Prevention Certification

Examination Reference List

The following resources were compiled as suggested reading to assist candidates preparing for their examination. Consulting these and other references may be beneficial to candidates. Please note, this is not a comprehensive listing of all references and not all questions on the examination came from these references.

Examination Reference List

Revised March 2017

  1. Academy for Educational Development. (2005). Facilitating Meetings: A Guide for Community Planning Groups.
  2. Babor, T., Caetano, R., Casswell, S., Edwards, G., Giesbrecht, N., Graham, K., et al. (2010). Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity. Research and Public Policy (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. (2009). Identifying and Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions. Revised Guidance Document for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program. HHS Pub. No. (SMA) 09-4205. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  4. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute. Primer Series.
    1. Assessment Primer: Analyzing the Community, Identifying Problems and Setting Goals. (2010).
    2. Capacity Primer: Building Membership, Structure and Leadership. (2010).
    3. Planning Primer: Developing a Theory of Change, Logic Models and Strategic and Action Plans. (2010).
    4. Implementation Primer: Putting Your Plan into Action. (2012).
    5. Evaluation Primer: Setting the Context for a Drug-Free Communities Coalition Evaluation. (2010).
    6. Cultural Competence Primer: Incorporating Cultural Competence into Your Comprehensive Plan. (2012).
    7. Sustainability Primer: Fostering Long-Term Change to Create Drug-Free Communities. (2012). Retrieved from 37 Updated 4/17
  5. Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, National Community Anti-Drug Coalition Institute. Beyond the Basics Series.
    1. People Power: Mobilizing Communities for Policy Change. (2012).
    2. Telling the Coalition Story: Comprehensive Communication Strategies. (2009).
    3. The Coalition Impact: Environmental Prevention Strategies. (2009).
  6. Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Callanan, P. (2015). Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions (9th ed.). Belmont: Brooks/Cole.
  7. National Institute of Drug Abuse. (2014). Drugs, Brains, and Behavior-The Science of Addiction. Retrieved from
  8. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. (2009). Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Retrieved from
  9. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2010). Focus on Prevention. Retrieved from
  10. White, W. L., & Popovits, R. M. (2001). Critical Incidents: Ethical Issues in the Prevention and Treatment of Addiction (2nd ed.). Bloomington: Lighthouse Institute.
  11. Walker. L. (2002). Facilitation Guide for People in Prevention: beginning the journey. Southwest Prevention Center.
  12. The Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP). Communications Toolkit.


Revised IC&RC Prevention Specialist Candidate Guide:

Another helpful resource not currently on IC&RC’s list above: Hogan, J., Gabrielsen, R., Luna, N., Grothaus, D. (2003). Substance Abuse Prevention: The Intersection of Science and Practice. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Other Prevention Resources

These resources are not referenced on the current exam (unless they cross reference the above list of resources), but may be a helpful resource for your prevention background.