At Prevention Central, we’re in the business of keeping you informed. That’s why we offer frequent webinars. From trainings on specific products to updates on our findings and approaches, Prevention Central is designed to help you stay on the cutting edge of prevention and health promotion research.

Our Next Webinar

Why Teaching Social-Emotional Learning Skills in Afterschool is Key to Promoting Positive Youth Development

Many educators already know the importance of teaching social-emotional learning (SEL) skills to children. Teaching children to understand and regulate their feelings, engage in effective problem-solving, and cultivate prosocial friendships can enhance their school engagement and academic performance, make healthier life choices, and reduce their aggressive and disruptive behavior.

Despite these benefits, few evidence-based resources exist to help educators teach their students these skills —and even fewer are designed specifically for afterschool programs. Join Dr. Janis Kupersmidt to learn about the many benefits of social-emotional learning and discover how the afterschool Buddy Builder program integrates SEL into a wide range of afterschool activities to help students get along better with both their peers and adults.

Dr. Kupersmidt is the founder and President of innovation Research & Training (iRT), as well as a licensed clinical child psychologist. She is a Senior Research Scientist at iRT, who has developed over 20 evidence-based prevention programs for children and adolescents, as well as contributed to the scientific literatures on topics including social-emotional functioning and learning; delinquency and substance abuse prevention; aggression in children and adolescents; and peer relationships. These skills and experiences, as well as her years as tenured faculty member in the psychology department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helped her design the Buddy Builder afterschool program.

May 29, 1:00 p.m.

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Our Previous Webinars

Preventing Drugged Driving through Community-level Approaches

Drugged driving is a hot-button issue being addressed by communities across America, particularly with increasingly broader legalization of marijuana and in the midst of an opioid crisis. Join Prevention Central’s Dr. Rebecca Stelter and Dr. Allison Schmidt to learn why a community level approach is important to preventing drug-impaired driving, and what evidence-based trainings and tools are available to help you do so.

Dr. Rebecca Stelter has been the Principal Investigator of contracts and grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on the topic of drugged driving. She is the lead author of web-based trainings on the topic of drugged driving including, Drugged Driving Essentials and Strategic Skills for the Prevention of Drugged Driving. Dr. Stelter received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology at North Carolina State University and also has expertise in the areas of childhood and adolescence, specifically related to decision-making surrounding the decision to drink alcohol or engage in aggressive behavior, mentoring at-risk youth, and parental socialization of emotional, social, and behavioral development.

Dr. Allison Schmidt is a behavioral scientist and public health researcher with experience in tobacco use and substance abuse prevention, especially among young adults, and led the randomized controlled trial (RCT) used to evaluate the Drugged Driving Resources skill-building training courses. She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.A. in Psychology from Scripps College.

Wednesday, April 24th

Teaching mindfulness to youth to prevent substance abuse.

Join Prevention Central’s Dr. Alison Parker to learn about a creative approach to substance abuse prevention through mindfulness education for children and adolescents, and how to provide youth with tools to cope with stress, regulate their feelings and behaviors, and make healthy choices. Dr. Parker is a Research Scientist at iRT and has been a Principal Investigator on multiple federally funded projects (i.e., NIH, IES, NIDILRR) to develop and evaluate school-based mindfulness education programs as well as online mindfulness programs for youth.

Wednesday, March 27th

Analyzing Media: A Creative Approach to Combating Youth Substance Abuse

Join us for a look at the cutting edge of Prevention Central‘s substance abuse prevention programming. We’ll go over the fundamentals of media influence on substance use, show how youth can develop their critical thinking skills about media messages, and give you the tools to bring media literacy education to your community.

Wednesday, February 27th