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Video Conference


Conference Presentations


Training/Curriculum Offered

SAMHSA CAPT’s Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training

This four-day training provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. It is grounded in current research and teaches SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework.

SAMHSA CAPT’s Ethics in Prevention Training

This 6-hour training addresses the role and application of ethics in substance use prevention, highlighting the prevention code of ethics’ six key principles and introducing a 4-step decision-making model for assessing, addressing, and evaluating a range of ethical issues.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
- Adult
- Youth
- Teen

These courses provide skills-based training about mental health and substance use issues, including how to recognize and respond to the signs of mental illness and crisis situations. Adult MHFA is for adults assisting with other adults, Youth MHFA is for adults assisting with youth, and Teen MHFA is for youth to recognize and refer their peers to trusted adults.

Signs of Suicide

This training focuses on how to identify the warning signs of depression and suicide, as well as how to have a conversation about it using the Acknowledge, Care, Tell (ACT) model.

Human Trafficking 101

This training covers the basics of human trafficking, including types of trafficking, risk factors that put individuals at higher risk, warning signs to look for, and how to respond in the event of a suspicion. 

Goal Setting for Individuals
and Organizations

This presentation offers insight into the purpose of goals, how to choose goals for yourself or organization, and tangible ways to set yourself up for success on achieving those goals.

Youth Engagement

This presentation focuses on the vital role that youth play in the substance use prevention field, discussing ways to find, engage, and keep youth at the table while avoiding the error of "tokenism." 



Rikki has a passion for professional development in the prevention field and promoting the success of others. One of the roles she finds especially meaningful is oversight of the Missouri prevention field mentoring program. Her mentorship of professionals covers a variety of topics, including staff management, strategic plan development, budget oversight and planning, leadership growth, and goal-setting. 

Conference Presentation

Conference Presentations

CADCA Leadership Forum 2023

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Social Media and Mental Health

Social media is here to stay but navigating the pros and cons isn’t getting any easier. How can coalitions work to reduce the negative impact of social media on young people and families? How can prevention influence the intersection of social media, mental health, and substance use? These issues seem daunting…where do we start? Join us for this session as we unpack the role social media plays in our lives and how to mitigate the risk of use.

Co-trainer: Kristina Clark

CADCA Leadership Forum 2023

Hot Take: A Toxic Combo of Drugs, Human Trafficking, and Social Media

There are a lot of bright spots to social media - it connects us, makes us laugh, introduces us to new ideas, and provides support. But there is a dark side that creates a toxic combination for our mental health and wellbeing. That combo involves unearthing vulnerabilities which can lead to drug use, online grooming, and human trafficking. This presentation will explore those vulnerabilities and provide key steps to protect the mental health and wellbeing of yourself and your friends.

CADCA Midyear Training Institute 2022

Know Thyself: Foundations for Community Leadership
Everyone is a leader and it is essential to be curious about yourself so you can learn, grow, and effectively collaborate with others. Learning about various personality and leadership styles is crucial to capacity building, stakeholder recruitment, and knowing how to best utilize those at your coalition’s table. Participants in this session will learn about several personality and leadership resources/assessments, how to apply those to their own personal and professional life, as well as how to apply them within a coalition’s work.

Co-trainer: Leanne Reid

CADCA Midyear Training Institute 2022

The Basics: Mental Health and Substance Use/Misuse

We often hear mental health issues can increase someone’s chances in using/misusing substances. But how? And why? This interactive session will cover the relationship between psychological distress and risky behaviors. The facilitators will explain stress and how it shows up in different populations. Participants will be placed in groups to discuss the various environmental factors that perpetuates psychological distress in their communities and what they can do about it.

Co-trainers: Benoit Dagadu and Colber Prosper

CADCA Midyear Training Institute 2021

Taking the Lead to Address Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

in Prevention Work

Prevention efforts are linked to target populations - that is, who is most affected by the identified problems? These are sometimes couched in racial and ethnic health disparities, so we must lead our communities well in data gathering and identification of those disparities. In this session, you'll identify how you lead yourself and others as well as discuss implicit bias and how to best lead your community in moving to address disparities. 

Co-trainers: Abdelwahhab Alawneh and Colber Prosper

CADCA Midyear Training Institute 2018

What's in it for Me: Collaborating with Colleges and Universities

Engaging the collegiate population in prevention is a wise decision, as they can provide a multitude of resources to the coalition's efforts. It is valuable to think through how to approach colleges and universities, including what's in it for them and for the coalition in a mutually beneficial relationship.  

Co-trainer: Colber Prosper

CADCA Midyear Training Institute 2018

Millennials...(insert eyeroll). Or could they be a powerful asset?
Millennials get a bad rap, most of the time. However, they have incredible potential and value when it comes to the field of prevention, whether they are paid staff, coalition members, or community members. This interactive session will offer education about the Millennial generation, changes in workplace philosophies across generations, and how to create opportunities to engage Millennials in prevention work. Finally, participants will explore the innovative spirit of Millennials and how to utilize this to boost creativity in prevention efforts.

Co-trainer: Colber Prosper

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