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Prevention Science Specialization


Mailing Address: 
CFHS Prevention Science
5251 University of Oregon

Welcome to the M.Ed. in Counseling, Family, & Human Services (CFHS) with a specialization in Prevention Science. The master’s program is a 1 year, 45-credit graduate program for individuals who would like to further their education and training in the Prevention Sciences. Students complete both the M.Ed. and specialization in Prevention Science in one academic year. Training is provided in psychological foundations, research competencies, design, evaluation, and implementation of effective interventions to reduce malleable risk factors and enhance protective factors in children, youth, and families. Students in the program take several graduate courses with doctoral students in counseling psychology and may participate in implementation and evaluation of evidence-based prevention programs through the University’s Division of Student Life and in the community through Lane County Public Health, Prevention Lane. We partner with the University’s Prevention Science Institute (PSI) to provide student opportunities to gain experience conducting basic, applied, or translational research with PSI scientists and COE faculty mentors. Program coursework is also tailored to enable interested students to complete coursework toward certification through the State of Oregon’s Addictions Certification Board (ACCBO) to become a Certified Prevention Specialist. Following graduation, our students obtain employment in community prevention settings, social advocacy centers, university settings, as research technicians, or continue their education in pursuit of doctoral training or clinically-oriented master’s programs.

DOMAIN 1.0: Psychological Foundations
Focus: Developing a knowledge base in the general principles and leading theories of psychology

DOMAIN 2.0: Research Competencies
Focus: Developing basic skills in formulating questions, designing and carrying out research, and scholarly review of the empirical literature  

DOMAIN 3.0: Intervention Competencies
Focus: Developing a knowledge base in theories and approaches to prevention and intervention  

** Whereas this is not a counselor or therapist training program, and does not lead to therapy licensure eligibility, the training program is structured to enable interested students to become Certified Prevention Specialists in the State of Oregon.

Want to learn more about the Prevention Science specialization? Come to an informational session on Friday, February 27, 2015, 2-3:30 p.m. in HEDCO 340. No need to RSVP; anyone interested is welcome. If you're not in the Eugene/Springfield area, you can attend virtually and message your questions to the program director. You may need to download Microsoft Silverlight in order to "attend".

Additionally, there is a 1 credit Saturday workshop offered at the University of Oregon in fall, winter, and spring that prepares students for applying to graduate programs in the social sciences: CPSY 408 Grad School Prep.