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Certification Ethics Training: IDPH Substance Abuse Prevention Ethics for Certification Training

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), in collaboration with Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC), is offering Prevention Ethics. The training was created by the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT).

Prevention Ethics training is an in-person course of study in ethics in substance abuse prevention. This training is primarily for entry-level and experienced prevention practitioners working in communities, but it is also appropriate for professionals working in related fields. This training meets the ethics training requirement for Prevention Specialist Certification through the Iowa Board of Certification.

What is the Prevention Ethics training?

  • Offers substance use prevention professionals—both experienced and new to the field—an opportunity to explore the role of ethics in their work.
  • Based on the Prevention Think Tank’s Prevention Code of Ethics’ six principles.
  • Provides knowledge and skills regarding ethical responsibilities and practices,
  • including the use of a formalized ethical decision-making process.
  • Provides opportunities to engage in discussions of the prevention code of ethics’ six key principles and explore a four-step decision-making.

What does the Prevention Ethics training cover?

  • Introduction to Ethics
  • The Six Principles of the Prevention Code of Ethics
  • Application: Ethical Decision Making Process

Are continuing education hours available?

  • Participants completing the Prevention Ethics training will receive a certificate for six hours of training. Certificates can be submitted to credentialing authority toward certification or re-certification.


  • Is free lodging available? Free lodging is only available if noted within the registration process.
  • How often is the Prevention Ethics for Certification course offered in Iowa? This course is offered two times per year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Additional trainings may be added to the yearly schedule depending on training need. The course dates are set 3-6 months before the training occurs and once confirmed, are posted on the MCTC website.
  • Who can tell me more? Julie Hibben from IDPH is the POC for this course and may be contacted for additional information at 515-725-7895 or
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Midwest Counterdrug Training Center
7105 NW 70th Ave Camp Dodge JMTC
Johnston, IA50131
United States

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