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Podcast Episode 2
April 15, 2019

Find out what's new in the updated version of the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training curriculum!

The SAPST has been a staple in prevention professionals training since the early 1990s. Over the years it has been updated with current data, latest trends, and all around improvements. SAPST Master Trainers worked tirelessly last year and now bring you the most up-to-date and current SAPST curriculum. 

During this episode, I speak with SAPST Master Trainer Dodi Swope and we unpack what is new in the curriculum. 

The same SAPST you know and love: but with a new haircut. 

Presenter: Dodi Swope, MEd, LMFT

Dodi Swope recently joined the Southwest Prevention Center as a Training and Technical Assistant for the Region 6 Prevention Training and Technology Transfer Center. In this role, Dodi provides training and technical assistance to clients throughout Region 6 to assist them in achieving their substance misuse prevention outcomes. Dodi brings over 35 years of experience to this role, with a career that spans education, counseling psychology and public health. Most recently Dodi served as a training and technical assistance specialist at SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), working with states and tribes on their efforts to prevent substance misuse and substance use disorders. Dodi provided expertise on interventions across the lifespan and throughout the continuum of care to address the consequences of opioid misuse for the individual and their family and community. Dodi provided research and implementation expertise that included evidence-based programs for infants and toddlers in homes where opioid misuse is present, programs for affected children of elementary and middle school ages as well as more traditional high school prevention programs. Dodi also provided consultation on opioid overdose prevention, including harm reduction strategies and post overdose interventions to community leaders working on the ground to stem the tide of fatal opioid overdoses. Dodi’s passion is teaching others about the wonders of human development and assisting individuals, families, and communities in developing systems, programs, and interventions that support healthy people in healthy communities. 

Dodi holds Bachelors in Education from Wheelock College with a major in Early Childhood Education, with a concentration in Special Needs. She also earned a Masters in Education; Major in Counseling Psychology, Family Therapy Program, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. Dodi’s background includes teaching in regular and special education settings and a clinical practice serving children and families impacted by substance use disorders in the Boston area for over ten years.