The Social Norms Approach is a prevention strategy that corrects misperceptions of risky behaviors and focuses on the healthy behaviors that already exist in groups. Research shows that most people overestimate risky or unhealthy habits and under-perceive normative healthy behaviors, and that decreasing the over-perception of unhealthy or risky behaviors improves health outcomes. Please join us for the two-part interactive webinar series for prevention practitioners in HHS Region 2, Social Norms in Substance Misuse Prevention. During these sessions, participants will explore the fundamental principles and key concepts behind the social norms approach and begin imagining a process in their own communities that uncovers and promotes the positive norms that already exist. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences with planning and implementing the approach in various settings and receive practical guidance for applying social norms theory to creating a culture of health and well-being in their communities.
At the end of this 1.5 hour webinar, participants will be able to: