fbpx
PHOENIX INDIAN CENTER
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.

To sign up for an upcoming workshop, visit our calendar events page: Click here to register

(UICAZ)
Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona

UICAZ is a grassroots community coalition focused on educating and preventing substance use and abuse by adolescents and suicide prevention in the urban American Indian community. Members share strength in providing resources, bringing diverse perspectives, and collaboration 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. We strive to educate about the dangers of prescription drugs, marijuana abuse and create awareness about suicide. We advocate for the Urban Indian Child Welfare Act to protect Native American children and to promote the preservation of AI/AN families and tribes.

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 virtually on Zoom or In person at the Phoenix Indian Center for our UICAZ meeting on Tuesday, March 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click here to register!

To view the agenda from our Feb. 2024 meeting: Click here.

To view the Jan. 23, 2024 Meeting Minutes: Click here. 

To view the UICAZ bylaws: Click here. 

If you haven’t already, please fill out a UICAZ Membership Form: Click here.  Email form to uicaz@phxindcenter.org 

Follow us on social media @UICAZ or @UrbanIndianCoalitionOfArizona on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter

Registration Open
2024 American Indian Suicide Prevention Convening

The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona and Phoenix Indian Center are excited to announce the 2024 Annual American Indian Suicide Prevention Convening: “Journey to Community Healing.” Join us on Friday, March 29 from 9 AM – 3 PM at the Desert Willow Conference Center. 

This convening is a safe space for local organizers to help establish suicide-safer communities for urban American Indian families. Sessions will incorporate traditional and contemporary indigenous knowledge to bring together behavioral health staff, service providers, school support staff, youth service organizations and community members in our effort to end suicide. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited. Register today for this free event, click here. 

About the event:
Each year, Phoenix Indian Center and Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona holds a convening to bring together behavioral health staff, service providers, school support staff, youth service organizations and community members to discuss and strategize how to reduce deaths by suicide among urban American Indian youth and adults. Through these convenings, service providers discuss and share areas of service around suicide prevention so that efforts between providers are known and can be better coordinated.

Session topics include:
• Substance Abuse and Suicide
• Suicide Prevention Efforts in American Indian community
• Prevention and Postvention Support
• Working to improve Physical, Mental, Spiritual and/or Emotional Health

Our Prevention Team is here to help keep our urban American Indian community safe by providing culturally responsive resources and prevention programming. 

See what's coming up...

2024 Annual Suicide Prevention Convening (SPC) 

Hosted by the Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona and the Phoenix Indian Center, the SPC is a safe space for local organizers to help establish suicide-safer communities for Urban American Indian families. SPC hopes to incorporate traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge to bring together behavioral health staff, service providers, school support staff, youth service organizations, and community members to discuss and strategize how to reduce deaths by suicide among urban American Indian youth and adults. Please join us as we plan to have a community discussion about suicide prevention through an American Indian culturally respective lens to benefit our communities as well as highlight the prevention efforts taking place throughout Maricopa County and Arizona. This year’s theme is Journey to Community Healing. *Parent permission is required if under the age of 18 to attend.

To register, click here.    

Date: March 29, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

 

ASIST Training

ASIST is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—ASIST can be learned and used by anyone. ASIST is a resource for the whole community. It helps people apply suicide first-aid in many settings: with family, friends, co-workers, and teammates, as well as formal caregiving roles.

To register, click here.    

Date: April 17 – 18, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave. Glendale, AZ 85302

For more information, email kortiz@phxindcenter.org 

Network Support Roundtable

Are you trained in suicide prevention? If so, please join us for a roundtable discussion from 1:00-3:00pm. The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona’s network of support is for anyone who has been trained in ASIST, safeTALK & QPR. This forum is to establish a safe place to discuss any matters pertaining to suicide prevention, such as barriers, successes, challenges, and other experiences we have encountered in suicide intervention/prevention. As we work towards establishing suicide-safer communities. Visit this page often for information on the next workshop! For more information, contact the Prevention Services Team at (602) 264-6768 or at UICAZ@phxindcenter.org

 

QPR Question, Persuade, Refer 

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

For more information, contact the Prevention Services Team at (602) 264-6768 or at UICAZ@phxindcenter.org

SafeTALK Training

safeTALK training is a four-hour training that focuses on using the TALK steps—Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe—to engage persons with thoughts of suicide and help to connect them with life-affirming resources. safeTALK is designed for anyone age 15 or older, including many in more formal helping roles. The steps learned in safeTALK have helped participants from all walks of life be alert to situations where suicide thoughts may be present. For more information, email snelson@phxindcenter.org  

Learn how to better support and empower yourself as a caregiver of an urban American Indian youth. Enhance parenting skills through culturally relevant activities, strengthen family communication skills, learn more about child & youth development, prevent and reduce risky behaviors in youth.

Parenting in 2 Worlds

Date: Starts Thursday, Feb. 01

Click here to register! 

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (same time each week)

Location: Held virtually on Zoom

 

Parenting in 2 Worlds

Date: Starts Tuesday, Feb. 13

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (same time each week)

Location: Virtual

Click here to register!

 

Parenting in 2 Worlds

Date: Starts Wednesday, March 20

Click here to register! 

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (same time each week)

Location: Held virtually on Zoom

 

Parenting in 2 Worlds

Date: Starts Tuesday, April 23

Click here to register! 

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (same time each week)

Location: Held virtually on Zoom

 

 

What is Parenting in 2 Worlds? 

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
  • talking to teens about risky behaviors

Workshops are planned in 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.

Click Here to download the enrollment form.

 

What is Living in 2 Worlds (L2W)?

Calling all American Indian Middle School Students! Are you interested in learning about how your American Indian culture and values can help you say “no” in everyday conflicts? Join us for fun discussions about how to deal with risky situations at school and home and time to spend with other youth like you! Other workshop opportunities include door prizes, gift cards, and free food!

This curriculum was developed by the Phoenix Indian Center in partnership with ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center using the Keepin’ it REAL drug resistance strategies project as a program for our American Indian youth. Living in 2 Worlds draws on American Indian culture and values as effective drug resistance strategies. We provide youth with different ways to say no to negative choices that confront youth every day, and at the same time, we give youth ample opportunity to express their pride in their American Indian culture(s) and teach them the positive value in the nurturing of that pride.

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.

Community Gathering of Native Americans (GONA)

This FREE workshop is open to all community members 15 years & older. We will explore the four cultural components of embracing community & healing: belonging, mastery, interdependence & generosity  Register today, click here. 

Date: Saturday, March 16

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center, 300 E. Indian School Rd, Phoenix AZ 85012

Age Range: 15 years and up

 

 

Youth Gathering of Native Americans (GONA)

This FREE workshop is open to youth community members 15 years and older. We will explore the four cultural components of embracing community & healing: belonging, mastery, interdependence & generosity  Register today, click here. 

Date: Saturday, March 21

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Phoenix Indian Center, 4520 N. Central Ave. Ste. 250, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Age Range: 15 years and up

 

Historical Intergenerational Trauma

Presentation focuses on historical events and their relationship to current social health determinants. In addition, we explore behaviors associated with American Indian youth in Maricopa County in both the home and school settings.

Check back often for dates of upcoming sessions.

Safeguarding Medication 101

Are your prescription meds too easily accessible in your medicine cabinet at home? Safeguarding Medications 101 brings awareness to the harmful effects of prescription drugs. We’ll give parents, grandparents, and community members tips for preventing their fatal overdoses. While medication is meant for healing, when in the wrong hands, it can lead to lifelong problems of substance abuse, addiction and death. Join us to learn easy solutions to reclaim our American Indian communities. Check out our schedule below for upcoming sessions!

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM

Location: 4449 N. 12th Street, Phoenix AZ 85014

Register Today: Click here. 

 

Safeguarding Medications 101 Facts

Did you know that 77% of American Indian youth in Maricopa County perceive little or no risk in abusing prescription drugs? Rx360 brings awareness to the harmful effects of prescription drugs, and gives parents and community members tips for preventing their misuse and abuse.

Do you have old medications that were prescribed to you for a surgery or broken bone, but you never took all of them? Are your prescription meds too easily accessible in your medicine cabinet at home? Rx360 brings awareness to the harmful effects of prescription drugs and gives parents and community members tips for preventing their misuse and abuse. While the medication is meant for healing, when in the wrong hands, it can lead to lifelong problems of substance abuse, addiction and death. Join us at our virtual workshop as we reclaim our American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal communities and combat the prescription drug epidemic.

 

Our team is working to prepare for future events. Check this page often for updated information about upcoming Safeguarding Medication 101 workshops.

 

 

Visit our website often for information on upcoming workshops.

Vaping and Marijuana Community Workshop

Open to American Indian families, including youth and parents. Join us for informational workshops about vaping and marijuana prevention. The workshops include: What’s in a vape?, data among American Indian youth, effects of vaping & marijuana, and what you can do. We will update more upcoming workshops in the future.  

Culture of Pride – Positive Habits Build Tradition
Watch all four important video messages!

Strengthen Our Community: Prevention Works

a 501(c) 3 non-profit recognized by the IRS. Tax ID Number: 86-6006566
X