IC&RC Prevention Specialist Certification: What, Why, and How-A Panel Presentation


IC&RC Prevention Specialist Certification: What, Why, and How

A Panel Presentation

May 10, 2023


Panel Presentation Description

Regardless of the service, those seeking a provider want to be sure that that person is both competent and ethical. This is especially important when the services are human services, such as prevention of substance misuse and mental illness. The International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium is the only organization that certifies prevention providers. Featuring a representative from each state or jurisdiction’s certification board, this panel presentation will discuss the need and process of becoming certified as a Prevention Specialist as well as highlight information about board-specific requirements and application procedures.

By the end of this panel presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three reasons why certification of prevention specialists is important
  • Outline the international process for certifying prevention specialists
  • Describe the international prevention certification examination and its development
  • List the certification requirements for their specific state or jurisdiction


Learning Session Materials

IC&RC Certified Prevention Specialist Presentation Slides (pdf)

IC&RC Certified Prevention Specialist Presentation Recording




Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed, CPSS

Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS, is a consultant and master trainer who has provided community and strategic planning, program development, and capacity building in all areas of prevention practice throughout the United States. She was the founder and for 30 years the executive director of a statewide, multi-service prevention program and a founder of Rhode Island’s largest non-profit treatment program. In addition to her prevention work, she was the founding director of the Institute for Addiction Recovery at Rhode Island College. Sandra is a delegate to and the former Prevention Committee Co-Chair of the IC&RC. She is a member of the faculty and advisory board of the New England School of Addiction Studies, a member of the Advisory Board for the National Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), the National Hispanic/Latino PTTC and the New England PTTC. Sandra is a co-author of SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training (SAPST) and its Basic and Advanced Prevention Ethics as well as many other courses and webinars. She has previously trained members of the US National Guard in prevention planning. Sandra received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College (Newton), and her Master’s degree in counselor education from Rhode Island College. She also completed a certificate program in nonprofit management through Brown University in Providence. Ms. Del Sesto is an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist.

Certification Board Panelists

Wayne Giles

Arizona Board for Certification of Addiction Counselors

Pete Nielson
California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals

Angela Bolan
Hawaii Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

Britany Wiele (on behalf of Natalie Powell)
Nevada Certification Board

James Arriola
Pacific Behavioral Health Council and Certification Board



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