Workforce Training & Seminars

Workforce Training

Drug and alcohol abuse costs organizations billions of dollars each year in lost time, accidents, lawsuits and low productivity.

Drug and alcohol awareness training demonstrates your company’s commitment to a drug-free workplace. It can also help your company achieve its financial objectives in many ways including:

  • Improved identification of employee workplace substance abuse
  • Improved productivity
  • Decreased accidents and lost time

The DWI Resource Center offers businesses several training and seminar opportunities:

Reasonable Suspicion Training

Many corporate Drug-Free Workplace policies incorporate a “Reasonable Suspicion” clause for drug-testing. However, many supervisors do not understand how to properly use the “reasonable suspicion” standard, how to properly document employee behavior, or how to properly identify signs of potential drug and alcohol use on the job. The Reasonable Suspicion training seminar is specifically designed to meet the U.S. Department of Transportation supervisory requirements for one hour of training on the signs and symptoms of alcohol use, and one hour of training on the signs and symptoms of drug abuse. Reasonable Suspicion Training includes:

  • The role of the supervisor
  • The observations a supervisor needs to make
  • The signs and symptoms of probable alcohol misuse
  • The signs and symptoms of probable drug use
  • How to approach an employee you reasonably-suspect of being impaired
  • Many Realworld “What if” Scenarios
  • Refusals to Test
  • When to Test and When NOT to Test
  • How to Conduct Testing

DWI & Alcohol Awareness Training

Although most New Mexicans agree that impaired driving is a significant social issue for our state, few business owners understand the impact that DWI has on their bottom line each year. Further, businesses can have significant impact on reducing DWI death and injury in New Mexico by adopting a zero tolerance policy for on-the-job substance use, as well as by fostering an alcohol-free culture at workplace events and parties. The first step toward understanding the impact that impaired driving has on your community, your business, and your workers is education. The DWI Resource Center provides comprehensive training on the effects of alcohol use, impaired driving, and DWI penalties. Our comprehensive training includes:

  • Understanding Blood Alcohol Content
  • Signs and symptoms of alcohol impairment
  • Overview of DWI death and injury in New Mexico
  • Impact of DWI on businesses and communities
  • DWI penalties and costs
  • Ways to reduce impaired driving

Family Alcohol Awareness Information

The DWI Resource Center is pleased to provide families with a variety of informational resources to improve family communication about drug and alcohol-related issues, and to help parents discuss the consequences of substance abuse with children.

  • Age Page: Alcohol Use In Older People
  • A Family History of Alcoholism: Are You At Risk?
  • Workplace Screening & Brief Intervention: What Employers Can and Should Do About Excessive Alcohol Use
  • Teens at Risk: A Comprehensive Plan to Prevent Underage Drinking & Driving
    Teens at Risk, published by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, is a practical, how-to guide to assist employers in delivering underage drinking and driving information to parents. This guide includes effective strategies and messaging for employers to reach employee-parents through e-mail, newsletters, paycheck stuffers and more. A “take-home” booklet is provided for parents, filled with useful information and resources to help them be informed about underage drinking and driving, as well as communication strategies for discussing these issues with their children. The cost for the employer kit is $75, and can be ordered from NETS by calling (888) 221-0045.
  • The Novice Driver’s Road Map
    This practical guide from the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is designed to help parents cope with their newly emphasized role as teen driving coach and provide the missing link in a teen driver’s education—practice. Built around a series of eight practice drives, the Novice Driver’s Road Map provides a list of skills for each drive and instructions on how to perform those skills. Each drive exposes the teen driver to progressively more difficult driving conditions and environments. The guided practice drives provide parents with an organized practical approach to coaching their teen’s drive time. The guide is $19.95, and can be ordered from the NETS website.
  • Contract(s) for Life – SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
    The SADD Contract for Life is designed to facilitate communication between young people and their parents about potentially destructive decisions related to alcohol, drugs, peer pressure, and behavior. The issues facing young people today are often too difficult for them to address alone. SADD believes that effective parent-child communication is critically important in helping young adults to make healthy decisions, and offers this parent-child contract as a method of building trust and reinforcing responsible decision making. English, Spanish, and College Student versions available.
  • Opening Lifesaving Lines – SADD
    Having trouble discussing peer pressure and destructive behavior because you don’t know where to start? Or you feel uncomfortable? Or you want avoid a confrontation? SADD’s Opening Lifesaving Lines brochure can help. This brochure, like the SADD Contract for Life it negotiates, is designed to aid communication between teens and their parents. For more information about talking with your teens, please see SADD’s Family Communication Tips.
  • Parents. The Anti-Drug.
    TheAntiDrug.com was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. The site provides parents and other adults caregivers access to: helpful articles and advice from experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention; science-based drug prevention information, news and studies; support from other parents striving to keep their children drug-free; and perspectives of teens themselves. Check out their resources page!

For more information about the Center’s training opportunities, or to inquire about scheduling and pricing, please email us at info@dwiresourcecenter.org or call  (505) 881-1084.