Prevention Basics, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series

Prevention Basics

An Enhanced Prevention Learning Series

Series Overview:

This 8-session skill-building series offers a unique, interactive introduction to the field of substance misuse prevention. Participants examine the history of substance misuse prevention, key concepts, and foundational framework, 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 virtual learning series offers structured skill-based learning opportunities, individual reading and learning activities, 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



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.



Community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest region, including American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.



Rick Collins, MS, CPS, is a Cincinnati, OH native who has resided in Hawai‘i since 2003.  He specializes in community organizing and public health policy advocacy on alcohol and drug use prevention. In 2012, Rick helped organize concerned residents establish a new community coalition to address youth substance use problems occurring on Maui, and served as its coordinator for the first four years. He is the co-founder of the Hawai‘i Alcohol Policy Alliance, a statewide coalition whose mission is to advocate for public health-focused alcohol policies, and he currently serves as Coalition Director for three community coalitions across Hawai‘i. His experience includes establishing new coalitions, planning and implementing prevention programs and community-level strategies, grassroots organizing, and mobilizing a statewide effort to advocate for state-level alcohol and drug prevention policies. Rick works as a consultant for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and he provides training and technical assistance to community coalitions and prevention professionals locally and across the country. He is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MS in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton.



Participant Commitments:

  • Commit to attend eight sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times.
  • Use a web-camera and have 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 or improve skills.
  • Complete an average of 1.5 hours of independent learning activities between each session.


Dates and Times:

States & American Samoa:
Weekly on Wednesday: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9*, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 2022
03:00 pm – 04:30 pm Pacific (including Arizona)
12:00 pm – 01:30 pm Hawaii
11:00 am – 12:30 pm American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions:
Weekly on Thursdays: Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10*, 17, Dec. 1, & 8, 2022
10:00 am – 11:30 am Republic of the Marshal Islands
09:00 am – 10:30 am Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 am – 09:30 am Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 am – 08:30 am Republic of Palau

(View in your time zone, here)

*Due to daylight savings time ending on November 6, start times may change.


Certificates of Attendance:

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. 


Register Here:

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 related to registration. For all other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]).

Starts: Oct. 12, 2022 3:00 pm
Ends: Oct. 12, 2022 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
October 12, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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