Virtual Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training


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 each live session. 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



This event is co-sponsored by CASAT Learning and the Pacific Southwest PTTC



The SAPST is designed for:

  • Entry-level (less than five years) prevention administrators and practitioners
  • Members of community coalitions working to address substance misuse
  • 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


Dates and Times

November 9, 12, 16, and 19, 2021

  • Live zoom sessions: 8:45 am – 3:00 pm each day
  • Please schedule at least two hours to complete and submit the required homework assignments within approximately 24 hours after each session. Homework assignments 2, 3, and 4 will be due at 5:00 pm on November 10, 15, and 17.

We will take two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute break each session


Cost is Free!


Certificates of Attendance

Participants completing the Virtual SAPST will receive two (2) certificates of completion totaling
31 hours of participation:

  • 5 hours for completing the self-paced online course
  • 26 for the live video conference sessions and completing homework activities

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Prevention Committee endorses the PTTC’s Virtual SAPST as an IC&RC-approved curriculum. This endorsement provides assurance that the SAPST is applicable toward the education and training requirement for IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist credential. The SAPST is also approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.


To Register

Email the CASAT Learning Coordinator at [email protected]



Please contact the CASAT Learning Coordinator at [email protected] for any questions.

Starts: Nov. 9, 2021 8:45 am
Ends: Nov. 9, 2021 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline
November 2, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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