Building the Prevention Workforce Skill-Base (Webinar Series) Part 1 of 6: Overview of the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Importance of Ethics in Prevention

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Part 1: Overview of the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Importance of Ethics in Prevention
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

December 3, 2019, 1-2 PM EST  |  View all Central East series

This is part one of a six-part webinar series hosted by the Central East PTTC that focuses on the Strategic Prevention Framework and related topics.


This six-part webinar series developed by the Central East PTTC will support and build the capacity of the prevention workforce. The series is a skill building training that will detail the steps to implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to prevention using the five stages of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework: 1) Needs Assessment, 2) Building Capacity, 3) Planning, 4) Implementation, and 5) Evaluation. The series will explain the importance of each stage and what aspects of the strategic planning process they cover, techniques for completing each stage, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. This series will also discuss other relevant topics, such as: ethical approaches to prevention, how to prioritize data, and how to modify programs, among others.


With the many substance use challenges facing the U.S. today, it is more important than ever for there to a well-developed and educated prevention workforce to address the causes behind substance use. This webinar is the first in a six-part series developed by the Central East PTTC to support the prevention workforce by detailing in-depth the steps to implementing a comprehensive, evidence-based approach. This webinar will overview the five steps of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, as well as discuss the importance of following ethical guidelines to prevention.


  • Explain the goals and structure of this webinar series
  • Discuss the importance of using evidence in prevention
  • Overview the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Describe what ethics in prevention means and why it is important


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.

Emily Patton, MS

Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.

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