Introduction to the Prevention Core Competencies For Prevention Professionals


In collaboration, the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii and
Pacific Southwest PTTC are pleased to offer:

Introduction to the Prevention Core Competencies for Prevention Professionals

An In-Person Training in Honolulu, HI



The Introduction to the Prevention Core Competencies for Prevention Professionals is a three-day, in-person, training that covers the foundations of substance use prevention science for early and mid-career prevention professionals. By taking this training, you'll be able to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of prevention and ultimately enhance your ability to make a positive impact in your community.

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).


Learning Objectives

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



This is an in-person training and will take place at: 

St. Louis School
3142 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816


Dates and Times

September 19, 2023, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
September 20, 2023, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
September 21, 2023, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

*Following the final training on September 21, 2023, there will be a short meeting from 2:00pm - 3:30pm for Hawaii-based prevention providers, agencies, and coalitions.


Who Should Participate

Community, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the state of Hawaii and the six Pacific Jurisdictions.


Michelle Park

Michelle Park, CPS, Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii
Michelle Park is originally from New Mexico, of the Laguna and Navajo Tribes and the Corn and Big Water Clans. Michelle currently facilitates direct service program outreach with youth, families, and communities, and supports Hawaii’s workforce in training accessibility. She has worked with a variety of community, state, and regional partners to consciously resonate cultural approaches in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Her work experience demonstrates a variety of skills that emphasize conducting effective prevention programs while building healthy and resilient communities using a grassroots approach. Michelle is currently a Program Manager, Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) and supports the SAPST and Prevention Ethics trainings within Hawaii.



Alyssa O'HairAlyssa O’Hair, MPH, MA, CPS
Alyssa O’Hair is a Senior Manager of Workforce Development at CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). With 15 years of experience providing training and technical assistance (T/TA), she currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director for the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center and PI/Regional Director for the Strategic Prevention Technical Assistance Center. Alyssa has extensive subject matter expertise delivering T/TA on all aspects of the Strategic Prevention Framework. Prior to joining CASAT, she worked at UNR’s Center for Program Evaluation for almost 10 years, conducting evaluations for school districts, non-profit organizations, community coalitions, statewide education and public health initiatives, and regional public health initiatives.



Michelle Frye-SprayMichelle Frye-Spray, MS, CPS
Michelle Frye-Spray is a Senior Manager of Workforce Development Project Manager at CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  She currently serves as the Co-Investigator for the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) and Senior TTA Specialist on the Region 9 and Region 10 Strategic Prevention Technical Assistance Center.  Michelle has over 25 years of experience working in substance misuse prevention and educational support services, collaborating with secondary educators, prevention practitioners, pre-professionals, coalitions, and under-resourced organizations to accelerate the diffusion of prevention science.



Cost is Free!



Participants who complete the entire training will receive a certificate of attendance for 16 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this training. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.


To Register

Deadline to Register: September 15, 2023

Register Here for Introduction to the Prevention Core Competencies for Prevention Professionals



For any questions, please contact Holly Simak at ([email protected]).


Starts: Sep. 19, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Sep. 21, 2023 12:30 pm
Honolulu, HI
Registration Deadline
September 15, 2023
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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