California Higher Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference

Best Practices

San JoseSan José State University

San Josť State's Peer Health Educators (PHE) program, specializing in Alcohol, Marijuana, and Other Drugs, continues to be a strong force in providing alcohol education across campus. The PHE program currently has 34 students who are nationally certified as Peer Educators through the Bacchus and Gamma Network. As a requirement for the program, each student must train in two health topics, deliver at least two presentations on those topics, and then provide at least five programs throughout the semester. These presentations and programs are delivered to academic classes, to University Housing students, student organizations, and the Greek community.

Another successful aspect of SJSU's alcohol education is the collaboration between the Student Health Center, Counseling Services, and the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. These three departments have partnered to provide a thorough and comprehensive Alcohol Sanctions class for students in violation of the campus alcohol policy. This two-hour class is taught jointly by a counselor and a Wellness and Health Promotion Coordinator. The combination of health education and counseling makes the emphasis on motivational interviewing and harm reduction more effective than if delivered by a peer or staff from the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. Students leave the class knowing the signs of alcohol poisoning, what a standard drink size is, how to calculate BAC, protective strategies, and resources for sexual assault.

For more information, contact Jennifer Gacutan-Galang.