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Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

May 12 @ 8:30 am - May 15 @ 4:30 pm


Online & 4 Day In-Person
Training Components


The Vermont Department of Health – Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs (ADAP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), invites you to apply to attend the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST).

The SAPST is a foundational course of study in substance misuse prevention that blends a four-day, in-person component with an interactive online unit. This training is designed for entry and mid-level prevention practitioners working in communities, and also appropriate for professionals working in related fields that are interested developing the skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness. 




Applications must be completed by

April 12, 2020

Completing the application does not guarantee attendanc


Applicants will be notified by the end of the day on April 13, 2020 if they have been accepted into the training.  Only those who received notification of acceptance will be admitted to the training.  


 This Training Involves Two Components:  

Registrants MUST participate in BOTH components.



 Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention:  Understanding the Basics


This course provides a useful context for professionals new to substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion or in related fields.  Regardless of the settings where you work, this information will help to prepare you to prevent substance abuse and promote wellness.




May 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2020
at the Middlebury Inn, Middlebury, Vermont


The online course must be completed prior to attending the four day training.

This 4-day training addresses 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

Matt Whalen and Robin Rieske
Vermont Department of Health – Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs

There is no fee to attend for admitted participants.

Coffee, tea and water 
Continental breakfast and lunch
will be provided each day of the training

Registration will be from 8:00 – 8:30 on day one 
The training begins at 8:30 and ends by 4:30 pm on all 4 days.



The cost for lodging is not included with this training and is the sole responsibility of participants. 


 Availability of Continuing Education Hours:

– Participants attending the in-person component of the SAPST will receive a certificate for 26 hours of training.  The training is endorsed by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium and approved by NAADAC to use towards certification.  
– 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.




Middlebury Inn
14 Court Square, Middlebury, VT 05753
Middlebury, VT 05753 US
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