Building and Maintaining a Competent Prevention Workforce: A Roadmap

Session Description: The prevention’s workforce is at a critical juncture with seasoned staff retiring or moving on to related fields. New recruits often come into their positions unprepared for the complexity of community work. This workshop will offer concrete strategies to secure, build and maintain a robust prevention team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will list strategies to recruit, support and sustain a competent prevention workforce.

Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS
She/Her/Hers
Master Trainer/Curriculum Designer, PTTC

Sandra Puerini Del Sesto, M.Ed, ACPS, is a national consultant and master trainer in behavioral health and strategic planning for non-profits. She was the founder and for 30 years the executive director of Initiatives for Human Development, a statewide, multi-service prevention program, and a founder of CODAC, RI’s largest non-profit treatment program. She was also the founding director of the Institute for Addiction Recovery at Rhode Island College. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Prevention Technology Transfer Center National Coordinating Office (PTTC-NCO), the New England Prevention PTTC, and the New England School of Addiction Studies. She is also a member of the National Behavioral Health Association’s Evidence-based Workgroup, For many years, Sandra served as the RI delegate to and the former Prevention Committee Co-Chair of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), which certifies professionals working in behavioral health. Sandra is a co-author of SAMHAs SPF Application for Prevention Success Training (SAPST) and its basic and advanced Prevention Ethics courses as well as many other face-to-face and online courses in prevention.