As the Mentoring Youth Leadership Director at Leadership Foundations, Lisa Lampman was thrilled with the Substance of Change: Building Assets in Mentees Affected by Substance Misuse online training course. In addition to focusing on opioids, she also wanted the course to address other forms of substance use and misuse which are prevalent in all communities and impact the health and well-being of mentees.
Staff and mentors who completed the course said while they were aware of the opioid crisis, they really didn’t know much about it; and found that the training provided a compassionate and informative view of addiction. Participants appreciated that the course was online, robust, interactive, organized, and easy to follow. They also liked that it included examples of how to ask and answer questions from mentees, and could be completed in sections, so they could stop and start the lessons as their schedules permitted.
After rolling out the pilot course in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia — areas that have been deeply impacted by the opioid crisis — volunteer feedback was gathered to edit and improve the training. Leadership Foundations has requested that at least one person from each affiliate agency across the country complete the course and make plans to roll it out within their organization as an advanced training tool for mentors.