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Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training - Phase 2

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), in collaboration with Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC), is offering the national CAPT version of Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST). The curriculum has the most current information available on evidence-based prevention practices and programs. SAPST will enable participants and agencies to gain the ability to enhance their efforts and design prevention programs that create real, long term results.

This tuition-free training has three parts: a 5-hour online course (pre-requisite), entitled Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basicsfollowed by two separate 2-day resident training sessions. Phase 1 requirements include completing the online training and the 1st 2-day resident training session.  Participants that complete Phase 1 will be auto-enrolled into Phase 2 for the remaining 2-day resident block.  **Participants must be able to complete all 3 parts**

What is the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)?

§   Foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention

§   Innovative training that blends two 2-day in-person components with an interactive online unit

§   For Iowa’s entry-level prevention practitioners and professionals working in related fields

§   Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)

§   Provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness

Are continuing education hours available?

§   The IC&RC Prevention Committee has endorsed the new SAPST as an IC&RC-approved curriculum. This endorsement ensures that the SAPST is applicable to IC&RC’s prevention specialist domains and can be used toward the IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist credential requirements.

§   SAPST has also been approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.

§   Participants completing the SAPST will receive a certificate for 31 hours of training. Certificates can be submitted to credentialing authority toward certification
 or re-certification.

What does the SAPST cover?

§   Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (Online Pre-requisite)

· Basic terminology and facts, history of substance abuse, 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 (In-person)

· Behavioral Health

· Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care

· The Public Health Approach

· Risk and Protective Factors

· Developmental Perspective

§   Application: SAMHSA’s SPF (In-person)

· Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

· Cultural Competence, Sustainability

Course Intended Audience: Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists, public health professionals, educators, coalition leaders, and professionals working in related fields.                  

* Participants wanting to utilize the SAPST course to meet the Iowa Board of Certification requirements for Prevention Specialist Certification must attend all 4 days of resident training and complete the online prerequisite.

Julie Hibben from IDPH is the POC for this course and may be contacted for additional information at 515-725-7895 or Julie.Hibben@idph.iowa.gov.


There are no scheduled classes available at this time.

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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
7105 NW 70th Bldg 3585  Johnston, IA 50131
1-800-803-6532 (commercial), 431-4756 (DSN), 515-727-3613 (Fax)