EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS, PROGRAMS AND ASSESSMENTS
The AOD Office offers a variety of educational programs that focus on alcohol and other drug use. The following are current program offerings that students can participate in by contacting the office:
First Year Alcohol Education
The Truth About Alcohol is an educational program required of all First-Year students that uses a harm-reduction approach to discuss the topic of alcohol use. This program focuses on the physical, emotional and social effects of alcohol in a non-judgmental and open environment. Students not only learn basic facts about alcohol, such as serving size, blood alcohol content, and tolerance, but also normative data regarding use nationally and on our campus specifically. Most importantly, students are encouraged to make safe choices, should they choose to drink, and are given the knowledge on how to help others who may have consumed too much.
This early intervention program exposes students to facts about alcohol and encourages participants to openly discuss their perceptions and opinions about alcohol. This group is conducted in a non-judgmental atmosphere where harm-reduction is the primary mode for delivering information. Once this seminar has been completed, students will be understand basic information about alcohol (including blood alcohol concentration, tolerance and serving size), understand safe and unsafe behaviors as it relates to alcohol as well as describe the Colleges’ Medical Amnesty Policy.
This early intervention program exposes students to facts about marijuana and encourages participants to openly discuss their perceptions and opinions about marijuana. This group is conducted in a non-judgmental atmosphere where harm-reduction is the primary mode for delivering information. Once this seminar has been completed, students will be understand basic information about marijuana (including physiological and psychological impacts, the reality of medical marijuana vs. recreational use, legal issues), understand safe and unsafe behaviors as it relates to marijuana as well as describe the Colleges’ Policy on use and possession of marijuana.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students)
BASICS is an online survey that focuses on alcohol, marijuana and tobacco use. Students that are assigned BASICS will have an intake meeting with the Director of AOD Prevention and will then be asked to complete this survey on their own before returning for a second session. During the follow up, students are presented with their own data, how they compare to others at HWS as well as many other educational pieces regarding their substance use. Once these sessions are completed, students will have an understanding of how they fit in to the social norms of use at HWS, their risk level for alcohol and other drug abuse, and a personally customized plan to make positive change in their use.
An assessment is reserved for students with higher needs in regards to their AOD use. This response consists of 3-5 meetings in which we assess each student’s use, readiness to change and goals in relation to substances, education and their future. Once these sessions are completed, students should have a clear understanding of how their use is impacting their goals as well as a plan as to how implement positive change into their routines. Please Note: Students may be referred off campus for further evaluation if their needs are above the level of care we can provide at HWS.
Counseling is available to students who are concerned about their own substance use or who are concerned about the substance use of a family member, friend or significant other. Counseling services provides a safe and neutral place for students to express their concerns to a New York State Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor.
For faculty and staff who are concerned about a colleague or family member, AOD is available for consultation regarding what resources are available.
Substance Free Housing
Hobart and William Smith provide options for students who choose to live in an environment that is free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Established in 2000, the Substance Free House is a theme house on campus where students can live and learn together. HWS has also introduced Substance Free Floors: floors in traditional residence halls where all students agree to maintain a substance free lifestyle.
Support through counseling is also available for students who are at risk of developing alcohol and other drug-related concerns, as well as those who are impacted by the secondary effects of another persons' use of substances via The Counseling Center.
Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention
Office of Residential Education
101 St. Clair Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Phone: (315) 781-3880