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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 2024 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:

  • Lizbet Maceda, BA, CPP

  • Sarah Meyers, BA, 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. 


We're expanding our board with prevention professionals whose experience and perspective would be a tremendous asset in promoting our mission. Interested individuals must have their APP or CPP credential for at least six (6) months prior to becoming a board director. We'd be thrilled to have you or recommend another individual to join us. Click here for more information!

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