Delivering Effective Technical Assistance

Delivering Effective Technical Assistance

Research shows that quality training and technical assistance (TA) can play a critical role in helping practitioners select, implement, and evaluate their prevention programming. In fact, over the past 10 years, many states developed their training and TA systems to support their funded grantees. Yet despite the recognized value of quality TA, few opportunities exist for practitioners to hone their own TA skills.

This training is designed for prevention practitioners who are interested in improving the quality of their TA delivery. It will focus particularly on the importance of meeting clients where they are and tailoring content to their needs.

Please contact us for more information on scheduling a webinar.


State and community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and other public health professionals


1.5 hours

Learning Objectives
  • List three benefits of technical assistance (TA)
  • Describe a technical assistance “mindset”
  • Describe the difference between internal and external TA
  • Define client engagement readiness
  • List three strategies for engaging clients
  • Describe the three steps of an effective TA process
Training Content
  • What Do We Mean When We Say “TA”?
    • Defining technical assistance
    • Understanding the differences between coaching, facilitation, and resource dissemination
    • Different types of TA
  • Are You Ready?
    • Assessing client readiness to receive TA
    • Building client readiness to receive TA
  • Understanding the TA Process
    • Assessing client needs
    • Determining TA strategies
    • Sequencing TA services