Prevention Science and Practice
Prevention Science and Practice/CAS in Counseling
(formerly known as Risk and Prevention)
With a focus on risk, resilience, promotion, and prevention, the yearlong Prevention Science and Practice (PSP) Program is designed to prepare students to make a lasting impact on children, adolescents, and their families through their work to minimize, if not eliminate, barriers to learning.
Through research and fieldwork, students study risk and protective influences on development at both the ecological and individual levels, as well as interventions to promote healthy social and emotional well-being in school and out-of-school settings. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, students learn about contemporary prevention-related issues, direct services and counseling, applied research, and program and policy development.
PSP is a self-contained program with two distinct strands:
Core, which trains students in prevention science and research in education, child and family advocacy, child/youth development, program development and leadership, and service coordination. This strand is intended for students who wish to apply prevention science and research to a variety of settings.
Counseling, an option for students interested in pursuing school-based licensure. In addition to the concepts developed in the general strand, students will concentrate their course and fieldwork in preventative and developmental counseling. This strand may additionally be used as a foundation for a second year of HGSE graduate study toward a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Counseling.
An additional post-graduate degree specifically for graduates of Prevention Science and Practice, the C.A.S. leads to two types of Massachusetts Counseling Licensure:
PSP is an ideal learning community for students from a variety of backgrounds — individuals interested in becoming school or community-based counselors; prevention practitioners seeking to expand their teaching practice; or professionals looking to build a framework to inform their work as a researcher, administrator, or policymaker.