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This Course has a Prerequisite

To register for this Enhanced Prevention Learning Series (EPLS), you must first complete the free, self-paced online course Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics on healtheknowledge.org.

Please have your certificate of completion ready to upload, you will be asked for it during the registration process.

This 8-week series offers a uniquely interactive online introduction to the field of substance misuse prevention. Participants examine the history of substance misuse prevention, key concepts, and foundational research informing the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step, data-driven planning process. Training participants build basic knowledge and skills necessary to identify prevention priorities and develop a plan to implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions. This online consultation series offers structured skill-based learning opportunities, individual reading and learning assignments, group activities, and discussions to enhance learning application and outcomes.

When:

States & American Samoa:
Dates: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9*, 16, 30, December 7, 2022

Time:
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Pacific
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Hawaii
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM American Samoa

Pacific Jurisdictions:
Dates: October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10*, 17, December 1, 8, 2022

Time:
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Republic of the Marshall Islands
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pohnpei and Kosrae
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Republic of Palau

*Due to daylight savings time beginning, start times may change.

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Facilitator:

Rick Collins, MS, CPS, is a Cincinnati, OH 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. Rick works as a consultant for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and he provides 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.

Objectives:

  • Define prevention
  • Explain the continuum of care
  • List the criteria for research-based risk factors
  • Describe how the Social Development Strategy operationalizes protective factors
  • Describe the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), including the key tasks for each
  • List three essential keys to sustainability
  • Explain the importance of addressing health disparities in the context of substance misuse prevention planning and implementation
  • Describe how cultural humility is essential in our work in the prevention field

Audience:

  • Substance misuse prevention practitioners located in the Pacific Southwest (HHS Region 9) states and jurisdictions of American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.
  • 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 9.
  • Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 9 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 would like to review key features, please view the 20-minute Introduction to Zoom video prior to the first session on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 on how to use and maximize the platform
  • Participate in 8 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times
  • Complete up to 1.5 hours 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 each session is essential to gain and improve skills. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance.

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Wednesday, October 12, 2022 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 ktotten@casat.org.

Certificates:

Participants who complete all 8 sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 22.5 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 Pacific Southwest PTTC is administered by CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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