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Center for Alcohol Studies and Education
to Offer BASICS Practitioner Training

RELEASED: July 28, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The Center for Alcohol Studies and Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a three-day training session Aug. 23-25 for university faculty/staff and community members who would like to learn the BASICS method Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students with Dr. George Parks, a clinical psychologist and associate director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington-Seattle.

Parks' activities have most recently focused on disseminating evidence-based alcohol abuse prevention programs for college students, such as CHOICES About Alcohol and BASICS. He has trained faculty, students and staff at over 100 colleges and universities to deliver and implement these programs and conducted statewide workshops in a dozen states. Parks is currently working on a book on BASICS implementation with Alan Marlatt and Deborah Nelson of Cornell, which will be published in the Blueprints for Violence Reduction Series by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado.

The practitioner training also will make it possible for participants to conduct training sessions in CHOICES About Alcohol, a group intervention for use by housing and residence life staff, first year experience instructors, etc. Materials and assistance will be provided.

A tentative agenda follows:

Aug. 23: 9-11 a.m. — Stakeholder briefing for administrators, faculty, and coalition/consortium members on individually-focused AOD programs, especially brief interventions like BASICS. 1-4 p.m. — Implementation planning for BASICS practitioners and program managers/administrators, including technical aspects of BASICS.

Aug. 24: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — BASICS Practitioner Workshop Part 1: Motivational Interviewing with College Students.

Aug. 25: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — BASICS Practitioner Workshop Part 2: Delivering BASICS and other Brief Motivational Interventions (as described in the Walters & Baer (2006) book "Talking with College Students about Alcohol," NY: Guilford Press).

The training is free for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $75 for community members. Meals are not included. With the exception of the morning of Aug. 23, the training is intended for psychologists and prevention specialists, counselors, physicians and physician assistants, nurses and social workers. Continuing education credits will be available.

For more information, contact Jenny Schwartz at the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, at 715-836-5110 or schwartj@uwec.edu.

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