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Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Abuse Prevention Practitioners.

12:00pm - June 15, 2020
Collaborating TTC: Great Lakes PTTC
Registration Deadline: June 10, 2020
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Great Lakes PTTC is collaborating with Prevention Solutions to provide this moderated online Ethics course

  • For participants from Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)
  • Accessible any time of the day for your convenience


As substance misuse prevention professionals, we regularly face situations that require us to make ethical decisions. Often it is clear how to act ethically; sometimes, it is not.
This moderated online course explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Define ethics and related terms
  • Apply the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics 
  • Use a four-step decision-making process to resolve ethical dilemmas

Course Modules

Module 1: Welcome to Ethics in Prevention
Explores the differences between values, principles and ethics and what to do when values compete or conflict; describes two types of unethical behavior, and introduces the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics

Module 2: Prevention Code of Ethics
Examines, in detail, each of the six principles: Non-discrimination, Competence, Integrity, Nature of Services, Confidentiality, and Ethical Obligations for Community and Society

Module 3: Decision Making Process 
Presents an objective process for making ethical decisions and actions in challenging situations, particularly when there is no single best response, there is a recognized difference of opinion, or people don't feel good about the circumstances of the possible resolution 

Each module contains practical information and interactive exercises designed to help you apply course content to your work. This course also contains numerous resources—including summaries, tools, and links to external sites—to supplement the online course experience.
This course has been endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and meets the IC&RC’s prevention ethics requirement for prevention specialist credentialing.
Individuals who receive a passing grade on the course self-assessment (80% correct) will receive a certificate for 6 hours of participation.