What Does NOT Work in Prevention

10:00am - March 2, 2022 thru 11:30am - March 2, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes PTTC
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The Great Lakes PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.




Many trainings and resources focus on what research has shown to be effective at preventing substance misuse. However, we also know through research what is NOT effective in preventing substance misuse and in some cases is harmful. Yet communities across the nation continue to implement these ineffective and sometimes counterproductive strategies. The focus of this webinar will be on identifying these ineffective approaches. We will also spend time discussing strategies prevention professionals can use to address the resistance often expressed by individuals and organizations reluctant to change long-standing, well-liked prevention practices.



By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 5 interventions that have been shown through research to NOT be effective in preventing substance misuse
  • List evidence-based approaches that can be used as effective alternatives to the ineffective/counterproductive strategies
  • Describe strategies to address resistance to discontinuing ineffective and/or counterproductive prevention strategies




Optional "Office Hours

Webinar attendees are invited to participate in "office hours" on March 3rd from 1-2 CT (hosted by Erin Ficker) and on March 7th from 10-11 CT (hosted by Kris Gabrielsen). This is an opportunity for webinar attendees to ask questions of Erin and Kris. No registration is needed.  Zoom links will be emailed to attendees following the webinar. Questions? Contact Kris Gabrielsen, [email protected](No certificates of participation are available for office hours.)






Kris Gabrielsen


Kris Gabrielsen is the co-director of the Great Lakes PTTC. She has worked in substance misuse prevention for over 30 years. She was the associate director of the Western CAPT, co-author of the SAPST, and co-author of the Substance Abuse Prevention textbook. Kris has delivered trainings across the United States, focusing on bridging the gap between research and practice.


Erin Ficker


Erin Ficker, CPRS, MPAff,  serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC. For more than 16 years, Erin Ficker has worked in substance use prevention supporting communities to use evidence-based strategies and data driven process in substance abuse prevention planning and implementation.  She works with community level prevention practitioners and schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of prevention interventions. 



Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance. Certificates are disseminated via email to all qualifying individuals approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the event or training. 




The recording of this event will be posted within two weeks after the conclusion of the event. You can find this recording once it’s posted, as well as all other products and resources, on the Great Lakes PTTC Products & Resources page.