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Adolescent sensitivity awareness: A practice used to heighten communication and self awareness

Prevention Works, formerly known as CASAC, is offering an educational session for community members and professionals entitled “Adolescent Sensitivity Awareness: A Practice Used to Heighten Communication and Self Awareness.” This three-hour session is $50. Kim Earle, Falconer Central School Impact coordinator, will present this session on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For the past 7+ years Earle has led the Impact program at Falconer Central School, which is very popular with middle/high school students. Over the last three years, in response to a growing emotional need in our local schools, she has been researching and developing an Impact soft skills program called, Stepping Stones.

Participants attending this training will discover Earle’s practice of sensitivity awareness instruction is a crucial part of communication and self-awareness with today’s adolescents. School administrators recognized the benefits of this practice last year while Stepping Stones was a hands on pilot program. This year Stepping Stones has been contracted and recognized as an important life skills program by The Jamestown Success Academy. The principles behind sensitivity awareness have proven to be a practical tool in helping students achieve greater success in communication, leading to greater success in academics and in life.

The practice of sensitivity awareness develops the natural born creativity of individuals, allowing expression of deeper thought and/or emotion. As students awaken to their individualized creative selves, a new communication is formed. The isolation of singular perception no longer exists as the students form common bonds. It has been proven that people learn in different ways: visual, kinesthetic, auditory, experiential, action, adaptive — the list goes on. Sensitivity awareness opens the doors, allowing the ability to express creatively in the manner best suited to the individual.

This course is also suitable for those seeking professional credentialing hours as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP) or Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS). The three hours are approved for CPP/CPS/CASAC renewal by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. Prevention Works training offerings are suitable for community members that are aspiring to learn more about addictions and other related topics to improve their lives and the lives of others. This course work is also recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity.

The fee for this workshop is $50. Make checks payable to Prevention Works. Pre-registration is required. To register for the course, contact CASAC or Kathleen Colby, director of training services, at 664-3608 or kjcolby@preventionworks.us, or visit www.preventionworks.us.

Prevention Works offers a number of community and professional educational opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

Since 1974, Prevention Works, a United Way partner agency, has been providing prevention education and community awareness on alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling. Prevention Works is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about Prevention Works services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623 or visit www.preventionworks.us.

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