Monday Pre-Conference Sessions
CTC Coalition Community of Learners: Using CTC PLUS in our Communities
Dalene Beaulieu, MS, Communities That Care Specialist, Center for Communities That Care, Social Development Research Group (SDRG), School of Social Work, University of Washington
Kevin P. Haggerty, MSW, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, Endowed Professor of Prevention, Director, Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington
Capetra Parker, MPH, Evidence2Success Coach, Center for Communities That Care, Social Development Research Group (SDRG), School of Social Work, University of Washington
- Participants will share specific success stories and challenges in regards to CTC prevention system implementation and identify how they might apply the knowledge gained in their own communities.
- Participants will integrate learnings from how CTC Coalitions have approached engaging the broader community in the work that they are doing and identify how they can apply this in their own communities.
- Participants will explore how to integrate the consideration of policies, practices, strategies as important potential elements in their future Community Action Plans.
- Participants will examine how to include considerations related to equity as they discuss new ideas for use in their own communities.
Brief Description:Communities That Care (CTC) is a community-based prevention system proven to reduce youth health and behavior problems community wide. Based on the premise that communities are unique, CTC helps local coalitions develop community-specific prevention plans based on their unique levels of behavioral health problems and risk and protective factors. CTC’s 5-phase process provides communities with step-by-step guides and tools for building a high functioning community prevention coalition to achieve collective impact.
This pre-conference is intended to be a community of learners for communities already implementing CTC and an opportunity to share successes and challenges. We will explore practices and strategies to ensure that the first “C” in CTC really embodies “Communities.” We will also explore how communities have effectively utilized the CTC PLUS materials and remained responsive to their specific communities and goals. The day will wrap up with a look at how CTC communities go beyond selecting and advocating for tested, effective programs and how they layer policy work, effective practices, and environmental strategies to achieve even more. We will think together about how to consider challenges and opportunities related to equity as we move through each topic.