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Region 10 PTTC

Prevention Ethics: A training for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Prevention Practitioners and individuals working primarily with AI/AN communities and organizations to prevent substance misuse.

This 3-week, 5-session series offers an interactive experience for participants to explore the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics using realistic examples designed to strengthen AI/AN prevention practitioners’ capacity to manage challenging situations in their work in AI/AN organizations and communities. Components of this learning series include individual pre-session learning assignments, live videoconference group sessions, facilitated discussion, skills-based learning activities, and practice applying an ethical decision-making process.


Date: April 5, 8, 12, 15, 19,
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Alaska
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Pacific
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Mountain

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Gerry Rainingbird  is an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy. Gerry has been involved with American Indian/Alaska Native education, health, and wellness promotion for nearly 30 years.  His professional experience includes community mobilization and capacity building, positive youth development, cultural competency, group facilitation, strategic planning, and program development. He has worked with over 200 native communities across Indian Country and the Pacific Islands. In his most recent roles, he has served as Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the Tribal Youth Program and the 7th Generation National Mentoring Project.

Pam Tindall has dedicated more than twenty years to working in the field of substance use and misuse prevention, consulting in all 50 U.S. states and across urban, rural, frontier, Alaska Native, American Indian, and Pacific Island communities


  • Study the Prevention Code of Ethics’
  • Explore the role of ethics in when planning and implementing prevention efforts in AI/AN organizations and communities
  • Analyze six key principles and engage in discussions on ethical issues presented in various scenarios
  • Apply a four-step decision-making model to assess and address ethical dilemmas


This Ethics EPLS is designed for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) practitioners implementing substance misuse prevention programs and practices in AI/AN communities and organizations, as well as other individuals who primarily work with AI/AN communities to prevent substance misuse in HHS Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

  • This EPLS is relevant to those seeking certification or recertification as a Prevention Specialist and meets the basic requirements for prevention ethics for this type of certification. This training will not meet the requirements for anyone seeking treatment or recovery support-related certification or licensure.
  • : This training is reserved for AI/AN 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:

  • Complete the Session 1 reading assignment and view a 20-minute video on how to use and maximize the video conferencing platform prior to the first session on Monday, April 5, 2021
  • Have access to appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone.
  • Use a web camera 90% of the time during all sessions, since this is not a webinar series and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills.
  • Participate in all 5 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times
  • Complete up to ONE hour of independent learning activities between each session

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 ALL Sessions. If you cannot attend ALL sessions, you will forfeit your attendance.

In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Monday, April 5, 2021 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time.

If you have questions regarding technology requirements or registration details contact Clarissa Lam Yuen (

Certificates verifying attendance:

Participants who complete all five sessions will receive a certificate of attendance for 13 contact hours. No partial credit is given for this course. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

The Northwest PTTC is a collaboration led by Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington in partnership with Washington State University, and CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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