Indigenous Wellness Academy

The Indigenous Wellness Academy is a foundational course of study in community engagement in wellness and substance abuse prevention. This six-month course prepares participants to transition local community youth activities to prevention science and theory-based activities using the Strategic Prevention Framework and traditional cultural values and strengths to improve outcomes. The goal is to empower community members to lead effective local prevention efforts and know how and when to pull in the TCC resources.

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Part of: Wellness and Prevention


TCC’s SPF-PFS Program has teamed up with The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to prevent and reduce substance abuse and its related problems by strengthening prevention capacity and infrastructure in our communities.
The program is intended to address one of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities. Participants will learn to identify the primary problematic substances in their village, develop and implement strategies to prevent the misuse of these substances among youth and adults.


Cost: There is no financial cost to TCC beneficiaries living in the TCC service region who are accepted
into the course however, an extensive time commitment is necessary.
Registration: An application is required for this event and 25 applicants will be selected – 3 per
Eligibility: applicants must have access to the internet for virtual classes. Participants must reside in
a rural community within the TCC region, agree to attend all sessions, and complete homework & final

Registration closes December 31, 2020 so apply soon!
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Benefits to taking the course

Continuing Education: Participants completing the IWA will receive a certificate for 9.6 CEUs from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The IWA prepares participants to:

  • Address substance abuse prevention in the context of behavioral health
  • Improve practice by developing a comprehensive approach to prevention using SAMHSA’s
    Strategic Prevention Framework
  • Reduce behavioral health disparities by identifying needs and improving cultural competency
  • Sustain prevention by collaborating effectively across sectors to address shared risk factors and improve the health and well-being of communities in a cohesive way