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Substance Abuse Prevention: The Intersection of Science and Practice
Hogan, J., Reed Gabrielsen, K., Luna, N. & Grothaus, D.

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This substance abuse prevention material provides comprehensive information about substance abuse prevention, with areas of emphasis in prevention research, prevention program planning, facts about drugs, the cultural context and ethics of prevention, incorporating human development theory into prevention, media and prevention, logic model and evaluation, communication strategies and grant writing. The material provides information specifically targeted for substance abuse prevention professionals and other professionals in related fields who need an overview and/or comprehensive review.


To apply prevention theories, research findings, and evaluation practices
to community prevention work in order to prevent problem behaviors among
youth and improve prevention services over time.


1. Define the terms associated with the substance related professions.
2. Identify a few key points for a historical context in the prevention of history.
3. Identify key aspects of substance abuse theory.
4. Recognize the components of risk and protective factor theory.
5. Understand the basics of each step of prevention program planning.
6. Identify pharmacological information about drugs and models of addiction.
7. Define cultural competency in a prevention context.
8. Develop a framework for working with the community in the context of cultural competency.
9. Identify the Code of Ethics created by NAPPA.
10. Identify prevention strategies that focus on human emotional, social, and/or moral development.
11. Understand the significant influence of media in prevention.
12. Understand the relationship between substance abuse and other social
13. Identify evidence-based practices for substance abuse prevention.
14. Explore the relationship between evidence-based prevention findings
and non-evidence-based prevention practices.
15. Learn and explain what does and does not work in prevention practices
and why.
16. Understand the purposes of evaluation.
17. Understand the key components of evaluation.
18. Develop logic models using evaluation data.
19. Effectively communicate with the community and government representatives.
20. Describe skills important in facilitation.
21. Organize a grant writing process.
22. Create a letter of proposal to obtain funding from a funding agency or sponsor.

Created by

Kris Gabrielsen, M.P.H., C.P.S.
Denise Sheehan, C.P.S.
Jack Wilson, M.B.A., C.P.P