Sustainability Planning Intensive Training Course

Registration has closed for this intensive training course. 

This 7-session intensive training course offers an interactive experience for participants to learn how to develop a sustainability plan. Sustainability planning is an intentional process of looking critically at your current prevention infrastructure, strategic planning process, and strategies to sustain meaningful prevention outcomes beyond current funding. Additional steps in sustainability planning include priority setting, resource and feasibility analysis, communication planning, and resource and grant development.


The facilitator will demonstrate how to use a set of tools to facilitate sustainability planning with community partners and will coach participants to set actionable steps and timelines to complete a plan over the next year. This course offers structured, skill-based learning opportunities, readings, and learning assignments to complete between sessions, along with group activities and discussions to enhance application of the new skills.


Important Note: This is not a webinar series. It is a highly interactive virtual training series and full participation during all sessions is required.




By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define sustainability and summarize key findings from research on sustainability
  • Explain the value of sustainability planning to key community stakeholders
  • Identify and recruit key stakeholders to participate on a Sustainability Planning Team (SPT)
  • Complete four tasks necessary for effective sustainability planning
  • Share and use a set of tools with their SPT to create a sustainability plan




Substance misuse prevention practitioners working in HHS Region 5: Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. If you work outside Region 5, you are welcome to complete the application and will be placed on a waiting list. Individuals from outside Region 5 will be accepted if space is available after all Region 5 applicants have been accepted into the training.




Please only apply if you can commit to the following:

  • Must attend all seven virtual training sessions on April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21 from 9:30 AM–11:00 AM CT.
  • Download and complete the Session 1 prep packet before the April 9 session.
  • Complete 1-2 hours of homework between each session. All homework must be submitted via Google Forms.
  • Have access to the appropriate technology and work environment necessary to join the Zoom sessions.
  • All participants must have a working microphone and camera and must have their full face visible throughout each session—must be on camera at least 90% of the time.



HOW TO APPLY: Please click the “REGISTER” button at the top of the page to apply.




Participants who fully attend all sessions and satisfy all course requirements will receive a certificate of attendance for 17 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these contact hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.




Photo: Erin Ficker

Erin Ficker, MPAff, CSPS

Erin Ficker serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC. For more than 16 years, Erin has worked in substance abuse prevention supporting communities to use evidence-based strategies and data-driven processes in substance abuse prevention planning and implementation.  She works with community level prevention practitioners and schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of prevention interventions.


Photo: Michelle Majeres

Michelle Majeres, CPS

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.



The Great Lakes A/MH/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: Apr. 9, 2024 9:30 am
Ends: May. 21, 2024 11:00 am
Registration Deadline
March 25, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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