Additional SAPST Resources

These additional resources have been compiled to support the SPF: Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST). Adapted from a product created by the Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center, these resources enable a deep-dive on each facet of the Strategic Prevention Framework and more. The list is updated as new resources become available, and may differ from print versions of the SAPST.

SPF: Application for Prevention Success Training changed its name because the PTTC Network understands that words have power. You may find events or references across the PTTC site that utilize the old name for SAPST that does not align with our current commitment to using affirming, person-first language.  


What is Prevention Science? 
Prevention science seeks to identify what issues affect communities, best practices to address those issues, and the most effective ways of disseminating that knowledge.

Prevention Domain Video Series: What Do Prevention Specialists Do? 
In these videos, you will learn what each prevention domain is and how all the domains function together for effective prevention. If you are new to the prevention field or are starting a new role within the field, these videos will help you understand the science and practice of prevention specialists.

Higher Education Prevention Professional Competencies Initiative 
This guide provides a broad understanding of the range of skills necessary for orchestrating comprehensive substance misuse prevention efforts on higher education campuses.

Prevention Specialist Credentialing Interactive Map 
This interactive map of the United States allows users to select their state and find details about IC&RC certification requirements for Certified Prevention Specialist fields.

A Guide to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
This resource provides an overview of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) SPF. Prevention professionals use the SPF as a comprehensive guide for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention practices and programs.

An Introduction to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework 
This collection of documents provides an overview of each step and the guiding principles of SAMHSA’s SPF.

Collaboration Across SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework 
This tool offers opportunities for collaboration at each step of the SPF.

Applying the Strategic Prevention Framework and HHS Disparity Impact Measurement Framework to Address Behavioral Health Disparities 
This infographic explores ways to address behavioral health disparities at each step of the SPF.

Action Steps for Prevention Practitioners – SPF Step 1: Assessment 
This job aid includes a checklist to guide prevention practitioners through the assessment phase of the SPF.

Demystifying Data: Gathering and Using Local Risk and Protective Factor Data for Prevention – Part 1
During this self-paced online course, participants learn about the importance of gathering data for assessment and evaluation, and learn about the types of data to gather. Key risk and protective factors associated with substance use and mental health are discussed. The course explores existing sources of data, the assessment of data gaps, and options for collecting primary data at the local level. (Please note that creating a free account is required to access this source.)

Demystifying Data: Gathering and Using Local Risk and Protective Factor Data for Prevention – Part 2
During this second course in the two-part self-paced online course series, participants learn about data quality and quantity, including having enough data and having the right data. Processes for prioritizing risk and protective factors are explored, to help in determining which to address with prevention efforts, and examples are shared. This course concludes with recommendations for ongoing monitoring to inform evaluation efforts. (Please note that creating a free account is required to access this source.)

PTTC Needs Assessment Part 1 & 2 
This two-part webinar series explores the Community Needs Assessment. Part 1 presents strategies for determining which substance use problems and related behaviors are having the greatest impact on a community; it then explains how to find and use data to identify the risk and protective factors that might influence or contribute to these problems, and how to ensure that the data you collect reflects diverse cultural perspectives. Part 2 explores the value of assessing community capacity to ensure a good fit between potential strategies and local conditions, and it outlines how to use tools such as geo-spatial mapping to share your assessment findings.

Examining Data for Disparities 
This webinar explores the power of data—its power for good and its power to amplify bias. Data is the foundation of everything we do, so it is important that we learn to read and understand it correctly. With this skill set, you will be able to identify structural inequities in your community and garner support for innovative strategies.

Action Steps for Prevention Practitioners – SPF Step 2: Capacity Building
This job aid includes a checklist to guide prevention practitioners through the capacity phase of the SPF.

Ethics and Equity in Capacity Building 
This webinar focuses on the importance of community engagement in capacity building. It emphasizes the importance of holding partners and systems accountable to those experiencing inequity while using tools to measure and raise the current standing of key partners in our prevention efforts.

Six Elements of Effective Coalitions Resource Toolkit 
This toolkit was designed to strengthen prevention practitioners’ capacity to organize, facilitate, and sustain effective prevention coalitions and collaborations that prevent substance misuse and its related consequences.

Managing Coalition Dynamics 
This tool offers an overview of the four stages of group development, accompanied by tips for maximizing productivity and cohesion, reducing conflict, and steering group members toward long-term success to support leaders in managing group dynamics.

Coalitions and Partnerships Worksheets 
This page provides worksheets that coalitions can use to develop an effective recruitment plan by analyzing existing partnerships through a health equity lens.

Coalition Affinity Group Booster Videos 
This video series outlines the Six Elements of Effective Coalitions Resource Toolkit. The six elements work together to support a coalition’s capacity to achieve desired outcomes in a community.

Action Steps for Prevention Practitioners – SPF Step 4: Implementation 
This job aid includes a checklist to guide prevention practitioners through the implementation phase of the SPF.

Environmental Strategies Toolkit
This guide was designed for substance misuse prevention professionals working in agencies and coalitions as a set of practical tools to support the implementation of three foundational environmental prevention strategies: policy, enforcement, and media.

Implementing Community-Level Policies to Prevent Alcohol Misuse 
This guide from SAMHSA provides a compendium of key policies for the prevention of alcohol misuse that have been identified by robust scientific literature as being evidence based.

Selecting and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices to Address Substance Misuse Among Young Adults 
This webinar reviews the process of developing an evidence-based guide to substance misuse prevention among young adults.

Action Steps for Prevention Practitioners – SPF Step 3: Planning 
This job aid includes a checklist to guide prevention practitioners through the planning phase of the SPF.

Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions: Finding the Best Fit
Perhaps the most critical decision that prevention staff consider is what set of interventions to implement, often with limited resources. This webinar provides an introduction to the best processes and resources available to use when making these critical decisions.

Guide to Online Registries for Substance Misuse Prevention Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
This document summarizes many available federal registries and online databases where prevention practitioners can begin their search for the “best fit” evidence-based prevention program, policy, or practice.

What Does NOT Work in Prevention 
Webinar | Self-paced course

This webinar and HealtheKnowledge self-paced course focus on effective and ineffective strategies for preventing substance misuse. (Please note that creating a free account is required to access the self-paced course.)

Planning Primer: Developing a Theory of Change, Logic Models and Strategic and Action Plans 
This primer from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) provides clear guidelines for assisting your coalition to develop the documents you need to carry out a comprehensive community plan to reduce substance misuse rates. It also helps you understand the dynamic planning process needed for coalition work.

Selecting Best-Fit Programs and Practices: Guidance for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners 
This guide from SAMHSA walks you through the steps of identifying and selecting programs that will best fit your community’s unique needs.

Introduction to Evaluation 
This interactive resource from the Community Tool Box provides in-depth information on the evaluation of prevention programs. 

How to Create a Logic Model for Substance Misuse Prevention Curricula 
This document aids preventionists as they work through the process of creating an effective logic model. Effective logic models act as a roadmap that tells your prevention workgroup or coalition where it is starting from, where it is going, how it will get where it is going, and if it is going in the right direction.

Logic Models: Mapping Your Prevention Efforts
This self-paced online course aims to help prevention practitioners understand logic models; it further provides guidance for building a logic model for their prevention program. (Please note that creating a free account is required to access this source.)

Evaluation Primer: Setting the Context for a Community Coalition Evaluation
This primer from CADCA provides the basic tools each coalition needs to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan. In addition, it will help your coalition create and implement a local evaluation.

Evaluating Prevention Programs: A Tip Sheet for Measuring What Doesn’t Happen 
This fact sheet provides an overview of the evaluation step of the SPF and includes a brief look at data collection, evaluation types, and logic models.

Equity in Data and Evaluation 
This webinar discusses and reviews the ethical standards and the values related to prevention data-related activities, including needs assessment and evaluation. 

How to Create a Pseudocode – Protecting Participant Anonymity
Pseudocodes are used by evaluators to protect a participant’s anonymity. “Pseudocodes” are fake codes that sever the link between the data and the provider. This document explains pseudocodes and how to create them. 

Sustainability Planning Toolkit
This toolkit guides professionals in evaluating their strategic planning processes and interventions to determine what needs to be sustained and the best way to do so. The toolkit offers a five-step sustainability planning process to help communities move from understanding to action by identifying and securing the resources needed to maintain positive prevention outcomes beyond current funding.

Crosswalk of SPF Steps with Sustainability Milestones and Skills 
This crosswalk identifies tasks commonly associated with each step of SAMHSA’s SPF. These steps align with sustainability milestones and the practitioner skills needed to meet these milestones.

Sustainability: Don’t Leave Your Change to Chance 
This interactive virtual workshop focuses on the art of sustainability and how we maintain the human, social, and material resources needed to achieve long-term goals for community change.

Strategies for Prevention Sustainability: Advancing Sustainability Through Strategic Partnerships Webinar 
This webinar provides practitioners with an approach to sustainability that focuses on maintaining positive outcomes, effective processes, and interventions that work.

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care
The National CLAS Standards are a set of 15 action steps intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate healthcare disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and healthcare organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

Cultural Competence Continuum
This document outlines the cultural competence continuum, which includes the following six stages: cultural destructiveness, cultural incapacity, cultural blindness, and cultural pre-competence, cultural competence, and cultural proficiency.

A Guide to Infusing Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Health Promotion Training
This guide can be used to facilitate discussions about problems with culturally destructive practices.

The Role of Preventionists in Accelerating Health Equity and Communities of Wellbeing 
This webinar outlines the skills needed for a prevention workforce prepared to accelerate equity, justice, and community trauma–informed approaches within vulnerable populations.

Cultural Competence vs. Cultural Humility – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Infographic 
This infographic focuses on how to approach others with humility.

Building a Habit of Cultural Humility in Prevention 
The terms “cultural humility” and “cultural competency” are often used interchangeably when, in fact, they are very different. This webinar recording provides a solid foundation for understanding the difference between the two. 

Social Determinants of Health 
This three-part, three-hour, self-paced course provides a comprehensive overview of the SDOH and examines the influence they have on substance use. It also discusses the impact that the public health approach can have on them, reviews how to turn prevention knowledge into actionable processes, and provides recommendations about how to address them through the principles of prevention science and the use of environmental and other strategies. (Please note that creating a free account is required to access this source.)

Why Health Equity Matters in Prevention 
This webinar focuses on why health equity matters in substance misuse prevention.

Preventing and Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities Among LGBTQI2-S Youth and Adults 
This session focuses on addressing and preventing behavioral health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S) youth and adult populations in southeast (HHS Region 4) communities.

Community Engagement: An Essential Component of an Effective and Equitable Substance Use Prevention System 
This guide focuses on how community engagement can play a critical role in the equitable scaling up of evidence-based programs and policies within the substance use prevention system. 

Culture As Medicine: Healing Through Connection 
This webinar focuses on how research shows that cultural connections are important to one’s well-being, especially in indigenous populations, and how integrating culture is a key component in health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities
This product is designed for prevention specialists working with Native communities. The topics it covers include cultural connectedness, spiritual activity, traditional activity, cultural identity, and cultural humility.

Harm Reduction 
This video reviews the importance of harm reduction and breaking down some of the stigma often associated with this topic. 

Understanding the Role of Prevention in Harm Reduction Efforts
This brief provides an overview of harm reduction and the specific actions preventionists can take to augment harm reduction efforts in their local communities.

Action Steps for Prevention Practitioners to Enhance Harm Reduction Efforts
This succinct job aid provides a checklist of action steps that prevention practitioners can take to enhance their harm reduction efforts.

Understanding Harm Reduction as Prevention
In this podcast, SAMHSA Regional Administrator Kimberly Nelson discusses recent data trends and how the future of harm reduction fits into the prevention of tomorrow.

The Role of Prevention in Harm Reduction Efforts 
This webpage features a collection of resources and tools that can assist preventionists in understanding harm reduction and how prevention can enhance harm reduction efforts in their local communities.

Prevention’s Role in Harm Reduction 
This webinar recording focuses on steps prevention practitioners can take to support harm reduction efforts, including promoting community readiness to support harm reduction approaches, addressing substance use disorder–related stigma, and linking harm reduction efforts to more “upstream” efforts.

Ethics in Prevention Foundations: A Guide for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners
This three-hour self-paced course is based on the moderated Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Misuse Prevention Practitioners. This course is appropriate for anyone working in the field of substance abuse prevention. It covers key terminology, the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics, and a decision-making process to use when faced with an ethical dilemma. (Please note that creating a free account is required to access this source.)

Adverse Childhood Experiences
This page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website includes a video overview of ACEs as well as links to other resources on ACEs.

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Leveraging the Best Available Evidence
This is a resource to help states and communities leverage the best available evidence to prevent ACEs from happening in the first place as well as to lessen the harm when ACEs do occur. It features six strategies drawn from the CDC Technical Packages for Violence Prevention.

Vital Signs: Adverse Childhood Experiences 
This CDC Vital Signs fact sheet features ACEs and their negative impacts on health as well as education and employment opportunities later in life.

Creating Positive Childhood Experiences
This page on the CDC website describes how relationships and environments are essential to creating PCEs and preventing ACEs.

Positive Childhood Experiences and Adult Mental Health
This brief reviews the research and findings related to PCEs.

Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities (2009) 
This report updates a 1994 Institute of Medicine (IOM) book, Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders, and pays particular attention to the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since that time.

Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda (2019) 
This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine updates the 2009 report from the IOM, Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities.