Sustainability Planning Intensive Training Course (Spring 2023)

Registration for this course is CLOSED.  The waiting list is also closed.

Those applications accepted received an email with next steps. 



This Sustainability Planning Intensive Training Course requires an application. The course is limited to 50 participants on a first come, first-serve basis for applicants who meet the required criteria. Additional details about this training and participant requirements are listed below.




April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, and May 30, 2023 
9:30 AM–11:00 AM CT




Click the “REGISTER” button at the top of the page to access the application form.




This 7-week 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.




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 five 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 located in HHS Region 5: Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. If you live outside Region 5, you are welcome to complete the application and be placed on the wait list. Individuals from outside Region 5 will be accepted IF space is available.




  • Participate in all seven training sessions that will be taking place from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM CT on April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, and May 30.
  • Download and complete the Session 1 prep packet before the first session on April 18.
  • Complete 1-2 hours of homework and submit completed work via Google forms between each session.
  • Have access to the appropriate technology and work environment necessary to join the Zoom sessions with your camera on and a working microphone.
  • Actively engage and have full face visible during each session—must be on camera at least 90% of the time.



Before applying, please take note of the following participation requirements and training information:

  • This is not a webinar series. It is a highly interactive virtual training series.
  • Approximately 1-2 hours of homework will be assigned between each virtual training session.
  • Participants are required to attend all training sessions in full (with camera on and face visible) and must complete all homework assignments to be eligible to receive certification of participation for this series.




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.




Please contact Kris Gabrielsen, Great Lakes PTTC Co-Director, [email protected]




Photo: Erin Ficker

Erin Ficker

Erin serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes PTTC. For more than 14 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.



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: Apr. 18, 2023 9:30 am
Ends: May. 30, 2023 11:00 am
Registration Deadline
March 24, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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