Prevention SustainAbilities: Planning for Success

This interactive, self-paced course builds on the foundation of its introductory companion course Prevention SustainAbilities: Understanding the Basics by walking practitioners through a step-by-step process for developing a written plan to sustain successful prevention practices.

Audience: Prevention practitioners working at the state level or in communities

Course Length: 3 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 3 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 date of purchase.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the steps involved in developing a sustainability plan in prevention.
  • Describe and use a systematic process for setting sound sustainability goals in prevention.
  • Describe and use a systematic process for selecting feasible fiscal strategies to achieve sustainability goals.
  • Describe and use a two-phased approach for communicating with potential supporters to move selected fiscal strategies forward.
  • Identify four ways to support ongoing sustainability efforts at the local level once a written plan is in place.
  • Identify opportunities for individuals with varied expertise and experience to participate in the development and implementation of a sustainability plan in prevention.

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Introduction to Sustainability Planning explores the importance of planning, who should develop the plan, building a planning team and developing a sustainability plan.
  • Module 2: Setting Sustainability Goals walks participants through the process of establishing guidelines and why we establish them, the task force role, examining processes, how strategic planning records can help, filling information gaps, examining interventions, applying intervention guidelines, setting goals and the characteristic of sound sustainability goals.
  • Module 3: Selecting Fiscal Strategies leads participants through writing concrete objectives, identifying resources, focusing on the essentials, resources shared across goals, from objectives to costs, as well as projecting and documenting costs, tips for selecting fiscal strategies, applying for grants and earning and raising money.
  • Module 4: Developing a Communication Plan highlights establishing a guiding framework, the benefits of exploring before asking, developing a case statement, what should the case statement include, holding exploratory conversations, identifying initial contacts, developing talking points, holding exploratory conversations and sharing and recording findings
  • Module 5: Working the Plan Over Time provides an overview for monitoring progress, providing updates, responding to changes, responding to changes in action, celebrating success and how success breeds success.
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.