Risk And Prevention:


  • Michael Nakkula Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
  • Catherine Ayoub Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
  • Gil G. Noam Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
  • Robert L. Selman Graduate School of Education, Harvard University


This two-part article describes the conceptual framework, curricula and training approaches of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Risk and Prevention program. Risk and Prevention is an interdisciplinary master's program drawing primarily from the fields of education, psychology, public health and social policy. The program is part of Harvard's Department of Human Development and Psychology through which doctoral students can opt for a Risk and Prevention focus. The purpose of this article is to articulate the timeliness of an interdisciplinary program that prepares child and youth care workers within a climate of dramatically shifting disciplinary boundaries. It is argued that practitio­ners working within this climate will benefit by grounding their practice in contemporary theories of child, youth and community development, par­ticularly theories that provide broad and flexible explanations of the inter­active nature of risk and resilience processes. In addition it is argued that interpretations of risk and resilience, whether implicit or explicit, inform practice across the child and youth care professions, including teaching. Increasing our wariness of these interpretations is necessary to providing thoughtful and effective service.




How to Cite

Nakkula, M. ., Ayoub, C., Noam, G. G., & Selman, R. L. (1996). Risk And Prevention:. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 11, 8–31. Retrieved from https://acycpjournal.pitt.edu/ojs/jcycw/article/view/243




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