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Prevention Action Alliance is hosting 11 regional keepin' it REAL trainings with funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Participants of this two-day training will walk away with the materials and knowledge necessary to run the keepin' it REAL program in their community.

Who should attend this training:
• Classroom teachers
• School counselors
• Prevention specialists
• Health professionals
• Mental health professionals
• Social workers
• Community youth educators

Please review the dates and locations below prior to making your ticket selection.

Cost: FREE

Lunch and a light breakfast will be included with your registration, and Continuing Education hours will be available upon completion.

Contact Brittany Koza at bkoza@preventionactionalliance with any questions or for more information.



About Keepin' it REAL

keepin’ it REAL (kiR) is a scientifically proven, effective substance use prevention and social and emotional competency enhancing program designed to focus on the competencies linked to preventing substance use and abuse. This program is based on the real stories of young adolescents and program videos serve to provide social modeling of effective strategies. Youth have opportunities to create their own media as part of the program. The lessons are designed to promote interaction among the students as well as between the students and teachers so that students are involved in their own learning. Students also learn how to assess risk, value their perceptions and feelings, and communicate effectively.

Program Outcomes

Evaluation studies demonstrate that kiR:

  • Reduces rates of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use by as much as 45%.
  • Leads to discontinuation of use. Rates of discontinuing all substance use were 61% higher for program participants than for students who didn’t receive the program.
  • Leads to more realistic perceptions of peer use, increases anti-substance use attitudes, increases efficacy in resisting offers of substances, improves relationship skills, self-awareness, and responsible decision-making.

Program Structure

keepin’ it REAL consists of ten 45-minutes lessons including five videos. kiR enhances social, psychological, and emotional competencies that serve to protect youth from substance use, provides visual behavioral models, and practice opportunities for the application of skills. Utilizing a “from kids…through kids…to kids” approach, all lessons, including role-play scenarios and decision-making applications, are based on real teens’ stories.

  • Audience Size: 6-50
  • Number of Lessons: 10 (with optional 4 booster lessons)
  • Session Length: 45 minutes
  • Frequency of Implementation: Once per week
  • Duration of Implementation: 10 weeks
  • Topics of the lessons: Options and Choices, Risks, Communication and Conflict, Refuse, Explain, Avoid, Leave, Norms, Dealing with Feelings, Support Networks.



keepin' it REAL Trainings

*Please note that registration will close 10-days prior to each training*

January 28-29, 2019
The Matthew B. Schoonover Educational Center
Prevention Action Alliance
6171 Huntley Rd, Suite G
Columbus, OH 43229
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

February 7-8, 2019
Prevention FIRST!
2100 Sherman Ave, Suite 102
Cincinnati, OH 45212
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

February 11-12, 2019
The Matthew B. Schoonover Educational Center
Prevention Action Alliance
6171 Huntley Rd, Suite G
Columbus, OH 43229
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

March 6-7, 2019
Paint Valley ADAMH Board
394 Chestnut St
Chillicothe, OH 45601
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

March 11-12, 2019
Paint Valley ADAMH Board
394 Chestnut St
Chillicothe, OH 45601
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

March 14-15, 2019
Personal & Family Counseling Services
1433 5th St. NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

March 18-19, 2019
Prevention FIRST!
2100 Sherman Ave, Suite 102
Cincinnati, OH 45212
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

March 21-22, 2019
Recovery Resources
3950 Chester Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
**Training time 9:30 AM-5:00 PM; Registration opens at 9:00 AM**

March 26-27, 2019
Wood County Educational Services Center
1867 North Research Drive
Bowling Green, OH 43402
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

April 1-2, 2019
Recovery Resources
3950 Chester Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

April 11-12, 2019
Wood County Educational Services Center
1867 North Research Drive
Bowling Green, OH 43402
**Training time 9:00 AM-4:30 PM; Registration opens at 8:30 AM**

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