Credentialing for the Tennessee Certification Board (TCB) is offered through a partnership with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The IC&RC defines prevention as “a pro-active process of helping individuals, families and communities to develop the resources needed to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles. Prevention focuses upon the development of innovative programs and carefully planned interventions that are implemented before the onset of physical, psychological, emotional or social problems. Prevention is broad based in the sense that it is intended to alleviate a wide range of at-risk behaviors including, but not limited to, alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, crime and delinquency, violence, vandalism, mental health problems, family conflict, parenting problems, stress and burnout, child abuse, learning problems, school failure, school dropouts, teenage pregnancy, depression and suicide.”
Established in 1981, IC&RC has benefited the public by establishing professional standards and facilitating national and international reciprocity for professionals in the fields of addiction, prevention, behavioral health, and supervision. Today, IC&RC represents 76 member boards, including 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and three branches of the U.S. military. Members also include 22 countries and six Native American territories.
In 2010, IC&RC announced that the number of professionals who hold its credentials has crossed the 45,000 mark. Over half of all substance abuse and prevention professionals in the U.S. hold IC&RC certifications.
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