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Training Professionals in Drug Prevention

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Richard Velleman; Willm Mistral; Lora Sanderling
Date Published
4 pages
This report studied different approaches to training professionals in drug prevention.
The report claims that two outstanding features affect the success and long-term impact of training in drug prevention. First, organizations need a strategic approach to training, which is most effective when planned as part of a wider local or national drug prevention strategy. An organization should define its specific drug prevention goals so managers can assess the skills and knowledge staff will need to accomplish those goals. Second, training projects need active management to implement the project's strategy. This will ensure that staff needs are assessed effectively, high-quality training is delivered, and the organization gets the most out of its investment in training by supporting staff in using their newly acquired knowledge and abilities in the workplace. The report evaluated 13 training projects, which varied in length from 1 hour to 1 year and from single agency/disciplinary to multi-agency/disciplinary participation. The greatest impact resulted from training which was single-disciplinary; extended over a longer period of time; involved highly enthusiastic trainees; worked within a small geographic area; and was supported by participants' management in making use of knowledge and skills in the workplace and in developing policy and practice initiatives. Table