In conjunction with the conference, GLITEC will be hosting several trainings. These trainings will take
place on Tuesday, June 27 through Wednesday, June 28, 2023, and will cover a variety of topics:

  • Epidemiology 101
  • Fundamentals of Substance Use
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Zero Suicide

Space may be limited for some trainings, so please register as soon as possible!

Training Descriptions 

Epidemiology 101: The Epidemiology 101 training is designed to meet the needs of professionals who work in diverse areas of American Indian and Alaska Native health. Almost anyone who works in American Indian Health can take advantage of this learning opportunity – from administrators to community health workers. This full-day course covers functions of public health, disease occurrence, types of data, measures of risk, organizing data, public health surveillance. 

Fundamentals of Substance Use: This workshop will address essential topics about substance use and substance use disorders (SUDs). Attendees will gain knowledge regarding the onset, maintenance and continuation of substance use and the development of a SUD.  Various models of the causes and treatments of SUDs will be reviewed, including the neurobiological basis and non-biological determinants. Overviews will be provided regarding symptoms of a SUD, short- and long-term health impacts, prevalence of use, prevention strategies, and treatment approaches. The role of Indigenous culture in prevention and treatment will be a major theme of the workshop. The workshop will also include break-out sessions, case illustration, and Q/A. 

Motivational Interviewing: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a well-established evidence-based approach to promoting change.  MI has proven to be effective across a wide variety of behaviors and populations.  Participants who complete this one-day workshop will have the basic knowledge and skills to practice MI and apply the collaborative conversation style with clients in real life scenarios.


  • Describe MI and its Key Concepts
  • Define Components of the Spirit of MI
  • Explain the Four Processes of MI
  • Apply and Develop Person-Centered OARS Skills
  • Recognize and Respond to Change Talk
  • Employ MI at the basic level in Change Conversations

Youth Mental Health First Aid:
The 6.5-hour YMHFA course focuses on recognizing the patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and appearance that show there might be a problem rather than focusing on specific illness. Learnersare taught the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) that they can apply to non-crisis and crisis scenarios.

Zero Suicide: This training will provide an introduction to the seven elements of the Zero Suicide framework and how it can be implemented within systems that serve Natives. During this training, individuals will learn

  • the goals of the Zero Suicide framework and what they mean to the health and wellness of Native people
  • how to identify your own roles in supporting Native people who may be at risk for self-harm
  • the importance of attention to the language and taboos around talking about loss to suicide for some Tribes
  • how to develop memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with other community providers to create seamless safety nets for those at risk of suicide
  • how Zero Suicide is culturally responsive to Indian Country
  • how to choose tools that will help you in identifying risk, for clinical and nonclinical care providers and professionals.