Introduction to Substance Misuse Prevention

This 2.5-hour interactive training will provide an introduction to the field of substance misuse prevention.  The training will cover basic definitions used in the prevention field, explore key models such as the continuum of care, the Strategic Prevention Framework, and provide an overview of evidence-based strategies for substance misuse prevention. This training is intended for those new to the substance misuse prevention field with 0-2 years of experience.




  • Define prevention
  • Describe how prevention is different than other fields
  • Identify key models used in prevention
  • Define key terms used in prevention
  • List four strategies used in prevention




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email approximately 2 week after the conclusion of the event or training.




Photo: Albert Gay

Albert Gay 

Albert Gay is a national trainer and consultant in the field of substance use prevention. He has worked with governmental agencies, as well as with Indiana University’s School of Public Health as an Education and Training Specialist and Research Associate with the Prevention Insights.  In this position, he coordinates substance use and HIV prevention strategies and training. Nationally, he has trained the behavioral health workforce, the United States military, and diverse population groups and community coalitions in the Strategic Prevention Framework. Locally, Albert was the coordinator for a Communities That Care coalition; and currently, he is the chair of a county council and a key stakeholder for a city-wide coalition (both of which are Drug-Free Communities Coalitions). Besides prevention, his other areas of interest include youth work, faith-based initiatives, mental health promotion, social justice, cultural competence, historical trauma, organizational development, and strategic planning.


Photo: Tracy Desovich

Tracy Desovich 

Tracy Desovich serves as a training and technical assistance consultant for the Great Lakes PTTC through her position at the Education Development Center (EDC). She has more than 30 years of experience in substance misuse prevention and public health, primarily with community level practitioners in Massachusetts and with schools in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Before joining EDC, Tracy directed two Massachusetts regional technical assistance centers and developed, implemented, and evaluated prevention services on two different college campuses. 


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: Jun. 14, 2022 9:00 am
Ends: Jun. 14, 2022 11:30 am
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