Prevention Professional of the Year 2022 Award Information


Substance misuse prevention is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, and its success depends on a workforce of qualified professionals trained in evidence-based practices.

Prevention professionals are working all over the world – partnering with parents, community groups, coalitions, faith-based organizations, health care professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and educators – to make a difference in their communities.  

Among them are the professionals who go above and beyond, truly standing out in their dedication, intelligence, compassion, and effectiveness.  It is those professionals whom IC&RC wants to recognize.

About the Award

The Prevention Professional of the Year Award seeks to honor the best of the best:  the certified preventionist who best embodies the ideal of the profession and of IC&RC.  The Prevention Committee of IC&RC will accept nominations from member boards, and then select the awardee from among the submissions.  The recipient and nominating board will be notified, and then honored at a state or national conference.

About The Prevention Committee

Lead by Marissa Carlson, MS, CPS and advised by Julie Stevens, LCDC, ICPS, ACPS, and Sandra Del Sesto, ICPS, the Prevention Committee of IC&RC leads the organization’s efforts to advance the profession of substance misuse prevention.  Its work includes overseeing the Prevention Specialist (PS) exam, marketing the PS credential to member boards and professionals, and representing IC&RC at national and international prevention events.

About IC&RC

IC&RC is an international non-profit organization that promotes public protection by developing internationally recognized credentials and examinations for prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. Quality and integrity are the foundation of IC&RC’s work and all examinations are based on the latest research, evidence-based practices, and updated on a regular basis.