California Higher Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference

Best Practices

San FranciscoSan Francisco State University

The Peer-to-Peer program has been a part of the comprehensive prevention efforts at San Francisco State University's Prevention Education Programs since the development of the CEASE (Creating Empowerment through Alcohol and Substance-abuse Education) program in 1991. A program of Counseling and Psychological Services, Prevention Education Programs also houses The SAFE Place, the university's sexual violence program and the Student Mental Health Initiative Peer-to-Peer Program.

Each academic year, around 70 peer educators are cross-trained in the three programs. Peers develop workshops on a variety of subjects including harm-reduction approaches; understanding personal limits with alcohol; throwing a safe party; sexual consent; sexual harassment; marijuana; prescription drugs; panels with students who have have personal experiences with substance abuse and resiliency; and at finals time, substances commonly used for study and safer alternatives.

Programs integrating music, dance, theater, and arts that are developed by the peers and campus collaborators include Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll and Sex, Drugs, Salsa & Soul-events with bands, dance performances, DJs, hip-hop, spoken word, and mocktails.

Students partner with Residential Life in programming and with Student Life in providing targeted silent programming for dances and late-night events.

For more information, contact Michael Ritter.