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 series, 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.


Dates and Times:

States & American Samoa:
October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29*, December 6, 13, 2023

03:00 p.m. – 04:30 p.m. Pacific (including Arizona)
12:00 p.m. – 01:30 p.m. Hawaii
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. American Samoa       

Pacific Jurisdictions:
October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30*, December 7, 14, 2023

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands
09:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae
08:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
07:00 a.m. – 08:30 a.m. Republic of Palau
(view in your time zone)

*Due to daylight savings time ending on November 5, start times may change. There will be no live session scheduled on November 22 or 23. 



Susannah Burt has been working in Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Prevention since 2001.  She has implemented the Strategic Prevention Framework since 2003 and has trained on the model since 2006. Professionally, it has been part of her responsibility to work with the evaluators and review data for state and local communities for assessments. She has worked to develop an evaluation plan for environmental strategies, including policies and campaigns. Ms. Burt is currently working on securing ongoing private and public funding for coalitions in her local area. Ms. Burt currently sits on her local Communities that Care coalition in Utah.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State University and works for Weber Human Services. 




Participant Commitments:

  • View a 20-minute video on how to maximize the video conferencing platform.
  • Participate in 8 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times.
  • Complete up to 1.5 hours of independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have access to 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.


Certificates of Attendance:

Participants who complete all 8 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 22.5 contact hours. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

To help make engagement more comfortable, we limit the number of people who can enroll in EPLS. If you cannot commit to attending all 8 sessions, please defer this opportunity to others on our waiting list.


Register Here:

Prevention Basics, an Enhanced Prevention Learning Series


Cost is Free!



Contact Karen Totten ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For all other questions, please contact Clarissa Lam Yuen ([email protected]).

Starts: Oct. 18, 2023 3:00 pm
Ends: Oct. 18, 2023 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline
October 18, 2023
Event Type
Online Course
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