In-Person SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST)

Training Description

The SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST) is a hybrid training that blends a pre-requisite, self-paced online course with four full days of in-person training. Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the SAPST provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that improve substance-related outcomes, reduce behavioral health disparities, and improve wellness.


What does the SAPST prepare practitioners to do?

  • Address substance misuse prevention in the context of behavioral health
  • Improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
  • Reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural proficiency
  • Sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk and protective factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way


What does the SAPST cover?

Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics ( Pre-SAPST online course)

  • Basic terminology and facts
  • History of substance use and prevention in the U.S. 
  • Substances and the brain
  • Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice

  • Behavioral health
  • Spectrum of Behavioral Health Services
  • Public health approach
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Developmental perspective

Application: SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework

  • Assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • Health disparities 
  • Cultural competency, sustainability


This training is using newly updated SAPST material.


This training has a pre-requisite 

Completion of the 5-hour online course, “Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (Pre-SAPST Course),” is required prior to the training. Course certificates of completion must be uploaded upon registration. Certificates will be verified before registration is considered complete.


Date and Time  

June 5-8, 2023

8:30 am to 5:00 pm PDT



University Place Hotel & Conference Center

310 SW Lincoln St.

Portland, OR


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 located in Oregon. 


Master Trainers

Albert Gay, MS, CPS

Ben Stevenson II, MS, CPS


Certificate of Attendance

Participants will receive two certificates for training hours: 

1) 5 hours upon completion of the online course prior to registration
2) 26 hours upon completion of the in-person training.

Participants must attend the full 26-hour in-person training to receive a certificate. 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.

Certificate of Attendance will be issued on the last day of the training. Participants can then submit the certificate to their credentialing authority toward certification or re-certification. Please contact your certification board to determine if the SAPST is applicable toward your certification requirements. 

The IC&RC Prevention Committee has endorsed the SAPST as an IC&RC-approved curriculum. This endorsement provides assurance that the SAPST is applicable to IC&RC's prevention specialist domains and can be used toward the education/training requirement for IC&RC's Prevention Specialist credential. The SAPST has also been approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.



Deadline to Register: May 15, 2023

Register for SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST)


Cost is Free!



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

Starts: Jun. 5, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Jun. 5, 2023 5:00 pm
Registration Deadline
May 15, 2023
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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