Overview of the Building Protection Using the Social Development Strategy (SDS) Series

This 7-week series offers a unique interactive experience that explores how to build protection in communities, schools, and families using the Social Development Strategy (SDS).  This learning series will build participants’ understanding of shared protective factors and how the Social Development Strategy organizes protection into a strategy for action.  Participants will learn and practice using the SDS and its components to design activities that will build protection in families, schools, coalitions and communities.

The learning series provides online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and individual activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to building protection using key learnings from prevention science.


March 12, 19, 26, & April 2, 9, 16, 30 (There will NOT be a session on April 23rd)
10:00 am – 11:30 pm    Alaska
11:00 am – 12:30 pm    Pacific
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm     Mountain


Kevin P. Haggerty MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, UW School of Social Work, Director, Social Development Research Group, Director Northwest Prevention Technology Center

Dr. Haggerty specializes in prevention programs at the community, school and family level. For more than 30 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can better identify, assess and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs.  He has an extensive research background in the intersection of biological and environmental risks for drug abuse in emerging adults and is an expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention. Additionally, Dr. Haggerty is an investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, which tests the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program.

Blair Brooke-Weiss, MSPH, Senior Communities That Care Specialist.

Ms. Brooke-Weiss is a Specialist with the University of Washington’s Center for Communities That Care (CTC) and leads the Center’s training and coaching core. She is a certified Communities That Care trainer and coach. She has extensive experience providing CTC workshops and proactive technical assistance to community leaders, boards and coalitions.

Dalene Dutton, MS, Communities That Care Specialist

Ms. Dutton is a certified CTC Master Trainer and coach. Since 2011, she has been proactively assisting communities across North and South America with the implementation of the Communities that Care (CTC) model. Prior to joining SDRG in 2015, Ms. Dutton coordinated the activities of a Communities That Care (CTC) Coalition in Maine for 12 years.


  • Explain how you have used the SDS in the field since the beginning of the course.
  • Explore challenges and successes encountered using the SDS.
  • Collaborate with other participants to develop a plan to address those challenges.


  • Community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and community coalition coordinators located in the Northwest (HHS Region 10) states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
  • Prevention practitioners who would like to become a Certified Prevention Specialist or need to continuing hours of education to meet re-certification requirements.
  • Please note: This training is reserved for prevention professionals working in HHS Region 10.
  • Prevention professionals interested in this course but who work outside of HHS Region 10 are encouraged to contact their region’s PTTC to learn about similar courses available to them.

Participant Commitment and Expectations:

  • View a 20-minute video prior to the first session on Thursday, March 12, 2020 on how to use and maximize the video conferencing platform
  • Attend a live Orientation to Technology Session on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM PDT to demonstrate mastery of the basic technology skills required to participate
  • Participate in 7 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times and complete ONE hour of weekly 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)
  • Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities between each session.
  • Use a web-camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online video conferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
  • Actively engage and be on camera 90 % of the time during each session, since this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.

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 Technology Orientation Session on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM PDT. 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 Thursday, March 12, 2020 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

Continuing Education Hours:

In order to receive up to 15 continuing education hours, participants are expected to view the 20-minute video tutorial; attend the live technology training; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions.  Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participation requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

If you have questions, regarding technology requirements or registration details contact Clarissa Lam Yuen (clamyuen@casat.org)

The Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center is led by the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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