Prevention Fellow - Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health (Boston, Massachusetts)

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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 2014-2016 Prevention Fellowship Program.

The Prevention Fellowship Program seeks qualified individuals who are looking for 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. These individuals will be assigned to a mentor from participating State agencies throughout the United States and U.S. Territories/Pacific Jurisdictions. (Visit the application Web site at for a list of participating States and U.S. Territories/Pacific Jurisdictions). Fellows are accepted on a location basis pending the site of the State agency.

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. They focus on acquiring the necessary skills for success in the fields of public and behavioral health.

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 in State agencies while being supported by State agency mentors;
• receive prevention and professional development training;
• learn a set of core competencies in preparation for the Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) exam;
• develop management and leadership skills; and
• prepare for potential opportunities within the prevention field.

The Prevention Fellowship Program is managed by Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (SEI), a Maryland-based company that provides information technology and management consulting services to a steadily growing local, national, and international clientele in the public and private sectors.


Working closely with mentors and other leading professionals in the prevention field, fellows undertake projects that help them gain the skills and knowledge necessary to develop and implement state-of-the-art prevention practices. Hands-on experience is reinforced by intensive online and in-person training that focuses on the defined core competencies of the Prevention Fellowship Program, and ultimately prepares fellows for the CPS exam.

In addition to building competencies in diverse areas of public and behavioral health practice, fellows have the opportunity to develop critical research, writing, evaluation, and presentation skills within a structured training program. Through participation in Prevention Fellowship Program activities and trainings, and through work at State agencies, fellows can forge a strong network of peers and public and behavioral health professionals who can support and sustain their professional growth.

Along with a demonstrated commitment to working in the substance abuse prevention field, Prevention Fellowship Program applicants must have (1) Strong written and oral communications skills; (2) good interpersonal skills; (3) the ability to work independently and collaboratively in various professional environments; and (4) basic computer skills.


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) 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 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 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 the selection would support his or her career goals; and
5) a strong interest in the substance abuse prevention field.

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