Prevention in Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training 2006 Mar; 1(1):9-10
It is an old adage that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. To my mind, this nicely summarizes the challenges that we face as psychologists interested in prevention. Having set the stage by providing resources to overcome barriers and making our most persuasive arguments regarding the need for change, we are often left scratching our heads and wondering, "Just how do I get this horse to drink?" The "watering hole" referred to above is a reminder of the challenges we face motivating people to do what so clearly seems to be in their best interest. CDC refers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency that I work for. I was pleased when CDC officially added "Prevention" to its name, but I think that it is unfortunate that the acronym wasn't revised to include a "P" for prevention. However, having been asked to be a regular contributor to Prevention in Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice and Training, I now have a forum to remind people of CDC's important prevention mission. In this inaugural column I will write about the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the part of CDC for which I work. In future columns, I hope to familiarize you with the scope of CDC's prevention activities and to inform you of funding and/or training opportunities from CDC. The first thing to know about NIOSH is that we are not OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration). OSHA, a part of the Department of Labor, fulfills a regulatory and enforcement function. NIOSH, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness.
Prevention in Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice, and Training