This instructive manual presents a pragmatic and clinically proven approach to the prevention and treatment of undergraduate alcohol abuse. The BASICS model is a nonconfrontational, harm reduction approach that helps students reduce their alcohol consumption and decrease the behavioral and health risks associated with heavy drinking. Including numerous reproducible handouts and assessment forms, the book takes readers step-by-step through conducting BASICS assessment and feedback sessions. Special topics covered include the use of DSM-IV criteria to evaluate alcohol abuse, ways to counter student defensiveness about drinking, and obtaining additional treatment for students with severe alcohol dependency.
Table of Contents
1. Theoretical and Empirical Overview
2. The Alcohol Skills Training Program
3. Laying the Foundations for BASICS
4. The Initial Assessment Interview
5. The Feedback Interview
6. Clinical Considerations
A. Discussion of Assessment Instruments Relevant to BASICS
B. Personalized Graphic Feedback and "Tips" Sheets
C. Harm Reduction Handouts for Students Who Drink
D. A Selection of Published and Unpublished Assessment Measures
"Dimeff, Marlatt, and their colleagues at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center have synthesized years of tested and successful harm reduction strategies into a best practices' manual. Innovative, clear, and flowing with humane guidance for reducing students' risks, this is a book that moves the harm reduction approach forward in college settings. Used with college students who drink heavily, BASICS can reduce harm and save lives."
-Patricia M. Fabiano, MS, MA, Director, Prevention and Wellness Services, Western Washington University
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