Don't Cancel That Class Program
Attending a conference? Family Obligation? Having a medical issue?
There's no need to cancel your class. Western’s Responsible Alcohol Partnership (WRAP) and the CLUE Club, by way of the Don't Cancel That Class program can help by coming to your class and making a presentation on a number of topics that are relevant to college students (topic choices are listed below). We are also willing to make these presentations to your class if you are going to be present. Even if you don't need to cancel a class, you are always welcome to request any of these presentations for your classes throughout the year.
WRAP serves as a resource to the entire university community to help students have a safe and healthy experience while attending Western State Colorado University. To accomplish this goal, WRAP provides students with alternative activities to prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol, many of which incorporate a variety of methods of stress reduction. One unique aspect of the approach used by WRAP is that a” help and support” model is stressed over the traditional “punishment” model for students who violate campus drug and alcohol policies. WRAP wants to ensure that alcohol is used legally, responsibly, and with respect to the health of themselves, fellow students and the community. WRAP collaborates with campus groups to provide drug and alcohol education to the entire campus community, partners with GCSAPP and the BACCHUS Network to provide drug prevention and wellness education for Western students.
Common Program Offerings
Suicide Prevention Training (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Most suicides can be prevented , however, if concerned others learn to recognize the risk factors, develop comfort asking about suicidal thoughts, and know where to send someone for help. Participants in this presentation will leave with practical knowledge for helping others who might be at risk for suicide.
Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training
The STEP UP! Bystander Intervention program was developed by the University of Arizona, in partnership with the NCAA and BACCHUS, to provide student athletes with the information, skills, and foundation for speaking up, taking action when they see, or are aware of a situation that is not right or is dangerous. This is a 90 min – 3 hour program (depending on how you want to structure it). You can access all of the materials from the website: http://www.stepupprogram.org/
Alcohol and Academics
Research shows that an increase in alcohol consumption by college students has a direct negative correlation to GPA .This presentation presents the potential effects of alcohol consumption on academic progress and offers solutions to increasing a student’s GPA. WRAP will also share survey results which show alcohol consumption patterns at Western.
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT):
SBIRT is a public health approach to delivering early intervention to anyone who uses alcohol and/or drugs in unhealthy ways. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) can help health care and other professionals determine whether someone uses alcohol and/or drugs in unhealthy ways. Its components are:
- Screening - Short, well-tested questionnaire identifies risk (such as the ASSIST, the CRAFFT, the AUDIT, the DAST, etc.)
- Brief Intervention - Short, structured conversations that feature feedback and options for change
- Referral - For in-depth assessment and/or diagnosis and/or treatment, if needed
- Treatment - Between 1% and 10% may need some level of treatment - depending on the health care setting.
Research shows that health care providers can engage patients in non-judgmental conversations (brief interventions) about their substance use and can help them decide whether they should reduce their use to improve their long-term health.
Risky use can lead to serious harm. Beyond injuries and illnesses like HIV, it can complicate existing chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases or depression. It can also cause ulcers, sleep and memory problems, and anxiety. Alcohol affects most organ systems, and many drugs affect the nervous system, and heart rates
Screening can also indicate when health care providers should recommend assessment and treatment services for those whose screening scores indicate a problem.
Making a decision is an everyday ritual. Among the many opportunities offered, students are often faced with conflicting choices. Choices Class offers a step-by-step process for decision making that can be applied to any life situation. Students will learn how to evaluate goals, process possible consequences of the decision, formulate possible responses and apply the decision to the situation and re-evaluate their decision. The Choices Class typically runs 50-90 minutes in length depending on the need.
Helping Students in Emotional Distress
At times, you will have contact with students whose problems or behaviors cause you concern, discomfort, or may interfere with your work, their education or the education of other students. This program will focus on providing faculty and staff with the necessary skills to identify, communicate with and refer emotionally distressed students to the appropriate mental health services.
Are you stressed out?
The American College Health Association cites stress as the number-one impediment to academic performance in its national college health assessment. In this presentation students will learn techniques to identify stressors and take control of stress in their lives.
How to help a sexual assault survivor
1 in 4 college women will experience a sexual assault during her academic career (NYSCASA.org). Learn how to respond if someone you know experiences a rape or sexual assault. Participants will learn how to help others recover from rape and sexual assault, tap into local resources, and get involved in prevention efforts at Western State Colorado University.