HDFS 375 - Lifespan Intervention and Prevention Science

  • 3 credits
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Intervention and prevention approaches and skills to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of families and individuals across the lifespan.

Course Learning Objectives

• Evaluate content knowledge and understanding of theory, research, and practice relevant to prevention and intervention sciences and programming aimed at improving the health, mental-health, and well-being of both typically and atypically developing individuals and families across the lifespan in the context of the larger social environment.
• Explain the application of key principles of effective programs that address the intervention and prevention of major at-risk and psycho-pathological contexts.
• Describe interventions with respect to targeted populations and rationale.
• Develop basic helping skills needed by professionals working with families, children, adolescents, and adults in prevention and intervention settings.
• Relate different levels of evidence (e.g., faculty, research, library, Internet, media, etc) to assess and theory to choose a particular intervention or prevention strategy.
• Synthesize and acknowledge multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in prevention and intervention sciences in HDFS.
• Develop effective collaboration, problem solving, and goal setting skills in the context of prevention and intervention sciences.

This course has online exams that require proctoring through Proctortrack, an online proctoring service. Proctortrack allows you to take the exam from your home but requires that your computer has a webcam and a microphone, and that you have a mirror to use for a room scan. For full system specifications, please visit: http://www.proctortrack.com/technical-requirements/. The cost of Proctortrack is included in the cost of the course. However, students are responsible for purchasing any hardware (e.g., microphone, webcam, 6” mirror) that may be needed for exams taken with Proctortrack.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.

This course can be applied towards:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) and completion of 60 credits.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbook and Materials

Please check with the CSU bookstore and course syllabus regarding necessary course materials.

Access to video equipment is necessary for uploading videos (e.g., webcam and microphone).


Lilyana Ortega
Lilyana Ortega