SWPC Staff Member Receives Award

Charlene Shreder of the University of Oklahoma Outreach Southwest Prevention Center (SWPC) was recently named Prevention Specialist of the Year. Her award was presented at the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselor Association (ODAPCA) Fall Conference held on October 9 at the NCED conference center in Norman.

Shreder is the director/regional prevention coordinator for Region 8 at SWPC. She also serves as the director for the Region 8 Strategic Prevention Framework-Partnerships for Success Project and leads the project team for the Collegiate Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program at the university. Shreder’s career has focused on substance abuse prevention and community corrections, working to build healthier communities. She is an internationally certified prevention specialist and is a member of the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselor Association, Oklahoma Prevention Policy Alliance, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, National Prevention Coalition, and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. Shreder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from East Central University and a Master of Prevention Science degree from the University of Oklahoma.

“Charlene is a prevention professional who knows how to work with groups and coalitions to promote healthy communities in our state,” said Belinda Biscoe, associate vice president of Outreach. “It was a privilege for me to nominate her and I was thrilled that she received this recognition for her hard work and dedication to the field of prevention.”

The Southwest Prevention Center serves as a catalyst for positive social change and is committed to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse and related high-risk behaviors. Spanning more than a decade, SWPC has a rich history providing prevention information, training, technical assistance and prevention resource system development with clients across a multi-state region. For more information about SWPC, visit the website: http://www.ou.edu/outreach/swpc.html.