Many people intuitively believe that we all need to do more to support positive mental well-being and prevent young people from experiencing the burdens of mental illness and substance use disorders, but they often do not know what that means. To further the confusion, what people tend to believe to be effective prevention strategies are quite ineffective, and at times, can have the opposite, and harmful, effect. Grounded in effective prevention research, this session will define effective prevention strategies as well as describe some common ineffective prevention strategies. Case studies will assist attendees in understanding why well-meaning people often support ineffective prevention strategies and how we – as prevention advocates – can respond to those well-meaning people to educate them about effective prevention strategies.
At the completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Identify six ineffective prevention strategies that should never be used
- List the reasons why well-meaning people continue to support ineffective prevention strategies
- Advocate for the use of effective prevention strategies in multiple community settings
Trainer: Andrea Hoff, MPA, GPC, OCPC, ICPS
Andrea Hoff is the Owner & President of You Thrive Training & Consulting, LLC, a company that provides training and consulting services in the areas of behavioral health prevention, government and nonprofit leadership, and grant writing. Andrea has worked in the behavioral health field for nearly 27 years, is certified in Ohio as a behavioral health prevention consultant (OCPC) and international behavioral health prevention specialist (ICPS) and is a certified Adult & Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor, and Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training Instructor. She is a coach for the Ohio Coaching and Mentoring (OCAM) Network, and she uses the Gallup Clifton Strengths assessments in her coaching work. Andrea is also a certified grants professional (GPC) with extensive experience in grant writing. She is the Immediate Past President of the Miami Valley, Ohio, Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), is an approved GPA speaker, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Andrea has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Dayton.
The G.A.P. Academy is brought to you by the G.A.P. Network, delivered by Andrea Hoff & You Thrive Training & Consulting, LLC with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.