Talking with College Students about Alcohol: Motivational Strategies for Reducing Abuse

Talking with College Students about Alcohol: Motivational Strategies for Reducing Abuse

by Scott T. Walters PhD, John S. Baer PhD

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Grounded in current best practices, this book offers flexible, readily applicable guidelines for assessing and working with college drinkers. Provided is a wealth of practical advice on interacting with students in a range of contexts, from brief conversations in medical settings to motivational counseling sessions and group interventions. Also described are effective ways to weave alcohol prevention and intervention services into the fabric of campus life. Over a dozen appendices feature reproducible assessment instruments and other indispensable tools, in a large-size format for ease of photocopying and use. For optimal utility, supplemental materials for use in workshops, seminars, and other educational and training events are available online as PowerPoint slides (

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593852221
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 10/13/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Scott T. Walters, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health.

John S. Baer, PhD, is Research Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Washington in Seattle, and Associate Director for Training and Education, Center of Excellence for Substance Abuse Treatment and Education, VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

Table of Contents

1. What's Happening on Campus?
2. Responding to College Drinking
3. Assessing Drinking and Related Behaviors
4. Style of the Interaction
5. Brief Individual Interactions: Advice and Consultation
6. Extended Individual Interactions
7. Talking with College Drinkers in a Group
8. Service Integration and Training
Clinical Exercises and Materials


Therapists, counselors, health educators, and medical professionals working with college students and other young adults. May serve as a text in courses and training programs that deal with substance abuse counseling, peer counseling and education, and student health.

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