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Ethics for Prevention Specialists

December 16, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Sponsored by MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.

Many times people who work in prevention are confronted with ethical dilemmas and are not aware that there is an established code of ethics for prevention professionals to guide their decisions as professionals. Using guidelines established by the IC&RC, the international body that certifies prevention professionals, this workshop will explore ethical principles and issues of confidentiality that apply specifically to persons working in this field. Small and large group discussions and didactic presentations will provide participants with a better understanding of the role ethics plays in prevention. This workshop will not address ethical issues for treatment providers.

Upon completion of this training, participants will:

  1. Define ethics, morals, values, principles and relate these to work in prevention.
  2. Explain the elements in a prevention code of ethics.
  3. State the laws regarding child abuse and background checks.
  4. Apply Federal law 42 CFR Part 2 to issues of confidentiality in prevention practice
  5. Apply an ethical decision making model to situations in prevention work they might encounter as a volunteer or service provider.

Presented by:

Janet Lavin Grant, MS (Public Health), is an Adjunct Professor at Holyoke Community College in the Foundations of Health Department. Prior to that, Janet worked for 17 years as a Prevention Specialist with the Western Massachusetts Center for Healthy Communities (formerly the Western Massachusetts Prevention Center). In that capacity, Janet worked on a variety of initiatives with coalitions, public schools, and community based organizations providing training and technical assistance in coalition development, strategic planning, evidence-based programming, and social marketing primarily in tobacco and substance abuse prevention. Janet also currently works as a private consultant doing public health planning, training, and research and is a Certified Prevention Specialist through the MBSACC.

Shari Sprong, MA, MS, is the Director of Special Projects at Health Resources in Action, a public non-profit in Boston, where she has worked for 25 years. She brings a wealth of experience and skills in prevention, and has provided technical assistance and training to community coalitions and other organizations in the Strategic Prevention Framework, environmental strategies, coalition development, social marketing, grant writing, evidence-based prevention, and developing logic models and evaluation materials.

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Training: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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December 16, 2014
1:30 pm - 9:30 pm