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Melissa Groden Featured in SAP Training Video

Melissa Groden, Director of Prevention, Training & Education is featured in a training video that looks at the SAP (Student Assistance Program) certification program in the Hatboro-Horsham School District. Administrators, Teachers, and Staff attended a 3 day workshop to become certified.

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New K-12 Training Certification Process

As the Student Assistance Program of PA enters its 28th year, we are happy to share what is new and what continues to be a cornerstone of student well-being.  SAP Training is now being offered as a comprehensive K-12 training incorporating elementary and secondary levels.  SAP continues to be the leading program of support for our students, their families, for schools and is an essential resource for other supports, including behavioral based approaches.  SAP continues to be mandated in the state of Pennsylvania and is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Department of Public Welfare, and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.  Please refer to to find a Commonwealth Approved K-12 training in your area or click on the links below for more information about SAP in Pennsylvania.  

NIDA Launches New Web site, "Easy-to-Read Drug Facts"

“Easy-to-Read Drug Facts” is based on formative research about how adults with reading levels between fifth and eighth grade use web sites. The web site uses simple language, navigation, design, and features to address many of the common barriers to accessing information. It is an ideal resource for anyone interested in learning more about drug abuse.

School-Family Partnership Strategies to Enhance Children’s Social, Emotional, and Academic Growth

Schools and families have essential roles to play in promoting children’s positive development and academic performance. When educators and parents work together as partners, they create important opportunities for children to develop social, emotional, and academic competencies.
This brief provides educators with strategies to promote children’s social, emotional, and academic development using school-family partnerships. We begin with an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school-family partnerships (SFPs) and a discussion of the important relationship of SFPs and SEL, which we illustrate with examples from an SFP framework. We conclude with suggestions of how educators can immediately begin to apply these strategies to build and nurture successful SFPs.

Download a copy of “School-Family Partnership Strategies to Enhance Children’s Social, Emotional, and Academic Growth (PDF, 1 MB). 

SOURCE: July 2011 Safe Schools, Healthy Students Newsletter, National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, EDC

The Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) are pleased to announce that the 2012 PASAP Conference will be held in State College, PA at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel. This 22nd Annual Conference will begin at noon on Sunday afternoon, February 26, 2012. The conference will conclude at noon on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

PASAP Conference:

The PASAP Conference is a unique conference that has provided countless number of SAP professionals the opportunity to gather together and receive high quality professional development since 1991. We are continuing to focus on the theme entitled "One Student at a Time" which expresses the central mission of SAP. To identify and support those students who may be at - risk for achieving academic success. There is another fantastic line-up of keynote speakers and workshop presenters scheduled for this year's conference. Please be sure to mark your calendars and make plans to attend the PASAP Conference this February. For further information regarding the conference and registration information, please visit our website at  


Definition of Addiction: 

This link discusses several definitions of the term "addiction" as well as characteristics of addiction.  


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