2015-2017 SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program – Apply by August 14, 2015

The Prevention Fellowship Program is proud to announce OPEN RECRUITMENT for the 2015-2017 SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for the Prevention Fellowship Program.

The Prevention Fellowship Program invites qualified individuals who are seeking professional growth in the field of substance abuse prevention. Fellows receive a yearly stipend of up to $37,000, and will be required to work 32 hours per week. There are 15 Fellow positions available. These individuals will be assigned to a mentor from participating State agencies and National Organizations throughout the United States and U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. (Visit the application Web site at www.seiservices.com/SAMHSA/csap/preventionfellowship for a list of participating locations).

The SAMHSA CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program was launched in 2006 in an effort to build a workforce of substance abuse professionals. During the 2‐year fellowship program, which combines Web‐based and in-person trainings, fellows improve their skills and their knowledge of prevention practices. During their Prevention Fellowship Program experience, fellows focus on acquiring the necessary skills for success in the fields of public and behavioral health. The fellowship will also assist each fellow in the development and implementation of a Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) service plan for his or her assigned state agency (or organization).

The Prevention Fellowship Program prepares fellows for International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) certification as substance abuse prevention specialists. This professional development program allows fellows to

· work within State agencies or a National Organization, while being supported by mentors;

· receive training in behavioral health, substance abuse prevention, and other professional development area including (but not limited to) health communications, evaluation and data collection, and ethics;

· learn a set of core competencies in preparation for the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) exam;

· develop management and leadership skills; and

· prepare themselves for potential opportunities within the behavioral health field.

Fellows will benefit from hands-on experience and trainings in competency areas such as behavioral health promotion, the Strategic Prevention Framework, community organization, public policy and environmental change, program planning, and evaluation. Fellows will learn new techniques, master best practices in the field, and apply knowledge gained from their professional and cultural experiences.

A fellow’s responsibilities may include designing, coordinating, implementing, or assessing the performance of substance abuse prevention coalition programs. The work may include participating in data collection and program evaluation; developing prevention plans to increase substance abuse awareness; developing prevention education programs; and preparing and maintaining reports, records, and documents pertaining to funding sources.

Applications will be accepted from eligible candidates through Friday, August 14, 2015. To apply, candidates may complete and submit the online application, which is available at http://www.seiservices.com/SAMHSA/csap/preventionfellowship/newapplicant.aspx.

Individuals seeking selection into the Prevention Fellowship Program must meet the following criteria and provide associated documentation:

1. U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions residency;

2. Must meet at least one (1) of the following education/work experience:

a. At least two (2) years of college from an accredited academic institution and a minimum of two (2) years paid work experience in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas; or

b. a Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas;

3. Two (2) letters of recommendation from an academic and/or professional reference;

4. A detailed essay of 500 words or less on why the candidate should be selected for the fellowship and how becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist would support his or her career goals; and

5. A strong interest in the substance abuse prevention and behavioral health.

Applicants will be notified of their selection status on or before Friday, September 4, 2015. Selected candidates are tentatively expected to begin the Prevention Fellowship Program on or after September 15, 2015.

For additional information, please contact the Prevention Fellowship Program at (240) 485-1700, ext. 3287 or e-mail preventionfellowship.