Prevention Basics, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series

Prevention Basics

An Enhanced Prevention Learning Series


Series Overview and Objectives

This 8-week series offers a uniquely interactive online introduction to the field of substance misuse prevention. Participants examine the history of substance misuse prevention, key concepts, and foundational research informing the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step, data-driven planning process. Training participants build basic knowledge and skills necessary to identify prevention priorities and develop a plan to implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions. This online consultation series offers structured skill-based learning opportunities, individual reading and learning assignments, group activities, and discussions to enhance learning application and outcomes.
By the end of the EPLS, participants will be able to: 

  • Define prevention
  • Explain the continuum of care
  • List the criteria for research-based risk factors
  • Describe how the Social Development Strategy operationalizes protective factors
  • Describe the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), including the key tasks for each
  • List three essential keys to sustainability
  • Explain the importance of addressing health disparities in the context of substance misuse prevention planning and implementation
  • Describe how cultural humility is essential in our work in the prevention field



Prevention practitioners, coalition coordinators, and allied partners working to prevent substance misuse in communities and tribes located in Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn what opportunities for similar courses are available to them.


Session Dates and Time

Weekly on Tuesdays: April 19, 26, and May 03, 10, 17, 24, & 31 and June 7, 2022

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Alaska
11:30 am – 01:00 pm Pacific
12:30 pm – 02:00 pm Mountain
(View in your time zone here)



Scott Waller, M.Ed., CPP is recently retired from the State of Washington. He has been involved in substance abuse prevention efforts on a county, state, or national level since 1984. For both the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery he developed programs and partnerships to maximize the benefits of substance abuse disorder prevention, mental health promotion and suicide prevention, and pedestrian and bicycle safety.





Participant Commitments and Expectations

  •  View a 20-minute video on Zoom if unfamiliar with the technology, complete the Session 1 prep packet prior to the first session on Tuesday, April 19, 2022
  • Attend each of the seven (1.5 hour) sessions in series 
  • Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities between each session
  • Use a web-camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session since this is not a webinar series, and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.


Continuing Education

Participants who complete all 8 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 22.5 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.


Registration Details

This Course has a Prerequisite
To register for this Enhanced Prevention Learning Series (EPLS), you must first complete the free, self-paced online course Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics on Please have your certificate of completion ready to upload, you will be asked for it during the registration process.

Register for Prevention Basics, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series

Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others
Space is limited. Enroll now!

Cost is Free!



Contact Karen Totten ([email protected]) for any questions or difficulty in registering 

Starts: Apr. 19, 2022 11:30 am
Ends: Apr. 19, 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
April 19, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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