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Region 10 PTTC


This 7-week series offers participants a unique, interactive experience to explore how to develop a sustainability plan.

Sustainability planning is an intentional process of looking critically at your current prevention infrastructure, processes, and strategies to develop the necessary resources to sustain meaningful prevention outcomes beyond current funding. Sustainability planning involves a series of concrete tasks to create feasible, ongoing support for essential components of your prevention work. Elements of sustainability planning include examining the impact of strategic planning processes, such as SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and interventions, priority setting, resource and feasibility analysis, communication planning, and resource and grant development.

This learning series incorporates online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, self-study and reading assignments, group activities, and discussion designed to guide participants through five critical components of sustainability planning. Trainers will demonstrate how to use a set of tools to facilitate a sustainability process with community partners and will coach participants to set actionable steps and timelines to complete a plan over the next year.


Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, and 13, 2023

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Alaska
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Pacific
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Mountain

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Dorthy (Dodie) Swope, M.Ed. LMFT has over 35 years of experience across the continuum of behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment.  Dodi began her career as an early childhood educator specializing in learning and mental health disorders. After receiving her master’s degree in education/counseling psychology, Dodi engaged in clinical practice that included community and school-based treatment for individuals, families and groups. Seeing the stubborn cycles of behavioral health challenges in families, Dodi sought broader impact.  With a focus on prevention and positive youth development, she worked on community and system level change.  For twenty plus years she has supported prevention strategies at community, region, state and national levels through her work as a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center.  Dodi coordinates two community coalitions in her local community, one focused on helping middle school aged girls thrive and the other on early childhood development and wellbeing.  Dodi also teaches a graduate level course at Clark University on Grant Writing for Community Developers. She maintains an independent community public health consulting practice from her home in Worcester, Massachusetts.


  • Define sustainability and summarize key findings from research
  • Explain the value of sustainability planning to community stakeholders
  • Share how partnerships and collaborations provide the foundation for sustainability
  • Identify and recruit partners to participate on a Sustainability Planning Team (SPT)
  • Summarize five components of sustainability planning
  • Collect information and capture lessons learned throughout the Strategic Prevention Framework process
  • Gather information and document lessons learned from interventions.
  • Develop communication products as part of ongoing sustainability effort
  • Outline key tasks that inform a written sustainability plan.
  • Establish a timeline to create a sustainability plan.
  • Apply a set of tools to create a sustainability plan with community partner


  • Community, state and tribal substance misuse prevention practitioners and prevention practitioners located in the Northwest (HHS Region 10) states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • 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:

  • View a 20-minute video on how to maximize the video conferencing platform and complete the Session 1 prep packet prior to the first session on Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Participate in 7 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, laptop/tablet, 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 is essential to gain and improve skills. Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend the Technology Orientation Session on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 12:00 PM Pacific. 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, March 2, 2023 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 Clarissa Lam Yuen (


Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance for 16 hours. Participants who miss more than two sessions will not receive a certificate. 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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