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Prevention Course Descriptions

The following courses are necessary to complete the Certified Prevention Specialist certification. You will still need to complete supervised on the job hours before taking the examination. All courses have a prerequisite of PSYC 101, in addition to any additional prerequisites listed below


PSYC 305 | Developmental Psychology (3 credits)

Conception through late adolescence; genetics, anatomy, physiology, biological changes during development, learning, socialization, cognition and personality

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or EDCI 301

PSYC J472/J572 | Introduction to the Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs (3 credits)

Overview of neural mechanisms, behavioral responses and addictive aspects of psychoactive drugs. Additional assignment and projects required for graduate credit.

PSYC J475/J581 | Professional Ethics in Addictions Counseling (3 credits)

Overview of ethical issues and decision making related to addictions counseling; ethics related to harm reduction models and other issues. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J483/J583 | Substance Abuse Prevention Theory and Applications I (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of substance abuse prevention theories, prevention programming applications. Upon completion, students should understand current prevention models, CSAP prevention strategies and applications, be familiar with the IOM Continuum of Care, and be familiar with state and federal prevention resources. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

PSYC J484/J584 | Facilitation Skills and Group Management for Prevention Providers (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of theories and methods related to group small and large group behavior. Upon completion, students will understand the three major types of groups, how gender, ethnicity, work roles, communication styles, etc. impact group interactions, and methods to increase participation. It is expected students will practice facilitation and conflict resolution techniques in these groups. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

  • Prerequisite for 484: PSYC 305 and PSYC 472
  • Prerequisite for 584: PSYC 305 and PSYC 572

PSYC J485/J591 | Presentation - Instruction Skills for Helping Professionals (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of presentation methods and training techniques for audiences of various sizes and demographics. The course will include knowledge of group types, group dynamics, presentation techniques (including PowerPoint), conflict resolution and learning styles. Students will be expected to practice these techniques in front of small and large groups with a focus on substance abuse prevention populations. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

  • Prerequisite for 485: PSYC 305, PSYC 483 and PSYC 484
  • Prerequisite for 591: PSYC 305, PSYC 583 and PSYC 584

PSYC J486/J592 | Community Coalition Development (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide skills to develop community coalitions. Upon completion students will understand community organization processes, how to measure community readiness, the strategic planning process, decision and prioritizing methodologies, interagency dynamics and the importance of networking. It is expected students will participate in or develop a community coalition during the course. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

  • Prerequisite for 486: PSYC 472, PSYC 483 and PSYC 485
  • Prerequisite for 592: PSYC 572, PSYC 583 and PSYC 591

PSYC J487/J587 | Substance Abuse Program Planning and Evaluation (3 credits)

This class provides an overview of program planning and evaluation with a focus on substance abuse prevention. Upon completion students will understand research related to ATOD prevention, program design and evaluation models, how to use the Idaho LOGIC model, indicators of program effectiveness. Students will also be presented with information regarding local, state and federal resources. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

  • Prerequisite: PSYC 483

PSYC J489/J589 | Substance Abuse Prevention Theory and Applications II (4 credits)

This capstone prevention course consolidates all material within the substance abuse prevention curriculum. Students will be expected to understand and apply material such as the LOGIC model, coalition development, use fundraising techniques and be knowledgeable in topics such as social marketing, program development and evaluation, etc. Additional projects and assignments required for graduate credit.

Psychology & Communication Studies

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710

Email: psyc-comm@uidaho.edu

Web: Psychology and Communication Studies Department

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