The following courses are necessary to complete the Certified Prevention Specialist certification. They are shown in the order listed needed to complete the educational requirements for certification. You will still need to complete supervised "on the job" hours before taking the examination.
Psyc J483/J583 Substance Abuse Prevention Theory and Applications I
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/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J489/J589 Substance Abuse Prevention Theory and Applications II
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/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psych 305 Developmental Psychology (3 cr)
Prereq: Psyc 101 or Ed 301
Conception through late adolescence; genetics, anatomy, physiology, biological changes during development, learning, socialization, cognition, and personality
Psyc J472/J572 Introduction to the Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs
Overview of neural mechanisms, behavioral responses and addictive aspects of psychoactive drugs. Additional assignment/projects required for graduate credit.
Psyc J485/J591 Presentation - Instruction Skills for Helping Professionals
This course provides an overview of presentation methods/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/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J484/J584 Facilitation Skills and Group Management for Prevention Providers
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/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J475/J581 Professional Ethics in Addictions Counseling
Overview of ethical issues and decision making related to addictions counseling; ethics related to harm reduction models and other issues. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J487/J587 Substance Abuse Program Planning and Evaluation
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/ assignments required for graduate credit.
Psyc J486/J592 Community Coalition Development
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/assignments required for graduate credit.