Prevention Specialist Focus Areas

Credentialed staff is a key priority in ensuring the delivery evidence-based practices. “The Prevention Specialist credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, supervision and the passing of a rigorous examination” (IC&RC).

We have developed TA/Training services designed to develop competent, well-trained, ethical and professional Prevention Specialists. If you are wanting to become a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC), we are here to help!



Planning & Evaluation

This domain focuses on prevention planning models & theories, logic models, action planning and evaluation techniques.

30% of the Prevention Specialist exam questions


Prevention Education

This domain focuses on the theories and frameworks that guide curriculum development and the skills needed to provide services (ie; knowledge to various substances, cultural awareness, etc).

15% of the Prevention Specialist exam questions

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This domain focuses on the communication skills and techniques needs in a wide variety of settings (ie; program delivery, meeting facilitation, social marketing & media).

13% of the Prevention Specialist exam questions


Community Organization

This domain focuses on understanding community readiness, community mobilization, and the importance of involving the community in prevention planning as a critical role in gaining community buy-in.

15% of the Prevention Specialist exam questions

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Public Policy & Environmental Change

This domain emphasizes the broader physical, social, cultural and institutional forces that contribute to community substance use problems.

12% of the Prevention Specialist exam questions

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Professional Growth & Responsibility

This domain is focused on work-life balance, knowledge of substance, cultural competency and professional ethics.

12% of the Prevention Specialist exam questions

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Population-Based Prevention

“One-size” doesn’t fit all!  For this reason we offer specialized services that are population-based (ie; racial/ethnic minorities, rural/Appalachia, LGBTQ+).


Please refer to the Prevention Core Competencies training manual from SAMHSA for more information. 

These prevention core competencies and accompanying knowledge, skills, and abilities offer professional direction to the prevention field, affecting staff development and career ladders and pipelines, and providing guidance for training programs and service delivery qualification.

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