How Can We Assist You?
CPI offers both technical assistance (TA) and training services to County Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Offices and their prevention partners. Available at no cost to you, these CPI services range from individualized TA delivered on site to local, regional, and online training events.
Work directly with one or more of our professional consultants on the issues of your county, prevention organization, or community. Receive expert consultation and recommendations tailored to meet your individual needs. A TA Request Form is available online or you can contact the CPI TA Team directly.
Professional Competency Trainings
CPI offers the Professional Competency Trainings, which aims to make state-of-the-art research and practices in the field of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) prevention more accessible to communities throughout California.
The series addresses emerging issues and proven practices in the SUD prevention field. The trainings are in line with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Strategic Prevention Framework, each training covering at least one of the Framework’s steps.
Professional Competency Trainings Schedule
When you need training in a specific skill or content area that meets a unique local need, our team of expert consultants is available. They will work closely with you to develop and deliver customized trainings based on the information most relevant to reaching your goals. Topics of interest include: strategic planning, logic model development, evidence-based drug and violence prevention strategies, and local evaluation strategies.
Training Request Form
Online Training Series – Professional Competencies in Substance Abuse Prevention
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) are pleased to announce the launching of the NO-COST Community Prevention Initiative (CPI) Online Training Series – Professional Competencies in Substance Abuse Prevention.
These online trainings* provide the prevention field an opportunity to gain or expand their knowledge in foundational topics, including the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model. The training modules can be taken individually or as a whole series, to best meet your needs. Current modules in the Professional Competencies series include:
- Assessment (assessing need, resources and readiness)
- Capacity Building (building capacity and community organizing)
- Planning (using outcome based logic models and developing strategic plans)
- Implementation (implementing evidence-based policies, programs and practices)
- Evaluation (monitoring and evaluating for improvement and decision making)
- Ethics (understanding and applying ethical principles in decision making)
*CPI is transitioning the online training series to a new learning platform. The content for each course is viewable, however, we are unable to provide certificates of completion or user statistics for the online professional competency series until the transition has been completed. We anticipate the new learning platform and functionality will be available in mid-March.
Access Professional Competency Online Courses
CPI hosts webinars on an array of prevention planning, delivery, and evaluation topics. These distance learning opportunities include training content, panel presentations, and facilitated discussions.
Upcoming Webinars | Archived Webinars
Publications and Resources
CARS and the CPI TA team have a strong reputation for creating and disseminating publications that are relevant, timely, easy to understand, and credible. The appropriate resources can make your work easier by translating sophisticated research findings into concrete tips and strategies for application in real-world settings. The CPI Prevention Tactics and other products are available electronically on the project website and by request.
What are the TA service priority areas?
Research-Based Prevention Strategies
A major objective of the CPI TA Project is to promote the widespread development and implementation of research- and evidence-based prevention approaches. Customized assistance is available to assist prevention providers in assessing, implementing, and/or replicating proven prevention practices, programs, and policies with fidelity.
The CPI TA services emphasize local capacity building to develop and implement processes by which local programs can measure outcomes and utilize evaluation data to guide prevention planning and improvement efforts. Consultation and training is available, from the basics—including logic model development, identification of feasible outcomes, and selection and/or development of instrumentation—to more advanced strategies for data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services
TA, training, and resources are available to prevention providers to foster the development and implementation SUD prevention services designed to meet the diverse cultural and linguistic needs of communities throughout California, and most importantly, to develop cultural competence in ways that are relevant to your local communities and participants.
CPI TA services address the need for the prevention field to develop long-term funding strategies and to envision enduring prevention programs to serve their communities. Consultation services focus on the need for multiple strategies including building long-term program infrastructures and partnerships in addition to securing funding.