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This 2-week series offers a unique interactive experience that explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics using realistic examples designed to strengthen participants’ abilities to manage challenging situations in their work. The learning series is structured to also provide online consultation, skill-based learning and practice, group and individual activities, reading assignments, and discussion on topics essential to application of an ethical decision-making process.


States & American Samoa:

Dates: December 7, 9, 14, & 16


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Pacific
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Mountain
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Hawaii
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM American Samoa


Dates: December 8, 10, 15, & 17


8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Republic of Palau
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pohnpei and Kosrae
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Republic of the Marshal Islands

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Christina Gutierrez, has extensive experience in evidence-based substance misuse prevention practices at the local, state and bi-national levels. Her career began in the late 1990’s implementing “model” curricula in communities and evolved to providing Training/Technical Assistance (T/TA) support to community-based coalitions, single state agencies, community stakeholders and Promotores and Community Health Workers. Ms. Gutierrez has been part of various training teams to include the U.S.-Mexico Border states and sister cities in Mexico with delivery of the Strategic Prevention Framework in Spanish. Additionally, Ms. Gutierrez has been part of SAMSHA’s regional training teams and called upon to provide training to various Latino and Native American populations to cater to cultural needs. More recently Ms. Gutierrez’s work includes being part of a state-wide evaluation team that provides evaluation support to grantees aiming to decrease Prescription Misuse and Underage drinking issues around the state.


  • Define ethics and related terms
  • Describe the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics
  • Use an ethical decision-making process to apply the Prevention Code of Ethics


  • 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 course but who work outside of HHS Region 9 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 Monday, December 7, 2020 on how to use and maximize the video conferencing platform
  • Attend a live Orientation to Technology and Series Overview on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 3:00 PM Pacific to demonstrate mastery of the basic technology skills required to participate
  • Participate in 4 sessions of training, for 1.5 hours on scheduled series days/times
  • Complete up to ONE hour of independent learning activities between each session
  • Use a web-camera and 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)
  • 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 Monday, December 7, 2020 at 3:00 PM Pacific. 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 Monday, December 7, 2020 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 (

Continuing Education Hours:

Up to 9 hours of continuing education hours can be earned in this series. Participants will need to confirm with their certification board to determine if these certification hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.

The Pacific Southwest PTTC is administered by CASAT at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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