth Shrader, Director
Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition

Presentation: Town Policies on Liquor Licensing, Alcohol Outlet Density and Restrictions at Community Events: One Coalition's Experience

pdf Working with Students to Address Alcohol at Public Events

pdf STRATEGIZER 55: Regulating Alcohol Outlet Density An Action Guide

pdf Recommended Practices for Off-Premises Alcohol Retailers

pdf A Self-Assessment Tool for Alcohol Beverage Retailers

pdf Alcohol Sales Policies



Partnerships for Success (PFS) and
Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)

Sustaining community prevention outcomes and infrastructure

Strengthening substance abuse prevention throughout Vermont

Partnerships for Success: PFS Kick-off / Orientation 90 minute Webinar

Partnerships for Success: PFS Web-based Reporting Tool Webinar

December 12, 2013

Webinar slides pdf available now

Vermont PFS Community Grantee Reporting System (CGRS) Web-based Reporting Tool Orientation Webinar

Partnerships for Success: PFS Web-based Reporting Tool Webinar

This Webinar was for PFS lead agency coordinators and/or others who will be entering data into the data reporting tool from each agency. The training consisted of the presenters walking the group through a web-based data reporting tool screen by screen. Participants received a manual ahead of time. This is a program of the Vermont Department of Health, Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (ADAP).

Presented by

Bob Flewelling, Amy Livingston and Howard Edelstein

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)

November 21, 2013

Webinar recording WMV available now

Webinar slides pdf available now

CGRS Guidebook pdf available now

CGRS Appendices pdf available now

What is SPF?

The SPF is a public health, outcomes-based prevention approach that involves communities in implementing a five-step process that applies assessment and evaluation to reducing substance abuse and its consequences. SPF's mission is to further develop, strengthen and maintain prevention services infrastructure throughout the state, and to impact, at a community level, the three priority areas of substance abuse identified by the state Epidemiological Work Group.

The Vermont priorities for the Strategic Prevention Framework Initiative are to:

  • Reduce underage drinking.
  • Reduce high-risk drinking among persons under the age of 25.
  • Reduce marijuana use among persons under the age of 25.
  • Build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state and community levels, including a sustainable evaluation system for prevention grantees. 

SPF implementers are funded by the State Incentive Grant (SIG) which is federally funded through a cooperative agreement between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the State of Vermont. It is administered by the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), Agency of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. Center For Health And Learning is contracted by VDH to train SPF SIG grantees during the SPF grant term.

For more information about the SPF in Vermont please visit:

How does SPF work?

This Vermont Prevention Model was developed by the Vermont Department of Health and adapted to the CHAMPPS activities. In order for prevention activities to have the greatest impact, multiple levels of the model must be addressed simultaneously with efforts directed specifically at the higher levels of community, organizations, policies and systems. The SPF Steps Graphics are used to visually demonstrate the target levels of prevention achievement. SPF Epidemiology Work Group produced the SPF Epidemiology Profile Summary and the SPF Epidemiology Profile Report.

SPF Learning Community

The Vermont SPF Learning Community is comprised of two major audiences: 1) SPF Leadership including VDH Staff, Center For Health and Learning Training Team, Community Coordinators, and Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation Staff, and 2) local community organization and partners. Grantees of the SPF SIG are Vermont prevention workers throughout Vermont, working directly with communities and schools. For a list of current consultants and coalitions, follow the links here:


Vermont Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions 2010--11

CHAMPS Grantees FY2011

Strategic Prevention Framework Trainings 

Follow the link to get information, materials, agendas, follow-up and other related SPF training resources.

SPF Evaluation Tools
Evaluating Your Campaign Q & A
Anne Dorwaldt, Bob Flewelling, Amy Livingston: Expert Panel on "Evaluating Your Media Campaign: Questions and Answers."

Response Rates and Surveying Techniques
Tips to Enhance Survey Respondent Participants

Smart Survey Design
This guide provides information on writing successful and effective survey questions, creating survey flow and layout, calculating response rates, tips for increasing response rates and the pros and cons of online surveys.  (Plus an appendix of links and works cited for additional help in survey design.)

Evaluation Tools
Documents: Data Profiles Guidance, Community Resources and Readiness Assessment, Strategies for Increasing Community Readiness, Addressing Community Level Capacity, etc.

SPF Evaluation Resources

Vermont SPF-SIG Evaluation: Evaluation Related Resources for Community Grantees

CY-Connecting Youth: Then and Now
Interesting facts on how CY has changed as a coalition and the positive impact it has had on the lives of those in the community

CY 2006 Phone Survey Summary
This report summarizes results from the 2006 telephone survey and compares findings with results from the past years.

SPF Advocacy Survey Results January 2009

Vermont New Directions Evaluation Brief
Encouraging Findings Regarding Changes in Student Substance Use: An Outcome Evaluation of New Directions Based on the YRBS

21 Reasons Portland Parent Survey, 2009 - Summary

Phone survey of Portland parents commissioned by 21 Reasons to measure the efficacy of their community outreach and parent media campaign.

The Collaborative Community Coalition Survey

Student and Community Survey Report 2009-2010

Social Norms and Social Marketing

Using Social Media for Prevention by R. Brookes

ADAP Youth & Alcohol: Common Theme Campaign (From April 9 2008 SPF Training)

Media Revealed: Understanding Our Media Diet

From the VT Tobacco Control Program, VT Department of Health

Creative Blueprint

Social Marketing Fidelity Rubric

From the NE CAPT on social marketing, 2 fidelity guides for social marketing campaigns that follow the SPF framework.

College Bulletin

An update on college drinking research from NIAAA that highlights recent research on campus and community partnerships as well as social norms campaigns. 

Prevention File, Spring 2009
This issue focuses on prevention in higher education.  It includes an article on social norms campaigns on college campuses by William DeJong and an article on the MLDA.

CSAP Guidelines for Social Marketing Campaigns

Risk and Protective Factors Tools
Multiple Levels of Influence

21 Reasons to Prevent Underage Drinking

Communities of Concern Booklet
(For the Parent Coffees in the Metrowest Boston Project)

Helping America's Youth
This Program Tool provides you with information about program designs that successfully deal with risky behaviors. You can replicate these strategies to meet your local needs. The Program Tool database contains risk factors, protective factors and programs that have been evaluated and found to work.

Strategizer 31, Guidelines for Advocacy: Changing Policies and Laws to Create Safer Environments for Youth

SAMHSA Sustainability Toolkit for Grassroots Programs

Other Strategies For Prevention

National Prevention Strategy

VDH's Blueprint Annual Report 2009

VDH's presentation on Rest & Recovery Oriented Systems of Care by B. Cimaglio

Common Theme Campaign

SPIKE Creative Brief 5/14/09

Youth Development
Recruiting, Engaging and Sustaining Young Adult Participation
Levels of Responsibility

Cultural Competency
Seven Domains of the HRSA/DHHS Cultural Competency Framework
Seven Domains of the HRSA/DHHS CC Framework--BLANK
Definitions of Cultural Competency
Cultural Competency Objectives from Vermont Guidance Document
VDH Cultural Competency Plan
SPF/SIG Considerations for Cultural Competency
DHaig Power Point Presentation December 5 2009


Environmental Strategies

How A Bill Becomes Vermont Law

Erica Schmitz, Director Maine Environmental Substance Abuse Prevention and 21 Reasons (Link here for the following documents)

Power Point Presentation: Implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework in Vermont, March 11 2009

PP Handouts in COLOR--Social Access Portland Case Study for Vermont, 2009

PP Handouts in GRAYSCALE--Social Access Portland Case Study for Vermont, 2009
Activity Worksheets (Strategies to Reduce Social Access: Real Life Lessons from Portland

2007 Request for Proposal

Diversion Programs and Alternatives to Suspension for Substance Abuse: Summary of Research Recommendations, October 2008

Enforcement as Prevention May 2007

Resulting Article in Press Herald

Law Summary 21 Reasons Brochure FRONT

Law Summary 21 Reasons Brochure BACK

Sample Media Advisory

21 Reasons Retreat Data Report Handout

Portland Parent Survey 2008 Summary--Final

Environmental Strategies: Selection Guide, Reference List & Examples of Implemetation Guidelines

START: Vermont's Approach to Combating Underage Drinking
This Power Point was presented by RJ Elrick, Executive Director, VT Criminal Justice Training Council, VT Police Academy. RJ Elrick provides training and technical assistance to the START programs. There are 13 regional teams groups that receive Enforcing Unerage Drinking Laws grant funds

The objectives of the grant are: 1) to support START coalitions in order to examine regional law enforcement efforts toward combating underage drinking; 2) to intervene at underage drinking activities and decrease the number of alcohol related tragedies; and 3) to change the community's norms regarding underage drinking through community education and partnership with prevention programs.

Online Courses in Environmental Strategies Reviewed

Fidelity Measure for Increase Price or Taxes on Alcohol or Tobacco
Use the tabs at the bottom of the worksheet to find tables for several different strategies that many of you are using, including social norms/social marketing and media.

Resources For Parents

Recovery Center Map Sept 2010

Parent Up: Common Theme Campaign Update 1/08/10

Middle School Parent Campaign Tool Kit:

Your Role
Talking with Your Children

Discussing Tough Subjects

Discussing Underage Drinking

Facing the Facts About Underage Drinking

Talking with Other Parents

Ways to Say No

Event and Outreach Ideas

Parent Up: A Parent Discussion

How to Spread the Word About Events

A Quick Guide to Social Networks

Target Audience

Resources for the Media

Media Kit:

Background Information for Press


Elevator Speech

Press Release Template

Other Partners in Prevention

START Regional Contacts

Vermont SPF Enforcement Interview Guide

VT Department of Liquor Control: What We Offer
The Department of Liquor Control (DLC) is responsible for enforcing underage drinking laws by conducting compliance checks, training and educating retailers, bartenders, bar owners and the community at large. Link here for a list of DLC programs available to your community. DLC web site for contact information on both the DLC educators and investigators, compliance check information and training opportunities.

Costs of Prevention: Evidence and Reports

The CASA Report: Shoveling Up II - The Impact of Substance Abuse on Federal, State and Local Budgets
The CASA report assesses the gap between the amount that is spent on ATOD prevention, treatment, and research, relative to what ATOD-related problems cost us as a society.  Mostly data are at the national level, although some are provided by state.

Underage Drinking Costs

Link here for the state fact sheets on the costs of underage drinking developed by PIRE. The 2-page fact sheets for each state (suitable for giving to policy makers) are downloadable from the web site.

Guide for School-Based Drug Policy and Advisory Councils, Burk, Isabel, The Health Network 2001, ISBN number 0-9655436-5-X