The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is the foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention, grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework. It prepares practitioners to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs and practices that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.
The SAPST is for practitioners new to the substance abuse prevention field and/or working in related discipline. This innovative training blends a four-day, in-person component with an interactive online unit.
There are two parts to the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST): a required online course, entitled Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics, which must be completed before attending the four-day face-to-face training.
What does the SAPST cover?
Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (online), including an overview of basic terminology and facts, history of substance use and prevention in the U.S., addiction and the brain, and the effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice (in-person), including an exploration of behavioral health, the Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care, the public health approach to prevention, risk and protective factors, and the developmental perspective .
Application: SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (in-person), including presentations on assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation, cultural competence, and sustainability.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Available Continuing Education: 32 hours
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Jordan Hillhouse, CPS, MBA and Glenda Crump, MS, CPS