Foundations in Substance Misuse Prevention in Higher Education


Professionals new to prevention in higher education may come to their work with diversity in background and training. Since there is currently no certification or academic program in higher education prevention science, this training will focus on the fundamentals of prevention science, college student behavior epidemiology, and using the Strategic Prevention Framework to apply evidence-based prevention strategies in higher education prevention.

Note:  There are a limited number of openings for this training.  Registration will close when 40 participants have registered. There is an application process to complete for registration.  Click on the “Registration” button above and be redirected to an application form.  Those who work in Higher Education in Region 5 will take priority in the application process.  Each participant will be notified via email of their acceptance and will then be directed to register in Zoom. 




April 20, 25 and 27, 2023 from 9:00 AM CT-12:00 PM CT. 




  • Understand and articulate the fundamentals of the public health approach, including how the Strategic Prevention Framework can be used in higher education substance misuse prevention.   
  • Explain the unique substance misuse prevention challenges inherent in higher education settings and selection of evidence-based strategies to address high-risk substance misuse behavior.
  • Return to campus ready to implement evidence-based strategies to address higher education substance misuse prevention, regardless of their previous prevention or higher.




Registrants who fully attend all three sessions of this training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. This training will consist of 9 contact hours. 




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Joan Masters, MEd

Joan Masters is the Project Director of Missouri Partners in Partners in Prevention and has worked with PIP since 2001. Joan is responsible for the training and technical assistance that PIP provides to the 24 member campuses and serves as the Primary Investigator for PIP’s grant projects. Joan provides oversight to the Partners in Prevention projects including the implementation of the annual Missouri Assessment of College Health Behaviors.  She is assists campuses with coalition building, implementing evidence-based strategies, building peer education programs, and strategic planning. Joan is a Missouri Advanced Prevention Specialist and received both her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Education from the University of Missouri.

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Kathleen Ratcliff 

Kathleen Ratcliff is the founder and Executive Director of Upstream Prevention, Inc., a nonprofit based in Johnson County, Indiana. She is an IC&RC Certified Prevention Specialist with a Master of Public Affairs (University of Missouri) and a B.S. in Psychology (Missouri State University). While working on her MPA, she was awarded the Mel Carnahan Public Service Fellowship and was the 2013 Stanley L. Botner award recipient. She got her start in prevention as a research assistant for Missouri’s Partners in Prevention, before moving to Indiana to work at the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University-Bloomington as a Research Associate and Community Prevention Specialist. She is a trained facilitator for the nationally recognized Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST), Ethics for Prevention, and Question.Persuade.Refer (QPR). She has served as a trainer, technical assistance coach, and evaluator within the prevention field in the past ten years.




The Great Lakes A/MH/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: Apr. 20, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Apr. 27, 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
April 14, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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