The UW School of Social Work offers several courses that individuals can use towards their application for Associate Prevention Professional and Certified Prevention Professional credentials (CPP) – for the most up to date information visit the Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW) websiteWhile the School no longer has funds available to support a formal preparation program for this certification, coursework and relevant prevention-focused field experience can still be utilized in the application process and interested individuals may work on their portfolio before completing their MSW degree.

What do Prevention Professionals do?

Plan, develop, implement and assess prevention programs.

Examples include: Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Youth Violence Prevention, Gang Violence Prevention, Bullying Prevention Programs, HIV/AIDS prevention programs (safer sex campaigns), Suicide Prevention Programs, Gambling Prevention

Work on the Micro, Mezzo and Macro levels.

Work for any and all populations.

SocW courses that may count towards your prevention education (required for the application):

  • SOC W 516 Research Base for Prevention Science (3)
  • SOC W 517 Promoting Individual, Family, School, and Community Risk Prevention (3)
  • SOC W 518 Macro Practice in Health and Prevention (3)
  • SOC W 572 Understanding Addiction, Pharmacology of Drugs, and Treatment Methods (3)
  • SOC W 593 Social Work Practice with Chemically Dependent Adults: Understanding Assessment, Evaluation, and Counseling (3)

Several field sites may offer prevention-focused experience, sample of past sites:

  • School-based settings - School districts
  • UW Social Development Research Group—Communities in Action
  • Youth Eastside Services
  • Seattle Children's Hospital