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Prevention Services Division

Amanda Oakes, Director of Prevention Services

434.799.0456, Ext. 3071

245 Hairston Street

Danville, VA 24540

e-mail:  aoakes@dpcs.org

River Run
110 Exchange Street, Suite G
Danville, VA 24541

Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services’ Prevention Services Division provides programs to promote behavioral health wellness through a comprehensive array of strategies proven to reduce substance abuse and promote mental health. Substance abuse and mental illness share some common risk and protective factors. As a result of reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors for substance abuse, not only will substance abuse prevalence consumption and related consequences be reduced, but prevention of mental illness may be impacted as well.  In addition to the Federal, State and local dollars, Prevention Services Division relies heavily on grants, contracts, fees and other contributions in order to provide programs at no cost.

 

Suicide Prevention Training and Resources

 

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More Than Sad - Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) developed this educational program to help increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of suicidal behavior in youth-its causes, treatment and prevention.  Equipped with such knowledge, teachers will be better prepared to identify and refer students who may be a risk for suicide.  The program targets school personnel and training time is approximately 2 hours.  Program manual provided.

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More Than Sad - Suicide Prevention Education for Parents

AFSP developed this educational program to help increase parents’ knowledge and understanding of suicidal behavior in youth-its causes, treatment and prevention.  Equipped with such knowledge, parents will be better prepared to identify and refer students who may be a risk for suicide.  The program targets parents and training time is approximately 2 hours.  Program manual provided.

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More Than Sad - Teen Depression

AFSP developed More Than Sad: Teen Depression to show young people and those close to them what depression looks like in adolescents and how it can be treated.  The key aims in the 26 minute film are to help teens recognize depression in themselves or their friends and encourage them to seek help.  Targets teens ages 14 to 18 and training time is approximately an hour.  It is recommended to only in small group settings, like a classroom, so students have the opportunity to have a discussion. 

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Image result for talk saves lives logoTalk Saves Lives

Talk Saves Lives is a brief introduction to suicide prevention.  Training includes learning the warning signs and risk factors of suicide, and how to prevent it.  Provided for the general public and training time is approximately an hour.

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Image result for mental health first aid logoMental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.  Training is approximately one day or 8 hours that can be delivered in two four hour days.  Participants will receive a participant manual.

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ASIST

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.

Time: 16 hours

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Family Programs – Programs that work with the entire family

 

Strengthening Families This research-based Strengthening Families Program works with targeted youth and parents to increase communication, bonding, family interaction and understanding. Conducted in small group sessions, this 45-hour program is held four times per year. Sessions are held in both Danville and Pittsylvania County.  Transportation, meals and childcare provided.  Family referrals are welcome.

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Image result for healthy families america logoHealthy Families Based on the Healthy Families of America criteria, this in-home program targets families who have children at risk for child abuse and neglect or developmental problems, by providing long-term education and resource management. Families may stay in the program until the child turns five years old.

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Self-Sufficiency Project This partnership with the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority provides a prevention staff member to assist housing community residents in removing barriers to economic self-sufficiency and independence of welfare assistance. Self-Sufficiency is a voluntary program that assists residents in setting and pursuing goals and also allows them to build escrow accounts, which they can receive upon completion of the program.                        

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Parenting Programs – Programs that work with parents only

 

Parenting Wisely This parenting skills education program is designed to facilitate learning the necessary skills to raise healthy well balanced children from ages 3 to 18. The program is proven to reduce problem behaviors, increase communication and family unity. Parenting Wisely is an evidence-based program, evaluated and proven to work.

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Parenting Education These sessions are developed based on individual needs and are arranged at a time convenient to the parent.  A prevention staff member works with each parent individually to review material covered in the lessons and to answer questions.  The program consists of a minimum of 4 sessions.

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Co-Parenting:  Two-Parents, Two Homes –A parenting education program for families going through a divorce and separation.  This class meets the parent education guidelines developed by the Supreme Court of Virginia.  This program helps parents focus on the responsibilities of parenting from separate households while keeping children out of the middle as the parents negotiate custody, visitation, child support, or divorce.  Four hours taught in two 2 hour sessions.

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InsideOut Dad - This evidence-based fatherhood program is designed specifically for incarcerated fathers. The program connects inmate fathers to their families, helping to improve behavior while still incarcerated and to break the cycle of recidivism by developing pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, and skills, along with strategies to prepare fathers for release. Incarcerated fathers get the tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children -- providing increased motivation for them to get out and stay out. Program consists of ten one-hour sessions.

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Youth Programs – Programs that work with youth only
 

Too Good for Drugs (T.G.F.D.) This research-based program utilized by Prevention Specialists in elementary classrooms in Danville and Pittsylvania county is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The program has shown a positive increase in knowledge of the harmful effects of tobacco use and a high percentage of youth who intend to quit or never begin smoking.  Program consists of ten lessons 30 – 45 minutes in length.

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Too Good for Violence – This is an evidenced-based violence prevention program for youth ages 9 to 11 years.  Too Good for Violence uses role-plays and other engaging activities to teach youth to express criticism calmly, use anger constructively, and identify five different styles of conflict.  These 10 lessons, each between 30 and 60 minutes long are highly engaging.                           

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Aggression Replacement Training (ART) – This multi-model intervention for 13 to 17 year old youth is designed to teach aggressive youth to manage their behavior.  The program consists of three components which address the behavioral, emotional and values of aggression. This 30-hour program consists of 10 hours of social skills training, 10 hours of improving anger control and 10 hours of moral reasoning training. Groups consist of 10 or fewer youth.  

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Aggressors, Victims & Bystanders (AVB) – This program is designed for middle-school-aged children, and seeks to prevent violence through learning about how conflict and violence arise, and about personal reactions to violence.  The curriculum consists of 20 sessions that look at the nature of aggression and violence and the techniques available to control them. Session topics include looking at conflict in our lives, circumstances when conflicts become violence, beliefs about conflict and violence, inner conflict, and visions of a non-violent world. 

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Botvin’s Life Skills Training - This research-validated substance abuse prevention program is proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. 

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Project Towards No Drug Abuse – This evidence-based substance abuse prevention program designed for implementation with youth ages 14 to 18 in a classroom or community setting.  The project includes 12 sessions, each of which is 10 to 50 minutes in length.  Each of the program sessions is highly participatory and interactive.     

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Reconnection In partnership with the Danville Office of the 22nd District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Service Unit, this program serves youth returning from out of home placement of 30 or more days.  The program offers community service, recreational and job readiness opportunities. The program will assist youth in their efforts to re-engage in the community.  Small groups build skills through the following evidence-based programs:  Aggression Replacement Training and Project Toward No Drug Abuse.  

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SAFE DATES This evidence-based program targets attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. Each of the 9 sessions is 50 minutes in length. The program raise students’ awareness of what constitutes a healthy and abusive dating relationship and helps build skills for developing a healthy relationship.   This program targets middle and high school youth.

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New Horizons Adventure Camp This day camp serves 40 at-risk or high-risk youth for one week during the summer and offers a variety of programs that emphasize responsibility, team building, decision-making and managing risks. New Horizons Adventure Camp provides opportunities and skills that nurture each child’s natural resiliency and other individual characteristics. Programs topics cover nutrition, fitness, safety, substance abuse prevention, life skills and the environment. Other activities will include fishing, crafts, sports, team building games, swimming and special events by program consultants. The daily focus will be on building healthy habits using activities that are both fun and interactive.  Camp will be conducted at Camp Pitt in Callands, Virginia the week of July 31 Youth are referred through Big Brothers Big Sisters, Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Social Services, guidance counselors, Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services and other youth serving organizations.

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Other Services

 

Drug Education – Presentation and educational programs are provided to organizations or groups upon request.  Drug use and prevention materials are distributed to individuals through health fairs and community events.  Numerous drug prevention resources are available on loan for display, health fairs and events.

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Program Evaluation Many prevention programs utilize research-based curriculums that have proven to be effective with our target audience. In addition, the Prevention Services has an Evaluation Specialist that assists with the evaluation of prevention programs.  This process includes pre, post testing, surveys, tracking behavior over time, and then analyzing the results.      

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Coalition Participation Danville/Pittsylvania County

 
Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (RASAP) – RASAP empowers and assists citizens in their efforts to improve our community; enhance and support substance abuse prevention programs; and gather, interpret and share information between members and community about alcohol and other drugs.  RASAP is a group of concerned citizens, parents, students, law enforcement officers, business representatives, educators, human services professionals, youth servicing, recreational and faith-based organizations, who are striving to keep our community free of abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

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Defenders - RASAP Teens who serve as advisory group for RASAP.  The teens volunteer on various community projects designed to reduce substance abuse.

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Suicide Education Awareness and Support (SEAS) of Danville and Pittsylvania County, is dedicated to suicide prevention awareness and education in our community through the understanding that prevention and knowledge are the essential keys to saving lives of those at risk of death by suicide.

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Environmental Prevention
Counter Tools Project
was developed to reduce underage tobacco sales in Danville and Pittsylvania County by verifying tobacco retailers and planning best strategies for measuring and reporting the extent of industry point-of-sale marketing.

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Talk. They Hear You. Underage Drinking Prevention banner"Talk. They Hear You." campaign aims to reduce underage drinking among youth ages 9 to 15 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to start addressing the issue of alcohol with their children early.

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

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HomeMental Health Awareness Week is a week supported by Mental Health America.  Identifying and intervening during the early stages of mental illness can make a world of difference in a person’s life, which is why Mental Health America advocates for Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) thinking. We wouldn’t wait until Stage 4 to treat other medical conditions, so why do we wait when it comes to our mental health?

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National Suicide Prevention Month sponsored by Suicide Prevention Lifeline.   We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month.

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