Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)

             Building Our Behavioral Health Workforce


The Division of Behavioral Health and SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) have partnered to offer the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST)!  This innovative training offers practitioners a comprehensive introduction to the substance abuse prevention field.  Grounded in current research and SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, the SAPST is designed to help practitioners develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement effective, data-driven prevention that reduces behavioral health disparities and improves wellness.  It is appropriate for entry-level prevention professionals, as well as professionals working in related fields.

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The SAPST consists of a five-hour, self-paced online module, followed by a four-day interactive, in-person training.

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For information on how to bring the SAPST to your community, please contact


Alaska Trainers:


Devon Lewis, Office of Children’s Services. 

Doug Modig, Trainer.  “I have worked with treatment and prevention in the Native Community since the early 1970's.  The foundations of my work come from traditional Native thought.  The approach I use is based on the notion of self-help.  I believe our task is to be healthy healers and to assist participants to engage in self-care.”

Kim Swisher, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Interior Center for Non-Violent Living (IAC). She has been involved in the launch team for Green Dot Alaska, a violence prevention initiative, and recently began working toward becoming a statewide Green Dot educator. Kim is currently the Family Wellness Consultant for Fairbanks Native Association Head Start/Early Head Start working with teachers and advocates in addressing issues of parent engagement in child development, as well as prevention and early intervention. Kim’s passion for prevention developed from her experience practicing in reactionary services. She knows prevention work is essential to making a positive difference in the world.

Lakota Holman, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Ms. Holman is committed to working with tribal health and behavioral health organizations to combine using data, promising and evidence based practices, and traditional knowledge to make decisions to achieve wellness, holistic health, and balanced lives that reflect the beauty of Alaska. Ms. Holman’s work in the past decade has focused on prevention of disease and promotion of health at various levels, from direct programming to environmental and policy change. She also has an interest in evaluation and monitoring systems to help track prevention efforts and demonstrate efficacy.

Rene Rouzan, Alaska Native Justice Center.  Rene Anthony Rouzan is the Youth Department Program Manager at Alaska Native Justice Center. He is a Diversion Panel monitoring agent for the State of Alaska 3rd District Court in Anchorage.  As Program Manager, he teaches substance abuse prevention for minor consuming in Anchorage and in rural Alaska. He has a long history working with youth in Alaska. He teaches Prime for Life (PFL) to youth with a specialty in working with rural and Native youth. He frequently travels to rural communities to provide PFL classes as well as offering assistance in “community readiness” to communities interested in developing substance abuse prevention programs.