1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, NY 13165 315-539-5655
Christopher Manasari, Superintendent Romulus Central School
Patricia Amidon, Chair
|Seneca County Staff
Mary P. Grace, Prevention & Treatment Prog. Dir. Seneca County Community Counseling Center
Janice B. Griffin, Director
|Acquilano, Nelson||Council on Alcoholism|
|Amidon, Patsy||Senca County Board of Supervisors|
|Burger, Tina L.||Finger Lakes Council on Alcoholism|
|Burrows, Sherry||Mobile Youth Program, South Seneca School District|
|Fox, Bill||Finger Lakes Alcoholism Counseling and Referral Agency, Inc.|
|Gable, Teresa||Seneca County Public Health|
|Grace, Mary||Community Counseling Center|
|Griffin, Jan||Seneca County Youth Bureau|
|Manaseri, Chris||South Seneca School District|
|McConnell, Marty||Seneca County Alcohol Clinic|
|Smith, Toni F.||Seneca County Sheriff's Department|
|Van De Moortel, Mary||Parent|
Minutes of Meeting of 5/18/99
III. Strategies to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse - The Hobart/William Smith approach - David Craig, Ph.D.
Dr. Craig can be reached at Craig@hws.edu. To download information regarding this initiative, contact http://academic.hws.edu/alcohol. Dr. Craig noted that he and his colleague, H. Wesley Perkins, Ph.D., are using theory to reduce alcohol abuse in the college setting. Both professors are willing to assist the Seneca County Substance Abuse Task Force in any way they can. The professor's approach involves educating students regarding the students' perceived notion that drinking on campus is worse than it really is. (ie as bad as the alcohol problem is, students think that it's worse). Over the past 2 years the professors have been collecting data at various points along a student's academic career via surveys. This data regarding alcohol use is then publicized via the school newspapers, handouts, computer screen savers in "catchy" ways. The positives about students' decline in alcohol use are publicized and promoted. Once the perception of alcohol use is seen as lower then students feel "they don't have to keep up with the Joneses". Binge drinking is statistically significantly lower over the last 18 months. A credit course has also been developed that explores the bio, psycho, social aspects of alcohol abuse. These students then assist the professors with education of all students. Dr. Craig notes that students taking the course could be available to help our Task Force.
There were questions and discussion by members regarding what could be replicated at the public school level.
Manaseri will discuss replicating these with the three other supts., aiming toward 1999-2000 school year action