Prevention is Better Together: Finding Opportunities for Substance Misuse Prevention

Dave Closson, MS, Owner, DJC Solutions

Effective substance misuse prevention efforts cannot and should not be the responsibility of a single person or office. Building the prevention capacity of partners can help to ensure that prevention efforts are both successful and sustainable. This CS GroupProject will explore the basics of substance misuse prevention, environmental prevention strategies, and law enforcement’s role on the prevention team. It will highlight the importance of including environmental prevention strategies as part of a comprehensive prevention approach.

This discussion will be facilitated with participatory methodologies for multiple opportunities for participants to engage with the presenter and with each other.

Methodologies include: the stacking method, focused conversations, harvesting the wisdom tool, and small group discussions. Participants will need to join via computer to participate. Mobile devices will limit their interactions.

Bring your questions, express your concerns, share your experience, and take time to connect with your peers during these small, one-hour GroupProject sessions!

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*NOTE: Up to 25-30 people per session only.

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*If you are interested in sponsoring this GroupProject, please contact Laura McDermott at:

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(774) 505-8016

About the Speaker

Dave Closson, MS, Owner, DJC Solutions

Dave Closson is the owner of DJC Solutions, LLC, a modern-day consulting company with a combined focus of serving substance misuse prevention professionals, law enforcement officers, and military veterans across the United States. He is the author of “Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police” and was chosen as one of the few Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #StillServing Heroes nationwide.

Dave is also Director of the Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. His PTTC serves as a prevention catalyst, empowering individuals and fostering partnerships to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

He was previously a Training/Technical Assistance Specialist for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). Before joining CAPT, Dave was Assistant Director of the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention.

Dave brings a unique experience to substance misuse prevention, having served as a university police officer at Eastern Illinois University. Dave was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While spending a year in Iraq with his infantry battalion and his recon team, he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and was awarded two Army Commendation Medals (one for valor and one for meritorious service).

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