What Does NOT Work in Prevention

What Does NOT Work in Prevention

August 8, 2022


Webinar Overview and Objectives

Many trainings and resources focus on what research has shown to be effective to prevent substance misuse. We also know through research what is NOT effective in preventing substance misuse and in some cases is harmful. Yet communities across the nation continue to implement these ineffective and sometimes counterproductive strategies. The focus of this webinar will be on identifying these ineffective approaches. We will also spend time discussing strategies prevention professionals can use to address the resistance often expressed by individuals and organizations reluctant to change long-standing, well-liked prevention practices.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least five interventions that have been shown through research to NOT be effective in preventing substance misuse
  • List evidence-based approaches that can be used as effective alternatives to the ineffective/counterproductive strategies
  • Describe strategies to address resistance to discontinuing ineffective and/or counterproductive prevention strategies




Pam Tindall, CPP, has dedicated her career to the field of substance abuse prevention, consulting in all 50 U.S. states and across urban, rural, frontier, Alaska Native, American Indian, and Pacific Island communities. Her range of work has included community substance abuse prevention program development, strategic planning, evaluation, prevention workforce development, K-12 prevention education and student assistance, school drop-out prevention, and inpatient and outpatient drug treatment. She is a certified prevention professional.








Rick Collins, MS, CPS, is a Cincinnati, Ohio native who has resided in Hawai‘i since 2003. He specializes in community organizing and public health policy advocacy on alcohol and drug use prevention. In 2012, Rick helped organize concerned residents establish a new community coalition to address youth substance use problems occurring on Maui, and served as its coordinator for the first four years. He is the co-founder of the Hawai‘i Alcohol Policy Alliance, a statewide coalition whose mission is to advocate for public health-focused alcohol policies, and he currently serves as Coalition Director for three community coalitions across Hawai‘i. His experience includes establishing new coalitions, planning and implementing prevention programs and community-level strategies, grassroots organizing, and mobilizing a statewide effort to advocate for state-level alcohol and drug prevention policies. He works as a consultant for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, providing training and technical assistance to community coalitions and prevention professionals locally and across the country. He is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MS in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton.




Webinar Materials

Recording for What Does NOT Work in Prevention

What Does NOT Work in Prevention Participant Workbook (PDF)

Slide Deck for What Does NOT Work in Prevention (PDF)

Evidence-Based Programs, Policies, and Practices Toolkit



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