The Substance Abuse Prevention Academy provides comprehensive, interactive training for prevention professionals and others who are working to reduce the effects of substance abuse in their communities.
The academy provides the opportunity for attendees to build relationships with other prevention-minded professionals while learning how to strategically identify and address alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems, as well as mental health issues, in their community.
The academy covers two weeks, divided between the spring and fall. Week 1 courses focus on the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework. Week 2 courses vary according to need, but are primarily directed to the needs of new preventionists.
Typical offerings include: Addiction and the Brain, Prevention Ethics, Public Policy and Advocacy, Preparing for the CPS, and more. Training hours are provided for all courses. Depending on course offerings, attendees may accumulate up to 64 training hours if they attend both weeks of the training.
The Strategic Prevention Framework
The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's planning model for prevention that can be used in many disciplines, including substance abuse, mental health promotion and other prevention areas. The SPF focuses on the collection of data at all steps to support data-informed decision making, and requires that cultural competency and sustainability be incorporated throughout the process. The five interdependent SPF steps are:
- Needs, resources and readiness assessment.
- Capacity building.
- Comprehensive strategic planning.
- Implementation of evidence-based strategies (programs, policies, and practices).
- Evaluation and monitoring.
Who Should Attend
The workshops are designed for those who are fairly new to prevention, but they are also appropriate for more experienced prevention professionals who wish to increase their knowledge. Typical attendees include newly hired regional prevention center staff, educators, Juvenile Justice staff, social workers, and community coalition leaders.
Details for the Next Academy
Click the "Brochure" link in the Related Links box to view the current brochure, which includes the dates of the next academy and other details, or click the "Registration Form" link to access the online registration form. Use the Contact Information if you have questions.