ention professionals to become more sensitive to diversity of perspectives and values when it come to implementation of prevention efforts (Craig, 2004), Culture refers knowledge, values, experience and techniques that may be passed from one experienced individual of a certain community to relatively new members. It is in this aspect that am therefore compelled to address the critical issue of professionalism in substance abuse prevention programs.
I have come across a lot of biases being perpetuated by prevention professionals which are in total disregard of the requirements of the ethical code of professional conduct. It is my expectation that a prevention professional should not in any way be biased to a victim or even colleagues based on gender, physical condition, economic status and others. Prevention professionals are therefore expected to widen their acceptance and understanding of individual and cultural differences. In doing that they are expected to offer excellent services as well provide relevant information that is sensitive to such differences. It is my expectation that a prevention professional should in essence observe the ethical and technical standards of the profession, thus work hard to continually improve standards and quality of work in regard to service delivery to discharge professional duties to the best of his or her ability. Competency in professionalism is derived from good education and gaining of experience. It should start with a good mastery of competencies in terms of knowledge and skills. According to Craig (2004), competence maintenance also requires a high level of commitment to professional improvement and learning that should go on throughout an individual’s professional life. Professionals should have diligence in going about their professional responsibilities. Diligence therefore compels a professional to offer services promptly and carefully without violating the ethical and technical standards. It is also expected