Prevention Services

We know that in order to be successful in one’s personal, educational and professional life, we need to make good decisions and have a good network of support. This support can be from family, friends and from community organizations such as ours. We offer several programs to help support our urban American Indian families to increase communication, build community and to prevent risky behaviors and promote healthy choices.

Are you raising American Indian children aged 12 – 17? Then this workshop is for you. Together, with other caregivers, you will learn how to effectively communicate with your child, how to instill traditions and values in this urban setting, and much more all while having fun! We will update the website soon with new dates for upcoming cycles.


Urban American Indian Parenting Project

We invite Parents and Guardians of American Indian youth to enroll in an exciting new program, Parenting in 2 Worlds. Parents developed the Parenting in 2 Worlds curriculum in cooperation with the Phoenix Indian Center and ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. Parenting in 2 Worlds is designed for parents to learn new ways to communicate with their youth. Other topics include:

  • building parenting communities;
  • traditions, values and norms;
  • knowing your child’s world;
  • giving and receiving support;
  • guiding behaviors; and
  • talking to teens about risky behaviors.

Workshops are planned Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, as well as the Tohono O’odham Nation, Gila River Indian Community, Hopi Tribe, Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Navajo Nation. You are eligible if you care for American Indian youth between the ages of 0-17. Check the events calendar for the next cycle near you!

Click Here to download the enrollment form.

Living in 2 Worlds is a school-based prevention program implemented in junior high schools throughout the valley. The program occurs once a week during the school year. A trained facilitator introduces information on alcohol and other drug use from a strength-based model, using American Indian values and cultural knowledge. Call us to see if the program is in your junior high or if you’d like us to come to your school.

Living in 2 Worlds, draws on Native culture and values as effective drug resistance strategies. The L2W also teaches, a variety of ways to say no to negative choices that confront youth every day, while learning about different cultures. The students take home Cultural Heritage projects to open communication with family and discuss lives in urban and reservation homes.

Check back often for dates of upcoming sessions.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Prevention Team at 602-264-6768.

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Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona (UICAZ)

The UICAZ is a community-driven coalition focused on educating and preventing substance use and abuse by adolescents dedicated to discussing, advising and collectively working together to create awareness and address issues within our community.

Our number one goal is to support our youth and assist them in making healthy choices that will prevent them from drinking while underage and educating them about the dangers of prescription drugs and marijuana abuse and to create awareness about suicide. We strive to work as a community to address these issues. Please join us – your voice is needed! It truly does take a village to make a difference. The coalition meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  Join us for our next online coalition meeting on December 15, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here to register!

Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is a community event that provides culturally specific substance abuse prevention information eliciting community healing through topics of historical and cultural trauma experienced over generations. Enjoyment for the entire family includes age appropriate programming along with breakfast, lunch and snacks.

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training to train participants to recognize the invitations sent out by people with thoughts of suicide and to take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. Participants must be ages 15 or older. Check our events calendar and join us for the next safeTALK training workshop.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Suicide touches many lives each year and leaves us wondering what we could have done to help. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is an evidence-based curriculum that teaches intervention skills in 5 modules (Prepare, Connect, Understand, Assist, and Network). Participants will be trained to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. This training is appropriate for people working directly with clients and/or customers. Check our events calendar and join us for the next 2-day ASIST training workshop.

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Strengthen Our Community: Prevention Works

Rx 360 is a research-based workshop that will help raise awareness of the risks of prescription drug misuse and abuse in Tribal and urban American Indian communities. We also discuss resistance strategies and methods, as well as how to properly store and dispose of prescription drugs.

Visit our website often for information on upcoming workshops.

Suicide Prevention Convening

Our annual Suicide Prevention Convening is coming up on December 16, 2020. Together, let’s build a suicide-safer community with a focus on prevention. Did you know that what you eat and smell affects your brain which is exhibited through our mood and anxiety? Dr. Neil Nedley will share his research on specific ingredients that impact mood and anxiety, followed by Chef Felicia Ruiz sharing how to support your mental health with aromatics. You must register to receive the link to the event. Also, look below to register to learn three steps to save a life and prevent suicide by attending our QPR or Question, Persuade, and Refer training.

Click here to register.


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QPR Gatekeeper Training

The QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a brief educational program designed to teach “gatekeepers”–those who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g., parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, caseworkers, police officers) — the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond by following three steps:• Question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide• Persuade the person to seek and accept help • Refer the person to appropriate resources

Look below for our QPR Gatekeeper Training December dates.

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