Free On-Demand Prevention Courses

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The New England PTTC has developed free self-paced prevention courses that have been posted to the PTTC Network's learning portal.  This is one of the strategies of the New England PTTC to increase and expand access to prevention training for the New England workforce. 

We know it sometimes can be challenging to access a variety of prevention training due to distance and just finding the time in your schedule to attend trainings. 

With these on-demand courses, you can register and take the course on your schedule, and get continuing education credits towards your prevention certification! 


Many of these courses began as free, live webinars that were recorded and turned into self-paced courses that prevention professionals can take at any time, at their convenience.  Our goal, is to offer a wide variety of prevention topics and content to the workforce.  Many more courses are in development, keep checking back for more courses!

If you have ideas for future courses, please let us know.  Drop us a line at


NOTE:  All New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center webinars and online courses are hosted at the PTTC Network Learning Management Center, HealtheKnowledge.  You will need to create an account to register and participate in the webinar.  If you need to create an account, click here and follow the instructions.  Once you have a user account you will be able to register for this, and all future New England PTTC webinars and courses.  Contact us if you have any questions.

Courses currently available:


Prevention in Action Series: Teaching the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) at a University

Presenter:  Robert Rogers, LADC, LSW, PS-C

Course Summary:  Robert Rogers was successful in having the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) added as a class at the University of Maine at Farmington.  In this recorded webinar, Rob presents on the process he went through to have the SAPST course added to the UMF curriculum.  He will share his experience in teaching the class, talk about the feedback and outcomes from students, and provide tips and strategies for others looking to integrate prevention skills training as courses in their colleges and universities.  


Learning Objectives, in this one-hour self-paced course, participants will:

  • Review milestones in this history of prevention certification in Maine
  • Review background that led to the development of the SAPST course
  • Understand the structure and content of a University course focusing on the SAPST
  • Learn about example content of the SAPST course, and
  • Examine implementation and logistical methods and challenges of the SAPST course


Continuing Education Credits Available: 1.0 Hour Certificate of Completion Available

IC & RC Prevention Domains: Domain 2 - Prevention Education and Service Delivery


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Minecraft, not Ms. Pacman: Transforming Prevention Presentations for Today's Audiences

Presenter:  Jamie Comstock and Robin Carr

Course Summary:  Hey, the 90s called … they want their slide deck AND presentation back! Prevention professionals use presentations as a primary strategy to disseminate information, build skills, ignite calls to action and influence change. However most of us never receive any formal training in presentation design – despite all we expect them to do for us. Consequently, our presentations are as dated as dial-up Internet. In this session, you’ll learn a framework based in brain science to develop and deliver exceptional presentations – every time – using the tools and resources you already have. Get ready to transform your audience with modern and powerful presentations.


Learning Objectives, at the end of this session participants will be able to:  

  • Apply a four step process to create brain-friendly presentations. 
  • List the most common presenter mistakes and understand how to prevent them and understand how to prevent them. 
  • Increase audience engagement and participation.


Continuing Education Credits Available: 1.5 Hour Certificate of Completion Available

IC & RC Prevention Domains: Domain 3 - Communication


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Early Childhood Development: Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Presenter:  Alison Schonwald, MD

Course Summary:  Those working with young children have long known the importance of early experiences and relationships in healthy child development. Newer terms such as toxic stress and ACES are used when describing these not-so-new ideas, and are particularly important when working with families impacted by substance abuse. During this online training, learners will expand their current knowledge about early development to include up-to-date science that is accessible and useful in daily real-life interactions. Using a case-based approach, participants will apply new knowledge to familiar scenarios to enhance their engagement with high-risk young children and families.


Learning Objectives, at the end of this session participants will be able to:  

  • Distinguish healthy stress and experiences from toxic stress and ACES.
  • Connect early development milestones to safe, supportive relationships.
  • Apply lessons learned to infants and children exposed to parental substance use.


Continuing Education Credits Available: 1.0 Hour Certificate of Completion Available

IC & RC Prevention Domains: Domain 6 - Professional Growth & Responsibility


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