Jackie Kurta, Clinical Manager of UC Santa Barbara’s Alcohol and Drug Program centered is Student Health, will discuss the College Alcohol and Substance Education (CASE) program with Ron “The Barron” Herron on KZSB 1290 AM on Wednesday, September 30 from 9-10 am. Those out of the Santa Barbara listening area can hear the broadcast via the web.
The CASE program was recently 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 – overseen by co-PIs Merith Cosden, Chair and Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology in the Gevirtz School, and Ian Kaminsky, Director of the UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program – 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.
Jackie Kurta, M.A., MFT, is the Clinical Manager of the UCSB Alcohol and Drug Program. She received a B.A. in English from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Originally from New York City, Kurta and her family relocated to Los Angeles in 1987 and they have made Santa Barbara their home since 2000. In addition to her work as adjunct faculty for AUSB, she has also offered her services to valuable community organizations, including Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, Family Court Mediation Program of Santa Barbara County, the American Red Cross of SB County, Transition House, El Puente School, and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Kurta is particularly dedicated to collaborating with local agencies to strengthen the readiness of Santa Barbara County’s disaster mental health resources.
[Jacke Kurta is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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