Sources of Strength Train the Trainer Posted on August 26, 2015 by Sources of Strength Media Throughout 2015 Sources of Strength has continued to grow and expand. This is our seventh year of Training For Trainers/Advanced Coordinators across the US and Canada. These trainings are multi day sessions that teach local trainers how to implement the Sources of Strength program with fidelity to our best practice/evidence based standards. This past spring we provided T4T’s sessions in Winnipeg, Ottawa, and New Jersey. Check out these photo’s from our Summer 2015 T4T/Advanced Coordinator sessions in Denver, Savannah, White Mountain Apache Arizona, and Fairbanks (Tanana Chiefs Conference). Participants came from middle and high schools, colleges and universities, mental health and community programs, faith based and recreation-based programs all focused on expanding Sources of Strength. Our participants represented an incredible diversity of cultures and brought great spirit and skills to our efforts. We played lots of games, learned from our community partners about what is working in their areas, practiced and honed our training and facilitation skills, and were continually inspired and encouraged by the incredible people we get that privilege of partnering with across the world. We are excited about our expanding work with Latino/Hispanic communities, LGTBQ outreach, start of French-Canadian efforts and translations, faith-based efforts, school, village, urban, and of course with our ever expanding efforts in Native American, Alaskan, and Canada 1st Nation communities. This Fall/Winter we’ll provide T4T’s with the California based United Indian Health, as well as Australia (Black Dog Institute) and New Zealand. It wouldn’t be Sources of Strength without laughter, fun, and learning that games aren’t just games, but strategic and purposeful. A Key T4T component is to help make our trainers AUTHENTIC, by applying and using the strengths in their personal lives. Time is spent on teaching theory, method, and research behind the curriculum as well as the power of positive norming in our peer messaging and how we use social network connections to spread Hope, Help, and Strength. Trainers develop a deeper understanding the curriculum, intent of each module, and the why and purpose of the sequencing. Exciting things are happening at Sources of Strength as our great partners spread an Upstream prevention model that lights up their corners of the world.