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Cancelled: Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) – 4 Day Training

  • March 17, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH
  • 14


A 31 hour (4-day in person + Online Component ) training event with Marissa Carlson, CPS and Katy Shea, MPH, CPS

March 17-20, 2020

8:30am to 4:30pm daily

The NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services  with SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), invites you to register for the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST): Building Our Behavioral Health Workforce.

This innovative training, combining online and in-person components, offers practitioners a comprehensive introduction to the substance abuse prevention field. Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, the SAPST is designed to help practitioners develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective, data-driven prevention that reduces behavioral health disparities and improves wellness. It is appropriate for entry-level prevention practitioners, as well as professionals in related fields.

The SAPST consists of a five-hour, self-paced online module, followed by a four-day/26-hour interactive, in-person training.  The online course is entitled “Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention:  Understanding the Basics” AND  the in-person training is “Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training: Building Our Behavioral Health Workforce.

Registrants MUST participate in both components to receive continuing education credit.


This foundational course offers practitioners new to the field of prevention, or working in related fields, an introduction to the history of prevention, key concepts and definitions, specific drug effects, and an exciting glimpse into the effects of substance use and addiction on the brain. Participants will learn about:

  • 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


March 17-20, 2020

This 4-day training will be held at 130 Pembroke Rd., Concord, NH, from  8:30 am  to 4:30 pm daily (6.5 hours of direct training daily).  It will address the following topics:

  • Behavioral health
  • Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care
  • Public health approach
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Developmental perspective
  • Application of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework: assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • Cultural competence and sustainability


NH Prevention Certification Board CEU approval will be applied for CEs in the Prevention Theory and Practice category.  Additionally, practitioners participating in the SAPST will receive two “certificates of training hours,” one for the online component and another for the in-person training.

These can be applied toward the requirements for professional credentialing or re-certification.

  • Participants completing the online component of the SAPST will receive a certificate for five hours of training pending receipt of a “pass” score on the final assessment (80% correct is a passing grade).
  • Participants attending the SAPST in-person will receive a certificate for 26 hours of training.
  • All SAPST participants are expected to complete both the online and in-person components. Participants must complete the online component to receive a certificate for attending the in-person training, since one component builds on the other.


The facilitators are trained CAPT presenters of this curriculum, the facilitators will be Marissa Carlson, CPS; Katy Shea, MPH, CPS

Marissa Carlson, CPS is the Executive Director of the NH Teen Institute, a leadership development non-profit working with middle & high school students from around NH & New England in a variety of areas including substance abuse prevention, peer mentoring, and creating positive school & community climate.  She has been a Certified Prevention Specialist since 2011 and, as part of her role at TI, oversees and facilitates training for both the youth participants and TI’s youth & adult volunteer program staff.  Outside of her work with TI, Marissa is the Associate Artistic Director of Mill City Productions, a theatre company in Western Massachusetts.

Katy Shea, MPH, CPS has been working in the public health prevention field for over ten years.  Ms. Shea spent the first five years of her career working as a community evaluator.  In this role she utilized community-based participatory evaluation methods.  Over the past five years, Ms. Shea has been the Prevention Program Manager for the New Hampshire Center for Excellence; a resource center for best practices in alcohol and drug prevention and treatment services in New Hampshire. In this role, Ms. Shea currently provides technical assistance to state agencies, regional public health networks and local substance abuse prevention coalitions and providers.  Her expertise includes conducting assessments, program evaluation, capacity-building, evidence-based strategy selection and strategic planning.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION  Please complete the registration form below to attend.  You will receive an email inviting you to attend the online component prior to the in-person training.

Registration fee:    $75 registration which includes the manual, online and 4-days in-person instruction and continuing education credits.  NBCC/NASW CEUs not available.

Registration deadline:  Please register by February 28, 2020, so that we may have the proper number of manuals produced and online access available.  Thank you!

For registration information contact: 603-225-7060

31 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domain: 1-6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 13
CRSW Performance Domain: 1 & 3
NBCC CEs not available.


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