Applied Prevention Science International - Universal Prevention Curriculum


The APSI Universal Prevention Curriculum series (APSI-UPC) provides comprehensive training on the latest research in prevention and the application of the research to the ‘real-world’ of prevention programming here in the U.S. and around the world.  APSI has been adapting the APSI-UPC to fit the specific training needs of different prevention organizations at the national, state and community level and their staff of prevention professionals who are responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of prevention interventions and policies. The APSI-UPC is based on the Universal Prevention Curriculum Series (developed by APSI with funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State). The new APSI-UPC provides flexibility across the courses to be accommodated to the demanding schedules, tasks and training needs of today's prevention professionals.


The APSI-UPC has two components: knowledge derived from prevention science and skills based on the most effective methods for implementing prevention interventions. All prevention professionals, regardless of their area of work, are required to do the knowledge piece. Understanding the value and effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programming is important to all trained professionals in the field. Once the knowledge is solid, those professionals working at the prevention service level are encouraged to be trained on the fundamental skills necessary to implement evidence-based prevention interventions in their work setting(s); here the emphasis is on fidelity of implementation to achieve effective outcomes. 


The first course of the APSI-UPC is Foundations of Prevention Science and Practice. It was adapted to provide the fundamentals of prevention science and ensure that all practitioners in the field have the same level of knowledge regardless of their area of work. It also places a special emphasis in community-based prevention implementation systems. Once this foundational knowledge has been established, prevention professionals can take one of the specialty courses that covers the application of prevention science to a specific work setting: school, family, workplace, media and environment. Finally, and in addition to what was introduced in the Foundations course, prevention professionals are encouraged to experience the full Community-based Prevention Implementation Systems Course, which provides an overview of the science underlying the systems approach and guidance on applying it to their own work. APSI-UPC also includes a Monitoring and Evaluation Course available to those professionals interested in this area. 

All of the APSI-EC courses for prevention professionals and for organizations draw from the APSI-UPC to ensure the prevention professionals in the world acquire the most solid knowledge and skills in the field of prevention science and prevention practice. We invite you to visit the Courses for Prevention Professionals  and the Training Plans for Organizations  sections to find the offer and content that best suits you training needs.