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Who We Are

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)

In 1994, the IC&RC adopted the Prevention Specialist (PS) credential. It is one of the fastest growing credentials in the field of addiction-related, behavioral health care. There are now more than 50 U.S. states, territories, and countries that offer a reciprocal PS credential.

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.

Current 2023 PSCBW directors are:


Executive Committee:

  • Janine Koffel, DSocSci, CPP, President

  • Sigrid Gauger, BA, CPP, Vice-President, Treasurer

  • Liz Wilhelm, M.S., CPP, Certification Secretary

  • Board Business Secretary - Open


Standing Directors:

  • Kirsten Fuchs, MEd, CPP

  • Lizbet Maceda, BA, CPP

  • Sarah Meyers, CPP

  • Gunthild Sondhi, M.Ed.,CPP


We are financially supported through member dues, contributions, and training fees.
contact us with your questions, comments, and concerns. Also, please let us know if you are interested in serving on the Board.


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