Overview of the Prevention Basics Enhanced Prevention Learning Series

This series offers a unique, interactive introduction to the field of substance misuse prevention delivered through distance learning technologies. Participants will examine the history of substance misuse prevention, key concepts, and foundational research informing the Strategic Prevention Framework, SAMHSA’s five-step, data-driven planning process. Through a combination of individual readings, application activities, and group dialogue via live web-conferencing sessions, participants will build basic knowledge and skills necessary to identify prevention priorities and develop a plan to select, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions.


States and American Samoa:

  • Session 1 (Technology Orientation Session): August 5, 2019, 3:00-4:30pm PDT
  • Sessions 2-8: Tuesdays starting August 6, 2019-September 24, 2019
    • 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Pacific Time
    • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Mountain Time
    • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Hawaii
    • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM American Samoa


  • Session 1 (Technology Orientation Session): August 6, 2019, 3:00 pm -4:30 pm PDT
  • Sessions 2-8: Wednesdays starting August 7, 2019-September 25, 2019
    • 10:00 am – 11:30 am Republic of the Marshall Islands
    • 9:00 am – 10:30 am Pohnpei and Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
    • 8:00 am – 9:30 am Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk and Yap (FSM)
    • 7:00 am – 8:30 am Republic of Palau


Kris Gabrielsen MPH, has worked in substance misuse prevention nearly 30 years. She served as the Associate Director of the Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), co-authored the first Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training curriculum, and co-authored the textbook, Substance Abuse Prevention: The Intersection of Science and Practice. She currently works with states and communities across the nation to bridge the gap between research and practice, assisting prevention professionals in maximizing their effectiveness.


  • Define prevention.
  • Explain the continuum of care.
  • List the criteria for research-based risk factors.
  • Describe how the Social Development Strategy operationalizes protective factors.
  • Describe the five steps of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), including the key tasks for each.
  • List three essential keys to sustainability.
  • Explain the importance of addressing health disparities in the context of substance misuse prevention planning and implementation.
  • Describe how cultural humility is essential in our work in the prevention field.


  • Substance misuse prevention practitioners located in the Pacific Southwest (HHS Region 9) states and jurisdictions of American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need continuing education hours to meet re-certification requirements.
  • Please note, this training is reserved for prevention professionals working in HHS Region 9
  • Prevention professionals interested in this opportunity but who work outside of Region 9 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar opportunities available to them.


  • View a 20-minute video prior to the first session on August 5, 2019 on how to use and maximize the videoconferencing platform.
  • Attend a live 1.5 hour session Orientation to Technology Session on August 5, 2019 at 3:00pm PDT (please refer to full list above of scheduled days and times for your specific location).
  • Demonstrate mastery of the basic technology skills required to participate.
  • Commit to attending 8 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times and complete weekly independent learning activities.
  • Have access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone).
  • Actively participate and be on camera during 90% of the scheduled series time. This is not a webinar series and active participation to gain/improve skills is required.

Continuing Education Requirements: In order to receive 21 continuing education hours, participants are expected to view the video tutorial; attend the live technology introductory/orientation session; complete individual readings and learning activities as assigned; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions.  Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

PLEASE NOTE:  This EPLS is not a webinar series. Active participation is essential to gain and improve skills. Registrants enrolled in this series are required to attend the Introductory/Technology Orientation Session August 5, 2019, 3:00-4:30pm PDT  (please refer to full list above of scheduled days and times for your specific location).  If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance.

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by August 5, 2019 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

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