California Higher Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference

Best Practices

Fresno StateFresno State

A diverse group of 56 Fresno State students were trained last semester in the second phase of the Protect Your ‘Dogs campaign, the WATCHDOG program. WATCHDOG is an alcohol overdose intervention education program that trains students to recognize and respond effectively in alcohol emergency situations. Students learned about the bystander effect, assertiveness, 911 call protocol, the Responsible Action Practice, and alcohol safety including the signs of alcohol overdose and steps to intervene, from a variety of speakers. They gained hands-on experience by practicing intervention procedures like the Bacchus maneuver and becoming CPR certified through the American Red Cross. All participants received a binder containing the Protect Your ‘Dogs magnet, training handouts, and resource information as well as a WATCHDOG sports watch and t-shirt that act as “identifiers” so their fellow students can recognize them on campus or at parties. They also have opportunities to continue their involvement after the training.

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