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Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) – 4 Day Training

October 25, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) – 4 Day Training

A 31 hour (4-day  + Online Component ) training event with Marissa Carlson, MS, CPS and Julie Yerkes, MEd

October 24, 25, 26, and 27, 2022

8:30am to 4:30pm (daily)


The NH Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services  with SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), invites you to register for the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST): Building Our Behavioral Health Workforce.

This innovative training, combining online and in-person components, offers practitioners a comprehensive introduction to the substance abuse prevention field. Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, the SAPST is designed to help practitioners develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective, data-driven prevention that reduces behavioral health disparities and improves wellness. It is appropriate for entry-level prevention practitioners, as well as professionals in related fields.

The SAPST consists of a five-hour, self-paced online module, followed by a four-day/26-hour interactive, in-person training.  The online course is entitled “Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention:  Understanding the Basics” AND  the in-person training is “Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training: Building Our Behavioral Health Workforce.

Registrants MUST participate in both components to receive continuing education credit.


This foundational course offers practitioners new to the field of prevention, or working in related fields, an introduction to the history of prevention, key concepts and definitions, specific drug effects, and an exciting glimpse into the effects of substance use and addiction on the brain. Participants will learn about:

  • Basic terminology and facts
  • History of substance use and prevention in the U.S.
  • Addiction and the brain
  • Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

Participants will need to set up an account for the online portion.  More Information will be emailed to participants who are fully registered 3 weeks prior to the training. 


October 24-27, 2022

This 4-day training will be held at 130 Pembroke Rd., Concord, NH, from  8:30 am  to 4:30 pm daily (6.5 hours of direct training daily).  It will address the following topics:

  • Behavioral health
  • Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care
  • Public health approach
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Developmental perspective
  • Application of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework: assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation
  • Cultural competence and sustainability


NH Prevention Certification Board CEU approval will be applied for CEs in the Prevention Theory and Practice category.  Additionally, practitioners participating in the SAPST will receive two “certificates of training hours,” one for the online component and another for the in-person training.

These can be applied toward the requirements for professional credentialing or re-certification.

  • Participants completing the online component of the SAPST will receive a certificate for five hours of training pending receipt of a “pass” score on the final assessment (80% correct is a passing grade).
  • Participants attending the SAPST in-person will receive a certificate for 26 hours of training.
  • All SAPST participants are expected to complete both the online and in-person components. Participants must complete the online component to receive a certificate for attending the in-person training, since one component builds on the other.


Marissa Carlson, MS, CPS  is the Executive Director of the NH Teen Institute, a leadership development nonprofit working with middle & high school students from around NH & New England in a variety of areas including substance misuse prevention, peer mentoring, and creating positive school & community climate.   As part of her role at TI, she oversees and facilitates training for both the youth participants and TI’s youth & adult volunteer program staff.  She is a trainer for multiple workshops developed by the CAPT and ATTC systems, including the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) curriculum.  In addition, she is the President of the Prevention Certification Board of NH, the NH Prevention delegate to the IC&RC, and serves as the lead advisor of the Prevention Specialist credentialing committee.  She serves on the NH Governor’s Commission Prevention Task Force, and sits on the advisory councils of the NH Training Institute on Addictive Disorders (NHTIAD) and SAMHSA’s New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC).  Outside of her work with TI, Marissa is the Associate Artistic Director of Mill City Productions, a theatre company in Western Massachusetts.  She graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Psychology, received an MS in Nonprofit Management from Bay Path University, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.

Julie Yerkes, M. Ed., is a Certified Prevention Specialist andinpersonits on the NH Prevention Certification Board.  She has worked in prevention and education for nearly 20 years, with a focus on strengthening community-school-family connections to support positive youth development. She is the Prevention Program Manager for the New Hampshire Center for Excellence; a resource center for best practices in alcohol and drug prevention and treatment services in New Hampshire. In this role, she currently provides technical assistance to state agencies, regional public health networks and local substance misuse prevention coalitions and providers.  Her work focuses on evidence-based strategy selection, implementation, and evaluation,  as well as strategic planning. 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION  Please complete the registration form and payment (if applicable) to attend.  

REGISTRATION FEE:    $75 registration which includes the manual, in-person training and continuing education credits. NH State Funded Student Assistance Professionals may attend for free. NBCC/NASW CEUs not available.

For registration information contact: 603-225-7060   training@nhadaca.org

31 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 1, 3
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 13
CPS Domains: 1-6
NBCC CEs not available.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for trainings of high demand topics.  Thank you.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.


Training Site
130 Pembroke Rd, Suite 150
Concord, NH United States
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