Saint Louis University Harm and Alcohol Reduction Program (S.H.A.R.P.)
S.H.A.R.P. I and II was created to help students make better decisions regarding alcohol and other substance abuse. The SHARP programs goals are to assist students in making responsible decisions, and prepare the student to be successful at Saint Louis University, and beyond, as a man or woman of character.
Students will learn about the negative effects of poor decision-making and how it impacts their academic success and long-term goal attainment. This interactive course will cover topics including: the physical and emotional affects of substance use, information on alcohol poisoning, virtual bar activity, expectancy challenges and much more.
S.H.A.R.P. I consist of:
- 1 two-hour psychoeducational group, facilitated by two SHARP Facilitators
- 1, one-on-one session with a SHARP facilitator
- Completion of E-Chug before your one-on-one session
There is a required fee of $50 for the S.H.A.R.P. I program.
How do I register for S.H.A.R.P.?
To register for S.H.A.R.P. please fill out this form and you will be contacted soon with more information on the class schedule (start date, location, etc)
S.H.A.R.P. II is an 8-week group experience designed to help students who have committed a significant alcohol or marijuana-related violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Students are expected to participate in all 8 sessions to successfully complete the program. SHARP II demographics would be:
1. Advanced Alcohol
a. Students with an alcohol transport to ER
b. Students who are involved in fights or acts of violence under the influence
c. Students with multiple alcohol violations
d. Students with any unusual behavior while under the influence
2. Advanced Marijuana
a. Students who have had ANY marijuana violation from confirmed odor to paraphernalia and/or marijuana found in the room.
S.H.A.R.P. II consists of a group that requires you to meet one time a week for 1 hour over an eight week period. The participants will be involved in various informational and experiential activities that are consistent with the latest practices in the area of substance use on college campus. This will allow them to utilize this knowledge to improve areas of their life they identify as needing improvement. At the end of the 8 week program participants are required to present to their peers and facilitator their knowledge and goal progress. The participants must show that they can make decisions about their use so they have the ability to repeat further problems in the area of substance use.
Breakdown of Program:
• Students are first mandated, by The Office of Student Conduct, to complete an alcohol and/or drug assessment with the university counseling center (by either counselor: Meredith Osborn or Jay Winig). The counselor will then determine which course of treatment recommendations the student should have. Possible recommendations may be the following:
o SHARP II Marijuana
o SHARP II Alcohol
o Intensive Outpatient Treatment
o Inpatient Treatment
• If recommended to S.H.A.R.P. II, the student must complete orientation. Orientation consists of: (a 20 to 30 minute, one-on-one session with S.H.A.R.P. facilitator prior to their starting the S.H.A.R.P. II group). The 30 minute orientation would do the following:
o Go over rules of the group
o Handing out folder/materials
o Establish goals
There is a required fee of $200 for the S.H.A.R.P. II program.
What are the policies on alcohol and drugs on camps?
If you have questions about the Alcohol and Drug Policies on campus please see the link below from The Office of Student Conduct - Campus Alcohol and Other Drug Policies
What is the E-Chug and E-Toke?
The E-Chug and E-Toke are an online, evidenced-based program that provides alcohol intervention and feedback. It was developed by counselors and psychologists and San Diego State University and is widely used among institutions of higher education.
The E-CHUG and E-Toke are brief assessment tools that take about 6-7 minutes to complete, are self-guided, require no face-to-face contact time with a counselor, and are completely anonymous.
When you access the E-CHUG and E-Toke, you are prompted to enter some demographic information and information on your personal alcohol use. The information you entered is processed and then compares your responses to national and local college norms. Then your personalized feedback is displayed in a standard format.
What is CHEERS to the Designated Driver?
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