The use of seatbelts, the requirements for smoke detectors, and other kinds of public health interventions have been highly successful in reducing disability, injuries, and premature mortality. Prevention in mental health—identifying and treating mental illnesses before they become full blown syndromes or identifying people at risk for a condition—is just as critical to public mental health. This research-based resource gives practitioners a nuts-and-bolts guide to designing and evaluating prevention programs in mental health that are culturally relevant and aimed at reducing the number of new problems that occur.

Key Features

Employs a 10-step prevention program development and evaluation model that emphasizes the concepts of community, collaboration, and cultural relevance; Offers a brief, practical, how-to approach that is based on rigorous research; Identifies specific prevention program development and evaluation steps; Highlights examples of “everyday prevention” practices as well as concrete prevention programs that have proven, effective implementation; Promotes hands-on learning with practical exercises, instructive figures, and a comprehensive reference list

Intended Audience

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Prevention Program Development and Evaluation can be used as a core text in undergraduate courses devoted to prevention or in graduate programs aimed at practice issues. Current practitioners or policymakers interested in designing prevention programs will find this book to be an affable guide.

Prevention Foundation
Prevention foundation

We exist in a rapidly evolving world. One aspect of this constant and fast change involves the myriad applications of technology that are available and constantly being both revised and innovated. The Web site provides an example of one contemporary mode of accessing and contributing to knowledge and experience. So, let us start our focus on prevention by drawing from a video contained on that medium called “The Wisdom of Prevention” by John Fung (2008), who is an herbalist. He indicates in the video that prevention is the foundation of Chinese medicine and it first was discussed in 300 BC in The Book of the Interior, or Nei Jing. He presents a quotation from that source that underlines the importance of ...

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