Prevention and Psychoeducation in Counseling Psychology

Melissa L. Morgan and Elizabeth M. Vera

in The Oxford Handbook of Counseling Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342314
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Prevention and Psychoeducation in Counseling Psychology

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The history of prevention and its long role in counseling psychology are discussed in this chapter. Traditional definitions of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention are provided, as well as newer definitions that insist that true prevention must occur before the onset of a diagnosable disorder. We further discuss what constitutes a successful prevention program, prevention’s role in training in counseling psychology programs, and selected examples of recent prevention programs. Finally, the closely related construct of psychoeducation is discussed, along with applications of best practice in this area. Application to current societal problems is provided.

Keywords: prevention; psychoeducation; counseling psychology mission; remediation alternative; counselor roles

Article.  11244 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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