Introduction to Substance Misuse Prevention

An interactive, self-paced course for practitioners new to the field of prevention. Introduces basic terminology and facts, the history of substance use and prevention in the U.S., the effects of addiction on the brain, and the effects and health risks of substance use. This course can stand alone; it is also a required component of the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST).

Audience: Entry-level prevention practitioners working at the state level or in communities

Course Length: 5 hours

Certification: This course has been endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Individuals who receive a passing grade on the course self-assessment (80% correct) will receive a certificate for 5 hours of participation.

This training has also been approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to satisfy CASAC renewal requirements and CPP/CPS initial/renewal credentialing requirements.

Education Development Center is a NADAAC-approved vendor.

Length of Access: Registered participants will have access to course materials for 30 days from the date of purchase.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the basic terminology and facts
  • Describe the history of substance use and prevention in the U.S.
  • Identify addiction and the brain
  • Describe the effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Course Introduction orients participants to the course structure and objectives.
  • Module 2: Just the Facts provides an overview of current substance abuse and mental health statistics, key terms associated with substance abuse prevention, and some reasons why people abuse substances
  • Module 3: History of Substance Abuse Prevention contains a timeline of substance abuse prevention, including key events and strategies that contributed to the field today.
  • Module 4: The Brain Behind Substance Abuse describes the impact of drugs on the brain and explores the impact of substance use and addition on adolescent brain development.
  • Module 5: Commonly Abused Drugs explores the effects and health risks of different types of drugs and introduces the topic of drug classification.

Each module contains practical information and interactive exercises designed to help you apply course content to your work. This course also contains numerous resources—including summaries, tools, and links to external sites—to supplement the online course experience.

Introduction to Substance Misuse Prevention

[sapst] 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.