Training at Prevention First

Through a variety of training programs, Prevention First prepares professionals to bring to their communities the models, strategies, and competencies that make prevention work. These courses increase the knowledge, skills, and ability of prevention specialists to:

  • Build effective coalitions to prevent substance use,
  • Develop effective strategic prevention plans,
  • Select and implement evidence-based programs, practices, and policies,
  • Implement substance use programming to offenders,
  • Prepare for CADC certification, and
  • Evaluate their efforts to ensure progress in achieving substance abuse prevention goals.

We use a variety of training methods to accommodate the needs of our learners, including:

  • Classroom-based (instructor-led) training which offers a guided, interactive learning experience in which participants and facilitators can discuss new information and practice new skills
  • Virtual classroom (instructor-led, online) training offers participants a guided, interactive learning experience outside of the Prevention First classroom. 
  • Self-paced training (self-study) allows a participant to complete the material at his/her leisure
  • Interactive webinars allow for structured learning from any location via computer and phone

Training courses are listed on the left side panel for each program at Prevention First. To register for a course you must first log in to Prevention First. Not a member? Click here to set up your free membership. 

Prevention First remains committed to providing you with outstanding classroom-based training and ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all.  Toward this end, we have established a COVID-19 Training Policy that is in effect immediately and until further notice.  Prevention First will continue to adhere to CDC guidelines and federal, state, and local mandates regarding COVID-19 safeguards. We will continue to monitor and share updates and changes to COVID-19 guidance and adjust our policy accordingly.

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