Prevention Talk # 1 - A Culture of Prevention: What does that mean and how would it affect research and practice?

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A recent commentary in Prevention Science, [Sloboda, Z., David, S.B. Commentary on the Culture of Prevention. Prev Sci (2020). ] explored the concept of a culture of prevention and what that means to research and practice. The commentary was requested by the Associate Editors of a Special Issue on the topic. In the call to scientists for articles, the journal defined the concept as the “general orientation or readiness of a group of people…to address problems by using a preventive, rather than a reactive approach.”

But how do we normally address serious behavioural health problems? Generally, it is piecemeal. We first identify a problem—often affecting large numbers of people, then devise programming to prevent them in the future.  And generally, the focus is on treatment first. While we believe in ‘preventing problems before they happen,’ operationally we rarely build such programming without recognition of serious problems that have affected many. And even then, we may not activate interventions for quite a while—e.g., the opiate overdoses of the past couple of years took a long time before policymakers recognized and provided significant funding to intervene effectively with emergency Narcan and treatments but not in the prevention of substance use. 

So how would a culture of prevention change that formula? Could we establish an infrastructure that is built to prepare and prevent populations from behavioural health problems? If so, what would that look like? In this session, Dr Zili Sloboda will open our discussion by providing a general overview of the issues raised in the Commentary and her general take on this issue. Then Claudia Zundel and Craig PoVey will give us the view from their positions at the state level where the leadership in regard to prevention decision-making happens. How do they think of the value and possibilities of a “Culture of Prevention.” We will then open discussion with our audience.

Applied Prevention Science International (APSI)- Upcoming Courses

The APSI Education Centre is running a series of summer courses. Find out more about the events below.

Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions and Policies: New Tools for Prevention Professionals

Sep 24, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Sep 29, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

This course features one of the major outcomes from more than 30 years of prevention science. The term “evidence-based” has long been applied in the medical field and now is a focus for substance use prevention.  In this course we will discuss the definition of ‘evidence-based,’ the criteria for determining whether a prevention approach is considered ‘evidence-based’, and how these new tools for the prevention toolbox have been shown to be the most effective for use in our communities. 

This is a live, on-line course moderated by an expert prevention professional and trainer where you will be receiving valuable knowledge on the topic, work in small groups and individual exercises and also engaging in live discussions while interacting with other participants in real time. It is also a great networking opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field around the world. 

Planning for the Implementation of Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions and Policies

Oct 06, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Oct 08, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

In this course we present a tested planning approach to implementing evidence-based substance use prevention interventions and policies.  Following this planning cycle helps to maintain the quality of implementation over time. It also helps to maintain stakeholder involvement and documentation of the process and its outcomes that can be used to convince policy makers, community residents, and funders of the benefits of an evidence-based approach to prevention.

This is a live, web-based moderated course where you will have the opportunity to acquire and exchange knowledge and engage in real time discussions with our prevention expert trainers and other participants. This is also an opportunity to expand your professional network at a local and international level.  The limited number of participants per course allows us to provide a more personalized 

Ethics for Prevention Professionals

Oct 13, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Oct 15, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

The work of prevention involves decisions regarding the treatment of others in the most important settings of their lives—the family, the school, and the workplace.  But it also involves the community environment where policies and laws dictate acceptable behavior.  The prevention professional needs to be guided by ethics and values that can help in these challenging areas of life.

This is a live, web-based moderated course where you will have the opportunity to acquire and exchange knowledge and engage in real time discussions with our prevention expert trainers and other participants. This si also and opportunity to expand your professional network at a local and international level.  The limited number of participants per course allows us to provide a more personalized experience and respond to all the questions you may have.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

CADCA invited Dr. Cheryl King, of the University of Michigan, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry to discuss her article, “Emerging Trends in Adolescent Suicide Prevention Research”, which was published in Current Opinions in Psychology in 2018. Dr.

2020 EUSPR Awards

Nominations for 2020 EUSPR awards are now open. The closing data for nomination is Wednesday 30th September at 1pm, UK time. This is an important opportunity for EUSPR members to recognise individuals who have made an important contribution to Prevention Science. Please see the attached information with information about the awards, how to submit a nomination and the criteria that will be used to judge them.

This year’s judging panel will comprise a sub group of the EUSPR board, and up to five other members of the Society. We invite members to apply to be a member of the judging panel. Please submit your expression of interest to office [at] euspr [dot] org with a brief explanation of why you would like to be part of the judging panel and the relevant experience/skills you can offer.

Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) 2020 Programme Implementation in Pakistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Narcotics Control (MNC) and support from Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (INL) is in the process of expanding UPC training program in Pakistan. At the initial stage UNODC will provide booster sessions to the already trained 11 national trainers on UPC Courses 1, 5 and 8. These Booster Sessions will help to be more equipped with the skills that are required by a trainer to train other professionals well. These booster sessions are conducted as per following schedule.

Course 1: 11 & 12 August, 2-4 PM

Course 5: 25 & 26 August, 2-4 PM

Course 8: 8 & 9 September, 2-4 PM

At the second stage, these national trainers will be trained by an international trainer on UPC Course 2: Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists.

In addition to the above, UNODC is planning to introduce 4 training of trainers (ToT) sessions on four UPC curricula, for those who wish to learn, contribute to drug prevention interventions in the different settings in Pakistan and become a certified drug prevention expert. These ToT will be conducted by the UPC national trainers along with an international trainer. These training sessions are planned virtually in the following months:

Course 1: Introduction to Prevention Science – 2nd week of October 2020

Course 2: Physiology and Pharmacology of Prevention Science – 1st week of November 2020

Course 5: School-based Prevention Interventions – 3rd week of November 2020

Course 8: Media-based Prevention Interventions – 2nd week of December 2020.


CADCA Model for Community Change & the Development of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions in the Philippines

This webinar is presented by Eric Siervo, Vice-President of International Programs of CADCA, Dr. Raquel Tolentino, Chairman and Ms. Rhodora Agoncillo, Secretary of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of the Philippines Inc.  Session objectives include an in-depth overview on CADCA Model for Community Change and how it has been adapted to the context of the Philippines to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities. Additional topics including various phases coalition development, capacity building, partnerships with national and local governments, lessons learned and the establishment of a national coalition umbrella organization AADAC PHL.  In addition, two case studies will be presented on how local communities in the Philippines have applied CADCA’s methodology and how coalitions have pivoted to be a part of the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Washington State University PhD in Prevention Science

In 2012, Washington State University became the first to offer a PhD in Prevention Science. 

The curriculum is designed to ensure that students both

(a) receive broad, interdisciplinary training in the area of prevention science; and

(b) develop specialized expertise through the selection of relevant electives, research, and outreach activities.

Are you considering applying to our Prevention Science PhD program? If so, please join the Virtual Open House on Thursday, August 13 from noon-1pm PST. Current faculty and students will be available to answer your questions about the program and the application process.

Click here to register for the virtual open house!

Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Coordinators Series

The UPC Coordinators Series provides a 288-hour training programme for prevention coordinators, managers, and students/trainees whose role includes, or will include coordination and supervision of the implementation of prevention interventions and/or policies. The content is organised within the following nine courses:

Course 1: Introduction to Prevention Science

Course 2: Physiology and Pharmacology for Prevention Specialists

Course 3: Monitoring and Evaluation of Prevention Interventions and Policies

Course 4: Family-based Prevention Interventions

Course 5: School-based Prevention Interventions

Course 6: Workplace-based Prevention Interventions

Course 7: Environment-based Prevention Interventions

Course 8: Media-based Prevention Interventions

Course 9: Community-based Prevention Implementation Systems

Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) Series for Implementers

UPC Implementers Series is written for implementers or practitioners who work with families, in schools, the workplace, and the community.

The aim of the series is to provide knowledge about prevention science and its application to the effective delivery of prevention interventions, and equip prevention practitioners with the requisite skills to implement effective evidence-based prevention programmes in their respective settings.

UPC Implementers Series

Core: Introduction to the Universal Prevention Curriculum Series for Implementers

Track 1: Monitoring and Evaluation of Prevention Interventions and Policies

Track 2: Family-based Prevention

Track 3: School-based Prevention

Track 4:  Workplace-based Prevention

Track 5: Environment-based Prevention

Track 6: Media-based Prevention

Track 7: Community Prevention Implementation Systems

Journal of Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program: Request for Applications


The Prevention Science Early Career Reviewer Program is an effort which aims to both mentor early-career researchers in prevention science and increase the pool of possible reviewers. We invite emerging prevention scientists to apply to serve a two-year term as mentored reviewers for the journal Prevention Science.

Candidates apply for the position, and as part of that application process, they identify and secure a commitment from a prevention science mentor to supervise their appointment to the review board for the two-year period.

The candidate commits to providing up to 4 reviews each year; the mentor commits to co-authoring and co-reviewing to ensure high quality reviews. The candidate will serve as the reviewer of record in the online review system.


  • The application is due July 15, 2020
Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Programa transmitido el 9 de julio del 2020


“El consumo de drogas como estrategia para afrontar la situación de la pandemia es poco útil y a largo plazo pueden empeorar el bienestar mental y físico” Organización Mundial de la Salud, marzo, 2019  


SPR 2020 Annual Meeting

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Online Event
United States

Why Context Matters: Towards a Place-Based Prevention Science

When: Tuesday, July 21 – Thursday, July 23, 2020

Where: The 2020 SPR Annual meeting will transfer from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience.

Why: The SPR Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity to advance the vision of SPR by providing a centrally integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields; and by providing a forum for the communication between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health.

Though a virtual forum will not provide the same in-person experience, we hope that you are able to join us for part or all of our virtual meeting. The Board feels strongly that SPR must continue to fulfill its mission in the face of COVID-19, while also understanding that there are many competing priorities during these times that not everyone will be able to participate in all or even some of the sessions. We also believe that prevention research needs to be shared, the work of our early career scientists needs to be fostered, and prevention researchers, policy makers and practitioners need a place to share their work and come together as best as we can in these challenging times.

We are developing a leaner schedule which will highlight our plenary sessions, invited symposia, a presidential address, and special events, e.g., Diversity Network Committee, ECPN, and International Committee symposia, and the always popular SPR Cup. Additionally, all presenting authors of organized paper symposia, individual papers and individual posters will have an opportunity, if they wish, to post their pre-recorded presentations which will be available virtually ON DEMAND. All sessions will be archived for future viewing.

More information is available on the Annual Meeting website here.

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Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

COVID-19 presents a rapidly changing situation for families and young people. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in especially children and teens.

Global drug use rising says World Drug Report 2020

Drug use around the world on the rise says report. Population growth and urbanisation driving factors but poorest continue to suffer the largest burden of disorders. Plant-based substances such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin have been joined by hundreds of synthetic drugs, many not under international control.

25 June 2020 - The World Drug Report 2020 is released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The report reveals that around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018 - 30 per cent higher than in 2009, while over 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders.

The Report also analyses the impact of COVID-19 on the drug markets including how border and other restrictions linked to the pandemic have already caused shortages of drugs on the street, leading to increased prices and reduced purity.

Cannabis was the most used substance worldwide in 2018, with an estimated 192 million people using it worldwide. It also remains the drug most likely to bring people into contact with the criminal justice system, accounting for more than half of drug law offences cases, based on data from 69 countries covering the period between 2014 and 2018.

Opioids, however, remain the most harmful with the total number of deaths due to opioid use disorders up by 71 per cent over the past decade.

Drug use among developing countries has risen rapidly over the 2000-2018 period. Adolescents and young adults account for the largest share of those using drugs, while young people are also the most vulnerable to the effects of drugs because they use the most and their brains are still developing.

The report warns that poverty, limited education and social marginalization remain major factors increasing the risk of drug use disorders. vulnerable and marginalized groups may also face barriers to getting treatment services due to discrimination and stigma.

The World Drug Report and further content is available here.

UNODC World Drug Report 2020
Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Facebook live / 24-06-2020 / Prevención del consumo de drogas en niñas, niños y adolescentes en marco del Día Internacional de la Lucha contra el Uso Indebido y el Tráfico Ilícito de Drogas.

Local addiction prevention policies

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Buenos Aires

ISSUP Argentina invites you to participate in a webinar that will address local policies to prevent addictions The webinar will take place on June 29, 2020 at 10:00 hrs (Argentina time).

June 29, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 hrs (Argentina time)

Click here to sign up for the webinar

This webinar will address the development of local strategies, focusing on tools to engage civil society organizations, community leaders, scientific societies and citizen collectives.
Macro-management micromanagement joint,Francisco Jesús Bueno Cañigral
Joints and nets.

Presenter: Dr. Francisco Jesús Bueno Cañigral

-Licensed and Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia.
Diploma in Health. Master in Health Economics and Health and Social Services Management. Master of Management and Organization of Hospitals and Health Services. Diploma in Economic Management and General Services. Diploma in Clinical Services Management. Diploma in Health Promotion.

-Professor of the Department of Medicine. Faculty of Health Sciences. CEU Cardenal Herrera University.

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Estándares Nacionales de Prevención del Consumo de Sustancias Psicoactivas

Acorde con los avances científicos en materia de prevención del consumo de sustancias psicoactivas y ante la heterogeneidad observada en el diseño de intervenciones preventivas en nuestro país,Se hace indispensable el diseño de políticas públicas basadas en evidencia científica, que contribuya a mejorar la calidad de estos servicios con acciones efectivas.

Con el propósito de homologar los criterios para diseñar programas de prevención efectivos, y con base en la evidencia científica disponible, la Comisión Nacional contra las Adicciones (CONADIC) presenta los Estándares Nacionales de Prevención del Consumo de Sustancias Psicoactivas, los cuales comprenden todas las etapas del desarrollo de la persona y pueden ser aplicados en diversos contextos, acorde con el nivel de riesgo ante el consumo de sustancias psicoactivas.

Es importante reconocer que el proceso de planeación de una intervención preventiva requiere de la elaboración formal de un programa, con componentes específicos conforme lo establecen las recomendaciones internacionales y las instituciones que participaron en el desarrollo de estos estándares nacionales.

Asimismo, es de suma importancia el diseño de intervenciones que incluyan componentes de probada eficacia para lograr el propósito de evitar, retrasar o desalentar el consumo de sustancias psicoactivas en la población, al tiempo de fortalecer el desarrollo de otras habilidades y capacidades que permitan que las personas sean resilientes ante la exposición al riesgo de iniciarse en el consumo.

En todo momento, los Estándares Nacionales para la Prevención del Consumo de Sustancias Psicoactivas se apegan a la normatividad vigente en nuestro país, además de incorporar los enfoques de interculturalidad, la perspectiva de género y el respeto a los derechos de las personas.

Este documento, elaborado además con el consenso de expertos en materia de prevención y de instituciones líderes en la prevención y el tratamiento del consumo de sustancias psicoactivas, constituye una referencia obligada para las y los profesionales de la salud que deseen diseñar e instrumentar programas de prevención efectivos, con base en evidencia científica, en beneficio de la salud de nuestra población.