Prevention Specialist Certification Exam Study Guide (Revised January 2024)

The prevention specialist is a behavioral health professional who has demonstrated competency related to alcohol, tobacco and drug use prevention, and who provides services that help individuals, families and communities to develop the capacities needed to achieve behavioral health and wellness. Prevention specialists deliver evidence-based prevention programming in a wide range of settings including schools, workplaces, health care centers, behavioral health programs, community- based organizations, and prevention coalitions. This 2024 revised RI Study Guide includes edits and updates made to the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) prevention specialist exam. This Guide was designed as a study aid to help prevention professionals prepare for and pass the Rhode Island Prevention Specialist Certification Exam. The content of the Guide is based on the knowledge, skills and job tasks derived from the 2022 Prevention Specialist Job Analysis conducted by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) which sets standards and develops examinations for the credentialing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. The Guide was developed by the Rhode Island Prevention Resource Center (RIPRC), in consultation with subject matter experts in the prevention field, with input from prevention specialist candidates who have taken or are preparing to take the Prevention Specialist Certification Exam. View the Guide here.

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