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Region 10 PTTC

Overview of the Building Protection Using the Social Development Strategy (SDS) Series

This 6-week series offers a unique interactive experience that explores how to build protection in communities, schools, and families using the Social Development Strategy (SDS). This learning series will build participants’ understanding of shared protective factors and how the SDS organizes protection into a strategy for action. Participants will learn and practice using the SDS and its components to design activities that will build protection in families, schools, coalitions, and communities.

The learning series provides online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and individual activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to building protection using key learnings from prevention science.


Dates: February 15, 22, 29 & March 7, 14, 21, 2024

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Alaska
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Mountain

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Meghann Wolvert, M. Ed. is a Community Prevention Strategist and Guiding Good Choices Specialist with the Center for Communities That Care. She has been working to support prevention efforts for over 10 years in both Washington State and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A parent to two young girls, she is passionate about working with communities and families to build protection for our youth.

Jen Hogge, MS, LMFT is a Certified Communities that Care (CTC) Coach working as a Community Prevention Strategist for the Center for CTC, where she provides training and technical assistance to community coalitions in a variety of states. She has experience working on the community level providing prevention services and building coalitions, the regional level, and within state systems.


  • Explain how you have used the SDS in the field since the beginning of the course.
  • Explore challenges and successes encountered using the SDS.
  • Collaborate with other participants to develop a plan to address those challenges.


  • Community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and community coalition coordinators located in the Northwest (HHS Region 10) states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need continuing education hours to meet re-certification requirements.
  • Please note: This training is reserved for prevention professionals working in HHS Region 10.
  • Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar courses available to them.

Participant Commitment and Expectations:

  • If your experience with Zoom is limited or you want to review key features of Zoom, please view the 20-minute Introduction to Zoom video prior to the first session on Thursday, February 15, 2024 on how to use and maximize the platform
  • Participate in 6 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times
  • Complete up to ONE hour of independent learning activities between each session
  • Use a web-camera and have access to appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, desktop/laptop computer, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session, since this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills

Please Note:

This EPLS is not a webinar series. Active participation in ALL sessions is essential to gain and improve skills. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance.

The Northwest PTTC is committed to the safety of all participants. Driving while participating in these sessions is strongly discouraged, as it is seen as a danger to the participant. If driving cannot be avoided during your scheduled session for any reason, please contact the PTTC staff at

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Thursday, February 15, 2024 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

If you have questions regarding technology requirements or registration details contact


Participants who complete all 6 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 15 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

The Northwest PTTC is a collaboration led by Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University, and CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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