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Prevention Core Competencies

1. Which of the following statements best defines the term "competency?"    

A. A competency is the capability to apply or use a set of related KSAs required to successfully perform critical work functions, tasks, and/or legal duties in an undefined work setting.

B. A competency is the capability to apply or use a set of related KSAs required to successfully perform critical work functions or tasks in a defined work setting.

C. A competency is what an employee needs to know in order to do a job and achieve the objectives that the job specifies.

D. A competency is what an employee needs to know in order to do a job in a specified time period.


2. Which of the following best represents a workplace competency?

A. Creative thinking

B. Active listening

C. Computer skills

D. Integrity


3. Which of the following best represents an academic competency?

A. Advanced computer skills

B. Writing

C. Willingness to learn

D. Interpersonal skills


4. Which of the following best represents a personal effectiveness competency?

A. Teamwork

B. Adaptability

C. Flexibility

D. Initiative


5. Which of the following best represents a cross-cutting competency?

A. Ethical practice

B. Scheduling

C. Coordinating

D. Analytical thinking


6. A health care professional has questions regarding indicated preventive interventions. Which of the following informational points of interest should be communicated to the health care professional?

A. Indicated preventive interventions are targeted to low-risk individuals.

B. Indicated preventive interventions are targeted to low-risk individuals over the age of 65.

C. Indicated preventive interventions are targeted to low-risk individuals who are identified as having minimal but detectable signs or symptoms foreshadowing an SUD or MEB disorder.

D. Indicated preventive interventions are targeted to high-risk individuals who are identified as having minimal but detectable signs or symptoms foreshadowing an SUD or MEB disorder.


7. Which of the following best describes cognitive-affective theories?

A. The consideration of adolescents’ beliefs about how alcohol contributes to cognitive impairment.

B. The consideration of adolescents’ beliefs about how illegal drugs contribute to cognitive impairment.

C. The consideration of adolescents’ beliefs about how the consequences of experimenting with specific substances contribute to their decisions to use those substances.

D. The consideration of adolescents’ beliefs about the consequences of peer pressure and substance abuse.


8. Which of the following best describes intrapersonal theories?

A. The examination of how adolescents’ personality characteristics, emotions, and behavioral skills contribute to the need for higher education.

B. The examination of how adolescents’ personality characteristics, emotions, and behavioral skills contribute to their substance use.

C. Assumption that the emotional attachments adolescents have with peers who use substances are key factors contributing to substance use.

D. Assumption that the emotional attachments adults have with peers who use substances are key factors contributing to substance use.


9. A healthcare professional has questions regarding social perceptiveness. Which of the following informational points of interest should be communicated to the health care professional?

A. Social perceptiveness does not, typically, apply to health care settings.

B. Social perceptiveness does not, typically, apply to personal interactions.

C. Social perceptiveness involves being aware of your actions.

D. Social perceptiveness involves being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


10. Which of the following statements best describes inductive reasoning?

A. Inductive reasoning is the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.

B. Inductive reasoning is the ability to combine pieces of information to persuade or influence others.

C. Inductive reasoning is the ability to combine pieces of information to effectively communicate in large groups.

D. Inductive reasoning is the ability to combine pieces of information to limit social interaction.


11. A health care professional requires specific information regarding a 40-year-old male patient. The health care professional reads notes and other documentation regarding the patient. The health care professional obtains the required information from the related notes and documentation. The health care professional uses the acquired information to improve the patient's care. Which of the following abilities did the health care professional utilize to improve the patient's care?

A. Written expression

B. Written comprehension

C. Inductive comprehension

D. Inductive writing


12. A healthcare professional has a question about mental health indicators. The health care professional uses relevant health care sources to obtain the required information about mental health indicators. Which of the following skills did the health care professional utilize to obtain the required information about mental health indicators?    

A. Reasoning

B. Research

C. Data sourcing

D. Data processing


13. A patient-related issue arises in a health care facility. A health care professional clarifies the issue by breaking down the problem into meaningful component parts for analysis. Which of the following abilities did the health care professional use to clarify the patient-related issue?

A. Problem determination

B. Problem qualification

C. Problem analysis

D. Problem induction


14. Which of the following statements best describes characteristics identification?

A. Characteristics identification is the ability to describe the characteristics of a SUD.

B. Characteristics identification is the ability to describe the characteristics of SUDs in an older adult population.

C. Characteristics identification is the ability to describe the characteristics of a population-based health or mental health problem.

D. Characteristics identification is the ability to describe the characteristics of a population-based health or mental health problem in an urban environment.


15. A health care professional gathers information about SUDs and synthesizes the information into an educational, easy to understand text for a diverse population. Which of the following skills did the health care professional use to create the text?

A. Information adjusting

B. Information adaptation

C. Information problem solving

D. Information synthesis


16. A healthcare professional has questions regarding conceptual thinking. Which of the following informational points of interest should be communicated to the health care professional?

A. Conceptual thinking centers around obstacle analysis.

B. Conceptual thinking centers around identifying obstacles specific to healthcare.

C. Conceptual thinking involves seeing patterns and trends in behaviors or conditions and synthesizing related items.

D. Conceptual thinking involves connecting unrelated concepts to dictate behavior.


17. Which of the following statements is most accurate?

A. Systems thinking is the ability to regularly apply systemic thinking and skills to the planning process.

B. Systems thinking is the ability to regularly apply problem solving skills to an assessment process.

C. Systems thinking is the ability to regularly apply listening skills to communication conceptualization.

D. Systems thinking is the ability to regularly apply active listening to problem solving.


18. A healthcare professional has questions regarding capacity building. Which of the following informational points of interest should be communicated to the health care professional?

A. Capacity building should not be used in health care systems.

B. Capacity building should not be used to analyze resources.

C. Capacity building is the ability to build networks of data collection within health care organizations.

D. Capacity building is the ability to mobilize human, organizational, and financial resources to promote and sustain intended outcomes.


19. A healthcare professional is developing an educational lecture on conflict management. Which of the following educational points should be included in the health care professional's lecture?

A. Conflict management is the ability to remain calm and objective and facilitate others working out their differences.

B. Conflict management is the ability to remain calm and subjective while working out one's differences with others.

C. Conflict management typically involves professionalism, rigidity, and inflexibility.

D. Conflict management typically involves professionalism, and requires passive listening.


20. A healthcare professional has questions regarding data extraction. Which of the following informational points of interest should be communicated to the health care professional?

A. The skill of data extraction involves extracting subjective ideas from health care documentation in order to facilitate health care professional awareness and personal accountability for medical errors.

B. The skill of data extraction involves extracting objective ideas from health care documentation in order to facilitate health care professional awareness and personal accountability for medical errors.

C. The skill of data extraction involves highlighting the important ideas from written words as well as graphs and tables to acknowledge valuable data.

D. The skill of data extraction involves extracting the important ideas from written words as well as graphs and tables, and identifying problems in data.


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