Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2019-03


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee

Date of First Reading: August 27, 2018

Date of Second Reading: September 24, 2018

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Department of Psychology - for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Applied Prevention Science

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.  

Rationale: 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. Currently there is no graduate certificate program in Prevention Science offered at ASU or ASU online. Prevention Science seeks to prevent or moderate major human dysfunctions before they occur. Regardless of the type of issue on hand, the factors that lead to the problem must be identified and addressed. Applied Prevention Science is focused primarily on the systematic application and advocacy of/for community-based psychological interventions that target potential 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, also known as protective factors.

The certificate can serve the needs of those in a graduate program or employed as a mental health professional seeking education in prevention science and practice.



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