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An Ounce of Prevention---Applying the Prevention Guidelines to Real-World Contexts

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Length: 50 minutes

Session offered by Division 17. The efficacy of prevention efforts to enhance human functioning and reduce psychological distress has been successfully demonstrated (Catalano, Berglund, Ryan, Lonczak, & Hawkins, 2002; O’Connell, Boat, & Warner, 2009). Further dissemination of evidence-based prevention approaches is needed in order to improve the health and well-being of our communities. Psychologists also need to gain the knowledge and skills needed to inform individuals, families, and their communities about health promotion and disease prevention strategies (World Health Organization, 2010). Finally, for prevention efforts to be effective, intervention and education needs to happen across multiple contexts. Psychologists in the Prevention Section of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association, (APA) have led the development and ratification of the Prevention Science and Practice Guidelines for Psychologists, near acceptance by APA. These practice guidelines provide psychologists with recommendations to facilitate continued development of prevention within psychological specialty areas. The Prevention Guidelines are organized into 4 specialty areas within the field of prevention psychology: a) practice b) research and evaluation c) education and training and d) social, political and legislative action. In this symposium, leading scholars across specialty areas in psychology will share their ideas and real world examples of how they apply prevention to practice, research, training and social action contexts. The goal of this symposium is: a) to provide a rationale for the inclusion of prevention across the specialty of psychology, b) to assist psychologists in understanding and applying the principles of the Prevention Guidelines to their work, and c) to provide specific examples of practice, research, training and social advocacy by psychologists that serve to illustrate the broad recommendations put forth by the Prevention Guidelines. Our hope is that increased awareness of efforts to apply the aspirational principles of the Guidelines“ to real-world” contexts will lead to their further adaption and implementation.

Learning Objective 1
name five of the prevention guidelines that were discussed.

Learning Objective 2
Identify evidence based practice in the areas of prevention research, practice, training and social action

Learning Objective 3

Presenter(s)
Arthur M. Horne, PhD; Isaac Prilleltensky, PhD; Sally M. Hage, PhD; Jonathan P. Schwartz, PhD; Stephanie I. Coard, PhD; Keith Herman, PhD; Rebecca L. Toporek, PhD


Supplementary Materials

  • Horne 2012 Prevention Bully Busters
  • Herman MPC Training
  • Toporek Prevention Presentation
  • Prilleltensky 2012 Discussant on Prevention