Adult Workshops


For a printable version of the Adult schedule please visit the Adult Program page of the website.


Poverty Immersion Pre-Conference Workshop | Sunday, October 19

Martha Aitken, Senior Associate for Urban Extension, Community & Economic Development, Washington State University Extension and Bo Lee, Food $ense Program Coordinator, Washington State University Extension

The Poverty Immersion Workshop is a professional development tool that helps you view your work and your world with a fresh perspective. The workshop, in conjunction with your own wisdom and experience, can prompt creative solutions so you can more effectively provide outreach and service to your constituents. By exploring life on the edge we strive to honor the experiences and realities of people who live in poverty, and those who work to serve them.

During a workshop, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the workshop while interacting with various community resources staffed by low-income volunteers.

Although it uses “play” money and other props, fictional scenarios, and time limits, CAPS is not a game. It is a simulation tool that enables participants to view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting, while empowering low-income volunteers by allowing them an opportunity to interact with leaders from their community.

This workshop is open to all Adult (18 years or older) Summit Attendees and is required for all CWPI Meeting Participants. It will occur on Sunday, October 19 and if you attend you will earn three (3) CEHs. Must register in advance to attend. Limited space is available. First-come-first served. Participants must be 18 or older and an adult registrant to attend. An additional $25 fee applies for general conference attendees.

The Committee is requesting volunteers for this event. If you would like to volunteer, or volunteer and attend the Summit at no cost, please click here.

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Workshop Session 1: Monday, October 20, 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Marijuana Panel Presentation

Cristal Connelly, CPP, BA, Youth Tobacco and Marijuana Prevention Education Coordinator, Washington State Department of Health; Andi Ervin, Executive Director, Okanogan County Community Coalition; Derek Franklin, Administrative & Professional Services Manager, Project Director, Mercer Island Communities That Care Coalition, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services; Michael Langer, Chief of the Office of Behavioral Health and Prevention, Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery; Lucy Mendoza, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Fellow, Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery; Mary Segawa, MS, Public Health Education Liaison, WA State Liquor Control Board; Meghan Sullivan, MPA, CHES, CPP, Executive Director, TOGETHER!

Panelists will represent three communities throughout Washington State and will discuss the various strategies used to educate and mobilize their communities to respond to the impacts of marijuana on their respective communities. State agencies will present available marijuana prevention resources. Panel facilitation will be conducted by Michael Langer, Chief of Behavioral Health and Prevention, The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

Positive Community Norms Overview

Jay Otto, MS, Research Scientist and Managing Director, Center for Health and Safety Culture, Montana State University

The Positive Community Norms (PCN) framework is a new approach to improving health and safety in our communities. PCN fosters cultural transformation by addressing many different audiences throughout the community for the purpose of growing positive norms and thereby improving health and safety. PCN integrates leadership, communication and prevention portfolio integration across the social ecology to improve health and safety. Join Jay Otto with the Center for Health and Safety Culture to learn about PCN and see how it may benefit your prevention efforts.

Do Work! Getting to Action with the Seven Strategies for Community Change

Sondra Storm, Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), Multnomah County and Coordinator of Safe Nightlife Advocacy Partnership (SNAP) Coalition; Theresa Marchetti, City of Portland

Coalitions are powerful force for change! Work with SNAP, a dynamic coalition in Portland, OR, to get smart and get going! SNAP members will work with you to put The Seven Strategies for Community Change to work. SNAP’s process will help you leverage your coalition’s strengths and choose strategies that will truly move your local conditions.

Impacts and Effects of Drugs and Alcohol to Victims of Human Trafficking

Velma Veloria, Former Washington State Representative and Emma Catague, API Chaya Community Organizer

This workshop will provide participants information about human trafficking its relationship to alcohol and substance abuse. We will also provide information how to identify victims of human trafficking, what services are available, gaps in services, and what we can do to help.

More information will be provided about the other workshops when it is available.

Workshop Session 2: Monday, October 20, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Overview of ACEs, Brain Development and Resilience

Mark G. Brown, EdD, CRI, Co-facilitator, Children’s Resilience Initiative and Theresa Barila, MS, CRI, Co-facilitator, Children’s Resilience Initiative

In this workshop, Mark Brown and Theresa Barila of the Children’s Resilience Initiative will will discuss their community’s response to the challenge of ACEs, the impact of toxic stress on brain development and the power of hope and healing contained in resilience

Tobacco Prevention A to V (Vapor)

Cristal Connelly, CPP, BA, Youth Tobacco and Marijuana Prevention Education Coordinator, Washington State Department of Health and Joella Pyatt, RDH, BS, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, Washington State Department of Health

This presentation will provide an over view on current tobacco use in Washington. The various products on the market, the safety of popular products and the best evidence to help the public quit. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Tips for Effective Social Norms Marketing

Jay Otto, MS, Research Scientist and Managing Director, Center for Health and Safety Culture, Montana State University

Jay Otto will share seven important tips for making social norms marketing campaigns more effective. These tips are based on extensive experience by the Center for Health and Safety Culture. He will also provide guidance on how to use a social marketing campaign as a catalyst to support other prevention initiatives and the importance of thinking across the social ecology.

Experiencing Cultural Competency

Mary Jo Ybarra-Vega, BA in Clinical Psychology, Outreach/Behavioral Health Coordinator, Quincy Community Health Center

What is it like to modify your culture or adapt to a new culture? Applying community prevention efforts in a culturally competent manner is a big challenge. How do we become culturally competent, so that we can “bridge gaps,” and connect with those around us? Participate in an exercise where you will be able to experience the issues that families face, while in the process of “acculturation.” Discover and understand how acculturation and total assimilation may lead to behavioral and substance issues. Participants will play an interactive role in this presentation, and will experience cultural competency through participatory “family sculpting.”

More information will be provided about the other workshops when it is available.

Workshop Session 3: Monday, October 20, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m.


Martie Beck, Education Specialist, Community Action Partnership

Language influences how we are perceived and influences our relationships with others. Knowing the registers of language, discourse patterns, and story structure can allow us to understand ourselves and others and is crucial in developing relationships. Knowing the research on language by economic class can allow us to better understand the importance of language in cognitive development.

Hands On: Teaching Tools

Mark G. Brown, EdD, CRI, Co-facilitator, Children’s Resilience Initiative and Theresa Barila, MS, CRI, Co-facilitator, Children’s Resilience Initiative

This workshop will focus on strategies to promote resilience for families and children with easy-to-use learning tools.

The Effects of Cannabis on the Developing Brain: From Prenatal Development Through Early Adulthood 

Kyle E. Ferguson, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, Clinical Instructor, St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program

This workshop provides an overview of the acute effects of cannabis on the brain and on other parts of the body (e.g., heart and lungs). It also discusses the potential long-term risks of prenatal cannabis exposure and cannabis use during adolescence. Healthcare providers and paraprofessionals working with clients who routinely use cannabis products might benefit from this workshop.

Thirty Years of Prevention Science: What Have We Learned from the Fidelity-Adaptation Debate?

Brittany Rhoades Cooper, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Prevention science has made tremendous advances in the past three decades. However, there continues to be substantial debate about whether evidence-based prevention programs should be flexibly adapted to fit local contexts or rather should be delivered with strict fidelity. This workshop will delve into the science of this debate and discuss the implications for prevention practitioners.

More information will be provided about the other workshops when it is available.

Forums: Tuesday, October 21, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Opiate Morbidity and Mortality: What’s the Problem and What Can You Do About It?

Caleb Banta-Green, Senior Research Scientist, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington

The use and abuse of prescription opiates and heroin will be described including motivations for use, transitioning to heroin, and trends across Washington State. Opiate overdose prevention and intervention will be discussed in detail including actions that participants can take to help save lives. The role of medication assisted treatment in saving lives will be discussed.

Their Story is Your Story: Enacting and Implementing Effective Alcohol Policies

Diane E Riibe, BBL, Chair, US Alcohol Policy Alliance

Looking at the science of effective strategies for changing the alcohol environment in your community, learn the nuts and bolts of a successful effort. The presenter will share how one organization tackled some of the toughest recommended policy initiatives and saw success. The session will look at what worked, what’s required, and how those lessons can translate to other communities.