Bangor Public Health holds virtual trainings on a variety of topics. Below you will find session recordings to watch at your convenience. Please check back for new additions.
Contact hours for teachers and other professionals are available. Simply send us an email with a list of the trainings watched and you’ll receive certificates of attendance.
Do you have suggestions for upcoming trainings? Email us your ideas.
A Conversation with Chris McLaughlin, MSW, LCSW
Each day brings new and unexpected demands for our teachers, parents and other caring adults. But they are still showing up to support young people. In this session, Chris explores concepts of grief and loss and how to use these experiences for power, transforming the hard stuff to resilience and turning our resources into actions.
Where is the User’s Manual?
Teens’ and adults’ brains work differently! While we know this is all part of the developmental journey, sometimes it’s hard to understand and connect with our youth. This presentation will explore key points in teen brain development, why social connections at school play such an important role, and how substance use can affect the developing brain. We will also share tips and tricks (from the experts themselves-teens!) for open and constructive conversations to prevent high risk choices and support healthy, thriving teens.
Memes and Quarantinis: Alcohol Prevention in the Era of COVID-19
Alcohol consumption increased among adults during COVID, and women have been disproportionately affected. During this presentation we’ll explore the factors influencing these increases, the surprising (and awesome) health benefits of drinking less, and ways to collectively reset our relationship with alcohol.
I don’t Know Anyone with Substance Use Disorder…Or Do I?
19.7 million people have substance use disorders. They are our friends, neighbors, and family members. In this presentation, we will challenge our assumptions about substance use disorder, learn about the science of addiction, explore risk and protection factors that effect student success, and identify overdose prevention resources.
NicoTEEN and Brain Fog: What’s in it for Teens that Vape?
This session will examine why teens say they use, what the “benefits” are, and as trusted advisors to youth, what you need to know to counter the media messages with science and compassion. What happens to the brain in nicotine withdrawal and how to recognize it. What’s available for curriculum and virtual prevention education for use in the classroom, as an alternative to suspension, and for educating parents? You will learn about current vaping products on the market and other products marketed to teens like what’s in “Zyn” and are they on “On!”?
Creating Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ+ Youth
20% of Maine youth are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Sadly, LGBTQ+ students report higher rates of feeling unsafe at school, social isolation, and substance use than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. However, we can change this! A new website, www.lgbtqsupportme.org, created by public health practitioners in Maine, aims to provide resources (primarily for educators) to create inclusive environments for the health and academic success of all students. During this session, we’ll explore ways to use the website’s featured resources in classrooms, and how to connect LGBTQ+ youth to broader support networks.
Marijuana in the New Millennium:
We are living in a world with readily available edibles, extracts, wax and beyond. Learn skills to recognize these new products, along with trends and the public health and safety landscape in states implementing medical and adult use/commercial market marijuana laws. We’ll also share resources for teachers, administration, and parents.
Opioid Overdose Response & Prevention
This brief training explains the steps to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. It also includes Maine-specific data on opioid use/overdose, and available resources for services and support.