Applied Prevention Science promotes the use of psychological interventions that work to improve the lives of children and families. ASU’s graduate certificate in applied prevention science is for those with a bachelor's degree or equivalent who seek employment or are employed as a mental health professional, particularly those who are interested in leadership roles.
Next start date: 05/18/2020
Total classes: 5
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 15
Prevention science is a cost-effective way to address top public health problems by moderating or preventing problem behaviors before they occur. This includes preventative measures and planning for all types of personal and community issues such as reducing juvenile delinquency, reducing the rate of risky sexual behavior, reducing violent behavior in communities, reducing poor academic performance in schools and more.
The role of prevention science is to aid professionals, including in psychology, counseling, social work, and healthcare to better provide services to children and families. Prevention science cuts across diverse settings such as schools, courts, community health centers and mental health agencies, primary care, child welfare, home visiting programs, foster care services and tribal behavioral health. Prevention science professionals and graduates of this certificate program are encouraged to become licensed professionals via the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).
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. ASU’s Certificate in Applied Prevention Science is proud to address this need by training individuals as professional prevention specialists.
Prevention Specialists at ASU are trained to lead efforts in the systematic identification and advocacy for community-based psychological interventions. Preventive interventions target 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, known as protective factors.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.
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