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EPLS: Prevention Basics

3:00pm - June 2, 2020 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest PTTC
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2020
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In order to register, you must complete the free Healthy Knowledge course Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics before June 2 and pre-register for the series.

To pre-register for the Pacific Southwest PTTC Prevention Basics EPLS please click on the link provided below and follow the instructions.



This 8 week series offers a uniquely interactive online introduction to the field of substance misuse prevention. Participants examine the history of substance misuse prevention, key concepts, and foundational research informing the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step, data-driven planning process. Training participants build basic knowledge and skills necessary to identify prevention priorities and develop a plan to implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions. This consultation series offers structured skill-based learning opportunities, individual reading and learning assignments, group activities, and discussions to enhance learning application and outcomes.

During this webinar participants will:

  • Define prevention
  • Explain the continuum of care
  • List the criteria for research-based risk factors
  • Describe how the Social Development Strategy operationalizes protective factors
  • Describe the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), including the key tasks for each
  • List three essential keys to sustainability
  • Explain the importance of addressing health disparities in the context of substance misuse prevention planning and implementation
  • Describe how cultural humility is essential in our work in the prevention field



Kris Gabrielsen, MPH, has worked in substance misuse prevention for nearly 30 years. She served as the Associate Director of the Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), co-authored the first Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training curriculum, and co-authored the textbook, Substance Abuse Prevention: The Intersection of Science and Practice. She currently works with states and communities across the nation to bridge the gap between research and practice by assisting prevention professionals in maximizing their effectiveness.


Dates and Times

States & American Samoa:
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21

03:00 PM – 04:30 PM Pacific
04:00 PM – 05:30 PM Mountain
12:00 PM – 01:30 PM Hawaii
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM American Samoa

June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Republic of the Marshal Islands
09:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 AM – 09:30 AM Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 AM – 08:30 AM Republic of Palau


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Substance misuse prevention practitioners located in the Pacific Southwest (HHS Region 9) states and jurisdictions of American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.  Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need continuing education hours to meet re-certification requirements.





Continuing Education:  

In order to receive up to 21 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, please defer this registration opportunity to others if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements.  



Contact Matt Minten ( for any questions or difficulty in registering.