The mission of the Board of Prevention and Intervention is to address the mismatch between the dominant models of intervention in applied psychology and the needs of society. It aims to promote the inclusion of prevention approaches and to identify areas of good practice and education in psychology. 


Activities requested by the EC:

  • To monitor theoretical and practical advances in the field of prevention of individual and social problems and intervention.
  • To develop standards and models for professional activities in the fields mentioned, transcending borders between the areas of practice.
  • Focal point is the work of psychologists, considering multidisciplinary collaboration, with its potential and limitations. 
  • To liaise with the S-EAC for Psychotherapy on issues regarding the psychotherapeutic training of psychologists.
  • The Board shall liaise and collaborate with several Standing Committees and other Boards, which deal with specific issues of prevention and intervention, to maintain highest possible standards.

Main goals of the Board:

  • Defining the Board:
    By specifying board’s conceptions of prevention and intervention, and by inventorying and demarcating the problems to prevent.
  • Promoting prevention expertise of psychologists:
    By developing ideas and procedures on how the psychologists' expertise in the field of prevention could be promoted.
    The aim is to meet the need of reduction of individual suffering and societal costs in all areas and to explore and open on this field of work for the coming generation of our profession.
  • Exploring techniques in prevention:
    Starting point is the existing knowledge in the field of prevention. The board will try to assess its general structures, and screen the professional framework and existing national preferences.
  • Standards:
    By establishing broad guidelines for European standards of psychological intervention
  • Education / Training psychologists in prevention:
    By screening where and how psychologists are trained for prevention. A comparison of EFPA members' existing structures on training prevention should be done to provide the knowledge on how and where the training process could be advanced.
  • Communicate the Board to psychologist profession:
    By establishing re-communication of the board’s work results back to the profession, especially through cooperation with EFPA members' organizations.
  • Promote collaboration with other professions:
    The aim is sharing of knowledge and competences. The board will get in touch with possible partners on the european level.
  • Translate research into practice and to stakeholders:
    By setting general guidelines on the usability of research results.
    The stake holders' needs in the area of prevention is to be taken into account to further the acceptance and effectivness of prevention 
  • Definition of areas of prevention to focus on:
    By identifying specific areas where exemplary detailed considerations on prevention could be done. Exemplary in-depth considerations shall meet the criteria of modeling for other areas.
  • Prioritize emergence of different sub-groups
    The board will liaise with other EFPA boards and groups
    (e.g. psychotherapy subgroup) on issues regarding the psychotherapeutic training of psychologists, with respect to the field of prevention.