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Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

HCA/DBHR will provide this Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) based upon a national curriculum developed by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).


  • Define behavioral health and its relationship to substance misuse
  • Describe the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step planning model
  • Identify the needs of vulnerable populations in order to improve cultural competency and more effectively address behavioral health disparities
  • Discuss effective approaches to collaborating across sectors to sustain prevention outcomes


  • Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics
    • 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
    • Behavioral health
    • Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care
    • Public health approach
    • Risk and protective factors
    • Developmental perspective
  • Application: SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework
    • Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
    • Cultural competence, sustainability

This training has a maximum capacity of 30 people.

Date and Time: 
May 18, 2020 - 8:00am to May 21, 2020 - 4:30pm
SafePlace – East Wing Facility, 521 Legion Way SE Olympia, WA 98501