Alan Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Among the most common mistakes are lack of planning and not creating the foundation or infrastructure necessary for success. In addition, practices that are not theory-based and which have not been scientifically validated should be avoided. Good prevention is not something that a prevention practitioner can do alone, rather the practitioner must work as a team leader to educate the environment about the problem, marshal support for the practice(s) chosen to solve it, and create an infrastructure to deliver them. Prevention is therefore a process in which team-building and long-term planning are essential and many practitioners do not take the time or garner the support to build the necessary foundation for success. Anything that is not consistent with the principles of effective prevention elaborated above is by definition poor prevention.