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Training Intervention Strategies

Prevention Professionals

Examples of certification programs for prevention professionals include:
Addiction Technology Transfer Center National Office (ATTC) provides a way to search and find basic information on a variety of state, national, and some international bodies that offer licensing & credentialing for drug and alcohol counselors.
International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) represents 75 Member Boards, including 44 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, two U.S. Territories, and three branches of the U.S. military. Members also include 22 countries and six Native American Territories. IC&RC’s credentials include Prevention Specialist (PS).
State and Sub-State Resources
Each State may offer professional programs for mental health professionals; to find your State’s resource search within your State Web site with appropriate key words or search for your State by using the information on the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium Web site, specifically the IC & RC member board list. The follow listing is a sample of State certification programs for prevention professionals.
The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) website is for individuals who are interested in obtaining and maintaining their Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) credential. This credential has reciprocity in most states, and in particular bordering states of Oregon and Idaho as well as states in Western Region including California.  In addition, the CPP credential has reciprocity in some other countries. One of their resources that is available is A Guide for Obtaining A Certified Prevention Professional Credential.
King County Courthouse’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division (Seattle, WA) provides information, financial assistance, and resources for individuals interested in obtaining a prevention professional certification. 
Capital Area Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) provides information on benefits and resources for addiction professionals. CASAC is a Regional Action Council on substance abuse established by the Connecticut State Legislature in 1990.
The University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts Studies offers the master of prevention science (MPS), which is a new and innovative degree program at the cutting edge of a unique field of study for individuals currently working in prevention science.
Minnesota Certification Board, Inc. (MCB) lists fees and requirements information for prevention certifications. The MCB sets the policies and procedures for alcohol and other drug counselor certifications in Minnesota and is the IC&RC Member Board for Minnesota. The IC&RC is responsible for setting the minimum standards for reciprocal certifications ADCR-MN (formerly BCCR); MCB is responsible for implementation of these standards.
Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates (MAPPA) offers a voluntary peer credentialing process that evaluates competency and grants recognition to those who meet standards as well as provides information on standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. Additionally, MAPPA provides a detailed description of requirements needed to obtain a prevention certification.

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