Foundations in Prevention Intensive Training Course

Foundations in Prevention Intensive Training requires an application. (The deadline to submit an application is 5 pm CT on Friday, March 18.)

The course is limited to 30 participants on a first come, first-serve basis for applicants who meet the required criteria. Please use the registration link to access the application


March 21, 24, 28, 31, April 4, 7, 11, & 14 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM CT


To apply for this intensive training course, you must first complete the free, self-paced online course Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics on

When you complete the HealtheKnowledge course, you will receive a certificate of completion.  Please have it ready to upload as part of your application for Foundations in Prevention Intensive Training.


Click the registration link above to access the application form. Be prepared to upload your HealtheKnowledge course certificate of completion.


This eight-session series offers a uniquely interactive online introduction to the foundations of substance misuse prevention. Participants examine the key concepts of substance misuse prevention and the Strategic Prevention Framework. Participants build basic knowledge and skills necessary to identify prevention priorities and develop a plan to implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions. This course offers structured, skill-based learning opportunities, readings, and learning assignments to complete between sessions, along with group activities and discussions to enhance application of the new skills.

By the end of this series, participants will be able to:

  • 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



  • Substance misuse prevention practitioners who are newer to the field
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need continuing education hours to meet re-certification requirements.

Participant Commitment and Expectations

  • Complete the self-paced online course, Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics ( and submit certificate of completion in your application form.
  • Participate in eight sessions of training for 1.5 hours on March 21, 24, 28, 31, April 4, 7, 11, & 14 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM CT
  • Complete one to two hours of homework and submit completed work via Google forms between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online video conferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session. This is not a webinar series. Active participation on camera is essential.

Important Clarification

Foundations in Prevention Intensive Training is not a webinar series.

  • Camera on: Active participation with camera on throughout each session is essential.
  • Technology: Participants will be expected to have technology needed to actively participate with a microphone and camera by the start of the first session. 




Kris Gabrielsen


Kris Gabrielsen is the co-director of the Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center. She has worked in the substance misuse prevention field since 1991. Kris was 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. As a consultant, she has worked with states and communities across the nation to bridge the gap between research and practice, assisting prevention professionals in maximizing their effectiveness.


Erin Ficker


Erin Ficker, CPRS, MPAff serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC and has extensive experience working with community-based prevention providers.  She also has experience in quality and process improvement coaching and training.



A certificate of participation for 21 hours will be given to participants that attend all Zoom sessions and complete all homework assignments. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.



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 HHS Region 5 stakeholders.


Starts: Mar. 21, 2022 10:00 am
Ends: Apr. 14, 2022 11:30 am
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