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SCOPE Welcomes Its 250th Member

HATFIELD, Pa., Aug. 16, 2012 — SCOPE, the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (, launched a year ago as a membership association for those who work in prevention at schools and colleges. In that short time, SCOPE membership has grown rapidly, and today SCOPE is celebrating the milestone of welcoming its 250th member.

SCOPE would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of its recent and upcoming activities and initiatives:

The SCOPE Annual Conference – 2012

Thursday, October 18th – Saturday, October 20th
Caribe Royale Orlando
Orlando, FL

Keynote speakers: Byron Hurt, Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D. and Beth DeRicco, Ph.D.

SCOPE Members (by October 1, 2012) – $299
Non-SCOPE Members (by October 1, 2012) – $349
Students (degree-seeking, by October 1, 2012) – $149

SCOPE Principles of Prevention

SCOPE acts not as a source for its own prevention framework, but as a convener and resource for integrating effective prevention frameworks developed across the field. To the extent these frameworks have commonalities that make them effective, SCOPE endorses these principles as key to any effective framework.

1. Prevention is integrated across disciplines and therefore collaborative;
2. Prevention is holistic or environmental;
3. Prevention is evidence-based and/or able to demonstrate efficacy;
4. Prevention is strategic in design and implementation;
5. Prevention is multi-targeted, directed at the individual, the community and the society.

SCOPE encourages the perspective that prevention is conscious of social justice and mindful of systemic inequity, privilege and power dynamics that affect multiple and intersecting identities.

SCOPE's Prevention Thought Piece

As a way of building upon the conversation that was started at the SCOPE 2011 Conference, SCOPE assembled a staff of contributors to offer their thoughts on the biggest questions facing the field of prevention.

The following experts and leaders of the field contributed their responses to the questions listed below:

Alan Berkowitz, Ph.D., Independent Consultant
Beth DeRicco, Ph.D., Independent Consultant
Michelle Issadore, M.Ed., SCOPE
Jackson Katz, Ph.D., Mentors in Violence Prevention
Linda Langford, Sc.D., Higher Education Center
Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., NCHERM
Jane Stapleton, M.A., University of New Hampshire Prevention Innovations
Andra Teten, Ph.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • What are the critical challenges facing the prevention field?
  • What have we learned to date in our prevention efforts that practitioners should know about?
  • What are the cutting-edge best practices that you would recommend?
  • What are some common mistakes made by prevention practitioners that should be avoided?
  • What are the foundational concepts of primary prevention that apply across communities?
  • How do we improve our ability to create and reinforce consistent messaging across campuses and schools?
  • 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?
  • 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?

Individual responses to questions were posted on the SCOPE Blog ( and are open for comments.

SCOPE'S Webinar Series

In response to the member survey, SCOPE identified day-to-day challenges faced by prevention educators and convened the best and brightest experts in the field to troubleshoot, strategize and share their successes.

250 Members Is a Great Start. Join SCOPE Today.

As one can see, SCOPE is an association that is on the move, is providing tremendous member benefits and is having a lasting impact on the field. Please join SCOPE to contribute to and benefit from the great energy SCOPE brings to the topic of prevention.

To join SCOPE, please visit

Contact SCOPE

For more information, please visit or contact:

Michelle Issadore, M.Ed.
Executive Director

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