Youth Cannabis and Nicotine Vape Trends

Session Info

Vape pens are sweeping the country, but what is actually inside those vape pens? There are vapes that work for nicotine, flavored oils without nicotine, marijuana and even synthetics. Marijuana concentrates (including Delta 8 and 10) and vape pens are the perfect marriage.  Concentrates come in oil, wax or crystal form, and the current version of vape pens can work for all three.  The baseline when dealing with vape pens is there are NO ABSOLUTES. Electric devices vaporize a liquid form of nicotine.  Many forms of nicotine are found in vape shops, convenience stores, gas stations, grocery outlets, and even alcohol outlets depending on the state.  Many of the pens you see that are being used for nicotine look similar to some of the pens in the drug world and vice/versa. Over the last few years, vape pens for drug use have become SUPER popular.  They can be colorful, small and very discrete, with the latter being a large selling point to these various pens.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify a vaping device
  2. Describe how vaping devices are used for drugs
  3. Identify safety hazards associated with vaping devices
  4. Understand the discretion associated with vaping devices
  5. Understand why users prefer vaping devices

COVID19, Beyond the Pandemic:

Session Info

It is no secret COVID-19 took its toll, loss of life, loss of opportunity, loss of time. But what does this mean for future generations and our field as we continue to face unmet mental health and substance use disorder needs? Suicide, overdose deaths, treatment demands all at staggering numbers and yet continue to climb. Stigma, prolonged grief disorder, fatigue and burnout have riddled our system of care, yet we need to stay in this fight, but it is different out there.

In this workshop we will:

Learn how COVID 19 has impacted youth and future projections

Increase tools to meaningfully engage youth and adults in prevention and intervention efforts

Apply the principles of GRIT- Gratitude, Resilience, Interest, Truth

Foster Leadership in yourself to empower others


Probation Simulation

Session Info

This simulation allows participants to role play a character who has recently been placed on probation. This simulation involves various tables set up around the room with different resources to help the participants navigate life. The participants are challenged by having their character attempt to accomplish the requirements and conditions of probation with tasks such as reporting to Court or the Probation Office, or obtaining services from various resources in the community such as social services, church or treatment. This simulation is split up into four weeks with each week lasting 8-15 minutes in length. Participants will utilize play money to navigate their responsibilities and may even face the consequence of going to jail. This simulation is a "walk a mile in their shoes" opportunity and is one of a kind. Participants will experience first hand what it is like to be placed on probation.

Learning Outcome #1

Be able to relate to a person on probation

Learning Outcome #2
Gain a better understanding of the challenges of probation

Learning Outcome #3
Improve problem solving skills


The Secret of Engagement: Building Relationships to Strengthen Families and Communities

Session Info

The premise, "Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day; show him how to catch a fish and feed him for a lifetime" is missing a key element.

Providers are invested in helping people; however, some of the efforts may not be sustainable or successful. You may struggle to connect, communicate, and build relationships with those you are trying to reach out to. How do we bridge this gap?

As a participant, you will leave this training with a deeper understanding of the community you are hoping to reach. You will be able to immediately use the information gleaned in this training to strengthen connections and relationships within the community you want to serve.

This training is about offering a service that is in partnership with the clients/community you serve. When you work in partnership, you have better outcomes; thus, creating a more positive experience for all involved.

After the Conviction: Using Evidence Based Practices in Assessment, Sentencing, Supervision and Treatment to Reduce Recidivism of High-Risk Impaired Drivers

Session Info

In 2019, over a million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence and over 10,000 people lost their lives as a result of alcohol related traffic crashes. While these cases make up a huge percentage of criminal court dockets, research shows that convictions and incarceration do not change criminal behaviors or reduce the likelihood of new offenses from high-risk impaired drivers. In fact, after jail or prison incarceration, the majority of high-risk impaired drivers return to their communities, and without appropriate intervention, are a significant risk to reoffend. 

Through the expertise of the Director of National Center for DWI Courts and the American Probation and Parole Association Probation Fellow, this interactive presentation will provide an overview and continuum of the most recent evidence-based practices in addressing the challenges of assessing, sentencing, and supervising high risk impaired drivers. This includes research on the use of assessment tools to determine risk and needs as well as behavioral characteristics of high- risk impaired drivers. Participants will learn best practices in community supervision strategies, available alcohol countermeasure technologies, issues surrounding poly-substance abuse and the use of DWI Courts to reduce risk to the community.

• Participants will identify three alcohol technology countermeasures and research-based practices that courts should be using to reduce the possibility of re-offense by high-risk impaired drivers

• Participants will identify how the Impaired Driver Assessment can impact sentencing and community supervision strategies

• Participants will identify how DUI Courts can effectively reduce recidivism for high-risk impaired drivers

The Culture Of Cannabis: The Ever Changing Landscape

Session Info

From Cheech 'N Chong to a multi-billion dollar yearly industry. The landscape and perception of Cannabis has changed and become forever a part of the American culture. This time will be used to talk all things Cannabis, with the goal to opening understanding and giving stakeholders tools to understand the variety and scope of Cannabis. 



High in Plain Sight: You Can't Stop What You Don't Know!

Session Info

This session will review the MOST up to date, current alcohol and drug trends, including recent findings from national community scans. This session will include these topics: alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, logos, synthetic drugs, over-the-counter drugs, inhalants, and popular convenience store/gas station drugs. This session will also cover common stash compartments that can be used to hide drugs or other paraphernalia. Certain items have gained popularity in the alcohol and drug scene - which changes every day. 

Drug of the Moment: Fentanyl

Session Info

Just when we thought we turned a corner with the oxi pandemic, we now are seeing tremendous loss in our communities due to fatal overdoses involving fentanyl. Concern for many in our fields is the never ending chase we remain in as we focus on the "Drug of the Day". Many of us are acutely aware as Xylazine begins to surface, this game of whack-a-mole continues, and the next chemical compound is already in the works. What if there was a way to really fight this pandemic? To improve community outcomes, delay onset of use, reduce access to substances? Well, the truth is there is and lies within the Strategic Prevention Framework. By working in partnerships, communities across the country have reduced 30-day use, increased harm reduction efforts, keeping people alive so we can get them to treatment and increased protective factors by using a data driven approach and go "upstream". Law enforcement and community coalitions working together can keep people alive with the distribution of drug disposal bags, fentanyl test strips, naloxone training, Post Overdose Response Teams in schools and communities just to name a few. We can work smarter as we will need to work harder.

Join us as we:

Learn about fentanyl and its toll on our country

Strengthen knowledge of Harm Reduction Strategies

Utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework to change community environments and access to substances

Identify strategies to reduce community Risk Factors while we increase Protective Factors