Applied Prevention Science (Graduate Certificate)

Prevention Science at ASU

The Certificate of Applied Prevention Science is an online graduate program for those who want employment in mental health and related fields as prevention specialists.

What is a Prevention Specialist?

Applied prevention specialists are trained to understand the origin of social, physical, and mental health and academic problems as well as the benefits of specific psychological interventions that can promote health and well-being for vulnerable individuals.

Prevention specialists are decision makers, leaders, and vessels of change. Those with training in applied prevention science guide the clinical work of providers in counseling, social work, psychology, human services, healthcare.

Where do Prevention Specialists work?

Prevention specialists often are found in schools, courts, community health centers and mental health agencies, primary care, child welfare, home visiting programs, foster care services, tribal behavioral health.

Prevention Specialist Jobs - Nationally

Prevention science training is linked to employment in mental health coordination of care, leadership, decision making, and program evaluation. Employment is often offered by state and nonprofit agencies as well as private organizations devoted to improving the lives of children and families.

Why ASU’s Applied Prevention Science?

Our graduate certificate courses are offered by faculty with decades of experience producing cutting-edge research, including interventions and treatments currently being disseminated and continuously implemented worldwide.

Unlike Harvard, Texas A & M, and University of Wisconsin -Madison, ASU’s graduate certificate is accessible to those with at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent. We are national leaders in prevention.

Who offers Applied Prevention Science training at ASU?

The Certificate in Applied Prevention Science (CAPS) is hosted by the REACH Institute and the Department of Psychology, Tempe.

Since 1981, the Institute has been developing and evaluating child and family interventions for culturally diverse and international communities. We have unique expertise in translating interventions into community practice, policy, working with community stakeholders, and across diverse service sectors, including schools, mental health agencies, hospitals, and courts.

Learn more About Prevention from the Society for Prevention Research https://www.preventionresearch.org/

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

How much does the ASU Applied Prevention Science Certificate cost? 

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“The ASU Certificate in Applied Prevention Science is here to increase the number of proven strategies and programs made available to the community,” said Armando Pina, associate professor of psychology. “By training people how to find and evaluate evidence-based treatments and interventions, we will give them tools they can put into action in any community at any time.”

Curriculum

Applied Prevention Science courses are offered in an accelerated format (15 credits anytime) and self-paced “block” format. Block offerings are shown below, albeit each course is offered each term: Fall A, Fall B, Spring A, Spring B, Summer C. Each block is 7.5 weeks of coursework.  The advised academic blocks are

Courses and electives

  • A “flexible and blended” format (anytime + block) is an option for some students. To learn more about the “flexible and blended” format, please email armando.pina@asu.edu

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. 

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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. 

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

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. 

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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. 

AND 

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

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. 

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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. 

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

 

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. 

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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. 

AND 

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

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