Prevention 101: Key Concepts in Prevention is a seven-module series designed to provide an overview of the guiding principles and theoretical frameworks that underpin the field of prevention. This series is open to all, but it is designed for those new to the field of prevention, as well as those interested in refreshing their understanding of its essential principles.

Participants will:

  • Learn key definitions and classifications related to prevention.
  • Develop an understanding of the evidence-based theories that form the foundation of primary prevention programs and services.
  • Gain an understanding of how the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) system of risk classification can be used to identify appropriate substance use disorder prevention services.
  • Learn about SAMSHA’s six standard categories for prevention strategies, and how these services categories can be used to develop and implement prevention programs, services, and activities.
  • Develop an understanding of the Strategic Prevention Framework (SFP) and how it is used to inform and evaluate the development and implementation of prevention programs, services, and activities.

The first module, “Defining Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Prevention,” defines SUD prevention and overviews the various service levels for which it is applicable. Additionally, this introductory module outlines the spectrum of use.

The second module, “Drug Classification,” provides an overview of seven different drug classifications.

The third module, “Federal and State Prevention Systems,” looks at the diverse array of organizations that work collaboratively to prevent SUDs and enhance the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and the broader society around them. 

The fourth module, “Prevention Theories” introduces several important theoretical frameworks that inform why and how prevention strategies are effective in addressing and preventing substance use.

The fifth module, “Institute of Medicine and Risk Classifications,” provides an introduction to the Continuum of Care and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) models.

The sixth module, “Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP),” introduces the six categories of prevention strategy developed by CSAP. These broad categories are used to describe the types of strategies effective in preventing substance use disorders.

The seventh module, “Strategic Planning Framework (SPF),” overviews the SPF, a guiding framework that is grounded in data-driven, outcome-based planning principles.

Now that you have completed this course, you can demonstrate your proficiency with the content of this course by taking this test. In passing this test with a score of 70% or better, you will receive a course completion certificate. Good luck!