Native American Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

May 18, 2015 – May 21, 2015 all-day
Menominee Casino Resort
N277 Wisconsin 55
Keshena, WI 54135
Mary Raina Zwadzich

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The SAPST is key to building the workforce capacity of the state and tribes.

• This innovative training, combining online and in-person components, offers American Indian/Alaska Native practitioners a comprehensive introduction to the substance abuse prevention field.

• Develop skills needed to apply this information to daily work.

• Detailed guidance for implementing each of the five steps of SAMSHA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (assessment, capacity building, planning, implementation and evaluation).

• Improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention guided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Strategic Prevention Framework.

• Reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying the needs of vulnerable populations and improving cultural competency.

• Sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way.

Foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention. Innovative training that blends a five-hour, self-paced online module, and followed by a four- day/26-hour interactive, in-person training.

• An advisory team of Native practitioners adapted the training to better reflect Native culture, experiences, and learning styles. For example, the adapted SAPST allows more time for discussion than the original training, and grounds the training content in ‘tribal realities’ such as role of the Tribal Council in guiding prevention decisions and ‘talking circles’ as a key approach to collecting and sharing information.



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