CPS Courses

Planning and Evaluations

As a Prevention Specialist, you will be responsible for implementing programs and managing projects. You must know how to assess the needs of your community, choose and deliver the proper services to respond to those needs, and then be able to evaluate your initiatives to ensure they achieve their goals. With the data you collect, you then need to be able to communicate your message effectively to your community stakeholders.

Prevention Program Planning and Assessment (P101)

The purpose of this course is to help students develop a community based prevention plan. Students will be able to develop a plan utilizing a needs and resource assessment. This includes creating goals and measurable objectives designed to meet the needs of the community. Students will also learn relevant strategies and methods to achieve the objectives. At the end of this course, the student should be able to: identify sources of research information to support program planning, identify activities to achieve objectives, identify appropriate models, strategies and methods, and write clear, measurable outcome objectives.

Prevention Activities and Methods (P102)

To be effective, prevention activities must be tailored to the target population. This involves applying the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) strategies and using best practices. Activities can be designed using the Logic Model to address the needs of the community. By the end of this course, you will be able to apply various methods to the design of effective prevention activities.

Program Design (P103)

To be effective, prevention programs must be tailored to the specific audience. This involves careful assessment of the population's learning needs. Programs must be age and culturally appropriate, and take various learning styles into consideration as the format of the program and activities are designed. By the end of this course, you will be able to apply various learning theories to the design of an effective prevention program.

Evidence Based Prevention Models (P104)

What does science have to do with prevention? This class will answer that question as well as many others. Sources for evidence based prevention programs, fidelity and adaptation will be presented and ways to draw meaningful interpretations of evaluation results will be included. Anyone seeking funding for prevention programs should attend this workshop to learn what is on the cutting edge in the prevention field.

Prevention Program Evaluation (P105)

Evaluation is NOT a dirty word! In this course participants will develop a better understanding of the Strategic Prevention Framework, explore the different types of evaluations and how to decide when to use each, and learn about different data collection methods that are user friendly and meaningful. Novice as well as experienced prevention staff is encouraged to attend to find out how to make their programs' evaluation design and results works for them.