Prevention Specialists

The new Job Task Analysis broadens the scope of a Prevention Specialist from focusing strictly on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) to encompassing aspects of mental, emotional, and behavioral health.

Prevention Specialists are experts in Planning and Evaluation, Prevention Education and Service Delivery, Communication, Community Organization, Public Policy and Environmental Change. They are employed in schools, by non-profits, in government, and through faith-based organizations.

Prevention professionals work to educate children, families and communities about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. They also help children develop the life skills they'll need to avoid destructive behaviors that can lead to problems. They help families learn how to communicate better, and they give parents the skills they need to raise healthy children who make smart choices.

Evidence-based programs facilitated by prevention specialists have been demonstrated to reduce youth alcohol use by 18%, marijuana use by 15%, other drugs 10%, and tobacco 7%.



Wellspring's courses have been approved for six initial and renewal hours toward the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), as well as renewal hours toward the Licensed and Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (LCADC & CADC) in New Jersey. They are also approved for CEU's needed for the MFT, MFT-Permit, LPC, LAC, and LRC credentials, as well as re-certification hours for all credentials issued by the Addictions Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey (APCBNJ) (Provider #208). As an IC&RC member Board, APCBNJ-approved courses may have reciprocity with all other IC&RC

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