Using the Risk and Protective Factors Model to Build the Prevention Workforce of Tomorrow

11:30 AM
12:45 PM
National Harbor 12-13


Turnover in the Substance Abuse Prevention workforce is a critical factor that inhibits success in community prevention. Having trained and competent people providing services in the community is key to successful prevention efforts; however, turnover among both paid and volunteer preventionists can lead to breakdown in effectiveness of our efforts.

In a 2021 national survey, Research Solutions, Inc. began collecting data to identify Risk and Protective Factors that impact recruitment, retention, and training among paid and volunteer preventionists.

In this presentation, Dr. Lisa Perry will discuss the survey process, preliminary results, and some of the identified Protective Factors (that keep people in the field) and Risk Factors (that are driving them away.) The ultimate goal of this research is to identify major Risk Factors, develop strategies to address them, and make these strategies widely available in an effort to increase retention among paid and volunteer preventionists.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Identify Risk Factors associated with prevention work

2. Identify Protective Factors associated with prevention work

3. Participate in the survey, if they wish to do so


Lisa Perry, Ph.D
Executive Director/CEO
Research Solutions, Inc.