Merith Cosden, Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology in the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, and co-principle investigator Ian Kaminsky, Director of the UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program, have been awarded a U.S. Department of Education grant for $207,439 to further enhance, evaluate, and disseminate the findings of the College Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE) program. CASE was chosen by the Department of Education as one of only two new effective models of alcohol or other drug abuse prevention programs on college campuses in the entire country.
CASE is an abstinence and harm-reduction intervention, developed at UC Santa Barbara, which integrates evidence-based practices into a clinical framework to reduce students’ high-risk drinking and related consequences while increasing protective behaviors. CASE is part of UCSB’s comprehensive alcohol and other drug program (ADP) which includes risk assessment through online education, parent notification of students’ alcohol-related offenses, peer education, and environmental management strategies undertaken by the many partners in UCSB’s effective campus/community coalition. CASE implements evidenced-based practices such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy and skill development with students who are referred for violation of campus alcohol policies.
[Merith Cosden and Ian Kaminsky are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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