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EPLS: Building Protection Using the Social Development Strategy (SDS)

11:00am - March 12, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Northwest PTTC
Registration Deadline: March 11, 2020
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Enhanced Prevention Learning Series:
Building Protection Using the Social Development Strategy (SDS)



This 7-session distance learning series offers an interactive forum for participants to explore how to build protection in communities, schools, and families using the Social Development Strategy (SDS).  This learning series will build participants’ understanding of shared protective factors and how the Social Development Strategy organizes protection into a strategy for action.  Participants will learn and practice using the SDS and its components to design activities that will build protection in families, schools, coalitions and communities.

This EPLS provides online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and individual activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to building protection using key learnings from prevention science.
Community-level prevention practitioners and allied partners working to prevent substance misuse in the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn what opportunities for similar courses are available to them.



Session 1 – March 12, 2020 (Zoom technology session)
Session 2 – March 19, 2020
Session 3 – March 26, 2020
Session 4 – April 02, 2020
Session 5 – April 09, 2020
Session 6 – April 16, 2020
Session 7 – April 30, 2020


10:00 am – 11:30 am Alaska 
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Mountain

NOTE: There is NOT a session on April 23, 2020.




Kevin P. Haggerty, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, UW School of Social Work, Director, Social Development Research Group, Director Northwest Prevention Technology Center. Kevin specializes in prevention programs at the community, school and family level. For more than 30 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can better identify, assess and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs.  He has an extensive research background in the intersection of biological and environmental risks for drug abuse in emerging adults and is an expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention. Additionally, Dr. Haggerty is an investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, which tests the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program.

Blair Brook-Weiss, MSPH, Senior Communities That Care Specialist. Blair is a Specialist with the University of Washington’s Center for Communities That Care (CTC) and leads the Center’s training and coaching core. She is a certified Communities That Care trainer and coach. She has extensive experience providing CTC workshops and proactive technical assistance to community leaders, boards and coalitions.

Dalene Dutton, MS, Communities That Care Specialist.  Dalene is a certified CTC Master Trainer and coach. Since 2011, she has been proactively assisting communities across North and South America with the implementation of the Communities that Care (CTC) model. Prior to joining SDRG in 2015, Ms. Dutton coordinated the activities of a Communities That Care (CTC) Coalition in Maine for 12 years.


Continuing Education

In order to receive up to 15 continuing education hours, participants are expected to view the video tutorial; attend the live technology introductory/orientation session; complete individual readings and learning activities as assigned; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions. 

Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.



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Space is limited to 25 participants    

Cost is Free!


Questions? Contact Clarissa Lam Yuen ( for any questions or difficulty in registering.