History of Prevention Works Activities 1998-2020

History of Prevention Works! 1998-2020

Timeline of Prevention Works! Activities


  • February 26, 2020 Annual Meeting: Child Care Crisis on the Olympic Peninsula presented by Ann Chihan Program Manager at Child Care Aware Washington. This meeting was attended by over 75 individuals including city and county officials, educators and many social services proveiders and general public. A powerpoint was created to illustrate current situation.  We now have 3 powerpoints to share with community groups
    • Prevention Works! Our Mission and our Activities
    • The state of Child Care in Washington and Clallam County & How it affects our community
    • A Family Friendly Workplace that was created with interviews from 6 local businesses and county government. It discusses child care needs of employees and efforts to become a Family Friendly Workplace.
  • August 5, 2020 Brain Updates- Birth Through Childhood and August 6, 2020 Brain Updates- Adolescence PW! again hosted Ann Renker PhD to build on her presentations Child Brain 101 and Teen Brain 101 from 2019 this was our first attempt at using Zoom for a training instead of inperson.
  • August 18 and 26, 2020 Linda Chamberlain PhD, MPH conducted two Zoom workshops on Breath and iRest… all participants apprecaited the breathing exercises and feelings of relaxation as COVID was on our minds.
  • Fall 2020 our Child Care Task Force Committee completed the production of a Child Care Provider recruitment video about the field of Early Childhood Education and opportunities for a career in child care. This video is fully funded by Molina and Child Care Aware of Washington. You can view the video on our website www.pw4kids.org!


  • January 15, 2019 Annual Meeting: The State of Our Children, Youth, and Families in Clallam County presented by Dr. Allison Berry Unthank MD, MDPH, County Health Officer presented Clallam County Health Assessment Data, highlighting areas of concern and positive responses already underway in Clallam County. Full-report can be found under Resources> Presentation Archives.
  • PW! hosted Ann Renker PhD Child Brain 101 on August 7 at NOLS Library in Port Angeles ChildBrain.PW.final.pdf
  • PW! hosted Ann Renker PhD Teen Brain 101 on August 8 at NOLS Library in Port Angeles TeenageBrain.PW.final.pdf
  • PW! hosted in collaboration with Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe  in the Red Cedar Hall at Jamestown Tribal Center Dr. Marya Barey, Seattle Psychologist, teacher, mental health supervisor and author  for a presentation Building Resilience Against Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Strategies for Success


  • Hosted a screening of the film Resilience, followed by a community discussion, in January for 78 people. PW! Board members and event facilitators discussed the film and Adverse Childhood Experiences on KONP in advance of the event.
  • Hosted a training on NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resilience) for professionals and community members.
  • Partnered with PASD to bring national author and speaker Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making, to Port Angeles. She presented to teachers and other professionals during the day, and parents and community members in the evening.
  • The Board devoted hours to strategic planning and identifying priorities for the next two years. The Board approved focusing on primary prevention efforts for young children, ages birth-eight, and developed a strategic plan for 2019-2021.
  • Updated our logo to better represent the work we do in Clallam County.
  • Expanded the number of people receiving the weekly PW! Update to 495 by the end of they year.


  • Began the weekly PW! Update, providing information on prevention-related events, research, and funding opportunities across Clallam County. The first Update was emailed to 410 people.
  • Created and began actively promoting positive parenting practices and local events on our Facebook page.
  • Continued our partnership with the United Way of Clallam County to oversee the Great Beginnings early learning grant program.
  • Mind in the Making 7 Essential Skills mini-messages expanded to reach 900 per week.
  • Obtained funding for the Mind in the Making Baby Booklet to help new parents begin to understand and develop social and emotional skills in their children.
  • Purchased Building Your Bounce, a booklet to help parents with Adverse Childhood Experiences understand how those experiences may impact their parenting and help them develop resiliency.


  • Sponsored a showing of the film Second Hand Hangover and discussion on Adverse Childhood Experiences to community members.
  • Brought Darren Laur, The White Hatter, to present on Digital Citizenship and Cyber Bullying to the Sequim and Crescent School Districts. A parent/community session was also held in Sequim.
  • Mind the Making 7 Essential Skills min-messages expanded to reach 700 per week.
  • Provided funding for Love and Logic & Make Parenting a Pleasure parenting education classes, Play & Learn, and Child Check.
  • Piloted ParenTeen, a support group for parents, guardians, and caregivers of teens and tweens in Clallam County.
  • Began our partnership with United Way of Clallam County to oversee the Great Beginnings early learning grant program.


  • Community Café Conversation on prevalance of bullying at NOLS – Martin Luther King Day Event
  • BLOCK Fest – January/February/March 2015
  • Governance Committee strengthens scaffolding for Prevention Works! Board
  • Mind in the Making 7 Essential Skills mini-messages sent to 400 families per week
  • PopCorn! Kernels of Wisdom for Today’s Parents started monthly presentations in Port Angeles, Sequim and Forks
  • Present Updated Prevention Plan to Community Groups


  • Updated Five Year Prevention Plan – May to November
  • Keeping Kids CALM – March 2014
  • Worked closely with OMC to submit federal grant expanding home visiting
  • 5-day Grantsmanship Workshop presented in Port Angeles for 28 non-profit leaders by The Grantsmanship Center of Los Angeles, CA — April 2014
  • Poverty 101 — April 2014
  • Funded two parenting classes (14 sessions per class) – Port Angeles and Sequim (Forks lacked enrollment)
  • Mind in the Making 7 Essential Skills mini-messages sent to 200 families by Dr. Darlene Clemens


Donated 7 copies of The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky to NOLS

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Wellbeing and Education – March
  • Legal and Illegal:  Drug Effects and Consequences – Stevens Middle School – March
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training — November
  • BLOCK Fest – December


Funded Quilayute Valley School District’s implementation of the Oleus Anti-Bullying curriculum

  • Blood-Borne Pathogens — February
  • Developing Clinical Supervision Skills: Part 1 & 2 — April/May
  • The Significance of Childhood Attachment in a Rural Family Law Practice – 37 participants – April
  • Law and Ethics for Chemical Dependency Professionals in Washington State — August
  • Motivational Interviewing — August
  • Understanding the Impact of Poverty of Youth and Families –September
  • 3-day Training for Facilitators of Nurturing Parenting Program – October


Created first screening of children under five for emotional, behavioral or social problems

  • BLOCK Fest – March
  • A Community Awareness Day on Medication and Prescription Drugs – April
  • 4-day Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST) – May
  • Group Motivational Interviewing — June
  • Grant Development for Non-Profits — June
  • Burnout Prevention: Taking Care of Your “Self” Through Art Therapy Techniques– July
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding — September
  • Professional Ethics and the Law – September
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Part I – October 2011
  • Social Networking for Superheroes — November
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Part II – participants — December 2011


Sponsored a work group representing 70 entities and Created a Five Year Prevention Plan – endorsed by County commissioners and several local organizations.

  • Our Kids, Our Community, Our Conversations– February
  • BLOCK Fest – March
  • Cyberbullying? Cybergrooming? What Do They Mean and What Can We Do? – March
  • Rx Watch Train the Trainer – April
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training – June
  • Law and Ethics: Professional Guidelines — August
  • An Exciting Way to Read With Preschoolers – August-October
  • Prescription Opiates/Medical Marijuana: Impact on Service Providers – September
  • URINE THE KNOW – September 2010
  • What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us – A Community Awareness Day on Medication and Prescription Drug Problems – October 2010


  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training — February
  • Professional Ethics: Clinical Challenges, Ethical Responses – March
  • Celebrating Our Kids: The Importance of Sending Positive Messages – May 2
  • Comprehensive Care for Persons with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders – May 2
  • Parenting Education Facilitator Overview Training for The Incredible Years – Babies & Toddlers Program (0-3 years) – June
  • Managing Conflict Through Skill Development and Self-Awareness August
  • Art Therapy and the Recovery Process – 42 participant – December


  • The Incredible Years Facilitator Training – January
  • Guiding Good Choices Facilitator Training – April
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Relationship to Health Through the Lifespan– May
  • Real Tools for Working with Women with Multiple Abuse Issues: Addiction and Domestic Violence – June
  • Interrupting Generational Poverty – June
  • DSM-IV and ASAM Training for CDPs and CDPTs – July
  • Law & Ethics: More than Words and Situational Ethics in Treatment and Recovery – August
  • LifeSkills Training Program® Facilitator Workshop – August
  • Strategies for Community Level Prevention and Change — September


Sponsored community forum – DAD’S ARE IMPORTANT IN CHILDRENS’ LIVES”

  • Alcohol: Not Just Any Kind of Drug – January
  • How to Access and Use Data Related to Substance Abuse Prevention – January 19, 2007 -23 participants
  • Parenting Wisely Facilitator Training – March 13-14, 2007 – 11 Facilitators Trained
  • Freedom From Smoking Class — March 16-May 4, 2007 – 5 participants
  • Understanding Self-Harm & Suicide Training – March 19, 2007 – 85 participants
  • Two Retailer Trainings, in Port Angeles and in Forks – April 6, 2007 – 11 businesses
  • The Science of the Positive: Applying the Social Norms Model – May 10/11, 2007 – 75 registered
  • Dads Matter 6/2/07 with Mac Bledsoe & Bernie Dorsey — June
  • Law & Ethics – Maintaining Professionalism — August
  • Suicide Assessment & Intervention — August
  • URINE THE KNOW — September
  • Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders — September
  • Parenting Educators’ Summit: “It’s Not Just the Content – It’s the Presentation” – November
  • Take Your Passion and Make It Happen — November
  • Cultural Competency Training: Working with Sexual Minority Populations – November
  • Meth 360 Training — November
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)– December


  • Training: The Culture of Poverty 6/23/06 (80 participants)
  • Guiding Good Choices Facilitator Training – August 10-11, 2006 – 10 Facilitators Trained
  • Tobacco Cessation Training – October 13, 2006


  • Grantwriting Training How to Fund Those Projects You’ve Always Wanted to Fund, 6/05


  • 11/04 Parent Educator’s Summit – Children Don’t Come with Manuals (Kevin Haggerty & Drew Betz)
  • 9/04 Meth Watch – Train the Trainer Maria Via, Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council & Washington State Meth Initiative, Bill Moreland, Washington State Meth Initiative and Steve Freng, NW High Intensity Drug & Steve Freng, NW High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Prevention and Treatment Manager
  • 3/04 John Medina – Parenting with Love & Laughter


  • Community Forum – Prevention Works! You’re Part of It with John Medina in 5/03
  • Drug-Endangered Children with Susan Webber-Brown 4/03
  • Trainings: Parents Who Care, The Nurturing Program
  • Building Harmony with Our Latino Community (Sequim) 2003
  • Interpreter Training (Forks & Sequim) 2003
  • Home Visitors Summit 11/03 with Patti Bland – Working with Families & Addiction: Learning Motivational Interviewing Skills
  • Parent Education Summit 10/03 (?)
  • Home Visitors Summit 2/03 – Dr. Marti Erickson, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium – Seeing is Believing:  Using Videotaping and Guided Self-Observation to Promote Parental Sensitivity


  • Community Forum – Parenting with Love and Laughter with Judy Ford
  • Coordinated Child Abuse Prevention Month in 2002
  • Family Friendly Business Awards in 2002
  • Co-sponsor of the 2nd Annual Foster Parent Recognition Gala in 2002
  • Co-sponsor of the Working Together Against Methamphetamine Conference 2002
  • lWorking with Latino Families (Forks) 2002
  • Home Visiting with Tribal Members (Port Angeles) 2002
  • Writing Grant Objectives for Prevention & Treatment Grants 2002
  • Training on Environmental Approaches to Prevention 2002
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training 2002
  • Fostering Resiliency 2002
  • Developing Healthy Kids Through Community Wide Prevention 2002
  • Methamphetamine Treatment 2002
  • Methamphetamine Conference 2002
  • ASAM Patient Placement 2002


  • Prevention Works! received a certificate of excellence from the Washington State Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse.
  • Grant Writing for Prevention & Treatment Programs 2001
  • Coordinated Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • The Incredible Years 2001
  • Developmental Assets Training
  • Trainings for Parent Educators – Make Parenting A Pleasure Training 2001


  • PW obtained 501c6 – allowed PW to obtain a bank account (6/00)
  • Community Forum – –Robin Karr-Morse and Dennis Maloney in February, 2000
  • Treatment Works! Conference in 2000, Prevention Works! presented workshops on prevention
  • In 2000, Prevention Works! was one of two programs in the state of Washington to receive an Exemplary Program Award for Substance Abuse Prevention.


  • 1999 Prevention Works! was one of eight coalitions in the state to receive a direct Federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Grant under the Drug Free Communities Support System.  The award is possible for four years (the first two years at $100,000, subsequent years at $75,000).


  • Prevention Works began in 1998 when seven people who wanted to improve the future for children in Clallam County and to maximize funding possibilities met for the first time.
  • Original Goals were:
  • To focus on at-risk parents with children ages 0 to 4.
  • To target problem behaviors of substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, and violence.
  • To invest in research-based programs and services.
  • To conduct independent evaluations of services.
  • To coordinate services and blend funding.

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