MP-PTTC Prevention Fellowship Program

Mountain Plains Prevention Technology Transfer Center (Region 8)

Prevention Fellowship Program

funded by the

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)



The purpose of the Prevention Fellowship Program (PFP) administered by the Mountain Plains Prevention Technology Transfer Center (MP-PTTC) for Region 8 is to develop a knowledgeable and well-trained cadre of prevention fellows in the area of substance use/misuse prevention and prepare them to achieve certification from the International Certificate & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) exam.

Length of Program: The PFP will occur over the course of the 2022-2023 academic year, including fall 2022, winter/spring 2023, and summer 2023.
General Eligibility: The PFP is open to individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in behavioral or public health programs (or closely related) at a college, university, or tribal college within one of the six states in Region 8 (defined by Health and Human Services): Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming.  Individuals must be in good standing and enrolled in their respective graduate program at the time of application and maintain enrollment during the length of the PFP.
Applicants must:
  1. Be enrolled (and in good standing) in a graduate program in behavioral or public health (or closely related) at a college, university or tribal college in Region 8 of the United States at the time of application and during the length of the PFP.
  2. Have a strong commitment to gain experience, training, and professional development in the field of prevention.
  3. Be available for trainings and meetings (virtual and in-person) during the PFP; efforts will be made to work within the context of fellow’s school course/academic schedules.
We anticipate that, on average, the time commitment will be up to 5 hours a week. However, due to the nature of the fellowship, the actual time commitment can vary depending on the interest of the Prevention Fellow.  There will be a combination of in-person (e.g., attending a training) and virtual (e.g., on-line meetings) time commitments. We will do our best to work with each Prevention Fellow in regard to their academic schedule.


Benefits of Being a Prevention Fellow:
  1. Be matched with a Prevention Mentor (selected by the MP-PTTC) during the PFP.
  2. Hands-on experience working with state and related agencies.
  3. Virtual and in-person training and professional development in substance use/misuse prevention.
  4. Acquire proficiency in appropriate core competencies in preparation for the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) exam.
  5. Develop management and leadership skills
  6. Prepare for potential employment opportunities within the substance use/misuse prevention field.
  7. Develop an Individualized Career Development Plan with a Prevention Mentor that will guide training and professional development experiences during the PFP.
  8. Completion of a capstone project
  9. Domestic travel up to three times for professional meetings, trainings, or professional development opportunities during the PFP.
  10. Receive a stipend of $5,000 per term (fall, spring, summer) for participation in the PFP.


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Applications were due by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 2, 2022. 

For any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

The PFP is funded as a supplement to the MP-PTTC from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


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