Community Coach training

Are you interested in making a real difference in your community and having a positive impact on a person's life?

Consider serving as a volunteer guide or mentor for someone reentering the community after serving in prison.

Volunteer coaches give formerly incarcerated individuals the opportunity
» for community support
» the ability to build healthy relationships
» to create hope for their future

Receive free training to learn needed skills for working one-on-one in helping provide referrals, emotional support and resources for former inmates. No experience, prior qualifications or education needed. All that is needed is the desire to help.

Prescott Valley

8056 E Valley Rd, Ste B, Prescott Valley

Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:00 am to 1:00 pm


Public Safety Building
199 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood

Saturday, May 19, 2017
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

To register for this free class contact Ivy Canova at or (928) 708-0100.


 Understanding the Impact of Stress & Trauma on Adolescent Brain Development

Facilitated by Barb Iversen, MC, NCC

Many teens have had life experiences that have the potential of eliciting a traumatic stress response which can impact learning, relationships and the accomplishment of developmental tasks. This training focuses on understanding adolescent brain development and how traumatic experiences in childhood and adolescence affect the developing brain and impact relationships, learning and behavior.

As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe types of experiences likely to be stressful and traumatic for children and adolescents
  • Explain how stress and trauma in childhood and adolescence affect the developing brain
  • Explain how trauma may impact psychosocial development, behavior, learning and relationships
  • Identify characteristics and components of stress/trauma informed practices in working with adolescents

Facilitated by Barb Iversen -
Barb Iversen has worked with youth and families for 30 years in a variety of mental health, social service and educational settings.  Barb teaches in Phoenix Colleges’ Adolescent Studies Program and provides professional development and parenting education on a statewide basis.  She is a Certified Adolescent Health Trainer and has a B.S. in Psychology and a M.C. from ASU. Barb is a National Certified Counselor.

Registration is now open. Limited seating - register here today!
»  $20, including lunch
»  Registration ends Friday, March 2nd!


 From Inmate to Citizen

Understanding the excitement, fear, and challenges when transitioning from prison into the community

Do you have a loved one who is incarcerated? Incarceration affects the incarcerated individual and their loved ones after release.

Learn about:

  • Difficulties people experience transitioning from prison into the community
  • The different thinking and processing skills between someone who is incarcerated and someone who is not
  • Identify differences in prison culture and daily life
  • Increase awareness about generational trauma
  • Keys to successful reintegration
  • How to communicate with returning individuals
  • How we, as a community, can help individuals return home successfully

Limited seating. No registration required to attend.
Questions? Contact or (928) 708-0100

Prescott Valley

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Prescott Valley Public Library ~ Crystal Room
7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Prescott Public Library ~ Founders Suite B
215 E. Goodwin, Prescott

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Prescott Valley Public Library ~ Crystal Room
7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley



Wednesday, November 7, 2018 ~ 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Cottonwood Public Safety Building ~ Multi-Purpose Room
199 S. 6th Street, Cottonwood


 An Overview of the Opioid Crisis & Alternative Pain Management

Since pain became known as the 5th vital sign, doctors have worked with patients to address pain management mainly using opioids. This practice, along with other factors, has resulted in the tragedy of 91 American deaths per day attributed to opioid overdose.

Join in a discussion about the opioid epidemic, its history, and what Yavapai County is doing to address it.

Also, hear a cancer survivor share her journey to discover alternative pain management techniques that allowed her to withdraw from long-term opioid use and live a pain free life.

Presenters include:

  • Sandi Cheney, Cancer Survivor, MELT Advocate
  • Kristin Robertson, Program Assistant, MATFORCE
  • Steven Elston, Health Educator, Yavapai County Community Health Services

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 ~ 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Sedona: Vultee Conference Room
Sedona City Hall Complex, 106 Roadrunner Dr., Sedona




 Kids at Hope - Module I training

Join us in Sedona!

Kids at Hope Module I Training

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 ~ 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sedona Red Rock High School ~ Library, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona

Hopeology – Introduction to Kids at Hope
Unleashing the Power of Kids at Hope
Presented by Deana DeWitt, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Sedona Oak Creek Unified School District & Director, Red Rock Academy

Explore the science of hope, optimism, and success and how it can be instilled in all children without exception. Learn about a strategic cultural framework and how an entire campus/organization/community can support the success of every child. Discuss practical application of evidence-based protocols in support of a child’s success.

Who should attend? YOU!

Please RSVP by Monday, March 19, 2018 to Deana DeWitt: or (928) 204-6836


 Community Forum: Let’s Talk Resources!

Join us for a conversation about bringing mental health resources to the forefront of our community to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. Discover how a community that embraces accessibility to these vital resources creates safer and healthier neighborhoods. Learn about the facts, myths, warning signs and what to do when you or someone you know is experiencing signs or symptoms of depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts/plans.

Topics include: mental health, crisis, suicide, depression, anxiety and more

March 7, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

HUSD District Office, Transportation Training Rm, Building 5
6411 N. Robert Rd., Prescott Valley

Mental health plays an important rolein the safety and well being of our community.

Kindly RSVP by Tuesday, March 6th to

Panel Members Include:
•  Yavapai County Suicide Coalition
•  West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
•  Terros Health - Crisis Response Network
•  Southwest Behavioral and Health Services

 Parenting Education Classes

Parenting is hard work.  We're here to help.MATFORCE partners with multiple organizations to offer FREE parenting education classes across the county.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way 

A 6-week class on how to reduce the stress of parenting and raise respectful, responsible children.

Guiding Good Choices 

Find answers on how to improve the bond with your child, increase child involvement in the family, and reduce the risk of teenage drug use and other stressful behaviors in this 5-week class.

Click here to view a calendar of FREE parenting classes and workshops.

 Monthly Youth Drug and Alcohol Impact Panel


See calendar for dates and locations.


Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

During normal business hours...
Greater Prescott Area:
  • Chino Valley Police Dept.
  • Prescott Police Dept.
  • Prescott Valley Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
Verde Valley Area
  • Camp Verde Marshal's Office
  • Clarkdale Police Dept.
  • Cottonwood Police Dept.
  • Jerome Police Dept.
  • Sedona Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
Flyer with address and phone info

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