Change Leader Academy for Prevention Practitioners (July 2023)


The NIATx Virtual Change Leader Academy for Prevention Practitioners is the web-based version of the popular NIATx Change Leader Academy (CLA). The CLA has given thousands of behavioral health organizations the tools to make real changes that improve their systems and processes. This interactive, expert-led program includes four, weekly, 90-minute learning sessions.

SPECIAL FOCUS: The target audience of this CLA is the substance misuse prevention workforce of HHS Region 5.




Participants in the virtual CLA will learn:

  • The NIATx principles and how they motivate positive change in substance misuse prevention work
  • How to build a change team and integrate NIATx principles at the organizational and coalition level
  • How to conduct a change project to improve a specific process within substance misuse prevention work




A certificate for 6 NAADAC continuing education hours will be emailed to participants who attend the four-part training session in full. Partial credits will not be awarded.




This series is taking place on July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2023 from 10:00 AM–11:30 AM CT.




Photo: Scott Gatzke

Scott Gatzke

Scott Gatzke is the Director of Dissemination for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) and the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC and PTTC. Scott has over 25 years of experience as an operations and quality improvement manager in manufacturing and health care and is a senior NIATx coach/trainer. He has presented the NIATx Change Leader Academy to behavioral health, social service, and substance misuse prevention professionals throughout the United States.

Photo: Erin Ficker

Erin Ficker

Erin Ficker serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC. For more than 14 years, Erin has worked in substance abuse prevention supporting communities to use evidence-based strategies and data-driven processes 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.



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.

Starts: Jul. 11, 2023 10:00 am
Ends: Aug. 1, 2023 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
July 11, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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