International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC)

Prevention Specialist (PS)


Credential: Prevention Specialist (PS) CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC), Prevention Specialist (PS) certification validates professionals knowledge, experience, training and skills to encourage healthy attitudes and behaviors which prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Prevention Specialists empower individuals and communities to assess needs and to develop and implement strategies that effectively meet the goals of the community in promoting the welfare of the individual. Prevention is aimed at the reduction of compulsive and addictive behaviors through confrontation of individual and societal attitudes, values and beliefs that serve to initiate or reinforce the inappropriate use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs of dependence. Candidates should be famliar with planning and evaluation, prevention education and service delivery, communication, community organization, public policy and environmental change, and professional growth and responsibility. Candidates must meet education and experience requirements in accordance with their regional IC&RC Member Board and pass a written examination.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Prevention Specialist (PS)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2000 hours
  • Education: Semester/Course Hours
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC)

298 South Progress Ave
Harrisburg, PA  17109

Phone: (717) 540-4457

Fax: (717) 540-4458
Email: info@internationalcredentialing.org

Candidate should have 120 hours of prevention specific education across the six Prevention Specialist domains. A minimum of 24 of those hours must be Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) specific and six of the hours must be in professional ethics and responsibilities that are specific to prevention. Education requirements are dependent on a specific region's IC&RC Member Board and the candidate should refer to their regional IC&RC Member Board for specific educational requirements. To locate a Member Board in your jurisdiction, visit the IC&RC Member Board Directory webpage.

Candidate should have 2,000 hours of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention work experience. In addition, candidate should have 120 hours of supervisory experience with a minimum of ten hours in each of the six Prevention Specialist domains. Experience requirements are dependent on a specific region's IC&RC Member Board and the candidate should refer to their regional IC&RC Member Board for specific experience requirements. To locate a Member Board in your jurisdiction, visit the IC&RC Member Board Directory webpage

The Prevention Specialist (PS) credential has the following other requirements:

Written Exam

  • Planning & Evaluation (30%)
    • Determine the level of community readiness for change
    • Identify appropriate methods to gather relevant data for prevention planning.
    • Identify existing resources available to address the community needs.
    • Identify gaps in resources based on the assessment of community conditions.
    • Identify the target audience.
    • Identify factors that place persons in the target audience at greater risk for the  identified problem.
    • Identify factors that provide protection or resilience for the target audience.
    • Determine priorities based on comprehensive community assessment.
    • Develop a prevention plan based on research and theory that addresses  community needs and desired outcomes.
    • Select prevention strategies, programs, and best practices to meet the identified  needs of the community.
    • Implement a strategic planning process that results in the development and  implementation of a quality strategic plan.
    • Identify appropriate prevention program evaluation strategies.
    • Administer surveys/pre/posttests at work plan activities.
    • Conduct evaluation activities to document program fidelity.
    • Collect evaluation documentation for process and outcome measures.
    • Evaluate activities and identify opportunities to improve outcomes.
    • Utilize evaluation to enhance sustainability of prevention activities.
    • Provide applicable workgroups with prevention information and other support to  meet prevention outcomes.
    • Incorporate cultural responsiveness into all planning and  evaluation activities.
    • Prepare and maintain reports, records, and documents pertaining to funding  sources.
  • Prevention Education & Service Delivery (15%)
    • Coordinate prevention activities.
    • Implement prevention education and skill development activities appropriate for  the target audience.
    • Provide prevention education and skill development programs that contain  accurate, relevant, and timely content.
    • Maintain program fidelity when implementing evidence-based practices.
    • Serve as a resource to community members and organizations regarding  prevention strategies and best practices.
  • Communication (13%)
    • Promote programs, services, and activities, and maintain goodpublic relations.
    • Participate in public awareness campaigns and projects relating to health  promotion across continuum of care.
    • Identify marketing techniques for prevention programs.
    • Apply principles of effective listening.
    • Apply principles of public speaking.
    • Employ effective facilitation skills.
    • Communicate effectively with various audiences.
    • Demonstrate interpersonal communication competency.
  • Community Organization (15%)
    • Identify the community demographics and norms.
    • Identify a diverse group of stakeholders to include in prevention programming  activities.
    • Build community ownership of prevention programs by collaborating with stakeholders when planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention activities.
    • Offer guidance to stakeholders and community members in mobilizing for  community change.
    • Participate in creating and sustaining community-based coalitions.
    • Develop or assist in developing content and materials for meetings and other  related activities.
    • Develop strategic alliances with other service providers within the community.
    • Develop collaborative agreements with other service providers within the  community.
    • Participate in behavioral health planning and activities.
  • Public Policy & Environmental Change (12%)
    • Provide resources, training, and consultation to promote environmental change.
    • Participate in enforcement initiatives to affect environmental change.
    • Participate in public policy development to affect environmental change.
    • Use media strategies to support policy change efforts in the community.
    • Collaborate with various community groups to develop and strengthen effective  policies supporting prevention.
    • Advocate to bring about policy and/or environmental change.
  • Professional Growth & Responsibility (15%)
    • Demonstrate knowledge of current prevention theory and practice.
    • Adhere to all legal, professional, and ethical principles.
    • Demonstrate cultural responsiveness as a prevention professional.
    • Demonstrate self-care consistent with prevention messages.
    • Recognize importance of participation in professional associations locally,  statewide, and nationally.
    • Demonstrate responsible and ethical use of public and private funds.
    • Advocate for health promotion and prevention across the life span.
    • Advocate for healthy and safe communities.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of current issues of addiction.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of current issues of mental, emotional,and behavioral  health.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Prevention Specialist (PS) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Prevention Specialist (PS) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (IC&RC) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Prevention Specialist (PS)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Prevention Specialist (PS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Prevention Specialists must complete 40 hours of prevention specialist continuing education every two years, or 20 hours every year of certification. Recertification requirements are dependent on a specific region's Member Board requirements and the certification holder should refer to their regional IC&RC Member Board for specific recertification requirements. To locate a Member Board in your jurisdiction, visit the IC&RC Member Board Directory webpage

Additional considerations for the Prevention Specialist (PS) include:

  • IC&RC is a not-for-profit voluntary membership organization comprised of certifying boards involved in credentialing addiction professionals. IC&RC Member Boards utilize standards that meet the reciprocal level requirements and IC&RC examinations to certify in a respective jurisdiction. Each Member Board may have different standards for Prevention Specialist credential. For additional details contact IC&RC certification board in your area. A complete listing of Members can be obtained from IC&RC Member Board page.

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