Drugs 101: Recognizing and Responding to Substance-Related Disorders in College Students

Webinar Id: 800491

Duration: 60 Minutes

  • Recorded
  • Only for one participant ?
  • Price $179.

Overview:

College life can be stressful and students sometimes use drugs and alcohol to cope. In addition, alcohol is a central aspect of the college social scene and binge drinking has increased at significant rates. Prescription drug use and marijuana use are also increasing at alarming rates and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports that almost 2 million college students meet the medical criteria for substance abuse and dependence. This presentation will focus on college students' use and abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs such as Adderall and OxyContin. Participants will learn the effects and side effects of the different substances and the reasons why students use and like them. Risks of use and negative consequences will be examined and relevant treatment and mental health resources will be explored. Participants will also learn when and how to make appropriate referrals to counseling, accessibility services, and student conduct. Prevention and education strategies will also be reviewed.

Why should you attend: Students who use and abuse alcohol and other substances are at risk for academic, social, and personal problems, including death, injury, arrest, and sexual assault.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Different classes of psychoactive substances with a focus on alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs
  • Prevalence of substance use and abuse
  • Demographics and motivations of college students who use and abuse substances
  • Developmental issues
  • Signs of a drug or alcohol problem
  • Risks and negative consequences of substance use
  • Relevant mental health resources
  • Prevention and education strategies
  • When and how to make appropriate referrals to counseling, accessibility services, and student conduct

Who Will Benefit:
  • Counselors
  • Health Center Staff
  • Disabilities/Accessibility Services Staff
  • Residence Life and Student Life Staff
  • College Faculty
  • College Staff and Administrators
  • Advisors
  • Retention Specialists, At-Risk Population Specialists
  • First Year Experience/New Student Orientation Coordinators
  • Professional Development Coordinators
  • Veteran Services
  • Behavioral Intervention Team
  • Human Resources

Speaker Profile
Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke is a clinical psychologist, mental health consultant, and retired psychology professor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Clarke worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and served on the Colorado state board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and as an executive officer for the Virginia and Rocky Mountain chapters of the Association of Black Psychologists. Her experience in higher education includes teaching psychology for 19 years at colleges and universities in Virginia and Colorado and serving as Director of Faculty Professional Development at Community College of Aurora and Associate Director of Career and Counseling Services at Christopher Newport University. She currently serves on the Behavioral Intervention Team at Community College of Aurora and is the President of Living Well Press, LLC, a mental health and wellness consulting firm and publishing company.


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