Across our society we see more of an emphasis on collaboration as the best means of solving problems. When it comes to preventing the misuse of alcohol, things are no different – getting people to work together is the key. As a prevention leader, you are in the best position to bring about the change we all want for our communities. The first step in making lasting, widespread change toward responsible communities is joining with other motivated persons with whom we might not normally interact.
One important ingredient for such partnerships is training and education. Communities are realizing the value of alcohol server, seller and consumer education to achieve their goals. Programs like TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) offers a variety of training tools to reach a wide range of people. One consistent message throughout the community ensures that all the stakeholders “speak the same language” when it comes to preventing underage sales, drunk driving and intoxication.
Another key ingredient is communication. TIPS training brings people together within a framework that facilitates real communication. People who may not typically see eye-to-eye can come together and find common ground in an informal and impartial setting. Recognition of shared goals often leads to the understanding that “we’re all in this together” and the emergence of strategies and tactics for tackling the problem.
Any effective initiative involving key stakeholders will require a community action plan. A good action plan will:
1. Identify goals.
Community stakeholders who commit to the plan can enhance their standing in the community by reaching out to others. For example, a restaurant with a certified trainer on staff can not only provide alcohol server training to its employees, but may also be able to offer education services to the local university, other establishments and consumers. The same approach can be applied with law enforcement, community coalitions and other commercial establishments that serve or sell alcohol.
Successful communities recognize the need to include diverse groups in their efforts and are realizing that coalition (or community) building is an effective strategy. Working together, they are able to address the problems associated with alcohol misuse in their communities from a number of different angles, thereby increasing the success of their efforts
In addition, here are a few of the resources that are available to you as a TIPS customer.
As part of their Certification Manager subscriptions, trainers have access to our Training Management system. These tools allow trainers to advertise their sessions and respond to individuals seeking TIPS training through our referral system.
TIPS Trainer Marketing Kit
TIPS Trainer Referral Program