Certificate of Applied Prevention Science

Certificate of Applied Prevention Science

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The Certificate of Applied Prevention Science is an online graduate certificate program designed to prepare students for the field of Prevention Science, a field that seeks to prevent maladjustment and promote psychosocial and physical health prevention and promotion. 

Prevention science training offers opportunities in other career tracks:

  1. Human service, health, and educational organizations concerned with the design, implementation and/or evaluation of prevention programs.
  2. Federally-funded prevention centers that are mission-based and interdisciplinary in orientation. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Accounting Office hire those with prevention and intervention training.
  3. State agencies and nonprofit centers and organizations devoted to applied research on social issues and policies

Prevention is a cost-effective way to address top public health problems and there is a growing need for a well-trained workforce that understands the challenges, opportunities, and the service approaches that can promote healthy development, including in the physical, social, emotional, interpersonal, and occupational domains. There is a pressing need to train individuals as professional prevention specialists. This certificate program is intended to serve those in counseling, social work, healthcare, and various fields of psychosocial intervention that provide services to children and families across diverse settings (schools, courts, community health centers and mental health agencies, primary care, child welfare, home visiting programs, foster care services, tribal behavioral health). 

Prevention Science seeks to prevent or moderate major human dysfunctions before they occur. Regardless of the type of issue on hand, the factors that lead to the problem must be identified and addressed. Applied Prevention Science is focused primarily on the systematic application and advocacy of/for community-based psychological interventions that target potential precursors of dysfunction, also known as risk factors; as well as components or circumstances that reduce the probability of problem development in the presence of risk, also known as protective factors. Preventive psychological interventions aim to counteract risk factors and reinforce protective factors to disrupt processes or situations that give rise to human disorders or social dysfunction. 

5 total classes
5 faculty members
6 months completion time

Degree Overview

The Applied Prevention Sciences Certificate is an online graduate certificate program. 

The ASU Certificate in Applied Prevention Science would offer foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary in the field of Prevention Science, a field that seeks to prevent maladjustment and promote psychosocial and physical health prevention and promotion. 

 

How to apply

Apply via the ASU Online Degree portal here

Curriculum

The Applied Prevention Sciences Certificate is a 15 credit hour course, that will require 5 courses of 3 credit hours each. All coursework must be completed within a six-year time limit, maintaining continuous enrollment. 

Courses and electives

  • PSY 563 Prevention Planning and Evaluation in Service Settings 
  • PSY 564 Prevention Education, Communication, and Service Delivery 
  • PSY 567 Prevention Organization and Community Change
  • PSY 569 Professional Ethics, Growth, and Responsibility in Prevention
  • PSY 678 Preventive Psychosocial Interventions That Work

PSY 563. PREVENTION PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN SERVICE SETTINGS. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for prevention planning and evaluation in service settings.

PSY 564. PREVENTION EDUCATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SERVICE DELIVERY. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for prevention planning. This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for promoting prevention efforts, articulating the benefits and challenges of engaging in prevention, promote high quality service delivery that is science-based and theoretically informed.

PSY 567. PREVENTION ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNITY CHANGE. (3) This course provides the foundational and theoretical knowledge necessary for affecting organizational and community change to promote and engage in evidence-based prevention practices.

PSY 569. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS, GROWTH AND RESPONSIBILITY IN PREVENTION. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for engaging and maintaining practices in prevention that are ethical, culturally responsive, and adhere to the beneficence and nonmaleficence principles.

PSY 678. PREVENTIVE PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS THAT WORK. (3) This course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for identifying evidence-based protocols

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