Registration Open for SAPST

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention that blends a four-day, in-person component with a four-hour interactive online unit. The SAPST was developed by SAMHSA’s Center for Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). The course is designed for prevention professionals with one to five years experience in the field. It may also be appropriate for professionals working in related fields, e.g. treatment, mental health etc. The SAPST training is grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). It provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.


Event Details:
Date: October 24-27, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
Location: Oasis Conference Center, Loveland, OH
Cost: $100 (includes CEUs & lunch daily)
Facilitators: Derek Longmeier & Lori Higgins

Register Here

The SAPST prepares practitioners to:

  • improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by SPF;
  • reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural competency; and
  • sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way.

The IC&RC Prevention Committee has endorsed the SAPST as an IC&RC approved curriculum. This endorsement provides assurance that the SAPST is applicable to IC&RC’s prevention specialist domains and can be used toward the education/training requirement for IC&RC’s Prevention Specialist credential. The SAPST has also been approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Participants completing the SAPST will receive a certificate for 28 hours of participation from PreventionFIRST!, along with a certificate from CAPT for the online component.

For questions or additional information, contact Nicole Schiesler at



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