FREE Training to Support Positive Behavior in and Out of School

As a youth serving professional, it’s hard seeing your students struggle. This is especially true when it comes to issues like addiction. While many young people are focused on getting into their dream college, the football game on Fridays, or passing a big test, other students are struggling to make it through class without thinking about their addictions. At EnvisionEdPlus we want EACH young person to achieve their full potential, but addictions can get in their way. So, when we discover awesome training options, we want to share.  We get even more excited when those trainings are FREE… 

One trend that is running rampant in high schools across America are electronic cigarettes. According to the CDC, 43.6% of high school students reported using an ‘e-cig’ on more than 20 of the last 30 days. This isn’t just a high school problem either. The same study states that 17.2% of middle school students also used an e-cigarette 20 of the 30 last days. This is alarming due to little research we have on the long term effects of electronic cigarettes. Fighting with addictions at a young age also causes youth to struggle in school and can cause disruptions in your brain’s pathways for memory and learning ( 

Our friends from Prevention Action Alliance help students develop the skills they need to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Earlier this month I had the privilege of meeting with Melissa Cole, Prevention Coordinator, to learn more about the services they offer. Prevention Action Alliance focuses on promoting mental health wellness as a way of preventing addiction, not just simply ‘putting a band-aid on it’. In fact, I was shocked to hear that they never speak directly about addiction. Instead, they focus on teaching self-regulation and positive behaviors which ultimately give young people the knowledge, strength, and confidence to avoid harmful substances. They provide evidence-based prevention education training sessions for youth serving professionals as well as evidence-based trauma informed prevention strategies. 

Prevention Action Alliance has a partnership with PAXIS Institute which works to find science and strategies for supporting happy and healthy communities. Through their partnership, they offer 5 levels of their PAX sessions. PAX is the “single most proven classroom based universal preventive intervention” ( During these sessions participants learn evidence based strategies that can support Social Emotional Learning  and can be implemented into their work. Also, you can receive a $200 stipend for participating in a PAXIS Saturday session! 

Another service Prevention Action Alliance offers is DBT training. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy helps young people gain the skills needed to manage and understand their emotions during difficult situations and deal with stress. All of which can lead to smarter decision making. 

Thanks to funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, these sessions are free for those that live in Ohio and work with Ohio youth and/or families and that meet the session’s target audience description. Together we can work to provide equitable access to prevention support and help young people stay healthy! 

Our Courses

Image Course Description Price Created On Last Updated On categories_ID
Supporting Families (Level 1) Consider the differences between engaging and supporting eight types of parents or family members you might encounter. Reflect on your past experiences with each of those types. Create and implement an action plan to improve your support for families who need it. 0.00 2020/07/17 2022/03/24 6
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 1) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of STEAM integration (design thinking) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. Two “office hours” will be available to chat with the instructor and others enrolled in this course. 0.00 2021/01/09 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 1) The brain is constantly changing and molding in response to the environment. These changes impact student learning. This is especially true in terms of trauma. This training is designed to help participants learn what goes on in the brain and how they can set up a learning environment for each of the students in their class. 0.00 2021/01/30 2022/03/24 4
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 2) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of Problem Based Learning(PBL) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
High Quality Literacy Instruction (Level 1 & 2) Core content includes an overview of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, evidence-based literacy practices, and resources and tools for literacy instruction. Participants will create, implement and improve two classroom-based literacy strategies (in-person, blended or remote). 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
Supporting Families (Level 2) In Engaging Families Through Support - Level 1, you learned about eight types of parents/caregivers and reflected on your past experiences with each type, culminating in a plan to better engage specific types as partners in their children's education. During this 8-hour asynchronous course you will delve deeper in your understanding of the eight types of parents/caregivers by speaking with individual family members you work with, discovering what they need from you and your program, and implementing an action plan informed by the actual families you serve. Doing so will give you sustainable skills and strategies to build stronger family engagement year after year. 0.00 2021/03/07 2022/03/30 6
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 1) Differentiation is effective instruction that is responsive to the learner’s preferences, interests and their readiness. It could be explained as a framework for thinking about your teaching and your student’s learning. This course discusses differentiation as an effective teaching tool. Included are many resources and strategies to help meet the learning needs of each student. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies and resources to adapt lessons to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. 0.00 2021/03/18 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 2) This course gives an advanced understanding of the brain. including differences between “active” and “relational” based brains, trauma-related behaviors, and strategies to reach and teach trauma-impacted students so that they can re-engage in learning. Participants will learn about the range of thinking that a brain does, explore how students fit into the range of thinking, and discover healthy ways of engaging the full range of thinking. 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 4
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 2) This 8-hour, self-paced course is facilitated by Laurie Trotter, an EnvisionEdPlus Instructional Specialist. The course explores advanced differentiation as an effective instructional method that is responsive to the learner’s preferences and interests. Create, implement, and improve a lesson plan to engage all learners. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies, and resources to be able to be proficient in starting to adapt lessons to meet all needs of students in their classroom. Prerequisite: Differentiated and Engaged Instruction (Bronze Badge). 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 5
Creativity Belongs in the Classroom (Level 1) Encourage lifelong learning, improve focus, reduce anxiety and enhance thinking in your classroom or program. Creativity is a learned and trained process for getting the most out of higher level thinking and problem solving of your students. Learn how to embed creativity easily into your lessons, using strategies that will help unlock your students ability to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with youth and also satisfies the HQPD Gifted competencies of A, B, and D. 0.00 2022/01/14 2022/04/10 5

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