Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Prevention Skills Training (PST)
Designed as an Affinity Group specifically for people who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, Native American/Indigenous, or People of Color.Includes original Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) material with new content related to BIPOC populations with concentrated themes of health disparities, health equity, and cultural aspects.An innovative training format, including training sessions, learning communities, and mentorship to build and sustain the capacity to deliver comprehensive and culturally diverse community-level prevention services.Grounded in current research and SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)Provides Foundational knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective, data-driven prevention interventions that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.
People who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, Native American/Indigenous, or People of ColorPrevention PractitionersProfessionals working in the community to provide positive changeIndividuals interested in becoming an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS)Community Organizers, Community Health Workers, or Coalition membersIndividuals in the community who want to make positive and impactful change (i.e., substance misuse, violence, trauma & mental health, etc.)Young Adults who want a new career in community services and are looking to be certified by The Center for Addiction Studies and Research Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) BoardPrevention professionals who are seeking to advance their current credentials (i.e. RA-OCPSA-OCPS- OCPC)
Must identify as at least one of the following populations:
Black/African AmericanHispanic/LatinxAsianMiddle Eastern/North AfricanNative American/IndigenousPeople of Color
Must live or work in Ohio.Must be at least 18 years of age and hold a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent degree.Must have taken a Prevention Basics 101 Training at least 2 days prior to the training. Should you need to take the Prevention Basics 101 course, SheRay’s offers this free training. (Download the information packet for further details.)Must be able to commit to a 5-day, 8-hour training. (Signed approval letter by your supervisor or signed letter of commitment by you) (Download information packet for further details).
The BIPOC PST Application Process will be as follows:
Applying is required as space for each training is limited.
Applicant to upload supervisor letter of support (if applies) to Google form application. (Download the information packet for further details.)
a. If it doesn’t apply, please upload a letter of commitment.
Applicant to upload certificate of completion or proof of taking Prevention Basics 101 training into the Google form application.
a. Connectivity Space, a learning management system, will allow you to complete the Prevention Basics 101 Training. The Prevention Basics 101 course (valued at $250) is of no cost to you thanks to funds provided by the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), The Ohio Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Prevention and Promotion, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (Download the information packet for further details.)
b. If you take Prevention Basics 101 with Connectivity Space, your Certificate of Completion will automatically be uploaded into your application.
Applicants who are approved will receive a letter of invitation from a SheRay’s & Associates staff member outlining the location and logistics of the training. To receive a letter of invitation to participate in the training series, applicants must submit the BIPOC PST application and the prerequisite Prevention Basics 101 training along with a supervisor letter of support or applicant letter of commitment.