SCOPE is an independent, not-for-profit resource for prevention educators and professionals. SCOPE embraces an ecological, inclusive, holistic, feminist, public health, evidence-based and multi-disciplinary vision of prevention.
To effectively promote the aims of the prevention community, SCOPE deeply examines the causes of violence, health and safety risks within society — including hate, intolerance, apathy, gender bias, racism, homophobia, stigmatization of mental health, objectification of the human body, ignorance, predation and discrimination — to foster effective, interconnected, strategic prevention.
- Schools, communities, agencies, colleges and universities all over the world employ prevention professionals who are tasked with addressing a range of high risk violence, health and safety issues. Though these professionals share common cause, no resource exists to bring these dedicated educators into community with one another. That is why SCOPE is needed.
- Conferences throughout the school and college arenas address sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence. Yet, no conference is dedicated to the gathering of prevention professionals in a multi-disciplinary setting to guide, shape and lead the prevention field.
That is why SCOPE is needed.
SCOPE began welcoming members in June 2011. SCOPE was created by a generous grant from the parents of a college student who wish to remain anonymous. SCOPE’s operating costs are subsidized by The NCHERM Group, LLC.
The NCHERM Group, LLC has believed for many years that efforts to educate and raise awareness are valuable, but are not the same thing as prevention. The field of prevention is young, but as a result of research on what is effective, we are learning quickly. Now is the time to bring together the ideas and energy into a community of synergy. Learning how to be strategic about prevention has been a long-term goal of The NCHERM Group, LLC and, by supporting SCOPE, The NCHERM Group, LLC hopes it can help to further the progress of the entire prevention spectrum.
The public health model recognizes three phases of prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary.
Primary Prevention: Approaches that take place before risk or injury has occurred to prevent initial injury or harm.
Secondary Prevention: Immediate responses after risk or injury has occurred to deal with the short-term consequences of the injury or harm.
Tertiary Prevention: Long-term responses after risk or injury has occurred to deal with the lasting consequences of the injury or harm.
While all phases of prevention are essential to effective prevention, SCOPE prioritizes the advancement of primary prevention research, practice and implementation.
SCOPE has been formed to serve as an interdisciplinary hub for prevention educators. Some conferences address aspects of prevention, or fit prevention in, but SCOPE’s international conference serves to bring school and college prevention educators together to share resources, apply research, and empower the synergies that will result from bringing the disparate constituencies of prevention together into common cause.
The NCHERM Group, LLC’s grant funding includes the ongoing provision
of office space, conference management services and administrative