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Prevention Practitioners
Public Health Professionals
1.5 hours
Implementing the Strategic Prevention Framework to Prevent Problem Gambling

Problem gambling prevention must begin with an understanding of complex behavioral health problems within their environmental contexts. 

SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) is a reliable and tested framework used by communities seeking to establish and implement effective prevention plans. This workshop explores concrete approaches to applying the first three steps of the SPF five-step strategic planning model—assessment, capacity building, and planning—to gambling prevention efforts.

Training Priorities


State and community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and other public health professionals.

Learning Objects
  • Explain approaches to using the SPF as a framework for addressing gambling
  • Describe the use of data in planning for problem gambling prevention 
  • Opportunities for engaging diverse partners in community planning 
Training Content
  • Define the Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Conduct a needs assessment that encompasses the local landscape for gambling: 
    • Finding and analyzing data
    • Understanding risk and protective factors for problem gambling 
    • Assessing resources and readiness to address problem gambling
  • Understand the nature of the problem in the community and related harmful behaviors
  • Identify evidence-based programs, practices, and policies
  • Engage diverse community partners as collaborators