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OSARP typically sanctions a substance education program when a student is found responsible for violating the alcohol or drug policies. The program a student is sanctioned to is influenced by the violation but also takes into account any needs that are identified during the Case Review. Our goal is that students will gain knowledge to promote better informed decisions about whether to use a substance again, and to provide risk-reduction strategies should they choose to do so.

We offer range of substance education programs, facilitated either by OSARP staff or by staff in “The Well” in the University Health Center. Programs designated with an asterisk (*) have a $50 fee.

Program Descriptions

OSARP Programs

*By the Numbers: This one time, two hour group program examines the reason for the establishment of community standards. Students are given an overview of VA laws and JMU policies regarding alcohol use. In addition, students discuss personal values, community resources, alcohol education information, and risk-reduction strategies for avoiding negative consequences of alcohol use.

*Calling the Shots: This three-week group program guides students towards making future decisions more consistent with their values and in compliance with the law. Students discuss the impacts of their alcohol use on both the communities they are a part of as well as on an individual level. Harrisonburg and/or JMU police officers participate in this program to answer students’ questions and address risk-reduction strategies. Other topics covered include more detailed alcohol education, setting personal goals, and establishing networks of support while at JMU.

UHC – The Well Programs

Reflections – Alcohol I/II: This program relies on motivational interviewing techniques and is a non-confrontational, non-judgmental, non-authoritarian, and non-labeling intervention. Reflections – Alcohol is comprised of two 50-minute, one on one interview sessions where students are prompted to change their drinking patterns by identifying the motivations that they have to change behavior surrounding alcohol. It provides personalized feedback by examining the ongoing consequences of alcohol use and current or previous action plans to reduce alcohol-related risk. Reflections – Alcohol II is identical to Reflections – Alcohol I, but I sfor students who have already completed Reflections – Alcohol I.

Reflections – Cannabis I/II: This program relies on motivational interviewing techniques and is a non-confrontational, non-judgmental, non-authoritarian, and non-labeling intervention. Reflections – Cannabis is comprised of two 50-minute, one on one interview sessions where students are prompted to change their use patterns by identifying the motivations that they have to change behavior surrounding marijuana. It provides personalized feedback by examining the ongoing consequences of marijuana use and current or previous action plans to reduce marijuana-related risk. Reflections – Cannabis II is identical to Reflections – Cannabis I, but is for students who have already completed Reflections – Cannabis I.

University Health Center Consultation: This one on one program relies on motivational interviewing techniques and is a non-confrontational, non-judgmental, non-authoritarian, and non-labeling intervention, consisting of one, one hour meeting. Students are prompted to change their drug use patterns by identifying the motivations that they have to change their behavior. This program is used to address the use of drugs other than marijuana or alcohol.

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