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National Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (NSAPST)

The National Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (NSAPST) was developed to introduce beginning prevention professionals to the fundamentals of prevention. However, prevention professionals who have been in the field for many years regularly attend the course and report that it adds to and deepens their knowledge and enhances their ability to apply evidence-based prevention in their communities.  This curriculum is not designed to answer every prevention question or to provide exhaustive coverage of the field.  Instead, it offers core knowledge modules that begin the lifelong process of educating the profession about effective substance abuse prevention. For those individuals pursuing prevention certification who must take the test developed by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse, Inc. (ICRC), the NSAPST course provides an introduction into many of the topics on the exam.

Washington State prevention providers will be given registration priority. However, if there are spaces available, professionals from other states, tribes, or jurisdictions are welcome to attend. 

Overview of Training        

Length of training: 32 contact hours over 4 days


  • Introduction – an orientation to the curriculum, welcoming exercises, and characteristics of effective prevention programs
  • Prevention Research – in-depth information on evidence-based prevention research findings and tips on designing an effective prevention program
  • Prevention Program Planning – information on planning, implementing, and evaluation community prevention efforts
  • Evaluation – methods to measure and enhance programmatic impact, including logic models and evaluation concepts 
  • Cultural Context – elements and characteristics of culture, along with culturally competent prevention services
  • Using Human Development in Prevention – information on models of human development to help practitioners select and implement developmentally appropriate services
  • Media and Prevention – media advocacy, media literacy, and social marketing strategies
  • Ethics of Prevention and Bringing it all Together – introduces Code of Prevention Ethics and provides opportunities to apply its concepts; challenges participants to begin applying the knowledge learned in all preceding modules


  • Date: January 2008
    Note: *** Free Registration Limited to first 26 registrants ***
    Location: Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC)
                  19010 1st Avenue South
                  Burien, WA 98148
    Phone: (206) 835-7300
  • Date: May 12-16, 2008
    Location: Grant County Prevention and Recovery Center (PARC)
                   1525 East Wheeler RD
                   Moses Lake, WA 98837
    Phone: (509) 765-5402
  • Date: November 3-7, 2008
    Location: Washington Criminal Justice Training Center
  • Date: March 2-6, 2009
  • Date: March 10-13, 2009 (TEPAS)
    Location: Spokane Valley Community Services Office
    8517 E. Trent Ave.
    Spokane Valley, WA 99212
    Phone: (800) 660-4370

TEPAS for *fluent* Spanish speakers. Washington state prevention professionals will have preference over other prevention professionals.  YOU MUST BE FLUENT IN SPANISH TO ATTEND.

  • Date: May 11-14, 2009

True North – Student Assistance & Treatment Svcs.
A Cooperative of Educational Service District 113
7219 Cleanwater Lane S.W. Building 14
Tumwater, WA 98511-4339

No future trainings planned.  Please contact DBHR.

Cost: Training costs will be paid by DBHR (materials only – participants’ travel, lodging, and meals will not be paid or reimbursed by DBHR.)