Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, this foundational training helps practitioners develop the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate effective, data-driven programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.

Please contact us to schedule a training.


Practitioners new to the substance abuse prevention field and/or working in related disciplines.


Participants will receive two certificates, representing a total of 31 trainings hours. These can be submitted to participants’ local credentialing authority toward prevention certification or re-certification.


4 days (in-person) plus 5 hours online

Learning Objectives
  • Define behavioral health and its relationship to substance misuse
  • Describe the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step planning model
  • Identify the needs of vulnerable populations in order to improve cultural competency and more effectively address behavioral health disparities
  • Discuss effective approaches to collaborating across sectors to sustain prevention outcomes
Training Content
  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (online)
    • Basic terminology and facts
    • History of substance use and prevention in the U.S.
    • Addiction and the brain
    • Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice (in-person)
    • Behavioral health
    • Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care
    • Public health approach
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Developmental perspective
  • Application: SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (in-person)
    • Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Cultural competence, sustainability