Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training adapted for Pacific Islanders


This in-person training will be using the SAPST adapted for Pacific Islanders materials!


Dates & Time

November 14-17, 2023
08:30 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.



Blue Lagoon Resort

Weno, Chuuk



The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training  (SAPST) is a hybrid training that blends a pre-requisite, self-paced online course with four full days of in-person training. Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the SAPST provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that improve substance-related outcomes, reduce behavioral health disparities, and improve wellness.


What does the SAPST prepare practitioners to do?

  • Address substance misuse prevention in the context of behavioral health
  • Improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
  • Reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural proficiency
  • Sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk and protective factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way


What does the SAPST cover?

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics ( Pre-SAPST online course)
    • Basic terminology and facts
    • History of substance use and prevention in the U.S. 
    • Substances and the brain
    • Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice
    • Behavioral health
    • Spectrum of Behavioral Health Services
    • Public health approach
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Developmental perspective
  • Application: SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework
    • Assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Health disparities 
    • Cultural competency, sustainability


This Training has a Pre-Requisite!

Completion of the 5-hour online course, “Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (Pre-SAPST Course),” is required prior to the training. Course certificates of completion must be uploaded upon registration. Certificates will be verified before registration is considered complete.. 


Level of Commitment

The expected time commitment for this training is 31 hours: 

a) 5 hours for completion of the online course prior to registration
b) 26 hours for completion of the in-person training 

In order to receive a certificate of completion for the in-person training participants must be present for the entire training. The in-person sessions are four full days.  No partial credit will be given


Training Facilitators

James Arriola
Hilda Tafledep
Clarissa Lam Yuen


Who Should Participate

This curriculum is designed for entry-level (i.e. less than 5 years experience) substance misuse prevention practitioners working at the community, tribal, jurisdiction, and state-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and allied health partners. Participation is limited to practitioners located in the Federated States of Micronesia.


Certificates of Attendance

Participants will receive two certificates for training hours: 

1) 5 hours upon completion of the online course prior to registration
2) 26 hours upon completion of the in-person training.

Participants must attend the full 26-hour in-person training to receive a certificate. No partial credit will be given. These certificates can be submitted to your respective credentialing authority responsible for providing certification or approving continuing education credit.

Certificates of Attendance will be issued on the last day of the training. Participants can then submit the certificate to their credentialing authority toward certification or re-certification. Please contact your certification board to determine if the SAPST is applicable toward your certification requirements. 


Cost: Free



For questions about this training, please contact Clarissa Lam Yuen ([email protected].)

Starts: Nov. 14, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: Nov. 14, 2023 5:00 pm
Hagatna, Guam
Registration Deadline
November 3, 2023
Event Type
Face-to-Face Training
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