Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (virtual)


To apply to participate in the SAPST:

  • Complete the free, self-paced online course Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics.
  • Complete and submit the online application for this course. Please have your certificate of completion for the Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention course available – you will be asked to upload it during the application process.
  • The course is limited to 40 participants working in Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) on a first come, first-serve basis for applicants who meet the required criteria.
  • Click the “REGISTER” button above to access the application form.
  • Applications will close when the course is filled.




July 10, 13, 17, and 20, 2023 from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM CT




Click the “REGISTER” button above to access the application form.




The Virtual Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is an innovative distance-learning training that blends a pre-requisite, self-paced online course with a combination of live, interactive sessions conducted over video conferencing and individual homework assignments completed before and between the live sessions. Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the Virtual 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.


The Virtual SAPST includes the following topic areas:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (self-paced, online)

        Basic terminology and facts

        History of substance use and prevention in the U.S.

        Addiction and the brain

Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

  • Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice (live video-conference sessions and homework activities)

        Behavioral health

        Institute of Medicine’s/National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Continuum of Care

        Public health approach

        Risk and protective factors

Developmental perspective

  • Application: SAMHSA’s SPF (live video-conference sessions and homework activities)

        Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation

        Cultural competence, sustainability




The SAPST is designed for:

  • Entry-level (less than five years) prevention administrators and practitioners
  • Members of substance misuse prevention community coalitions
  • Professionals working in fields related to substance misuse prevention
  • Training and technical assistance providers supporting those in the substance misuse prevention workforce and broader community


Please note that due to the high demand for the SAPST, we will only accept applications from those who are substance misuse prevention practitioners located in HHS Region 5 (Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin).


Participant Commitment and Expectations:

  • Complete the self-paced online course, Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics and submit the online application.
  • Participate in all 4 virtual sessions of training on July 10, 13, 17, and 20, 2023 from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM CT.
  • Complete and submit homework assignments between each training session via a Google form. (approx. 2 hours of homework will be assigned each session)
  • Have the appropriate technology and work environment available to join the Zoom training sessions.
  • Actively engage during training sessions using both camera and microphone — participants must be on camera at least 90% of the time.




  • Participants that fully attend all sessions and satisfy all course requirements will receive a certificate of attendance for 22 contact hours
  • No partial credit will be given for this course
  • Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these contract hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements




Photo: Albert Gay

Albert Gay

Albert Gay is a national trainer and consultant in the field of substance use prevention. He has worked with governmental agencies, as well as with Indiana University’s School of Public Health as an Education and Training Specialist and Research Associate with the Prevention Insights.  In this position, he coordinates substance use and HIV prevention strategies and training. Nationally, he has trained the behavioral health workforce, the United States military, and diverse population groups and community coalitions in the Strategic Prevention Framework. Locally, Albert was the coordinator for a Communities That Care coalition; and currently, he is the chair of a county council and a key stakeholder for a city-wide coalition (both of which are Drug-Free Communities Coalitions). Besides prevention, his other areas of interest include youth work, faith-based initiatives, mental health promotion, social justice, cultural competence, historical trauma, organizational development, and strategic planning. 

Photo: Michelle Majeres

Michelle Majeres 

Michelle Majeres is a senior prevention specialist with over 18 years in the field and lives in South Dakota. She is an experienced trainer in substance misuse prevention, suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Michelle is trained to deliver several evidence-based prevention programs.  She brings extensive experience as a trainer and technical assistance (T/TA) provider. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Social Work and Human Resources from South Dakota State University. She is also a Certified Prevention Specialist. 




Contact Kris Gabrielsen, Great Lakes PTTC Co-Director, [email protected].



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: Jul. 10, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Jul. 20, 2023 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
June 8, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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