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National Prevention Week Blog Series: Coordinated Training Services

In honor of National Prevention Week, Workers Assistance Program has gotten several of its program directors together to share their thoughts on prevention, their programs, and how substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion are improving our workplaces, schools, and communities. Today, we focus on Coordinated Training Services (CTS) through the words of its director Samantha Thompson, a five-year veteran of WAP. 

 

Coordinated Training Services (CTS) is your one-stop prevention training shop! We are dedicated to providing innovative trainings focused on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use (ATOD) by young people. Additionally, we also provide trainings for professional development such as Prevention Ethics and the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training, essentials for those preparing to take their Certified Prevention Specialist Exam.

We take great pride in providing excellent customer service to the prevention field. Currently, CTS is the chosen vendor to coordinate all ATOD prevention-related trainings to state-funded agencies in Texas, and our customers include prevention specialists, supervisory personnel, tobacco prevention coalitions, and many others. We love interacting with the folks who teach the curricula that we’ve trained them in. We hear about their successes with the students they serve, and we are often the first call they make when they face any challenges in delivering prevention curricula.

In operation since 2007, CTS has provided over 8,000 trainings at locations throughout Texas. We have published over 2,000 articles via our website and sent over 70 newsletters that highlight upcoming prevention events. We stay in constant contact with our curricula developers and trainers to ensure people in the field have the most current prevention resources and information possible. Maintaining a good relationship with our network encourages and promotes successful substance abuse prevention and mental health advocacy in Texas, which is very important to us.

We hope to continue seeing increased collaboration between mental health and substance abuse professionals. This is a critical part making all components of the public health continuum effective as possible. Additionally, we are delighted to see opportunities for the professional development of prevention professionals continue to grow. Prevention is still a relatively new field, and it is exciting to be part of a pioneering group of people supporting and developing new techniques and methods as it gains momentum.

It is our pleasure to serve Texas and bring you the trainings that matter the most. Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or just to say hi! We want to hear from you!