Prevention Fundamentals Online: A How-to Training for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners and Their Partners

Prevention Fundamentals Online: A How-to Training for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners and Their Partners

This all-virtual training prepares practitioners for the realities of today’s substance misuse prevention environment.

  • Focused on the needs of individual practitioners working in the field
  • Hands-on and highly interactive with new tools to help practitioners hit the ground running
  • Reflects updates to the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (2018) but with a greater focus on community mobilization, communications, and addressing health disparities throughout the prevention planning process
  • Designed exclusively for a webinar platform—not adapted from an in-person training
  • Endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

Extended Early Bird Special! if you register before January 28, $850; $1000 any time after that date

Next Event

March 21, 23, 25, 28, 30; 11:30 am-3:30 pm ET


Substance misuse prevention practitioners and their partners


This course has been endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Individuals who complete the entire training will receive a certificate for 20 hours of participation.

20 hrs
Learning Objectives

Day 1: Laying the Foundation

  • Defining key substance misuse terms
  • Guiding models and frameworks
  • Understanding risk and protective factors

Day 2. Building the Prevention Frame

  • Overview of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
  • Using logic models to navigate the SPF
  • Exploring SPF Step 1: Assessment
  • Identifying, collecting, and analyzing data to identify substance misuse problems and populations most affected by them

Day 3: Gathering Resources and Building Readiness

  • Exploring SPF Step 2: Capacity
  • Building and maintaining strong partnerships with diverse community members and organizations
  • Enhancing organizational structures
  • Developing a communication plan
  • Ensuring a culturally responsive prevention approach

Day 4: Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Prevention Plan

  • Exploring SPF Step 3: Planning
  • Putting your assessment data to work: prioritizing factors, selecting strategies, and addressing disparities
  • Exploring SPF Step 4: Implementation
  • Maintaining fidelity and adapting strategies to better fit community needs

Day 5: Documenting Results and Sustaining Prevention Efforts

  • Understanding the purpose and types of evaluation
  • Using logic models to guide evaluation planning
  • Understanding the relationship between sustainability and outcomes
  • Sustainability considerations throughout the SPF

Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS  
Sandra is a co-author of the Substance Misuse Prevention Skills Training and PS@EDC’s prevention ethics courses. She has provided training in all areas of prevention practice. She serves on the advisory boards of the National Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), New England PTTC, and Latino PTTC. She is a Rhode Island delegate to the IC&RC and past co-chair of its prevention committee.

Jessica Goldberg, MSW, MPH, CPS
Jess is a technical assistance provider and trainer for PS@EDC with over 10 years of experience leading and supporting public health promotion and prevention efforts. As a former CAPT training and technical assistance specialist, she worked closely with states and community coalitions to adopt and apply SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework