“Prevention Works!” There can be little argument that this statement is true.  However, there have been many changes in the terminology and practice of substance use/misuse prevention over the past few years.  These changes can be confusing for even the most experienced prevention professional. This workshop will review the state-of-the-art knowledge from prevention science and practice and help to dispel myths about what does and doesn’t work.


Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • Substance use/misuse prevention
  • SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives, the National Prevention Strategy, and CSAP’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)
  • The Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care Classifications: Universal, Selective, Indicated
  • Current effective prevention strategies
  • The impact of ATOD’s on the development of the adolescent brain


  • National Prevention Strategy, June 2011
  • SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Lens for Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Prevention: The Intersection of Science and Practice, Julie Hogan, 2003
  • Brain Trust Alliance, February 2007
  • “Use It or Lose It”, Walsh, 2004
  • National CAPT Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training Manual, June 2006
  • NIDA: Drugs, Brains, and Behavior:  The Science of Addiction
  • National Research Council (NRC) – Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Youth, 2009
  • IOM Continuum of Care Protractor
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Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop (1.0 hr. ATOD Specific)


(KD, JD, KS)