The Youth Prevention Specialist is responsible for the delivery of universal, selected and/or indicated prevention services. These services promote a proactive process to address health and wellness for youth, families and communities by enhancing protective factors that increase knowledge, skills, and attitudes for making healthy choices. These services include curriculum-based prevention support groups and life skills education for youth and will address the State’s four prevention priorities: underage alcohol use, tobacco and nicotine products, marijuana and other cannabinoids, and prescription drug misuse. The Youth Prevention Specialist is also responsible for strengthening resources and developing relationships within the community to prevent substance use and misuse. The service area includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson Counties.
- Learn and thoroughly understand the philosophy of the Council, its programs, services and resources available for children and families.
- Implement the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Strategies that include delivery of prevention education, information dissemination, positive alternatives and community-based processes and identification of problems and referral to services.
- Recruit local schools and community organizations to acquaint them with the Council’s substance abuse evidence-based programs and establish sites for curriculum to be implemented.
- Screen program participants to ensure that required program criteria is met.
- Implement and facilitate weekly or bi-weekly drug prevention curriculum education with students/youth using an approved evidenced-based model prevention program.
- Preparation and documentation of weekly or bi-weekly group sessions.
- Prepare presentations about substances of abuse and other topics that may relate and use positive alternatives to provide fun, challenging and structured activities so people have constructive and healthy ways to enjoy free time and learn skills. These may be provided to youth and adults in school and community settings.
- Conduct and facilitate presentations and to youth or adults in schools or in the community regarding substance abuse/use and other related issues to the program target population.
- Actively attend community coalition meetings related to prevention of drug and alcohol abuse with youth and adults.
- Attend team and staff meetings and work with Directors on process, outcome evaluation and the development of activities to meet program goals.
- Provides advocacy and referral services to fill the needs of participants not met by SACADA prevention services.
- Provide both written and oral monthly reports concerning program activities and evaluation information to the Youth Prevention Director.
- Prepare and complete accurate monthly, quarterly and annual reports by deadline while following organization and funding requirements
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred in the field of psychology, education, social and/or human services, or public health preferred.
- A minimum of one (1) year demonstrated experience in conducting presentations, group facilitation, training, or teaching adults and adolescents.
- A minimum of one (1) years demonstrated experience in working with children, parents and families.
- Complete required training of the evidence-based curriculum that will be implemented and receive training every three (3) years.
- Complete 15-Hour Prevention Skills Training (PST) within six (6) months from date of hire (one time required training).
- Complete Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) with a minimum of 12 months experience delivering prevention services (one time required training).
- Maintain a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) specifically related to prevention and/or job-related duties annually.
- Complete Cultural Competence and Prevention-related Ethics annually.
- Complete Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid Training within 60 days of employment or have valid certification upon hire.
- Complete at least one Suicide Prevention Training annually.
- Attend at least one Mental Health First Aid Training.
- Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) Preferred or Associate Prevention Specialist (APS) to be completed within 18 months of employment
- Knowledge in Substance Abuse Prevention/Education
- Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
- Ability to work some nights and weekends
- Working knowledge and understanding of Texas Department of Health and Human Services guidelines a plus.
- Excellent Oral, Written Skills required.
- Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office Suite.
- Must be able to lift, pull, and carry up to 30 lbs.
- Must have reliable transportation and provide your own transportation to and from schools and community assignments.
- Must be able to work occasional outdoor activities and handle outdoor environmental elements.
- Must be willing to work nights and weekends when needed.
In addition to the above, the Prevention Specialist shall demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and goals of the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness and a level of energy commensurate with the Council’s expectations.
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