Common Mistakes Made by Prevention Practitioners

If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a new blog out there called the SCOPE Blog. According to the blog’s website, SCOPE, the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators,  is an independent, not-for-profit membership association for prevention educators and professionals.

Every week they post what they call the SCOPE Thought Piece, a question regarding best practices for the prevention field that’s answered by a number of professionals (all of whom do amazing work in the field – hello Beth DeRicco and Linda Langford!). This week’s question is, “What are some common mistakes made by prevention practitioners that should be avoided?” Here are some brief tidbits from the responses, but go to the blog for the full discussion.

Michelle N. Issadore, M.Ed., says, “We must break out of the cycle of reacting to crises…” Read more.

Beth DeRicco, Ph.D., says, “Common mistakes include: Not linking their issue to the particular needs or concerns of the power brokers of the constituent they are working with…” Read more.

Jane Stapleton, M.A., says, “While prevention practitioners are well-intentioned, they sometimes don’t teach people the skills to prevent the problem at hand…” Read more.

Linda Langford, Sc.D., says, “One common mistake is continuing to implement prevention efforts in a way that research suggests isn’t effective…” Read more.

Alan Berkowitz, Ph.D., says, “Among the most common mistakes are lack of planning and not creating the foundation or infrastructure necessary for success…” Read more.

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