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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).
Become a substance abuse counselor and provide your communities a needed service and support. Substance use and addiction constitute one of the largest preventable health problems facing the U.S. today, but less than 20% of those in need receive any substance use treatment, and only a small fraction of those in treatment receive evidence-based treatment. This gap between treatment research and current practices is due in large part to deficits in the education and training available in the field of addictions. There is a growing need for a well-trained workforce, but most medical professionals are not sufficiently trained to treat addictions, and many counselors do not have the knowledge, skills, or credentials necessary to provide the full range of evidence-based services.
The online graduate certificate in Addiction and Substance-Use Related Disorders will improve the transfer of scientific knowledge to clinical practice, increase competence to address the opioid crisis and marijuana legalization, develop expertise to work with special populations and individuals with co-occurring disorders, and expand the use of evidence-based treatments, resulting in an increase in the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment. This graduate certificate can serve the needs of aspiring professionals (individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or currently in a Master’s or Doctoral program in a behavioral health field), or current behavioral health professionals with a Master’s or Doctoral degree who want additional education in addictions and substance use disorders to help them address their clients’ needs.