Prevention Core Competencies

$15.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Beginning

IAODAPCA CE Credit for Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS I or II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, CFPP II, CVSS II

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CEU Course Description

One of the major goals of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is to strengthen substance use prevention by continuing to assist in its professionalization. To achieve the aforementioned goal, SAMHSA has developed the Prevention Core Competencies guide to help health care professionals build and strengthen core competencies so they can effectively work to improve upon patient care and patient outcomes. This course reviews SAMHSA's Prevention Core Competencies guide to provide health care professionals with insight into the recommended knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to effectively strengthen substance use prevention and related care.

Author: This publication was developed with significant contributions from various expert panel members from organizations such as The Center for Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, National Association for Children of Alcoholics and National Association of State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Directors.  This report was prepared for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under contract number HHSS277201600001C, with SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Recommended Citation: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Prevention Core Competencies. Publication No. PEP20-03-08-001. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2021.

References / Contributions by:

  1. Sue, D.W., & Sue, D. (1990). Counseling the culturally different: Theory and practice. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons.
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2002). Risk and protective factors in substance abuse prevention. NIDA Notes, 16(6). Retrieved from
  3. Markwood, A. (2011). Comprehensive theory of substance abuse prevention.
  4. Chapman, D. P., Perry, S. G., & Strine T. W. (2005). The vital link between chronic disease and depressive disorders. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2(1). Retrieved from jan/04_0066.htm

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CEU Course Objectives

  1. Identify concepts related to competency.
  2. Evaluate prevention domains and cross-cutting principles.
  3. Review the development of prevention competencies, and the recommended framework for competencies.
  4. Examine the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities for specific prevention competencies.

CE Outline and Main Points

  1. Executive Summary.
  2. Part 1: Competencies; Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs); and Their Value to a Profession
  3. Part 2: Development of Prevention Competencies and KSAs
  4. Part 3: Overview of the Recommended Core Competencies and KSAs
  5. Part 4: Recommended Core Competencies: Cross-Cutting Domain
  6. Part 5: Recommended Core Competencies: Assessment Domain 
  7. Part 6: Recommended Core Competencies: Capacity-Building Domain
  8. Part 7: Recommended Core Competencies: Planning Domain
  9. Part 8: Recommended Core Competencies: Implementation Domain
  10. Part 9: Recommended Core Competencies: Evaluation Domain
  11. Appendix A: Resources for Prevention Credentialing, Degree Programs, and Training Programs

ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.


CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 05/01/2021

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