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

Sponsor: NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

A 31 hour (4-day  + Online Component ) training event with Marissa Carlson, MS, CPS and Julie Yerkes, MEd

October 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2021

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

Participants will need to set up an account for the online portion. This can be done here.


October 12-14th, 2021

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

To register click here

Event Details

October 12, 2021
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
130 Pembroke Rd, Suite 100 ( first section online)
Concord, NH
see registration for details