A Competent Workforce: Prevention Specialist Certification
As an advancing field of professional service, substance use prevention is expanding through levels of certification and concurrent initiatives with behavioral health. It is imperative that prevention specialists achieve a level of competency and acquire a specific body of knowledge and evidence-based practice. A qualified prevention workforce is critical to achieving and sustaining positive outcomes for both individual and population-based strategies. The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium conducts a prevention specialist job task analysis every 5 – 7 years and 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.
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 and barriers to certification