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

Community Trainings and Events

Please visit the Calendar and our Blog page for information on parenting classes and other activities for families.  Below is a list of community events and trainings:

2019 NW Children’s Foundation Forum: Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: Trauma-Informed Care and the Future of Healing
Thursday, January 31, 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Tickets to this event are sold out, but you can still participate by webstream.  This year’s Forum will focus on how children can experience trauma and healing, not only at the individual level, but also at the community level.  It will explore how toxic environments and systems such as inequality, poverty, and racism are collectively experienced and therefore need a different approach to healing. Attendees will learn conceptual tools and practical strategies that support traumatized children, youth and the adults working with them, in a holistic and strength-based way.  You may stream the Forum live or view the recording up to four days after.  The deadline to register is January 28.  Both web and in-person attendees may be eligible for CEUs or STARS credits. 

Building Successful Learning Communities
Friday, January 25, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Port Hadlcok
4-H is hosting this training to help educators and youth leaders build learning environment3s were all students can succeed.  Participants will have the opportunity to experience best practices and learn the latest research and theory of group and classroom dynamics.  Free for 4-H Leaders, $10 for others (cash or check). 

Where We Are With the Opioid Use Epidemic In Clallam County
Monday, February 4, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm,
Carver Room, Port Angeles Library
The Clallam County Department Of Health And Human Services invites all community members to this informational meeting to learn about and discuss: how the opioid use epidemic has affected Clallam County residents, what our County has done to respond to the epidemic, available treatments for individuals with opioid use disorders, and how to get and use Narcan to reverse an opioid overdose.  Dr. Allison Berry Unthank, MD, MPH, Clallam County Health Officer will present.  A Narcan kit will be provided to all interested attendees who watch a short training video.   Opioid overdoses can be reversed by administering the opioid reversal drug Naloxone (Narcan). The increased availability and use of Narcan in Clallam County has resulted in a decrease in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the past year.

Webinar: Promoting Connectedness for Youth Through Social Networks
Friday, February 22, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sponsored by: Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention
In this webinar, Dr. Peter Wyman, PhD, from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester, will review research on the influence of school-based social networks to adolescent risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviors, discuss adolescent exposure to risk factors for suicide, and discuss how school-based social networks can be used to promote social connectedness and address adolescent relational needs. Scott LoMurray, Deputy Director, from Sources of Strength, will provide an overview of Sources of Strength as an evidence-based universal upstream intervention, review how diverse peer leaders and trusted adults use social connectedness as a protective factor to transform behavior and social norms at a school-wide level, and examine how the shared risk and protective factor framework and interventions like that of Sources of Strength can impact a variety of negative behaviors and outcomes.  

Guiding Good Choices – Facilitator Training
March or May, 2019
WSU is hosting a train-the-trainer workshop for the Guiding Good Choices curriculum. Guiding Good Choices is listed as a "Promising Program" on the Scientific Rating Scale for evidence-based universal prevention programs. The curriculum is geared towards families of youth aged 12-14.  The train-the-trainer sessions will be offered once in March and twice in May, in the Norm Dicks Building in downtown Bremerton. To read more about the program and register, click on the link above.

Introduction to Developmental Trauma:  Implications for Clinical Work, Education, and Caregiving
Monday, April 1, Denver CO
Attendees of this training, sponsored by the ChildTrauma Academy, will learn the key principles of neurodevelopment, key functions of the brain, and the hierarchy of brain development.  After discussing how trauma can affect brain development and functioning, Dr. Bruce Perry will describe how the Neurosequential Model (NM) approach can help professionals and caregivers determine the strengths and vulnerabilities of a child and create an individualized intervention, enrichment, educational, and care plan matching his/her unique needs. Following lunch, multiple workshops will explore applications of the neurosequential approach for mental health professionals, educators, and caregivers. 

ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice Event
Wednesday, May 15, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Everett Public Schools Community Resource Center
Save the Date: The third Washington statewide ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice event will be held this spring in Everett. This event will provide opportunities to connect with people across the state who are working to grow trauma-informed, resilient, and compassionate approaches in their communities and work places, so that all children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.  Please note: this is not an introduction to ACEs or an ACEs training.  We will share registration information when it becomes available.  Limited travel assistance is also available and can be requested when you register.  For further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2019 Washington State Nonprofit Conference
Monday & Tuesday, May 20-21, Bellevue
Registration is now open for the 25th Washington State Nonprofit Conference.  The conference includes an outstanding line-up of rigorously-vetted sessions from engaging experts, opportunities to collaborate and learn from peers, structured Table Talks, Nonprofit Q&A, and a Nonprofit Resources & Tools station.  Early-bird discount is available through the end of the year.