Substance Use Disorder Prevention Specialist

What you do:

  • Work with youth by providing prevention education about substance use and misuse and other high-risk activities
  • Plan and implement programs in schools or communities to encourage youth and young adults to have a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle
  • Plan and implement programs in schools or communities that provide education and support to families
  • Provide education on mental health promotion and wellness strategies

What does it take to become a prevention specialist?

High school diploma or equivalent

College degree

Training/Supervised hours

How many hours? One year of full-time prevention related experience, 120 contact hours of prevention education, and a nationally approved credentialing exam.

Additional resources and information:

Join one of the fastest-growing credentials in the field of substance use disorder behavioral health care! Learn more about what substance use prevention specialists do and how to become certified.

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