184246 SESSION ABSTRACT: Deliverers of Substance Abuse Prevention Services: Issues of Professional Preparation

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nancy Kennedy, Dr PH , CSAP/Division of Systems Development, SAMHSA, Rockville, MD
Nelia C. Nadal, MPH , SAMHSA/CSAP, Rockville, MD
More than fifty years ago, despite the constancy of substance abuse, the work force to prevent that deleterious behavior was quite different than today's workforce. The transdisciplinary work force that has association, albeit professional and/or personal, with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD), have divergent views on who is best prepared to deliver services that may affect behavioral change. Not unlike its counterparts in other segments of behavioral health, there has been a concerted effort to have individuals obtain licensing and/or certification to deliver substance abuse prevention services. But, issues of professional preparation, venues for practice, specialization vis--vis generalization, and lack of reimbursement are serious issues that have not been discussed. The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in the federal government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has started a new initiative entitled Prevention Fellows. Given this national effort, perhaps the time is ripe for a role delineation study or policy that unites through transdisciplinarity the plethora of disciplines that encompass universal, selective, and indicated substance abuse prevention services. This session will examine these issues.

Learning Objectives:
1. Dialogue as to the responsibility of which professional disciplines are responsible for preventing deleterious behaviors, especially the abuse of ATOD. 2. Provide the historical context of substance abuse prevention workforce. 3. Discuss the Prevention Fellows, a new national/state joint workforce development. 4. Review the licensing and credentialing of substance abuse prevention professionals. 5. Discuss the needs of a transdisciplinary work force.

Keywords: Substance Abuse Prevention, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have reviewed, presented and organized many sessions and workshops in my 33 years as a member of APHA. The foundation of most of my work has been workforce development in preventing substance abuse and other deleterious behaviors.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.