Self-Guided Learning

Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention

This course provides a useful context for professionals new to substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion or in related fields. Regardless of the settings where you work, this information will help to prepare you to prevent substance abuse and promote wellness.



In today's climate messages abound regarding marijuana use, its harm, and legalization, making it difficult to determine fact from fiction. The Mid-America PTTC  presents this user-friendly page with straightforward, accurate information and resources to help prevention practitioners in their work.


E-Cigarettes and Vaping

This page has recorded webinars, websites, articles, and toolkits related to vaping and e-cigarettes.


Early childhood Development: Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Those working with young children have long known the importance of early experiences and relationships in healthy child development. Newer terms such as toxic stress and ACES are used when describing these not-so-new ideas, and are particularly important when working with families impacted by substance abuse.  During this online training, learners will expand their current knowledge about early development to include up-to-date science that is accessible and useful in daily real-life interactions. Using a case-based approach, participants will apply new knowledge to familiar scenarios to enhance their engagement with high-risk young children and families


Prevention In Action Series: Teaching SAPST at a University

In this one-hour self-paced course, participants will:
  • Review background that led to the development of the SAPST course
  • Understand the structure and content of a University course focusing on the SAPST
  • Learn about example content of the SAPST course, and
  • Examine implementation and logistical methods and challenges of the SAPST course


Minecraft, not Ms. Pac-Man: Transforming Prevention Presentations for Today's Audience

Hey, the 90s called … they want their slide deck AND presentation back! Coalitions use presentations as a primary strategy to disseminate information, build skills, ignite calls to action and influence change. However, most of us never receive any formal training in presentation design – despite all we expect them to do for us. Consequently, our presentations are as dated as dial-up Internet. In this session, you’ll learn a framework based in brain science to develop and deliver exceptional presentations – every time – using the tools and resources you already have. Get ready to transform your audience with modern and powerful presentations.



This playlist features sessions about different approaches, techniques, analyses that can be utilized in the evaluation of programs and interventions.


Social Media and Use of Technology

This playlist includes presentations on the use of technology, social media, and smartphones in recruitment and retention efforts for prevention and treatment efforts.


"Talk. They Hear You." Campaign"

SAMHSA's "Talk. They Hear You." Underage Drinking Prevention National Media Campaign aims to reduce underage drinking among youth ages 9 to 15 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to start addressing the issue of alcohol with their children early.



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