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Prevention Trainings

The training listed are currently available to be scheduled unless otherwise noted. More detailed information - including training fees - for each training is available by request.    

01. - Substance Abuse Prevention Ethics

6 hours classroom 1 hour lunch                                       6 MCBAP specific hours approved

Through discussion and real-world examples, participants will work in small groups to walk through the appropriate ethical principle using the 6 step decision making model. Training includes copies of decision making model and Michigan specific MCBAP approved Principles of Ethical Behavior.    

02. - Making Prevention More Effective (MPME)

6 hours classroom 1 hour lunch                                    6 MCBAP specific hours pending


This six hour in-person or online training is intended for certified prevention professionals looking for a SAPST refresher, or community volunteers working as part of your prevention coalition.  

We will introduce participants to the science and research used by certified Substance
Abuse Prevention Professionals to:

  • Decide what problem behaviors to address

  • Measure the community’s willingness to create change and address the problem

  • Choose the most effective and realistic strategies

  • Measure and sustain their efforts

  • Understand the importance of celebrating success with your community.

03. - Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

What is the SAPST?

  • Innovative training that blends a four (4)-day, in-person component with a pre-requisite interactive online course

  • Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework

  • Provides foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness

Who is the intended audience?

  • Entry-level prevention administrators and practitioners

  • Members of community coalitions working to address substance abuse

  • Professionals working in fields related to substance abuse prevention

What does the SAPST cover?

Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention: Understanding the Basics (online)

  • Basic terminology and facts

  • History of substance use and prevention in the U.S.

  • Addiction and the brain

  • Effects and health risks of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

Setting the Foundation: From Theory to Practice (in-person)

  •  Behavioral health

  • Institute of Medicine’s Continuum of Care

  • Public health approach

  • Risk and protective factors

  • Developmental perspective

Application: SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (in-person)

  •  Assessment, capacity, planning, implementation, and evaluation

  • Cultural competence, sustainability

04. - Social Media Literacy 

3 hours classroom                                                       3 MCBAP related hours pending 

This in-person or online training will walk through the ins and outs of an agency social media plan.  Many agencies “wing-it” when it comes to their social media presence, and this might work for a while.  Having a plan in place allows agencies to use their time online most efficiently and prepares them for putting out any social media fires that may spring up.  And as preventionists, we might even help craft a plan to avoid disasters all together.

05. - Social Media and the Adolescent Brain 

3 hours classroom                                                     3 MCBAP related hours pending

The development of the adolescent brain is an often studied and under reported topic in the behavioral health field.  This in-person or online training will cover the differences between adult and teen brains, and how internet and social media use can impact the development of your favorite teen’s brain.

06. - Media Literacy – The Basics 

3 hours classroom                                                     3 MCBAP related hours pending

Some research suggests the average adult in the US watches between 4 and 6 hours of television daily. Teen television watching is typically not as high, but overall “screen time” for teens averages much higher.  Factor in social media, billboards, and advertisements placed in streaming services, we digest a LOT of media.  Although it can be a challenge taking control of what media we digest, we can control how we process it.  In this training, we will discuss the role critical thinking plays in the influence media has on us, our families, and out communities.  While social media will be covered, it is not the specific focus of this training.  

07. - Media Literacy – Advanced    

6 hours classroom                                                     6 MCBAP related hours pending

In addition to the information presented in the Basic training, in this expanded training we will talk about media advocacy, counter media efforts, and policies and procedures that might help limit negative influences in the media in our homes and communities.  While social media will be covered, it is not the specific focus of this training.   

08. - Becoming an Anti-Stigma Advocate - Basic

Currently in development scheduled for August release                        
3 hours classroom                                                   3 MCBAP related hours pending

Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace associated with a certain circumstance, quality, or behavior exhibited by an association of individuals, or individual.  “Becoming an Anti-Stigma Advocate” will begin by walking through the negative outcomes associated with individuals and groups who have been stigmatized.  Next we will explore the language and behaviors present that perpetuate stigma, and the thoughts and beliefs that allow the continuation of noted language and behaviors.  We will conclude by addressing the changes and techniques needed to correct the beliefs, thoughts, and language, and how to influence those around us to discontinue potentially harmful behaviors and language associated with perpetuating a culture leading to stigmatization.   A self-assessment tool will be included with this training. 

09. - Becoming an Anti-Stigma Organization - Advanced 

Currently in development scheduled for August release                        
6 hours classroom                                                   6 MCBAP related hours pending

In addition to the information presented in the Basic training, in this expanded training will explore agency and organization policies and procedures related to creating an anti-stigma culture.  This training is not intended to substitute for legal advice or Human Resource advice, but rather offers an opportunity for an organization to explore their policies and practices and identify areas where improvement would benefit the communities and individuals you serve.  A self-assessment and an agency/organization-assessment tool will be included with this training.  

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Ken Dail, Certified Prevention Consultant,  President, K. Dail & Associates

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