- LifeSkills Curriculum Training – Dec. 10-11, 2012
- Answer On-line Professional Development
- Answer – Upcoming Webinars
- South Dakota QuitLine Training and Resources
- National Drugs Facts Week 2013 (new date)

LifeSkills Curriculum Training – Dec. 10-11, 2012

LifeSkills is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention program. This comprehensive program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to resist social pressures to smoke tobacco, to drink, and to use drugs.

LifeSKills Curriculum training will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Dec. 10-11, 2012 at Volunteers of America, 1309 West 51st Street, Sioux Falls, SD. Click here for additional details.

CLICK HERE to register.

Answer Online Professional Development

Coordinated School Health will provide funding to teachers interested in on-line professional development opportunities provided by Answer. Answer is a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education in the U.S.

Answer offers a variety of online professional development opportunities designed to fit your busy schedule and your professional development needs. For more information about these in-depth six hour workshops, click here.

Contact Amy Beshara, HIV Prevention Coordinator, in the SD Department of Education at (605) 773-6898 or amy.beshara@state.sd.us for information on attaining funds to cover the cost of the online professional development opportunities.

Answer – Upcoming Webinars

In addition to online workshops, Answer offers one-hour Webinar sessions on topics such as creating safe classroom environments, partnering with parents and more. Answer's webinars provide updates and valuable resources in an interactive, instructor-led format.

The webinars are scheduled at times that are convenient for youth-serving professionals nationwide. The next series of webinars include:

Hooking Up? Friends With Benefits?: Making Sense of the Current Lingo
Dec. 5, 2012 - 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET

From the Classroom to the Clinic: Making Effective Linkages With Health Services
Dec. 13, 2012 - 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. ET

For more information and webinar pricing click on answer.rutgers.edu/page/webinars

South Dakota QuitLine Training and Resources

The South Dakota QuitLine (SDQL) offers training that can be helpful to school health professionals who interact with student tobacco users doh.sd.gov/Tobacco/training.aspx. The South Dakota Department of Health has scheduled a number of webinars this fall designed to make that training available to anyone in the state. The reality is that we have students in our schools that use tobacco and at least half of them would like to quit using it. They usually don’t know that they can get help from the South Dakota QuitLine.

The webinars are delivered using your computer and a phone. If you haven't had a South Dakota QuitLine presentation in the last year, the SDQL 101 webinar is a terrific way to update yourself on the program and all it can offer South Dakota tobacco users, including those under the age of 18. To register for a SDQL 101 webinar or to learn more about the webinars use the following link: doh.sd.gov/Tobacco/register.aspx.

Click here for more information on the Tobacco Control Program, and to read facts about the issues that effect South Dakota.

National Drugs Facts Week 2013 (new date)

The third annual National Drug Facts Week is a health observance week from January 28–February 3, 2013 to help teens shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse and to get factual answers through community-based events and activities. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) encourages communities across the country to organize educational events and activities for local teens.

You can get involved by working with local teens, schools, or community groups to organize an event or activity to raise awareness and offer teens real, factual information about drugs and drug abuse. To help, NIDA provides free of charge a step-by-step event toolkit drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/resources.php, including a list of suggested activities, and the popular Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths booklet to distribute at your NDFW events. Order FREE booklets: Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/booklet.php.
Upcoming Events
Dec. 2012