Activity 1: Overview of prevention principles

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Introduction

Begin this lesson and activity by reading the Gilbert (2012) chapter, which provides a broad overview of prevention, and then view the video lecture by Dr. Botvin called Preventing Adolescent Drug Abuse through Life Skills Training: Empirical Findings and Translational Challenges. As you read and view these overviews and presentations, think about what you know about population health and what you learned about risk and protective factors in Lesson 4.

Then have a look at the CCSA and CAMH web links and view the resources. On these web sites, you will see how the ideas of population health and risk and protective factors come together in programming. CAMH introduces the fourth “R” program that adds the protective factor of healthy “R”elationships to the traditions 3 R’s of school programming.

The U.S. has a program called the US Life Skills Training Program, which Dr. Botvin reviews in his lecture. Take note of this program, since it will be part of the next activity when we consider the effectiveness of substance use prevention programs.

Instructions

  1. Read: Hart, K., Ksir, C., Hebb, A., Gilbert, R., & Black. S. (2012). Preventing substance abuse. In Drugs, behaviour, and society (1st Canadian ed., pp. 378-392). Whitby, ON: McGraw Hill Ryerson.
  2. View Dr. Gilbert Botvin’s lecture (2011) Preventing Adolescent Drug Abuse through Life Skills Training: Empirical Findings and Translational Challenges. Available at: http://www.cornell.edu/video/preventing-adolescent-drug-abuse-through-life-skills-training
  3. Review, and become familiar with, the various resources available at the CAMH Centre for Prevention Science.
  4. Review, and become familiar with, the various resources at CCSA Preventing Youth Substance Use.
  5. Write a summary, which could be bullet points, of the key features you would want to include in a substance use prevention program.
  6. How well do you think you, your agency, and/or your community are doing with providing prevention programs?
  7. What do you think are the barriers to the (usual) paucity of universal prevention programs in any community?