Monthly Archives: May 2012

SCOPE Synopsis, May 2012 #4

Critical Issues in Policing Series: Improving the Police Response to Sexual Assault http://policeforum.org/library/critical-issues-in-policing-series/SexualAssaulttext_web.pdf The Police Executive Research Forum held its summit on “Improving the Police Response to Sexual Assaults” on September 23, 2011, less than four months before the Federal … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #8: Should prevention efforts be piecemeal or strategic within risk areas to maximize effectiveness? How about across risk areas? What suggestions do you have for schools and campuses looking to develop and apply a strategic prevention curriculum, including content, timing, dosage, audience and more?

Beth DeRicco, Ph.D. Having a strategic focus is always critical, regardless of risk area under consideration; the items above form a basis for suggestions – a focus process, a foundational understanding of learning and change theory, social communication, etc.  Audiences … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #8: Should prevention efforts be piecemeal or strategic within risk areas to maximize effectiveness? How about across risk areas? What suggestions do you have for schools and campuses looking to develop and apply a strategic prevention curriculum, including content, timing, dosage, audience and more?

Brett A. Sokolow, Esq. Why is prevention such a hard sell?  Some campus leaders accept health and safety tragedies as an inevitable cost of doing business.  Some don’t believe they can be prevented.  Some believe, erroneously, that the costs to … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #8: Should prevention efforts be piecemeal or strategic within risk areas to maximize effectiveness? How about across risk areas? What suggestions do you have for schools and campuses looking to develop and apply a strategic prevention curriculum, including content, timing, dosage, audience and more?

Linda Langford, Sc.D. Prevention should always be strategic in the sense that each component of the effort should be systematically planned based on data and research with overall aims in mind. However, improvements to a prevention initiative can be incremental … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #8: Should prevention efforts be piecemeal or strategic within risk areas to maximize effectiveness? How about across risk areas? What suggestions do you have for schools and campuses looking to develop and apply a strategic prevention curriculum, including content, timing, dosage, audience and more?

Alan Berkowitz, Ph.D. Effective prevention by definition cannot be “piece-meal” but must be strategic both “within” and “across” risk areas. This in some cases can be in the form of a prevention curriculum as long as it is well constructed, … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #8: Should prevention efforts be piecemeal or strategic within risk areas to maximize effectiveness? How about across risk areas? What suggestions do you have for schools and campuses looking to develop and apply a strategic prevention curriculum, including content, timing, dosage, audience and more?

Andra Teten Tharp, Ph.D. *The findings and conclusions contributed to this Thought Piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Comprehensive prevention programs combine prevention strategies … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #7: Would you recommend a centralized prevention office or function for schools and college campuses? If so, what would an ideal centralized prevention function look like in your view?

Beth DeRicco, Ph.D. This question assumes that one organizational structure is appropriate for all organizations, communities and institutions.  Yes, a centralized effort is more effective in some environments, however, this assumes that the person in the management/leadership position has a … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #7: Would you recommend a centralized prevention office or function for schools and college campuses? If so, what would an ideal centralized prevention function look like in your view?

Brett A. Sokolow, Esq. I believe, and I hope our campus leaders come to understand, that centralized planning of prevention is an idea whose time has come.  Consider now all the different places on your campus from which prevention originates, … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #7: Would you recommend a centralized prevention office or function for schools and college campuses? If so, what would an ideal centralized prevention function look like in your view?

Jane Stapleton, M.A. No, I wouldn’t suggest this, but I would encourage prevention practitioners (across issues) to work together and to collaborate with researchers/evaluators to help ensure that they are implementing effective prevention strategies. I love the idea of colleges … Continue reading

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SCOPE Thought Piece, Question #7: Would you recommend a centralized prevention office or function for schools and college campuses? If so, what would an ideal centralized prevention function look like in your view?

Jackson Katz, Ph.D. I think the goal for “prevention” should be to integrate “prevention” concepts into existing programs and curricula whenever and wherever possible. I don’t think that creating an overarching “prevention” office/department/funding stream is the way to go — although power … Continue reading

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