Training Opportunities

APC staff uses a holistic approach to capacity building, professional development, and technical assistance designed to address the objectives of agencies, organizations as well as the communities they serve.  Staff are certified Training of  Educators and Facilitators in a number of evidence-based curricula and provide community-wide training and support in the areas of Life Skills Training, Healthy Relationships, Parent Education, Poverty Reduction, Sexual Risk Avoidance and Sexual Risk Reduction.  


Sexual Risk Reduction

Be Proud! Be Responsible! is an Evidence-Based Intervention to Empower Youth to Reduce Their Risk of HIV is a multi-media, 6-module curriculum that provides adolescents with the knowledge, motivation and skills to change their behaviors in ways that will reduce their risk of contracting HIV.

Making Proud Choices! is an Evidence-Based, Safer-Sex Approach to Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STD Prevention is an 8-module curriculum that provides adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex.

Reducing the Risk is a 16-session curriculum designed to help high school students delay the initiation of sex or increase the use of protection against pregnancy and STD/HIV if they choose to have sex. This research-proven approach addresses skills such as risk assessment, communication, decision making, planning, refusal strategies and delay tactics. 


Sexual Risk Avoidance

Making a Difference! is an Evidence-Based, Abstinence Approach to Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STD Prevention is an 8-module curriculum that provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex. The program is also available in a 13-module School Edition, with shorter sessions to accommodate school scheduling. 

Project AIM is a group-level youth development intervention designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among youth. The intervention is based on the Theory of Possible Selves, which states that a person’s motivation is determined by a balance of positive and negative ways people see themselves in the future. Individuals who are able to imagine
both possible positive and negative futures are more likely to work toward their life goals and achieve future success.

REAL Essentials Suite

The Real Essentials equips you to confidently tackle difficult relationship topics with ease. Your voice matters, and people are eager to hear from you how to develop healthy connections and experience real love. It compliments any sex ed program. Using the "Whole Person" approach, it nurtures the body, mind and heart, rather than only focusing on sexual behavior.  The content is aligned with research and supported by ongoing partnership with the University of Denver. Activities are taught to each group with developmentally age-appropriate messaging.

  1. REAL Essentials Starting Point curriculum equips educators and parents with lessons to jump-start conversation and develop foundational relationship skills in this new life stage. All lessons are inclusive, evidence based and medically accurate.

  2. REAL Essentials Advance is the country’s leading relationship education curriculum. It is specifically designed to equip adults to teach young people skills for combating challenges they face in adolescence. Lesson content captivates the heart and directs students toward positive decision making. 

  3. REAL Essentials Life  framework allows groups to expand their understanding of individual identity, communication strategies, and future commitment.

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Family Stability & Poverty Reduction

Framework for Understanding Poverty is viewed through an economic lens, poverty can be defined as an absence of resources. Framework for Understanding Poverty's basic premise is that the middle-class understandings of those who work with children and adults in poverty are often ill-suited for connecting with and helping people build up resources and rise out of poverty. 

This curriculum benefits:

  • Educators—from preschool to post-secondary

  • Social workers, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and judicial systems

  •  Employers and business leaders

  •  Communities of all sizes, including municipal and faith communities

  • Individuals, parents, and inter-generational families

Bridges out of Poverty is a uniquely powerful tool designed for social, health, and legal services professionals. You can implement how to:

  • Redesign programs to better serve the people you work with

  • Build skill sets for management to help guide employees

  • Upgrade training for the front-line staff like receptionists, caseworkers, and managers

  • Improve treatment outcomes in healthcare and behavioral healthcare

  • Increase the likelihood of moving from welfare to work


Parent Education

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) is one of SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) that provides skills training for parents dealing with frequently encountered challenges with their children that often result from domineering parenting styles. STEP is rooted in Adlerian psychology and promotes a more participatory family structure by fostering responsibility, independence, and competence in children; improving communication between parents and children; and helping children learn from the natural and logical consequences of their own choices.



Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.


Healthy Relationships Curricula

Relationships Smarts PLUS helps teens learn, often for the first time, how to make wise choices about relationships, dating, partners, sex, and more. The program takes an innovative approach to these topics by integrating relationship skills with powerful learning strategies:

  • A realistic, relevant context for learning.

  • An appeal to personal aspirations for love, intimacy, and successful relationships.

  • New motivations for behavioral change.

  • Empowerment through self awareness, relationship knowledge and practical skills