A New Call to Action: Enhancing Prevention Ethics to Meet New Challenges Part 2

July 14, 1-2:30pm

Course Description
The Prevention Think Tank Code of Ethics outlines six principles that govern the professional behavior of substance misuse prevention practitioners: Non-Discrimination, Competence, Integrity, Nature of Services, Confidentiality and Ethical Obligations for Community and Society. Ethical considerations underpin every aspect of our work - from how we select which substance misuse-related issues to address, to how we partner with and engage members of our focus communities, and beyond – and the code of ethics expresses the responsibilities we have and values we hold as preventionists to our colleagues, the people we serve and the general public.  

This two-part series explores how our prevention priorities and efforts have changed (and will continue to change) amid the challenges brought on by our country’s recent reckoning with racial inequity and its pandemic experience. Session 2 focuses on principles 4 through 6. We discuss the role of the Prevention Code of Ethics as a touchstone for our field, and introduce an approach for critically evaluating its principles to determine how to better align them with current and emerging needs within the prevention landscape.

Learning Objective

  • explore the relationship between the prevention code of ethics and emerging issues in prevention, with focus on 4 through 6. 
  • describe how prevention practitioners can use the code of ethics to guide their professional responses to changing cultures and contexts. 
  • develop a personal action plan for enhancing the ethical performance of their professional responsibilities 

Ivy Jones-Turner – Is a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center. For over 20 years, Ivy has provided organizational capacity assistance on health promotion and prevention in substance abuse, suicide, violence, injury, and mental health with nonprofit and community-based organizations, state and faith-based agencies, and school districts. Her capacity building skills include program evaluation, training and technical assistance in program design and implementation, organizational development, partnerships/collaborations, and sustainability. Ms. Jones-Turner is a Certified Prevention Specialist and holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  

Jessica Goldberg - Is a training and technical assistance specialist with Education Development Center. For over a decade, Jess has specialized in building capacity to improve behavioral health at the national, state, regional and local levels. Her areas of expertise include preventing youth substance use; promoting cross-sector collaborations; addressing health disparities; strategic planning, logic model development, and sustainability planning. Jess holds an MSW and MPH from Boston University, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist. 

Sandra Del Sesto, M.ED, ACPS – Is a co-author of SAHMSA’s Center for Applied Prevention Technology’s Substance Abuse Prevention Training and many prevention ethicscourses. For over 35 years, she has provided training, community and strategic planning, support program development, and capacity building in all areas of prevention practice. Sandra sits on the board of both the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), as well as CODCA, a statewide treatment program specializing in opioid treatment services.  

Supplemental Materials
Session Transcript
Session Slides
Enhancing Prevention Ethics to Meet New Challenges Handout
CAPT Advanced Ethics: Ethics for Policies for Agencies
CAPT Advanced Ethics: Ethics for Social Media
SAPST Wellness Handout
Enhanced National CLASS Standards

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