SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST) Virtual Training of Trainers (VTOT)

Training Description

The SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST) Virtual Training of Trainers (VTOT) is a five-day innovative training that prepares VTOT participants to teach the in-person SAPST to new prevention practitioners. This VTOT will provide an overview of the four-day SAPST curriculum, provide opportunities for participants to practice teaching short sections of the curriculum, and receive feedback from their peers and master SAPST trainers.


Who Should Participate

Community, tribal, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners located in the Pacific Southwest or Northwest PTTC Regions.


Prerequisites for Participation in the Training of Trainers


  • 3+ years of experience in substance use/misuse prevention
  • Participated in the SAPST within 3 years max


  • Strong training skills and experience that can be applied to conducting training with fidelity
  • Willingness to conduct 2 trainings within 2 years
  • Participants must co-teach with an established trainer the first time they deliver the training
  • Give notice to the regional PTTC and state in which you are training, if not directly connected to the state


Participant Expectations

  • Plan to devote 21 hours during the week of the training
  • Participate in all sessions; there are no opportunities for make-up days
  • Prepare for and present teach-back assignments during the week
  • Spend approximately 2 hours total completing homework in addition to preparing for the teach-back presentations
  • Coordinate work schedules and immediate surroundings to support maximum engagement in the training
  • Be on camera throughout each session and the entire series
  • Review the 5-hour online Pre-SAPST, "Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics" prior to the training date

*This is a highly participatory experience*

  • Two master SAPST trainers will guide the process
  • Participants are expected to thoroughly study the material and practice assigned sections prior to delivery
  • When participants are not presenting, they will role-play SAPST participants for those who are presenting


Dates & Times:

June 10 - 14, 2024
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

8:15 am to 2:00 pm Alaska Time
9:15 am to 3:00 pm Pacific Time
10:15 am to 4:00 pm Mountain Time

Thursday and Friday
8:15 am to 11:30 am Alaska Time
9:15 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time
10:15 am to 1:30 pm Mountain Time
(view in your timezone)


Master Trainers

Sandra Puerini Del Sesto Headshot

Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS, is a consultant and master trainer who has provided community and strategic planning, program development, and capacity building in all areas of prevention practice throughout the United States. She was the founder and for 30 years the executive director of a statewide, multi-service prevention program and a founder of Rhode Island’s largest non-profit treatment program. In addition to her prevention work, she was the founding director of the Institute for Addiction Recovery at Rhode Island College.

Sandra is a delegate to and the former Prevention Committee Co-Chair of the IC&RC. She is a member of the faculty and advisory board of the New England School of Addiction Studies, a member of the Advisory Board for the National Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), the National Hispanic/Latino PTTC and the New England PTTC. Sandra is a co-author of SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST) and its Basic and Advanced Prevention Ethics as well as many other courses and webinars. She has previously trained members of the US National Guard in prevention planning.

Sandra received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College (Newton), and her Master’s degree in counselor education from Rhode Island College. She also completed a certificate program in nonprofit management through Brown University in Providence. Ms. Del Sesto is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist.


Ben Stevenson IIBen Stevenson II currently serves as the Prevention and Harm Reduction Manager for Montgomery County, MD. He is a seasoned prevention professional who has been in the substance abuse prevention field for over 15 years working with thousands of youth, professionals, and parents in various communities across the country.

Prior to his current role, Ben has served as Training Manager with CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) as well as served as a Training and Technical Assistance Associate with the SAMHSA’s CAPT (Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies) with the Southeast Resource Team working directly with states providing training and technical assistance. He has worked in various capacities across the continuum of care throughout his career working in treatment and recovery in addition to his prevention work.  Ben enjoys developing and facilitating prevention programs for youth and adults. He is very passionate about prevention and its ability to impact communities by promoting healthy lifestyles.

Ben is originally from Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC with a BA in Political Science and minor in History. He also holds a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. Ben was first certified in prevention as a Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant in North Carolina and currently is a Certified Prevention Professional in Maryland. He previously served as the western region representative for MAPPA which is the Maryland Association for Prevention Professionals and Advocates.


Certificate of Attendance

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 21 hours for participating in the live event.



Deadline to Register: May 24, 2024

Register for SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST)


Cost is Free!



Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration.  For any other questions, please contact Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).

Starts: Jun. 10, 2024 9:15 am
Ends: Jun. 14, 2024 12:30 pm
Registration Deadline
May 24, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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