Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST): LIVE WEBINAR SERIES

Tue Nov 09, 2021 - Fri Nov 19, 2021

4-DAY Live Online Webinar Series
November 9, 12, 16,19, 2021 | 8:45 am - 3:00 pm PST


The Virtual Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is an innovative distance-learning training that blends a pre-requisite, self-paced online course with a combination of live, interactive sessions conducted over video conferencing and individual homework assignments completed before and between the live sessions. Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), the Virtual SAPST provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that improve substance-related outcomes, reduce behavioral health disparities, and improve wellness.

The Virtual SAPST includes the following topic areas:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (self-paced, online)
    • Basic terminology and facts
    • History of substance use and 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 (live video-conference sessions and homework activities)
    • Behavioral health
    • Institute of Medicine’s/National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Continuum of Care
    • Public health approach
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Developmental perspective
  • Application: SAMHSA’s SPF (live video-conference sessions and homework activities)
    • Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Cultural competence, sustainability


The SAPST is designed for:

  • Entry-level (less than five years) prevention administrators and practitioners
  • Members of community coalitions working to address substance misuse
  • Professionals working in fields related to substance misuse prevention
  • Training and technical assistance providers supporting those in the substance misuse prevention workforce and broader community


The Virtual SAPST has two prerequisites. Both components must be completed by 12:00 PM PST on November 3, 2021. Not completing these two prerequisites by the deadline will result in you forfeiting your place in the Virtual SAPST.

  1. The five-hour, self-paced online course “Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (Pre-SAPST Course).” To access this self-paced online course:


  1. Pre-session participant survey (10 minutes) and homework assignment #1 online (40 minutes). You will need your SAPST binder for one section of the assignment. We recommend referring to the hard copies of the homework assignments found in the front pocket of your binder while you complete your assignments. Please note that we will use Qualtrics to submit all homework assignments

Please complete both components by 12:00 PM PST on November 3, 2021. As noted above, you will need to download your online course certificate (item 1) and email it to If we do not receive both components by November 3, 2021 you will forfeit your enrollment in this course.

Dates and Time of Live Sessions

The Virtual SAPST will take place over four non-consecutive days:

November 9, 12, 16, and 19, 2021

  • Live zoom sessions: 8:45 am – 3:00 pm each day
  • Please schedule at least two hours to complete and submit the required homework assignments within approximately 24 hours after each session. Homework assignments 2, 3, and 4 will be due at 5:00 pm on November 10, 14, and 17.

We will take two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute break each session


Cost: Free


Certificates of Attendance:

Participants completing the Virtual SAPST will receive two (2) certificates of completion totaling 31 hours of participation:  

  • 5 hours for completing the self-paced online course
  • 26 for the live video conference sessions and completing homework activities

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Prevention Committee endorses the PTTC’s Virtual SAPST as an IC&RC-approved curriculum. This endorsement provides assurance that the SAPST is applicable toward the education and training requirement for IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist credential. The SAPST is also approved by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.


Presented by: Ben Stevenson II, MS, CPS & Rick Collins, MS, CPS

This training is approved for CEHs by the following professional organizations:


  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)*
  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

*CASAT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6492. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CASAT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, & Gambling Counselors
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors
  • State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our courses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CASAT.

Funding for this training was made possible, in part, by the Pacific Southwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network, HHS Region 9. To learn more about the Pacific Southwest PTTC, visit their website.


Date 11-09-2021 8:50 am PDT
End Date 11-19-2021 3:00 pm PDT
Registration Start Date 09-30-2021
Event Time Zone PDT
Capacity 21
Spots Available 0
Cut off date 10-25-2021
Individual Price FREE