More Than 140 Attend
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 -- The COMBAT-sponsored conference -- "Improving Community Responses to the Risks We See Everyday" -- attracted more than 140 attendees September 24, including representatives of several agencies that have COMBAT-funded prevention and treatment programs. Individuals from throughout Kansas and from Nebraska were also among those in attendance, seeking insight as to how to prevent drug abuse in their communities.
The conference featured a presentation from Dr. Richard Catalono, Director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. He focused on identifying risk factors for adolescent "problem behaviors," such as substance abuse. He stressed a wide-range of approaches to effectively prevent and/or counter these behaviors. Those approaches include prenatal programs, early childhood education, parent training, after-school recreation, mentoring programs, youth employment with education, school behavior management strategies and classroom curriculum geared toward promoting "social competence."
"There was an unusual energy and excitement that could be felt among the participants," said COMBAT Director Stacey Daniels-Young. "It was evident that they were truly interested in improving their skills to face the important issues we're facing today, namely reducing sustance us, building communities and developing our young people to be the best that they can be."
CLICK HERE to view Dr. Catalono's slide presentation (PDF format) from his keynote address.
The conference featured five workshops:
presented by Dr. Richard Catalono. More Information On This Workshop (PDF)
Discussion of this United Way effort to assess and improve the quality of programming for area youth, with experiences from pilot participants. For more information (PDF) on this workshop More Information (PDF)
Explore ways to work more successfully with any client population. More Information (PDF)
presented by Dr. David Hansen, University of Kansas. More Information (PDF)
that help you learn how to include evaluation to help your work, make a difference and answer the questions of funders. More Information (PDF)