Prevention Section

A Section of the Division of Counseling Psychology (17) of the American Psychological Association

Section Info
Prevention Guidelines
Articles & Books

Mission Statement

The Prevention Section is a section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. The purpose of the section is to further theory, research, training, practice, advocacy, and policy initiatives in prevention among counseling psychologists.

Prevention includes (a) stopping a problem behavior from ever occurring; (b) delaying the onset of a problem behavior; (c) reducing the impact of a problem behavior; (d) strengthening knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that promote emotional and physical well-being; and (e) promoting institutional, community, and government policies that further physical, social, and emotional well- being (Romano & Hage, 2000).

Here are some examples of prevention initiatives:

  • Conducting research on risk factors associated with suicide in order to inform suicide prevention initiatives;
  • Creating a psychoeducational program to prevent bullying behavior in K-12 schools;
  • Training counselors to be multiculturally competent so as to reduce incidences of racial microaggressions in cross-racial counseling relationships;
  • Advocating for changes in policies and laws that will reduce incidences of domestic violence.

  • APA 2014

    Student Presenters
    Poster Session

    Div17 Presenters

    APA 2012

    Congratulations go out to Elizabeth Vera on recieving the 2012 lifetime achievement award, and to Krystal Frieson for recieving the prevention research award.

      Div17 Presenters Div17 Presenters   Poster Presentation Poster Presentation
    Div17 President Horne

    Div17 President Horne

    Prevention Section Award Winners 2010


    Allen Ivey


    Aimee Arikian


    We would like to extend a big thank-you to the following people for their recent donations to the Prevention Section. We appreciate their contributions and hard work in promoting prevention in counseling psychology!

  • Maureen Kenny
  • Arthur Horne
  • Jonathan Schwartz
  • Michael Waldo

    2011 Prevention: A Section of the Division of Counseling Psychology (17) of the American Psychological Association