IC&RC has selected Deanne Bergen, ICPS, as the recipient of the 2012 IC&RC Prevention Professional of the Year Award. The IC&RC Prevention Professional of the Year Award seeks to honor the best of the best: the certified preventionist who best embodies the ideal of the profession and of IC&RC. This year, IC&RC received nominations from Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.
Bergen was the founding President of the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia (PCCG). During her four-year tenure, she stabilized the fledging organization. She has worked with Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Inc., Drug Free Coalitions, and Suicide Prevention Awareness in multiple counties, as well as KidsNet Savannah and Positive Parenting and Teen Pregnancy Prevention classes. She has developed multiple trainings, such as Ethics for Preventionists, How to Survive the Credentialing Process, and the Fundamentals of Prevention. She is a true champion within the prevention community locally and statewide. She remains the "go to" person for consultation, training and education and is widely acclaimed in Georgia.
In its nominating statement, PCCG wrote:
“For the past 32 years, Deanne Bergen has devoted every working day to the advancement of prevention. She goes about this mission in an unassuming manner that belies her passion for the work. Frequently confronted with some monumental challenges such as bureaucratic inertia and scarcity of resources, she, nonetheless, doggedly remains focused and on track until positive outcomes are achieved. She maintains a balanced approach to the daily work so as to keep herself refreshed and ready for the next inevitable challenge.”
Substance abuse is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, and its success depends on a workforce of qualified prevention professionals trained in evidence-based practices. IC&RC’s competency-based Prevention Specialist (PS) credential offers a consistent standard of knowledgeable and well-qualified individuals practicing prevention in our communities. Certified prevention professionals help ensure that programs and their funders are delivering on their mission of ensuring public safety and well-being.
Adopted in 1994, the Prevention Specialist is one of the fastest growing credentials in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. This credential is recognized worldwide as the gold standard for competency in the field, and it is written into U.S. state and national practice regulations and insurance legislation.
Prevention professionals are working all over the world – partnering with parents, community groups, coalitions, faith-based organizations, health care professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and educators – to make a difference in their communities. Among them are the professionals who go above and beyond, truly standing out in their dedication, intelligence, compassion, and effectiveness. It is those professionals – like Deanne Bergen of Georgia - whom IC&RC seeks to recognize.
Since 1981, IC&RC has protected the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. IC&RC represents 76 member boards and 45,000 professionals from 24 countries and 47 U.S. states and territories. IC&RC’s seven credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, criminal justice, and co-occurring disorders professionals.