Sustainability Planning Intensive Training Course

Sustainability Planning Intensive Training Course:

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. Please use the registration link to access the application. The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 PM CT on June 16, 2022.



June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, and August 9, 2022
12:30 PM–2:00 PM CT



How To Apply:

Application/Registration closed June 16, 2022




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.


Learning Objectives:

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 as space is available.



Participant Commitments and Expectations:

  • Participate in seven training sessions that will be taking place from 12:30 PM–2:00 PM CT on June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, and August 9, 2022 (Note: No session the week of July 4)
  • Download and complete the Session 1 prep packet before the first session on June 21, 2022
  • Complete one to two hours of homework and submit completed work via Google forms between each session
  • Have the technology and work environment available to join the Zoom sessions with camera on camera and a working microphone
  • Actively engage and have full face visible during each session — participants must be on camera at least 90% of the time



Important Clarification:

This is not a webinar series. Active participation with camera on and full face visible throughout each session is essential. Approximately one to two hours of homework will be assigned between each session. All homework assignments must be completed and participation in all sessions with camera on/full face visible are required to receive certification of participation for this course.




  • 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




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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: Jun. 21, 2022 12:30 pm
Ends: Aug. 9, 2022 2:00 pm
Registration Deadline
June 16, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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