Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (Basics): A Harm Reduction Approach

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (Basics): A Harm Reduction Approach

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572303928
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 608,777
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Linda A. Dimeff, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Her research and clinical interests range from prevention of alcohol problems in college students to treatment of severely disordered substance abusing individuals with borderline personality disorder. Funded by two grant awards, her dissertation was a replication and extension of BASICS applied in a student health center setting and using multimedia computers, along with provider advice.

John S. Baer, PhD, is Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, and is currently Coordinator of Education at the National Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment and Education at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Dr. Baer's research and clinical interests focus on the assessment, early intervention, and relapse of substance use and abuse. He is the recipient of local and national research grants examining secondary prevention and etiology of alcohol problems.

Daniel R. Kivlahan, PhD, is Director of the National Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He continues to pursue health services research related to substance use disorders, including development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

G. Alan Marlatt, PhD, until his death in 2011, was Director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center and Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. For over 30 years, Dr. Marlatt conducted pioneering work on understanding and preventing relapse in substance abuse treatment and was a leading proponent of the harm reduction approach to treating addictive behaviors. He was a recipient of honors including the Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to knowledge in the field of alcohol studies, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award, the Research Society on Alcoholism's Distinguished Researcher Award, and the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

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
B. Personalized Graphic Feedback and "Tips" Sheets
C. Harm Reduction Handouts for Students Who Drink
D. A Selection of Published and Unpublished
Assessment Measures
E. References


Counselors in student health services; higher education administrators; therapists, health educators, and medical professionals working with college students and other young adults.

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