Ethics for Prevention Professionals

As we will discuss every professional field from basic research to program coordination to the delivery of services to individuals and groups has a code of ethics. Professional ethical standards are based on values. Values are the basic beliefs that an individual thinks to be true and are also seen as guiding principles in one’s life or the basis on which an individual makes decisions.Clearly, the work of prevention involves decisions regarding the treatment of others in the most important settings of their lives—the family, the school, and the workplace.But it also involves the community environment where policies and laws dictate acceptable behavior.The prevention professional needs to be guided by ethics and values that can help in these challenging areas of life.


In general, for the addiction field there are two sources on ethics.The White and Popovits Model based on the book by these two authors, Critical Incidents: Ethical issues in the prevention and treatment of addiction.The other source specifically for prevention is the Prevention Think Tank Code of Ethical Conduct that includes 6 principles:


  • Non-Discrimination

  • Competence

  • Integrity

  • Nature of Services

  • Confidentiality

  • Ethical Obligations for Community and Society

The key learning objectives are:


  • Define the Prevention Think Tank Principles

  • Summarize and apply some of the basic rules to ethics and professional behavior in prevention programming.

  • Recognize specific situations among colleagues in the workplace or within the community where ethics should guide actions.

  • Apply the code of ethics and ethical decision-making processes to different scenarios

Duration: 3 hours 

Methodology: On-Line, moderated with live interaction, discussions and real-time exercises

Cost: US$ 69

Capacity: 30 participants