Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (Virtual Series)

Meeting Dates: 
Monday, March 20, 2023
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Monday, March 27, 2023
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Meeting Time and Location: 




To apply to participate in the SAPST:

  1. Complete the free, self-paced online course Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics.

  2. Complete and submit the online application for this course. Please have your certificate of completion for the Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention course available – you will be asked to upload it during the application process.

  3. The course is limited to 40 participants on a first come, first-serve basis for applicants who meet the required criteria.

  4. (SEE LINK) Click the “REGISTER” button above to access the application form.

  5. Applications will close when course is filled.

March 20, 23, 27, and 30, 2023 from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM CT

Click the “REGISTER” button above to access the application form.

The Virtual Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is an innovative distance-learning training that blends a pre-requisite, self-paced online course with a combination of live, interactive sessions conducted over video conferencing and individual homework assignments completed before and between the live sessions. Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the Virtual SAPST provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that improve substance-related outcomes, reduce behavioral health disparities, and improve wellness.

The Virtual SAPST includes the following topic areas:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (self-paced, 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 (live video-conference sessions and homework activities)
    • Behavioral health
    • Institute of Medicine’s/National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Continuum of Care
    • Public health approach
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Developmental perspective
  • Application: SAMHSA’s SPF (live video-conference sessions and homework activities)
    • Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Cultural competence, sustainability

The SAPST is designed for:

  • Entry-level (less than five years) prevention administrators and practitioners
  • Members of substance misuse prevention community coalitions
  • Professionals working in fields related to substance misuse prevention
  • Training and technical assistance providers supporting those in the substance misuse prevention workforce and broader community

Please note that priority will be given those applicants who are substance misuse prevention practitioners located in HHS Region 5: Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. If you live outside Region 5, you are welcome to complete the application and be placed on the wait list. Individuals from outside Region 5 will be accepted as space is available.

Participant Commitment and Expectations

  • Complete the self-paced online course, Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics and submit the online application
  • Participate in all 4 virtual sessions of training on March 20, 23, 27, and 30 from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM CT
  • Complete and submit homework assignments between each training session via a Google form (approx. 2 hours of homework will be assigned each session)
  • Have the appropriate technology and work environment available to join the Zoom training sessions
  • Actively engage during training sessions using both camera and microphone — participants must be on camera at least 90% of the time


  • Participants that fully attend all sessions and satisfy all course requirements will receive a certificate of attendance for 22 contact hours
  • No partial credit will be given for this course
  • Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these contract hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements