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Talking with College Students About Alcohol : Motivational Strategies for Reducing Abuse - Scott T. Walters

Talking with College Students About Alcohol

Motivational Strategies for Reducing Abuse

Paperback Published: 13th October 2005
ISBN: 9781593852221
Number Of Pages: 212

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Grounded in current best practices, this book offers flexible, readily applicable guidelines for assessing and working with college drinkers. Provided is a wealth of practical advice on interacting with students in a range of contexts, from brief conversations in medical settings to motivational counseling sessions and group interventions. Also described are effective ways to weave alcohol prevention and intervention services into the fabric of campus life. Over a dozen appendices feature reproducible assessment instruments and other indispensable tools, in a large-size format for ease of photocopying and use. For optimal utility, supplemental materials for use in workshops, seminars, and other educational and training events are available online as PowerPoint slides (www.guilford.com/walters2).

"Provides a comprehensive review of college student drinking, as well as straightforward tools and techniques to use with students who might be at risk. The book demystifies the idea that intervening in high-risk alcohol consumption is something that has to be done by experts. It is written in such a way that staff and faculty, even those not specially trained to work with alcohol problems, could pick it up and quickly learn how to have a brief conversation that has a lasting impact. The book shows step by step how to work with individual students and with groups, and how to develop a plan for integrating effective alcohol interventions into the larger campus community. It also provides a number of practical clinical and assessment tools. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to others who work in college health contexts."--Betsy D. Foy, MHS, CHES, Assistant Director, Student Health and Counseling, Washington University in St. Louis; Co-Chair, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Committee, American College Health Association

"Walters and Baer have rendered a daunting topic manageable. This book is essential reading for counselors, student affairs professionals, campus housing personnel, and health care providers. The authors' approach is perfectly pitched to the developmental levels and alcohol use patterns of college student populations. Empirically based and practical, this guide presents an approach that is effective."--Jennifer Rikard, PhD, Coordinator, ASPIRE Program (Alcohol and Other Substances Prevention/Intervention Re-directive Effort), Counseling and Psychological Services, San Diego State University

"Walters and Baer have done campus alcohol preventionists a real service by producing this immensely useful guide to bridging research and practice on motivational interventions with college students. In particular, their assessment recommendations for different lengths of encounters are a huge contribution to the field. I plan to make this book the foundation for our work with campus administrators and counselors on individual-focused interventions. It answers just about every question campuses may have about delivering these services."--Laurie Davidson, MA, Center for College Health and Safety, Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts

"Walters and Baer have provided a superb resource for anyone who is concerned about college drinking. There is really no other book like it. They offer a clear and evidence-based set of practical tools for everything from a 5-minute chat to programmatic group or individual treatment. Through it all runs a compassionate, person-centered way of talking with students that fosters change rather than defensiveness."--William R. Miller, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico

What's Happening on Campus?p. 1
Overview of the Chapterp. 1
Rates of Drinkingp. 1
Perceptions and Misperceptionsp. 4
Drinking-Related Consequencesp. 8
What Isn't Saidp. 9
What Students Think about Drinking and Getting Drunkp. 10
Managing the Disconnectp. 11
Key Pointsp. 12
Responding to College Drinkingp. 13
Overview of the Chapterp. 13
Models of Alcohol Problemsp. 13
College Students and Riskp. 14
Drinking and Developmentp. 16
When Change Occursp. 17
Implications for Interventionp. 19
What Works in Prevention and Treatment?p. 20
How This Book Fits Inp. 21
Organizing the Toolboxp. 23
Key Pointsp. 24
Assessing Drinking and Related Behaviorsp. 25
Overview of the Chapterp. 25
When and Where to Assess Drinkingp. 26
Alcohol Consumptionp. 27
Alcohol Screeningp. 35
Related Areasp. 36
Conclusionp. 39
Key Pointsp. 41
Style of the Interactionp. 42
Overview of the Chapterp. 42
Who Can Talk to Students about Alcohol?p. 43
Deconstructing the Style of the Interviewp. 43
Working with Motivationp. 44
Core Techniquesp. 48
What Comes Next?p. 59
Key Pointsp. 59
Brief Individual Interactions: Advice and Consultationp. 60
Overview of the Chapterp. 60
What Motivates People in Brief Interactions?p. 61
Broaching the Subjectp. 61
Providing Advice and Suggestionsp. 63
Exploring Change in the Abstractp. 66
Importance and Confidence Rulersp. 67
Closing the Interactionp. 70
Sample Brief Advice (3-10 Minutes)p. 71
Sample Behavioral Consultation (10-30 Minutes)p. 72
Key Pointsp. 73
Extended Individual Interactionsp. 75
Overview of the Chapterp. 75
Opening and Closing Longer Interactionsp. 76
Talking about Change (When It Makes Sense to Do So)p. 80
Motivational Exercisesp. 83
Sample Motivational Intervention (Four Sessions, 60 Minutes Each)p. 95
Key Pointsp. 100
Talking with College Drinkers in a Groupp. 101
Overview of the Chapterp. 101
Rationale and Challenges of Group Programsp. 102
Structure and Spirit of the Good Groupp. 104
Strategies for Groupsp. 113
Sample Group Intervention (120-180 Minutes, over One to three Sessions)p. 120
Key Pointsp. 122
Service Integration and Trainingp. 123
Overview of the Chapterp. 123
How Students Receive Servicesp. 123
Integrating Servicesp. 125
Delivering Services and Following Upp. 127
Training and Evaluationp. 128
Final Commentp. 130
Key Pointsp. 131
Appendicesp. 133
Measuresp. 135
Clinical Exercises and Materialsp. 156
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9781593852221
ISBN-10: 1593852223
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 13th October 2005
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.7 x 20.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48