Prevention and Counseling Psychology

Elizabeth M. Vera and Megan K. Polanin

in The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396423
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Prevention and Counseling Psychology

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Abstract In the introductory chapter of this handbook, core aspects of prevention science and practice will be presented. Included in this presentation are definitions of prevention; how prevention has been conceptualized within the field of psychology; why prevention is necessary; why counseling psychologists are particularly well suited to engage in prevention activities; the benefits of including mental health prevention as part of a larger wellness agenda; and how prevention is part of a commitment to social justice and cultural relevance. It is hoped that presenting these ideas will help orient the reader to what is to come in the remaining chapters as well as ground the volume in a common language and philosophical base.

Keywords: prevention; counseling psychology; social justice; cultural diversity

Article.  11509 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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