AOD advocacy Advocates group

A program for students who want to have a confidential conversation with a peer about alcohol or other drug concerns.

Who: Upperclass students with several semesters’ experience and training in Pathways Peer Advocacy who have undergone extensive additional training in Motivational Interviewing and Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS).

What: One-hour individual consultations with students who have given consent or requested to review their BASICS Personalized Feedback Report with a trained peer. These students may be self-referred or referred by a staff or faculty member. Initially, most will have been invited by the AOD Program Coordinator as part of the Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) process at Health Services.

When: Whenever Lauderdale Center for Student Health & Counseling is open.

Where: Lauderdale 206, Email us at for more info or to set up an appointment.

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Why: To expand the level of prevention and intervention services available to Geneseo students who wish to discuss questions and concerns they may have regarding their substance use.

Additional information:

· AOD Advocates are trained and supervised (weekly) by the AOD Program Coordinator and by their Pathways supervisor, a member of the Psychology faculty.

· AOD Advocates discuss BASICS personalized feedback reports only. They do not address mental or behavioral health issues beyond substance use. Students who indicate a desire to discuss other issues are referred to the appropriate full-time staff.

· Participation in the AOD Advocacy program is completely voluntary. AOD Advocates may work with students who have been mandated to attend BASICS as a result of violating the Student Code of Conduct, but only after screening by the AOD Program Coordinator and with the consent of the student.

· AOD Program Coordinator Sarah Covell, a licensed mental health counselor, will be present in the building whenever an AOD Advocate is meeting with a student.