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

Sponsor New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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

This Training is being offered virtually 

April 13, 15, 19 & 21, 2021

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

What is the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)?

  • Foundational course of study in substance misuse prevention
  • Innovative training that blends a four-day, virtual component with interactive activities and a homework component to reduce videoconferencing fatigue
  • For entry-level prevention practitioners working in states, jurisdictions, tribes and communities; also appropriate for professionals working in related fields
  • Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.

What does the SAPST prepare practitioners to do?

  • Address substance misuse prevention in the context of behavioral health
  • Improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural competency
  • Sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk and protective factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way

What are the virtual course requirements?

  • Completion of an online Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (Pre-SAPST Course) course on HealtheKnowledge prior to the training (5 hours)
  • Full attendance at a four-day, six-hour virtual SAPST training (including time for lunch and breaks) (20 hours)
  • Completion of homework (6 hours)


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 Virtually live 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 virtually live  in-person will receive a certificate for 26 hours of training.
  • All SAPST participants are expected to complete both the online,  and virtually live in-person components. Participants must complete the online component to receive a certificate for attending the virtually live in-person training, since one component builds on the other.

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.


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 nonprofit working with middle & high school students from around NH & New England in a variety of areas including substance misuse prevention, peer mentoring, and creating positive school & community climate.   As part of her role at TI, she oversees and facilitates training for both the youth participants and TI’s youth & adult volunteer program staff.  She is a trainer for multiple workshops developed by the CAPT and ATTC systems, including the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) curriculum.  In addition, she is the President of the Prevention Certification Board of NH, the NH Prevention delegate to the IC&RC, and serves as the lead advisor of the Prevention Specialist credentialing committee.  She serves on the NH Governor’s Commission Prevention Task Force, and sits on the advisory councils of the NH Training Institute on Addictive Disorders (NHTIAD) and SAMHSA’s New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC).  Outside of her work with TI, Marissa is the Associate Artistic Director of Mill City Productions, a theatre company in Western Massachusetts.  She graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Psychology, received an MS in Nonprofit Management from Bay Path University, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.

Julie Yerkes, M. Ed., is a Certified Prevention Specialist and sits on the NH Prevention Certification Board.  She has worked in prevention and education for nearly 20 years, with a focus on strengthening community-school-family connections to support positive youth development. She is 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, she currently provides technical assistance to state agencies, regional public health networks and local substance misuse prevention coalitions and providers.  Her work focuses on evidence-based strategy selection, implementation, and evaluation,  as well as strategic planning. 

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Event Details

April 13, 2021
8:30 am - 4:30 pm