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Creating a Prevention Focused Ethics Policy for Your Organization

PLEASE NOTE: There are limited spots available for this training and it is first come first serve. You will receive an email notifying you if your registration was approved or denied. This page will be updated once registration is full. 


Given our ethical obligation as behavioral health professionals, it is both logical and beneficial that we move beyond our responsibility and apply our ethical principles to our agencies and coalitions. Agencies involved in prevention efforts should consider developing new or reviewing existing organizational policies related to ethical issues. The lack of policy leaves room for confusion about the expectations and increased liability. While an ethics policy's exact nature will vary from one situation to another, some basic elements appear in just about any ethical policy in prevention. The policy must also emphasize how participants are treated and how staff and volunteers respond to the community's ethical issues. This workshop will assist participants in defining and developing what an effective organizational policy would be. Participants must have completed a course in Prevention Ethics as a prerequisite. 


  • Review the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics 

  • Explain what an ethics policy is and why it is necessary 

  • List at least two elements per principle to be included in an organizational code of ethics. 

  • Describe possible ethics policy statements for case study examples. 

  • List at least four of the six key components of an ethics policy for organizations. 


Sandra Puerini headshotSandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed., ACPS 

Sandra has worked over 35 years in prevention, though her work spans the continuum of care from prevention to treatment to recovery. In Rhode Island's home state, Sandra was the founder and past executive director of Initiatives for Human Development, the only statewide prevention agency. She is a faculty member and on the board of directors for the New England School of Addiction Studies. She has worked extensively at both the community and state levels developing strategic prevention and behavioral health care plans. Sandra is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and is the Prevention Committee's co-chair.


Up to 3 NAADAC provided

Starts: Apr. 27, 2021 9:00 am
Ends: Apr. 27, 2021 12:15 pm
Registration Deadline
April 26, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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