SAPST to be held in Bangor in July

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with the University of New England, will host Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training, July 9-12, 2018, at the National Guard Regional Training Institute in Bangor.

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training, SAPST, developed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides an introduction to the fundamentals of substance misuse prevention. A broad base of science and research guide us in how to prevent negative behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. This training is designed to provide prevention providers with skills to reduce the likelihood of substance misuse and promote well-being among individuals, and within families, workplaces, schools, and communities through a comprehensive strategic approach, the Strategic Prevention Framework.

This course is endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium and is a requirement of the Maine Prevention Certification Board for those seeking certification in the state of Maine. The 31-hour course consists of five hours of online training (Introduction to Substance Abuse Prevention) and 26 hours (four days) of in-person instruction.

To participate in the July 9-12 SAPST training, please register by June 22, 2018. Registration is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation will be received with four business days of registration. A link to the online training portion will be sent two weeks prior to the in-person training. Note: Participants beyond the 30-person limit will be notified and placed on a waiting list.

SAPST will be offered again in October in the Augusta area; registration information will be provided closer to the time of training.

For more information, please visit the SAPST event website.