Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy Holidays from IC&RC!

Happy Holidays

New Email Addresses for IC&RC

Dear IC&RC Colleagues,

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s so amazing to me to look back at all we’ve achieved this year. We couldn’t let the New Year arrive without doing one last thing: change our emails to the new domain name. In September, we unveiled the revised website at, and our new email addresses are:

Mary Jo Mather:
Alissa Bradley:
Terri Wray:
Kay Glass:
Rachel Witmer:

We want you to continue to receive our emails, announcements, surveys, and electronic newsletters, so we ask you to please place all of these addresses on your email whitelists. You may want to consult with your IT professionals to ensure that you will stay in communication with IC&RC.

If you have any questions, please contact Alissa or Kay.


Mary Jo Mather
Executive Director

Prevention Specialist Exam – Sample Test Questions

1. Therapeutically, which sedative hypnotics are used to produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety, and muscle spasms.

A. Barbiturates.
B. Benzodiazepines.
C. Morphine.

Substance Abuse Prevention:  The Intersection of Science and Practice, p. 78
Domain:  Education and Skill Development

2.  The first step in developing community prevention strategies is:

A. Assessment.
B. Capacity building.
C. Planning.
D. Implementation.

National Substance Abuse Specialist Training (SAPST):  April 2006, p. 4-3
Domain:  Community Organization

3. There was an underage drinking problem in the community. A coalition was formed to gather data and the support of local agencies and City Council.  Enforcement of minimum-purchase-age laws against selling alcohol and tobacco to minors through the use of undercover buying operations was utilized to address the underage drinking problem. What type of prevention strategy was used?

A. Alternatives to drug use.
B. Dissemination of information.
C. Prevention education.
D. Environmental approach.

National Substance Abuse Specialist Training (SAPST):  April 2006, p. 3-17
Domain:  Public Policy and Environmental Change

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Ethical Fitness: December 2010

As you may recall, our Ethical Fitness column in September referred to a situation in which Bob, a prevention specialist, meets weekly with a group of at-risk teens in a rural county high school. These students had been caught smoking or drinking, and Bob has Judge Jones speak to them about underage drinking and driving laws, explaining the trouble they can incur. The Judge is stopped by police in a nearby town and arrested for drunken driving. Our dilemma: What to do about having the Judge continue to speak with this intervention-oriented group?

Serendipitously, I was able to combine a group of eight workshop participants who needed six hours of prevention ethics by year’s end with a need to resolve Bob’s ethical dilemma. One captive audience plus one applicable case study discussion equals a vibrant multiple exchange of ideas!

The group identified the following ethical principles as germane to the Judge’s involvement:

  • Ethical Obligation to Community and Society: adoption of a personal and professional stance that promotes well-being of all;
  • Integrity: we should not be associated…with services or products in a way that is in any way misleading or incorrect; and
  • Competence: recognize one’s limits & boundaries and use due care to plan and adequately supervise activities for which one is responsible).

Next, various members of the group brought up the following concerns: Is the Judge willing to be honest about his arrest? What’s his message going to be? Will the students know about his arrest? This was a no-brainer – everyone in a rural community knows what’s up. Some decided that the Judge’s message could be even more meaningful in the future, but we need to check his intentions. Thanks to Cheryl, Virginia, David, Kate, Angela, Sarah, Craig and Tonia for their whole-hearted participation in our discussion.

This case study reminded me of an incident I once faced when students at one of our high schools wanted a particular boy to speak during prom week. A judge had ordered that this teen’s probation include speaking to others about the dangers of alcohol abuse. He had been charged for under-aged purchase of alcohol (he looked older and was not carded) that led to the death of another teen. The other high school student passed out in the rear seat of a minivan and died, aspirating his own vomit.

A school psychologist and I decided we should meet with the young man and see what his message would be. We were faced with the unenviable task of helping him to understand just what he had done that was so wrong. His immaturity was such that he had not fully faced the fact that his actions had led to the death of another. This taught me never to assume a speaker is bringing a hoped for or even logical message, and to always check out people who will interact with my audience, no matter how highly recommended they are.

Here’s an interesting dilemma for you to gnaw on when you catch your breath after the holidays:

You are a prevention professional working at a Regional Mental Health Center. Rachel, a co-worker, has been hospitalized recently. A group is in the break room. Someone asks how Rachel is doing, and no one has any news about her condition. A clinician, who works part-time at your agency and part-time at the local hospital, gets on the hospital’s internet account, types in his code and downloads Rachel’s medical records. He proceeds to share this information with those of you in the break room. What do you do?

Leave a comment here with your answer or email with Ethical Fitness in the subject line. Peace, joy, and a blessed new year to all!

Member Board Highlight: New Mexico

By Frank G. Magourilos, SCPS, Executive Director

These are very exciting times for workforce development, and the New Mexico Credentialing Board is taking a leadership role to assure and provide the best, most up-to-date, and most needed credentialing and certification for all behavioral health professionals in New Mexico.

In addition to our IC&RC credentials, we are now offering a Certified Peer Specialist Worker (CPSW) credential, available to individuals that work through the NM Health Services Department (HSD). We also have started implementing a Certified Family Specialist (CFS) credential for the NM Children Youth and Families Department.

We also have several current projects that I believe our IC&RC colleagues will be interested in:

Injury Prevention – We have recently embarked in the area of Injury and Violence Prevention Certification. Through a 17-member task force that includes national and statewide partners from higher education, government agencies, and board members, we are looking at the CDC Core Competencies for Injury Prevention, in order to create learning objectives that in turn will be developed into curricula for the coursework necessary to become a Certified Injury Prevention Professional.

Young Certified Prevention Ambassadors – We are working on developing a certification and training program for young adults who are doing coalition work and would like to further their prevention expertise. This is very similar to what CADCA is doing at the national level.

Case Management Certification – We are working with the University of New Mexico to create this much needed credential, which will be  made available to everyone that is doing Case Management work in New Mexico.

For any questions on these exciting initiatives, contact the New Mexico Certification Board at

Q&A: Pursuing Her Passion

IC&RC Association Coordinator

Rachel Witmer, IC&RC Association Coordinator

Dear IC&RC Colleagues,

Please join me and the whole staff in welcoming Rachel Witmer as our new Association Coordinator. A recent graduate of Millersville University, her energy and competence assured us that she would be an excellent member of our team, and we are proud to introduce her to you through this Q&A.


Mary Jo Mather
Executive Director

IC&RC: Where are you from? What was your educational path?

RW: I was born, raised, and still live in the tiny town of Halifax, PA. After graduating from Halifax Area High School, I decided to attend Millersville University, where I earned my degree in International Studies with a minor in Spanish.

IC&RC: How did you find IC&RC? What attracted you to the organization’s work?

RW: I found an ad for the open position of Association Coordinator with IC&RC on the website for our local newspaper. After visiting the organization’s website, I found many reasons to be attracted to its work. One reason is that IC&RC operates internationally. Another is that I am interested in public health and using it to promote development and well-being within the United States and around the world. I believe the work done by IC&RC is part of that goal.

IC&RC: What skills and interests do you bring to the position?

RW: I am excited to be able to use the skills I have gained with my International Studies degree to IC&RC’s international members.

IC&RC: What do you like to do in your free time?

RW: One of my favorite things to do in my free time is to volunteer at an organization that provides services to recent immigrants and refugees. I also enjoy traveling, trying and learning new things, and spending time with my friends and family.