Prevention Supports - Prevention Trainings
The Bureau of Substance Abuse provides training to support prevention professionals and to assist with Prevention Specialist Certification requirements. Training opportunities noted below are available to all those interested in developing prevention skills.
Foundational Prevention Training
The Bureau of Substance Abuse in collaboration with the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC) sponsors Substance Abuse Prevention Skills and Prevention Ethics trainings two to three times a year.
These trainings are most beneficial for:
- Prevention Professionals
- Coalition Members
- Social Service Professionals
- Public Health Professionals
- Anyone interested in prevention
Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)
The goal of the SAPST is to assist professionals in the field to gain an understanding of prevention principles and the application of evidence-based prevention strategies and programs. The training was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The training consists of 26 hours of training and an online component (5 hours of training) which are both required for Prevention Specialist certification. Participants must attend all sessions to completed the SAPST course.
Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate for 31 hours of participation which satisfies the Certified Prevention Specialist requirement for initial credentialing through the Iowa Board of Certification.
Prevention Ethics Training for Certification and Recertification
The Bureau of Substance Abuse in collaboration with Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC) sponsors Prevention Ethics Training for certification and for recertification. The six hour training for certification was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The three hour training for recertification was created by the Bureau of Substance Abuse.
For Prevention Ethics Training for Certification, the training is six hours in length. For Prevention Ethics for Recertification, the training is three hours in length. Participants must attend the full training to receive credit.
These trainings are approved ethics courses through the Iowa Board of Certification (IBC). Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of participation which satisfies the ethics requirement through IBC.
Dates and Registration
Any scheduled SAPST and Prevention Ethics courses will be noted on the MCTC Training Calendar. Click on each SAPST and Prevention Ethics course in the calendar to register. Priority registration is provided to Iowa prevention professionals.
The Bureau of Substance Abuse provides a variety of trainings available to any prevention professional. All publically available trainings are noted on the YourLifeIowa.org Training Calendar. Training details and registration links are available through this site for prevention and treatment trainings and webinars.
The Bureau of Substance Abuse, in conjunction with state and national professionals, has hosted training webinars on prevention topics ranging from substance misuse, suicide prevention, and problem gambling that are available in the YourLifeIowa.org Training Library. Continuing Education Credits will not be provided for viewing recorded webinars. This webpage is updated monthly.
Monthly Prevention Webinar Series
The Bureau of Substance Abuse provides free prevention focused webinars the first Friday of each month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central. Most webinars qualify for CEU’s when participants attend live during the day of the event. Once registered to attend a webinar, paricipants will be added to the webinar information distribution list. To view the webinar offerings and to register, see the YourLifeIowa.org Training Calendar.
Who do I contact for more information?
Julie Hibben at 515-236-5703