Prevention - Connecticut Certification ProcessCredentialing as a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) is available through the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB).
Credentialing as a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) is available through the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB). CCB is an independent, non-governmental, incorporate, non-profit agency that offers certification as substance abuse counselors, clinical supervisors and prevention professionals. CCB is supported by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and is a member of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).
CCB defines prevention as "a proactive process of helping individuals, families and communities to develop the resources and capacities needed to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles. Therefore, professionals working in a variety of fields including, but not limited to, substance abuse, child abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide and violence may become Certified Prevention Professionals in Connecticut.
The purpose of the certification of Connecticut prevention professionals is:
- To establish and recognize basic standards for professional competence in the field
- To establish the credibility of the prevention profession with employers in the field
- To provide standards for the evaluation of persons seeking employment in the prevention field
There are two levels of certification in Connecticut:
- CPP (Certified Prevention Professional) for degreed and non-degreed persons
- APP (Associate Prevention Professional) requires no degree and is intended for relatively new prevention professionals.