Ethics in Prevention: A Guide for Substance Abuse Prevention Practitioners

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As a substance misuse prevention professional, we regularly face situations that require us to make ethical decisions. Often it is clear how to act ethically; sometimes it is not.

This moderated online course explores the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics, brought to life with realistic examples designed to enhance participant understanding. The course also introduces a decision-making process to help practitioners apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas, and an online discussion area to facilitate discussion with other course participants.

This course has been endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and meets the IC&RC’s prevention ethics requirement for prevention specialist credentialing.


July 13-24, 2020


Prevention practitioners working at the state level or in communities


This course has been endorsed by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Individuals who receive a passing grade on the course self-assessment (80% correct) will receive a certificate for 6 hours of participation.

This training has also been approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to satisfy CASAC renewal requirements and CPP/CPS initial/renewal credentialing requirements.

Education Development Center is a NADAAC-approved vendor.

6 hrs
  • Define ethics and related terms
  • Apply the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics to their work in prevention
  • Use a four-step decision-making process to resolve ethical dilemmas


  • Module 1: Welcome to Ethics in Prevention explores the differences between values, principles, and ethics; what to do when values compete or conflict; describes two types of unethical behavior, and introduces the six principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics.
  • Module 2: Prevention Code of Ethics examines, in detail, each of the six principles: Non-Discrimination; Competence, Integrity, Nature of Services, Confidentiality, and Ethical Obligations for Community and Society
  • Module 3: Decision-making Process presents an objective process for making ethical decisions and actions in challenging situations, particularly when there is no single best response, there is a recognized difference of opinion, or people don’t feel good about the circumstances or the possible resolution.

Each module contains practical information and interactive exercises designed to help you apply course content to your work. This course also contains numerous resources—including summaries, tools and links to external sites—to supplement the online course experience.