Prevention Works! advocates, educates and invests in our children. Through prevention efforts, we work to end child abuse and neglect, substance abuse and violence.


Welcome to our calendar of community events and trainings! Information on parenting classes and activities will be available soon.

Reminder: Registration for our NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, & Resilience) training closes Tuesday, March 20!   You can see the flyer and download the registration form here.

Free Microsoft Certification Exams
The North Olympic Library System is offering free Microsoft certification exams at the Forks, Port Angeles, and Sequim libraries this month. Library cardholders can take free online courses to help them prepare. To learn more and/or register, click on the link above. According to an article in this weeks Peninsula Daily News, “holding a MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as an additional $16,000.”

  • Port Angeles: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 am – 12:30 am, Monday, April 30
  • Forks: noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21
  • Sequim: by arrangement.

Webinar: The Benefits of Family Peer Support: Let’s Examine the Evidence
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 11:00 am
Participants in this SAMHSA sponsored webinar, developed under contract by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health will learn the definition of family peer support, the foundation of family peer support and how this practice has emerged over the years from a grass roots, volunteer service to a stand-alone, effective service for parents within any child-serving system. Additionally, participants will understand the benefits of this type of support to parents raising children who are receiving services. 

How to Deal with Your Kid’s Tough Emotions and Behaviors
Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 pm, Sequim Branch Library
Sequim Counseling and Olympic Nature Experience host this interactive event, where they will “discuss tips of what to do when your child is freaking out.” Doug Blessington, LMHCA is a therapist in Sequim and will present evidenced-based research from attachment-based parenting, neurobiology, and mindfulness.

Webinar: Foundation Center and Grantspace
Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 am - Noon
Thanks to a generous gift from the United Way of Clallam County, you can access the Foundation Center database of over 108,000 foundations, giving programs, and grantmaking public charities from any North Olympic Library System location.   To help you better sort through all that information, Grantspace, a service of the Foundation Center, is hosting a webinar. Introduction to Finding Grants will teach you the ten most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations; what funders really want to know; and how to identify potential funders and make the first approach. For more information and to register, click on the link above.

Hope, Help, and Strength Town Hall
Thursday, March 29, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Port Angeles
The Stevens Middle School Prevention Club is hosting this town hall meeting at Lincoln Center to create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities.    The focus of this event will be to provide an opportunity for community partners to have a conversation about the overlapping issues of Mental Health, Substance Use (including alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use), and Suicide Prevention. The recent suicide death of a former classmate sparked the SMS Prevention Club to create a strategic plan regarding negative stress. It is their hope that this town hall will provide our residents with the beginning of a roadmap to building a healthier community.

SPiN: Strategic Planning in Nonprofits
Thursday, April 26, 9:30am – 3:30 pm, Sequim
SpiN, created by Washington Nonprofits, was designed to make strategic planning accessible and manageable for you, your board, and your staff. This workshop is designed to set you up for planning success. As an added perk, attending the workshop qualifies you for an additional consultation with a nonprofit planning professional to support planning efforts back at your organization. Visit the website for more information and to register

Infant and Early Childhood Conference
Wednesday, May 2 – Friday, May 4, Tacoma
The Infant and Early Childhood Conference attracts nearly 2,000 participants, including parents, special educators, paraprofessionals, service providers, Head Start and Early Head Start staff, agency administrators, case managers, health care professionals, child care providers, and others.  Several pre-conference sessions offer an array of intensive, often advanced, full-day training sessions. The two-day conference follows with a blend of national keynote speakers, more than 100 breakout sessions, and extensive exhibits.

WA State Nonprofit Conference
May 16, Bellevue
This conference is for both new and seasoned non-profit professionals. The key note speaker is Beth Kanter, author of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit. There will also be several deep dive workshops on topics such as risk management and strategic financial management.

2018 Beyond Paper Tigers Trauma-Informed Conference 
June 26 – June 28, Pasco WA
Presented by the Community Resiliency Initiative in Walla Walla, this year’s conference will provide concrete strategies for implementation, including a day-long Trauma-Informed Certification track, in both English and Spanish, and general conference sessions focused on community implementation examples.