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Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW)

Recognizing Certified Prevention Professionals (CPP) since 2002
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Our Vision: To ensure an exemplary, professional prevention workforce.


The mission of the PSCBW is to conduct certification of prevention professionals, to uphold
ethical standards, and to promote professional development and growth.

The Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) was established March 6, 2002 as a Washington State non-profit corporation and is a member board of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). The PSCBW became a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(6) effective May 15, 2010.
As a professional trade board, the PSCBW conducts a peer review process for:  (a) certification of prevention professionals for the Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) and Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist (ICPS) credentials; (b) renewals of individuals who have obtained their CPP/ ICPS credentials; and (c) recertification for those who have had their CPP/ ICPS lapse but are interested in reapplying.
Please note: The PSCBW does not provide credentialing for chemical dependency professionals in Washington State, only for prevention professionals, which is a separate field. There is not an IC&RC member board in Washington State that conducts certification of chemical dependency professionals or substance use disorder treatment professionals. Refer to the State of Washington Department of Health for more information.
Current PSCBW officers are:

  • Gunthild Sondhi, President
  • Pamela Tindall, Vice-President
  • Alan Zeuge, Past-President
  • Leanne Reid, Certification Secretary
  • Jackie Berganio, Board Business Secretary/Treasurer

Other PSCBW board members are:
  • Erin James
  • Carol Owens
  • Liz Wilhelm
We are financially supported through member dues, contributions, and a contract with the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.
Please contact us with your questions, comments and concerns. Please also let us know if you are interested in serving on the board so we could discuss this further.
As a reminder to current Certified Prevention Professionals and Associate Prevention Professionals, please also keep us updated with your current contact information.