Module 10: Professional Growth and Responsibility

Welcome to module 10 of this online course series designed to prepare you for the prevention specialists certification exam. In this module, we will describe the ways in which prevention specialists are expected to grow as professionals and fulfill the responsibilities associated with being a professional in the field of substance abuse prevention. This module…

Module 9: Public Policy and Environmental Change

Welcome to this online course module on public policy and environmental change.  There are numerous public policy areas that impact the extent to which substance abuse is a problem in the community.  Prevention Specialists may be called upon to be an advocate with local officials and others to weigh in on laws, regulations, and policies…

Module 8: Community Organizing

Welcome to this online course module on community organizing.  In the previous module, we covered an array of skills that Prevention Specialists need when working with community individuals and organizations.  We reviewed principles of adult learning, facilitation and leadership skills, communication skills, and skills related to providing technical assistance to the community in support of…

Module 7: Prevention Education and Skill Building in the Community

Welcome to this online course module on educating and building skills in the community.  One of the most important roles performed by Prevention Specialists is educating the community about substance abuse and building skills among community members and organizations in support of prevention initiatives.  As you saw in earlier course modules, conducting community readiness assessments,…

Module 6: Evaluating Prevention Programs

Welcome to module 6 of this online course series aimed at preparing you for the Prevention Specialists certification exam. This module is on evaluating prevention programs. Evaluation is the final component of both the Strategic Prevention Framework advocated by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Community Prevention Planning Model developed by Hawkins and…

Module 5: Developing a Community Prevention Planning

Welcome to this online course module on developing a strategic prevention plan.  In previous course modules, you were introduced to the field of substance abuse prevention and learned about many of the theories and research findings that have influenced the practice of prevention.  You also learned about conducting a community readiness and needs assessment which…

Module 4: Community Readiness and Needs Assessment

This module describes the process of conducting a community readiness and needs assessment.  Prevention specialists commonly participate in community assessments related to substance abuse.  As you learned in module one of this online course series, assessment is the first component of the Strategic Prevention Framework promoted by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.  Also, community…

Module 3: Prevention Science-Theories and Practice

In the previous module, we introduced you to the field of substance abuse prevention concluding with a description of two important models that define how prevention is practiced: the Strategic Prevention Framework and the Community Prevention Planning Model. In this module, we will build on this introduction to the substance abuse field by examining theories…

Module 2: Introduction to the Prevention Field

In this module we will introduce you to the field of prevention by presenting basic models that define what substance abuse prevention is all about and how it is commonly practiced. We will also describe many of the substances involved in substance use dependence. This introductory module provides a foundation for understanding all six of…

Module 1: Introduction

Module One will provide an introduction to this training program aimed at helping you prepare for and pass the IC&RC Prevention Specialists exam. After you complete this module, your next steps are to begin taking the remaining ten modules in this online course series and to read the accompanying study guide.