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Violence Prevention in Families, Schools, and Comm

Violence prevention is an important competency for anyone working in the community. The violence prevention certificate offered through UC's College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is designed to:

  1. Explain the etiology and impact of family, community and school violence from biological, psychological, and socio-cultural perspectives.
  2. Assess and develop a family, community, or school prevention plan by using theoretically-grounded, evidence-based violence prevention strategies.
  3. Identify risk and protective factors for violence in the family, community, and school.
  4. Identify and apply the key ethical considerations when implementing violence prevention strategies.
  5. Deliver accurate, culturally competent violence prevention education to consumers and other professionals by developing appropriate materials and using appropriate techniques.
  6. Organize family, community, and school violence prevention activities by identifying needs and resources, then engaging community and school partners to mobilize these efforts.
  7. Advocate for public policy and environment change by identifying policy makers, planning initiatives, and implementing strategies.
  8. Demonstrate professional growth and responsibility by utilizing current prevention theories and practicies, collaborating with other professionals, adhering to legal and professional standards, and advancing her or his own cultural competence.




Quick Info

Program Code



1 years


Distance Learning Only


Substance Abuse Counseling
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


PO BOX 210014
361 Dyer Hall
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0014
College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Ser
Phone: 513-556-2336

Student Success Factors

Students who have an interest in working in the community providing assistance to others are great candidates for the certificate in violence prevention.

Students who excel in the violence prevention certificate program often have very strong interpersonal skills and work well with others. In addition, having excellent written and verbal communications skills will assist these students to excel in the workforce in a number of positions.

Career Possibilities

The violence prevention certificate was developed as a collaborative effort between the substance abuse counseling and health promotion and education programs, and practitioners in the fields implementing violence prevention strategies. Aspects of the program are well suited for those who come in contact with and may assist addicted persons and their families including:

  • Probation, parole and corrections officers
  • Social workers and guidance counselors
  • Mental health professionals
  • Nurses and other medical staff
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists
  • Military personnel
  • Certified professionals who may want to enhance their career opportunities
  • Licensed professional counselors

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Violence Prevention in Families, Schools, and Communities

Predominant Program

    Violence Prevention in Families, Schools, and Communities
    • SACN1070, Introduction to Violence Prevention, SS, 3
    • SACN4002, Crisis Management Skills, 3
    • SACN4086, Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention, 3
    • HPE3071, Health Education Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation I, 3
    • HPE3072, Health Education Program Planning, Implentation and Evaluation II, 3
    Applied Electives
    • SACN2080, Domestic Violence, Children and the Law, 3
    • SACN2081, Child Abuse, SS, 3
    • SACN2082, Diversity, Culture and Parenting, DC, 3
    • SACN3084, Children's Rights and Protective Services, 3
    • SACN4085, Childhood Trauma and Recovery, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The violence prevention in families, schools and community undergraduate certificate program is a course of study preparing students to identify vulnerable individuals, families, and communities and to plan effective strategies to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of violence and abuse. There are no practicum or internship experiences associated with this certificate program. Courses will be taught in an online format by School of Human Services faculty and selected adjuncts working in the field of children advocacy, family law, and general prevention. This program offers the convenience of online courses taught by experienced faculty and practitioners in the substance abuse counseling field.

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the online certificate in violence prevention from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines for all students are as follows: fall semester - July 1; spring semester - November 1; summer semester - March 1.


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