This course offers the information and tools practitioners need to involve youth in all aspects of their prevention programs. It describes the many benefits associated with involving youth in prevention programming and strategies for recruiting young people and creating meaningful activities that will keep youth engaged, over time.


Key informant interviews are often considered the easiest and most straightforward of the data collection methods used in prevention. But the apparent simplicity of this approach can be deceiving, leaving many well-intentioned practitioners without much useful information once their interviews are over. In this self-paced, online course you will learn how to plan and conduct key informant interviews that produce valuable information to inform your prevention efforts.


This interactive, self-paced foundational course offers practitioners at the local level an introduction to the key elements of focus group design and delivery, using case examples to highlight the multiple ways focus groups can be used to support prevention practice.


This interactive, self-paced course offers a detailed overview of SAMHSA's comprehensive planning process. The SPF is designed to help prevention practitioners work with states, tribes, jurisdictions, and communities to more effectively address their substance abuse and related behavioral health problems.

This interactive, self-paced course provides an overview of sustainability within the context of prevention—including how it's defined, different sustainability approaches, and factors that contribute to success (Duration: 2 hours).

Building on the foundation of its introductory companion course, Prevention SustainAbilities: Understanding the Basics, this interactive self-paced course walks practitioners through a step-by-step process for developing a written plan to sustain successful prevention practices (Duration: 3 hours).


This interactive, self-paced course is appropriate for practitioners engaged in assessing the substance abuse prevention needs of communities. Using a case study approach, practitioners will explore a variety of data sources and strategies for identifying, locating, and accessing data routinely collected and/or maintained by agencies and organizations.


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. Regardless of the settings where you work, this information will help to prepare you to prevent substance abuse and promote wellness.

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This introductory course describes factors that contribute to opioid overdose and strategies communities can use to address this urgent public health problem. It is appropriate for practitioners new to the field of opioid overdose prevention as well as experienced practitioners looking to fill information gaps (Duration: 5 hours).


This course addresses the role and application of ethics in substance abuse prevention. Using cases and interactive activities, participants will explore the six standards in the Prevention Code of Ethics and learn to use a 4-step decision-making process to assess, address, and evaluate a range of ethical issues. In addition, five discussion forums, facilitated by an experienced course moderator, provide opportunities for participants to apply lessons learned.