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A Competent Workforce: Prevention Specialist Certification

Thursday, February 6, 2020
10:45 AM
12:00 PM
Chesapeake 10-12


As an advancing field of professional service, substance use prevention is growing through levels of certification and concurrent initiatives with behavioral health. A qualified prevention workforce is critical to sustaining positive outcomes for both individual & population-based strategies. The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium conducts a prevention specialist job task analysis every 5 – 7 years & has identified community organizing as one of the six prevention specialist competencies. This workshop will discuss the prevention specialist’s scope of work, the importance of prevention competency standards and the requirements for becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1) Understand the scope of work, core competencies and standards for prevention specialists set by subject matter experts in the profession.

2) Identify the tasks that a prevention professional may perform and the knowledge, abilities and skills it takes to perform them in a competent manner.

3) Recognize the benefits to certification as a milestone of achievement.

30th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 16th Prevention Day


Julie Stevens
Chair, Prevention Committee
International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium