Educator Resources

These resources provide quick and accessible information for educators on important topics relating to substance use, mental health, and the associated stigma. Such resources should be used to inform and guide the delivery of the DECYDE lesson plans. They should not be provided to students for direct use unless deemed developmentally appropriate.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur before the child reaches the age of 18. For more information on Adverse Childhood Experiences, click here.

Empathic strain is a term used to describe the emotional and physical exhaustion experienced by individuals who provide care and support to others, particularly in high-stress and emotionally demanding professions. For more information on Empathic Strain, click here. 

The FACE decision-making model is evidence-based and follows a harm reduction and social-emotional approach. For more information on the Decision-Making Model, click here. 

Harm reduction provides individuals with the knowledge to make safe and informed choices, reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use. For more information on Harm Reduction and Naloxone, click here.

Neurodivergence refers to the natural variation in how individuals’ brains function, process information, and experience the world. For more information on Neurodivergence, click here

Skills-Based Health Education (SBHE) is a learning approach that supports the development of skills and attitudes to enhance wellbeing. For more information on Skills-Based Health Education, click here

Stigma is when a person or group is perceived negatively because of a particular attribute or characteristic. For more information on Stigma, click here

Trauma Informed Practices (TIPs) is a strengths-based approach grounded in an understanding of the impact of trauma, and creates opportunities to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. For more information on Trauma Informed Practices, click here. 

This infographic provides teachers with an introduction to caregiver substance use and substance use disorder (SUD), and outlines ways to support students who experience high-risk substance use in the home or within their family. For more information, click here