Important: Registration MUST be received at least 10 days prior to workshop date.

To participate in a Certification Workshop an individual must have their DUI Coordinator’s permission to register. Participation will be verified with Coordinator upon receipt of registration.

****These classes are NOT for DUI Offenders. If you need to complete Alcohol Highway Safety Class please follow this link – AHSS Online ****

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Workshop descriptions are listed below, please scroll down.

To register for any of the workshops listed on the training schedule click on the workshop title. 

AUGUST WORKSHOPS

August 15
Non-Verbal Communication – Body Language
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Beaver County Courthouse
810 3rd Street
Beaver, PA 15009

August 16
CRN PAW
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Luzerne County DUI Program
20 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Penn Place Building
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

August 22
Medical Marijuana/Opioids
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

August 25 & 26
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
The Belmont Complex
415 Butler Road
Kittanning, PA 16201
(Armstrong County)

August 25
DUI Process: Step-by-Step
(8:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
ONLINE

August 25
Trends in Vaping
(1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
ONLINE

August 29
Ignition Interlock/Case Law/Driver Licensing Issues
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

August 31
I Have A Script
(1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
ONLINE

SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS

September 2
Non-Verbal Communication – Body Language
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Luzerne Co. Adult Probation & Parole
20 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Penn Place, 3rd Floor Training Room
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

September 12
Advanced Instructional Methods
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
DUI Services of Monroe County
639 Main Street, Suite 201
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

September 13
Dynamics of Human Communication
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Council of SE PA
4459 W. Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18902

September 19
DUI Process: Step-by-Step
(8:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
ONLINE

September 23
DUI Process: Step-by-Step
(8:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
ONLINE

September 26-27
DUI Instructor 1
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Pittsburgh Mercy
1200 Reedsdale Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS

October 5
Non-Verbal Communication – Body Language
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships
3001 Fairway Drive, Suite D
Altoona, PA  16602

October 6
Recognizing the Drug Impaired Subject
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
ONLINE

October 7
Dynamics of Human Communication
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Luzerne County DUI Program
20 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Penn Place Building
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

October 13
Conflict Resolution Skills w/ D&A Clients
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships
3001 Fairway Drive, Suite D
Altoona, PA  16602

October 14
CRN PAW
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
The Belmont Complex
415 Butler Road
Kittanning, PA 16201
(Armstrong County)

October 19
Ignition Interlock/Case Law/Driver Licensing Issues
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

October 24
Current Trends in Drugs
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Fayette County D&A Commission
100 New Salem Road
Uniontown, PA 15401

October 25
Handling the Drug Abuser
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Beaver County Courthouse
810 3rd Street
Beaver, PA 15009

October 28
Medical Marijuana/Opioids
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

November 3
Recognizing the Drug Impaired Subject
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
ONLINE

November 3-4
DUI Instructor 1
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
PA DUI Association (LE Building – 1st Floor)
2426 N. Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

November 7
Dynamics of Human Communication
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Beaver County Courthouse
810 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009

November 9
Medical Marijuana/Opioids
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

November 10
Dynamics of Human Communication
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Franklin County Public Safety Training Center
3075 Molly Pitcher Highway
Chambersburg, PA 17202

November 30
Ignition Interlock/Case Law/Driver Licensing Issues
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

December 2
Medical Marijuana/Opioids
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

December 6
Finding the Leader Within
(9:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Emergency Services Bldg.
230 Greenamyer Lane
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(Adams County)

December 7
Recognizing the Drug Impaired Subject
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

December 14
Ignition Interlock/Case Law/Driver Licensing
(8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
ONLINE

DITEP Training Available

Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals

Target Audience: School Nurses, Administrators, Guidance Counselors, SAP Team Members, and School Resource Officers.

DITEP is derived from the national Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, a successful law enforcement procedure used to detect drug and alcohol impaired drivers. This training will enable school nurses and educators to determine whether or not a student is impaired; if there is impairment, whether that impairment is due to a medical problem or is drug related; and, if the impairment is drug related, what category or categories of drugs are likely causing the observed impairment.

By providing training to school officials and health care professionals, DITEP enables schools to employ an evaluation and detection program that will cause drug usage in schools to decline. Consequently, not only will the disruption caused by those abusing drugs be decreased, but also the incident of those individuals driving to and from schools while impaired by either alcohol or drugs will also be greatly reduced, making our communities and schools a safer place for all.

Current Classes Available

August 16, 2022, 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
August 17, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Warren County High School
345 E 5th Avenue
Warren, PA 16365
Registration Form

 

CRN EVALUATOR WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
(Certification Workshops)

 

CRN Evaluator Certification (CRN 1) – This two-day workshop is designed to begin the certification process. A participant seeking certification as an Evaluator needs to have observed at least one CRN evaluation completed by a certified CRN Evaluator and review the manual prior to attendance of the workshop.

This workshop will focus on the CRN system, its development, CIF, how the interview and instrument determine the recommendation, interviewing strategies and using the web-based application. Requirements of the certification process will be reviewed.                                            

 

CRN Performance Analysis Workshop (PAW) – Successful completion of this full-day workshop will result in certification. Participants will be required to submit 3 completed CRN evaluations with appropriate paperwork.

CRNs completed by the participants will be reviewed by the trainer and discussed at the workshop. Areas of weakness and concern will be reviewed. A written examination on the knowledge of the CRN system and PA DUI field will be administered at the end of this workshop.

  

DUI INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

(Certification Workshops)

 

DUI Instructor Certification Workshop – This two-day workshop is designed to begin the certification process.  Participants seeking certification must have observed an approved 12 1/2 hour Alcohol Highway Safety School.

Topics covered include an overview of alcohol highway safety, BAC, alcohol abuse/alcoholism, and legal issues. An overview of the approved curriculum, content areas, and teaching methodologies will be presented. Curriculum implementation and the development of lesson plans will be covered. Requirements of the certification process will be reviewed.

 

DUI Instructor Performance Analysis Workshop (PAW) – Successful completion of this full-day workshop will result in certification. Participants are required to have conducted an approved 12 1/2 hour Alcohol Highway Safety School curriculum and submit a course outline including lesson plan, prior to attending the workshop. The Trainer will review the paperwork for approval and recommendations.

Participant outlines will be discussed with emphasis on utilizing innovative teaching methodologies. A written examination on the Alcohol Highway Safety School and PA DUI field will be administered at the end of this workshop.

 

 UAD INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

(Certification Workshop)

 

Underage Drinking Instructor Certification – This two-day workshop is designed to certify the UAD Instructor. Topics covered include an overview of alcohol highway safety, BAC, alcohol abuse/alcoholism, and legal issues. An overview of the approved curriculum, content areas, and teaching methodologies will be presented. Curriculum implementation and the development of lesson plans will be covered. An essential goal of this training is to exchange information regarding the existing Underage Drinking Class process within your county and share new ideas to utilize in your county.

 

MISCELLANEOUS WORKSHOPS

(Recertification credits)

 

Advanced Instructional Methods (A.I.M.)This course is designed for the adult in-service presenter or trainer that routinely facilitates classroom style learning.  Participants will be exposed to the following material: Review of Adult Learning Styles and Basic Teaching Techniques, Classroom set up and Instructor Conduct, Connecting with a New Generation of Students, Developing Student Led Instruction, Breakout Sessions and Facilitating Interaction, Leveraging Technology in the Classroom, Benchmarking, Critiques and Feedback and Idea Sharing, what is working right now and how to we share it or make changes. Students will work alone and in teams on various teaching techniques along with instructor led discussion and best practices for make their presentation meaningful and effective.

Current Issues in Alcohol: 2021 – This workshop focuses on the new and the different as encountered throughout the world, the nation, and particularly the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Topics include new methods of alcohol abuse, caffeine-interaction issues, new uses of alcohol to get high on other drugs, and new levels of alcohol concentration in alcoholic beverages.  By better understanding the new forms and uses of beverage alcohol and the myths associated with the drug known as alcohol, participants gain an appreciation for the complex nature of alcohol’s effects and learn how to better deal with their part of the interaction with the abuser.

Current Issues in Drugs: 2021 – This workshop, completely revised this year, focuses on the terms and processes involved in both positive and negative behaviors that emanate largely from the influence of drugs on the neurotransmitters present within the individual.  Topics include drug and non-drug treatments of acute and chronic pain, agonist versus antagonist drugs, the three forms of cannabinoids and their effects on driving, the comorbidity of drug abuse and mental illness, campus research studies on drug use and prevention, major issues of methamphetamine psychosis, first episode psychosis involving drug use, and how various classes of drugs cause impairment of functions necessary for safe operation of a motor vehicle.  Many acronyms are defined and explained including MME, MAT, AUD, CBT, GABA, NSAID, OUD, and SAM.  The effects of several of the most abused drugs are then detailed by action and effect.  New drugs that impact drug abuse prevention and treatment are presented. This is not a drug enforcement class, but rather it is a drug understanding and familiarization session.

DUI: Step-by-Step Process – This course will examine the DUI investigatory process from start to finish and is intended to give someone who is not a police officer an overview of the investigative steps and processes a defendant is put through in a typical DUI investigation from initial observation of the vehicle through chemical testing.  The course will also touch on unique situations officers may encounter during their investigation and how they are generally handled.

Dynamics of Human Communication – This one-day program will enable participants to expand on essential verbal and non-verbal skills. It enhances strategies to speak, listen and understand in a variety of professional settings. Methods specifically target inter-office, emotional and mental health consumers and those within the criminal justice system. Topics will include: Recognizing the power of words both spoken and heard, Understanding human anxiety when people speak, Managing one’s own emotions when speaking, Using appropriate language to minimize conflict, Using effective and reflective listening to create change, Learning how to manage an “emotional environment,” Understanding body language and its impact in communication and learning specific strategies in dealing with emotional or impaired individuals.

Finding the Leader Within – This one-day class is for anyone that supervises others, teaches in small to medium size groups or is tasked with making classroom or workplace decisions for others. You will discover what your personal leadership style is and learn how to cultivate its strong points to maximize your personal and team productivity and workplace harmony. Topics will include: examining the different styles of leadership, discovering your personal leadership style, how to maximize your style in your current environment, management versus leadership

understanding how different generations communicate and learn better ways to connect with subordinates of all types, dealing with minor conflict in the workplace between management and employee and employee to employee, Individual and group lead exercises including work place problem-solving, best practices and scenario based personnel issues and provide an open forum discussion of action plans moving forward.

I Have a Script for It – A lot of motorists feel that if a drug is prescribed to them by a doctor and filled by a pharmacist, then it’s safe. However, more and more prescription medications are impairing drivers. This workshop will give a basic explanation of the drug categories, specific drugs people are using and getting DUI’s with and also explain what happens when some of these “safe” drugs are combined with alcohol.

Ignition Interlock: 1st Offense/DUI Case Law & Driver Licensing Issues– The Ignition Interlock workshop will cover: the history of ignition interlock within the Commonwealth of PA, the quality assurance program that is maintained by the PA DUI Association, Act 33 of 2016, IILL, IIRL, statutory exclusions for each program, and the application process for both Interlock Programs. Participants with special circumstances and scenarios individuals might encounter while obtaining an interlock license or participating in the interlock program will be discussed. This workshop will explore violations related to the interlock program as well as the penalties associated with violations. The restoration process as it relates to obtaining an unrestricted license will be covered. Participants were provided with information regarding the latest restoration requirements, habitual offender implications, case law, restoration fees, surrendering license, notification of suspension, and credit time for suspension.

 The Case Law workshop will cover current case law as it relates to issues of probable cause, vehicle stops, physical control, implied consent, sentencing enhancements, admissibility of evidence, reasonable suspicion, Miranda considerations, vehicles, D/A assessments, CRN requirements, DUI w/ minors in the vehicle, exigent circumstances to the 2 hour rule, implied consent, what constitutes a prior offense, Act 153, and Senate Bill 773.  There will be an emphasis on current case law updates.

Interviewing the Alcohol/Drug Impaired Subject – This workshop is unique in that both the approach of the initial responder – whether a police officer, and EMT, or another professional – and that of the professional tasked with a formal interview or therapy session is addressed.  Anger is the major issue in many of these interviews.  Being both impaired and angry does not always occur together but does provide a risk to both the interview and the interviewer.  This workshop discusses the links and manifestations of anger with alcohol/drug impairment and suggests methods for cooperation and safe interaction with impaired persons.  Various pros and cons of a variety of actions and strategies of impaired subjects are covered, as each differs in its appropriateness, effectiveness and risks for making things worse.  Topics include the chemical influence on emotions, the options available to gain cooperation with the person being interviewed, the probability of an anger reaction depending upon the drug involved, and suggestions for minimizing the refusal of cooperation from impaired persons.  The presentation of issues that differ for the first person in the contact – usually the officer in a DUI case – and those of the interviewer who follows up on the process permit each to appreciate the different and similar approaches required.

Interviewing Youth – Interviewers are coming into contact with more young persons each year – professionally.  These young persons are offenders, victims, witnesses, and clients. The approach used when interviewing young persons affects the outcome.  This interactive workshop focuses on interpersonal issues surrounding the interviewing of the various age groups, the development of rapport between the adult and the young person, and the dynamics of juvenile interviewing.  Participants identify the strengths and weaknesses of each age group, and may share their personal experiences with these interactions. Topics include development – physical, intellectual, emotional, and social; the process of developmental assessment; detection of deception in youth; influence of social media; influence of youth characteristics on vehicle driving issues and risk-taking behaviors; alcohol/drug issues; and strategies and tactics for successful youth interviews.  Emphasis is placed on mental health issues, self-harming practices, interpretation of teen language, and the evolving psychology of the young.

Laws, Locks & Licenses – Often times, navigating the DUI law and licensing issues can be overwhelming and confusing.  This workshop cover the major aspects of the DUI law, driver licensing issues, and ignition interlock.  Participants will be provided with an overview of the DUI law including most recent case law implications.  This workshop will also explore other legal implications that incurring a DUI might trigger.  Participants will be provided with an overview of the ignition interlock program including other licensing issues the DUI offender may encounter.

Marijuana – 2021: The Physiology and Psychology of Cannabis Use – Marijuana legalization is being rushed into realization even more rapidly than its proponents expected.  More than one-half of the states have some form of “medical marijuana” laws on their books, and increasing numbers have “legalized” “recreational” marijuana.  The major media extols the benefits of “decriminalization” and taxing of the drug.  There are bills to change cannabis to a Schedule II or lower drug, making it available to all by a prescription. There are many questions as to the movement toward enlarged medical and recreational use of cannabis on DUI and other drug/alcohol impairment and offenses.  This workshop surveys the current trends and future impacts of the growing marijuana industry.  It surveys the broad areas of production, marketing, pricing, distribution and use of marijuana – both medical and non-medical.  Topics include chemical ingredients, potency, methods of use, body retention, symptoms of use and abuse, issues of addiction and withdrawal, motivations of use, connections with other illegal drugs, and various acute and long-term effects of use.  The medical and recreational marijuana controversies will be discussed, with emphasis on cannabis use in Pennsylvania.

Medical Conditions Confused for Impairment: Part 1 Autism Specific–There are no laws against driving with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other medical conditions, but safety is key. Driving can be stressful and challenging in many ways. ASD drivers, depending on the severity of their diagnosis, might struggle more to adapt to the rapidly changing environment that comes with driving.  ASD diagnosed drivers may, when placed in stressful situations, exhibit behavioral signs and indicators that many officers typically associate with alcohol or drug impairment. Part 2 – Other Medical Conditions – Individuals diagnosed with other medical conditions may also struggle with skills associated with operating a vehicle.  While certain characteristics/mannerisms might be clues of impairment, they could also be associated with underlying medical conditions. This workshop will provide information about behavioral characteristics of people on the spectrum as well as other medical conditions.

Methamphetamines: Drug of Aggression – This workshop will explore the various forms of methamphetamine hydrochloride and d-methamphetamine; its detection, abuse, and dangers to the user and those who encounter the user.  Topics will include physical and mental impairment, drug interactions, symptoms of use and addiction, common paraphernalia, long term health effects, overdose issues, and handling the meth abuser in interview situations.

Non-Verbal Communications: Body Language – This workshop, specialized for non-law enforcement persons, introduces the participant to the world of human communication through the use of body language and other forms of non-verbal communications. Humans communicate in a variety of ways, but normally focus on words – either spoken or written. Body language can be understood and used to facilitate the effective communication of ideas, directions, assistance and comprehension, as well as to enhance personal safety. By understanding the concepts and use of behavior symptom analysis, participants will learn to recognize incongruence and deceptive behavior. By being able to interpret another’s body language, and adjusting one’s own, angry encounters may be avoided and successful professional conversations greatly improved.  Contents include verbal, vocal, and body movement’s impact on a message; paralanguage; importance of various spatial relationships; use of personal body language in interviews to improve understanding and compliance; importance of context, congruence, timing, consistency, and reading body language in clusters; indicators of deception; and using body language to maintain a cordial professional conversation.

PA Medical Marijuana/ Opioid Epidemic –This workshop will be divided into two parts, Medical Marijuana and Opiates. The Medical Marijuana portion will look at where marijuana has been decriminalized and what states only permit it for medical purposes. It will also explain the differences in recreational marijuana compared to medical marijuana. This workshop will also look at Medical Marijuana in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the possibility of getting a DUI while under the influence of Marijuana.  The Opioids portion of the training will look at the rise of these highly addictive, overly prescribed drugs. This workshop will give a historical perspective of all opiate drugs from early access to whereas a society we stand right now. This session will also show how addictive these drugs are and how some prescribed users will often move to the use of heroin. And finally, it will show the social and economic destruction that these drugs can cause.

Recognizing the Drug Impaired Subject –This course will train non-law enforcement personnel to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both. Training objectives include: defining the term “drug” in the context of recognizing the drugged subject, highlight US drug problem issues, discuss tests conducted by law enforcement to determine drug impairment, medical conditions that could be mistaken for drug impairment and the seven different drug categories, common drugs in those categories and signs and symptoms associated.

Recreational Marijuana: (1/2-day workshop) this workshop will cover: the history of legalization regarding medical and recreational marijuana throughout the United States, current recreational and medical states, distribution of dispensaries, crime rate changes since legalization, impaired driving and per se, health concerns.  Furthermore, the workshop will explore issues that have emerged in states that have legalized marijuana use, to include:  black market economy, law enforcement concerns, pharmaceutical alternatives available, marijuana and the opioid crisis, marijuana and pain management, hospitalizations/ER visits/poison control, marijuana related fatalities, decriminalization of drugs,  homelessness.  Finally, this workshop explores future considerations and recommendations relative to legalizing marijuana for recreational or medicinal use.

Risk Analysis and Safety Issues in Client Contacts – Once the various risks of an organization are identified, and the current state of affairs is assessed, risk statements are made, and determinations finalized as to asset application to mitigate the risks enumerated.  Within the decision-making process, conditional probabilities are taken into account, changes must fit within standard operating procedures and legal/ethical standards, probability of compliance taken into consideration, and defense in depth considered. Risks in an organization can be mitigated, but not eliminated, through corrections and/or additional controls, or accepted, or transferred.  In most cases, the best possible solution is a composition of complementary and compensating organizational safeguards that work well together to address employee-identified risks, and provide cost-effective solutions to reduce the security risk to an acceptable level to the participants.

This workshop discusses alternatives that are both safety oriented and within the abilities of the individual professional, while fulfilling the agency’s mission within legal and ethical boundaries  Specific topics include elements of effective oral communications, verbal and non-verbal communications skills, early detection of hostile behavior, management of verbal abuse, conflict management, defusing toxic situations, and safety precautions during interaction with clients. Techniques discussed have been found to be effective in promoting personal safety, reducing citizen complaints and keeping the professional safer.

Substance Abuse 101: (1/2-day workshop) This workshop will cover: the definition of Substance Use Disorder, Statistics relative to those diagnosed with SUD or AUD, and breakdown of what percentage of the population is using certain drugs.  This workshop will provide an overview on the seven categories of drugs relative to the physiological effects on the body, detection in the blood and urine, and the impact on the driving skill.  We then extensively covered polysubstance use, overdose statistics, excited delirium, addiction, co-occurring disorders including statistics, MAT, the recovery process and what to consider when a relapse occurs.

Trends in Vaping – (1/2-day workshop) Does it seem that everybody who attends Alcohol Highway Safety School has some sort of vaping device? This workshop will explore the history of vaping from e-cigarettes to the most current devices. And believe it or not, its not just nicotine.  The workshop will also explore the what other drugs are being used and the health problems created by using these devices.