JMU provides an alcohol education program called BASICS. This program is evidenced based and in use nationwide. I have asked JMU for information about the effectiveness of the JMU program and will post that when I receive it. One of my questions has to do with the premise that increased knowledge equals change in behavior. The BASICS program may be effective in imparting knowledge about alcohol to at risk students but does it lead to change in alcohol behavior by students? We know that society has done a good job informing students about the association of tobacco use with cancer yet we still have a significant number of students who use tobacco products, so knowledge alone does not always lead to behavior change.
Below is a description of BASICS from the JMU web site.
What is BASICS?At James Madison University, the University Health Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention coordinates BASICS - Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. This evidence-based program is an early intervention strategy specifically designed for traditional college age students.
The BASICS program is designed to help students evaluate their risk and alcohol expectancies; it is not an abstinence based program.
Who is it for?It is aimed at students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk for experiencing alcohol-related negative consequences.
The BASICS program is a service available to JMU students who want to consider changing or reducing their substance use. This may include students who:
- are referred by administrators, faculty/staff, coaches, or friends
- are mandated by Judicial Affairs for a JMU alcohol policy violation
- are court-mandated to complete substance abuse prevention hours
The first session retrieves information from the student about his/her substance use, using a self assessment instrument.
The second session is a feedback session designed to help the student assess his/her own behavior and potential risks, identify potential changes, and help reduce future problems related to substance abuse.
The program’s style is empathetic, non-confrontational, and non-judgmental, making it engaging to most college students.
If you have questions about confidentiality or its limits, the facilitator will be able to answer these questions at the first session.
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I have asked JMU for information on the effectiveness of the JMU BASICS program and will post that when it is received.