In-Person, Introduction to The Prevention Core Competencies For Prevention Professionals

Training Overview 

The Introduction to The Prevention Core Competencies for Prevention Professionals was designed to introduce practitioners to the essential competencies, knowledge, and skill to work in substance use and misuse prevention. It is based on the Prevention Core Competencies published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The course provides a foundation for service delivery based on prevention science and the use of evidence-based practices. It strengthens the understanding of effective planning and implementation approaches and encourages the pursuit of more specialized training and professional development. 

The curriculum utilizes evidence-based strategies for adult learning; and builds upon and complements existing workforce training curricula and resources (e.g., Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST), Foundations of Prevention Science and Practice Curriculum, and Universal Prevention Curriculum.


  • Describe the key elements of prevention planning and evaluation.
  • Understand the core prevention professional knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  • Acknowledge the importance of research-based theories and processes that help explain and build effective prevention interventions, and 
  • Describe how evidence-based (EB) prevention strategies can be delivered across settings including the family, school, media, community, or workplace.


Dates and Time  

     July 31, 2023; 09:00 am – 05:00 pm Pacific Time
August 01, 2023; 09:00 am – 05:00 pm Pacific Time
August 02, 2023; 09:00 am – 02:00 pm Pacific Time 



Hotel Murano

1320 Broadway
Tacoma, WA. 98402 

Who Should Participate

This curriculum is designed for entry-level (i.e. less than 5 years experience) substance misuse prevention practitioners working at the community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners. Participation is limited to practitioners working in HHS Region 10 states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington), communities, and tribes.


Marissa CarlsonMarissa Carlson, MS, CPS is the Executive Director of the NH Teen Institute, a leadership development nonprofit working with middle & high school students from around NH & New England in a variety of areas including substance misuse prevention, peer mentoring, and creating positive school & community climate.   As part of her role at TI, she oversees and facilitates training for youth participants, youth & adult volunteer program staff, and outside behavioral health and education professionals.  She is a trainer for multiple workshops developed through SAMHSA systems, and is a member of the advisory council of the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC).  In addition, she is the President of the Prevention Certification Board of NH, the NH Prevention delegate to the IC&RC, and serves as the chairperson of the Prevention Specialist credentialing committee.  Outside of her prevention work, Marissa is a founding member of Mill City Productions, a theatre company in Western Massachusetts.  She graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Psychology, received an MS in Nonprofit Management from Bay Path University, and has been a Certified Prevention Specialist since 2011.


Debbie JonesDebbie Jones, CPS is a Certified Prevention Specialist and is the Prevention Coordinator for Wasco County, Oregon, and the Co-Creator of the T2T Connection (T2T) Emotional Learning / Secure Attachment – Resiliency Project.  Debby received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Brigham Young University in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. She is the Co-Chair for the State of Oregon's Addiction and Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and the Co-Chair of the state's Behavioral Health Promotion & Prevention subcommittee.  She is a certified instructor in QPR, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training.  According to Debby, the greatest compliment she has ever received was when a 6-year-old was explaining to her friend who she was … “She’s a kid like us but can drive”.  Debby lives in The Dalles, Oregon.



Certificate of Attendance

Participants must attend the full 18-hour in-person training to receive a certificate of completion for 18 hours. No partial credit will be given. These certificates can be submitted to your respective credentialing authority responsible for providing certification or approving continuing education credit. Please contact your certification board to determine if this is applicable toward your certification requirements. 


Deadline to Register: July 14, 2023

Register for the Introduction to Prevention Core Competencies


Cost is Free!

Participants are responsible for their own lodging and meals 
Hotel Murano

No room block is available for this event.


For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner, [email protected].

Starts: Jul. 31, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Aug. 2, 2023 2:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 14, 2023
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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