Prevention Core Competencies Pilot Training

***Application Deadline: February 15, 2023***

Click the "Register" button to apply. The description and eligibility requirements are listed below.




This pilot training will cover substance use prevention fundamentals for early career prevention professionals. The training provides an introduction to prevention science and a roadmap to further education and professional development, including:

  • Prevention theories, models, and techniques
  • Foundational knowledge on substance use disorders
  • Ethical practice




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




There is no registration fee for this training. The PTTC National Coordinating Office will also cover the costs of travel for participants selected to participate, including airfare, hotel accommodations, and food to be reimbursed at federal GSA per diem rates.




Participants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this course:

  • One to three years of experience in the substance misuse prevention field
  • Work and/or live in the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
  • Ability to attend the entire training (9:00 AM–5:00 PM CT on March 13 and 14, 8:00  AM–2:00 PM CT)
  • Willing to provide constructive feedback regarding the core competencies course




If you meet the above participant eligibility criteria and are interested in being considered as a participant, complete the application no later than February 15, 2023.




If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Witmer with the PTTC National Coordinating Office, [email protected].




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will receive a certificate of attendance via email within two weeks after the event or training. 




Nicole Augustine

     Nicole Augustine

Nicole Augustine is an entrepreneur, public health professional and social justice advocate. In August 2022, Nicole published the Prevention Specialist Exam Study Guide to help readers understand the competencies and knowledge necessary to become certified. Nicole is a passionate prevention thought leader with a desire to be of greater impact and drive community change through innovative strategies.




Maria P. Luna

     Maria P. Luna, MA

Maria P. Luna, MA, is a Colombian psychologist from the University of the Andes in Colombia and holds a master's degree in Public Health with emphasis in prevention from the University of Deusto in Spain. During her previous job managing the Prevention programming of the Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission at the Organization of American States, Ms. Luna worked closely with Latin American and Caribbean governments, civil society entities, academia and other international organizations around the world. Her 17 years of public policy in the region brought a deep understanding of the substance use problem in the Americas, and helped her identify innovative political and technical approaches to address it. She has coordinated the development, publication and implementation of prevention guidelines for the development, promotion and enhancement of policies and practices in different settings and targeted needs. Ms. Luna is currently the director of the Applied Prevention Sciences International Education Center where she led the training side of the Universal Prevention Curriculum with special efforts on preparing training of trainers programming for APSI around the world.



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: Mar. 13, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Mar. 15, 2023 2:00 pm
Registration Deadline
February 15, 2023
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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