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Using web based applications for substance abuse prevention

Using web based applications for substance abuse prevention



How Substance Abuse Prevention Interventions Can Be delivered online or other telecommunications Applications.

How Substance Abuse Prevention Interventions Can Be delivered online or other telecommunications Applications.



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    Using web based applications for substance abuse prevention Using web based applications for substance abuse prevention Presentation Transcript

    • About Your Presenter
      • Tom Wilson LCPC, CPS
      • Certified Prevention Specialist
      • Substance Abuse Informatics
      • CEO
      • Tom Wilson Counseling Center
      • Boise, Idaho
      • www.tomwilsoncounseling.com
    • Using Web Based Applications For Substance Abuse Prevention
    • Objectives
      • To identify the strategies of substance abuse prevention
      • To understand the advantages and disadvantages of web-based prevention education
      • To understand what type of content is appropriate for online delivery
    • Definition of Prevention
        • To deter the onset
        • of alcohol or other drug abuse by providing
        • individuals with the
        • information and skills necessary
        • to prevent the problem . 
    • Importance of Early Prevention
      • “… It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men...”
      • Frederick Douglass
    • Theory of Prevention
      • Drug abuse can be prevented if:
      • Risk factors in a population are identified and reduced
      • Protective factors are identified and strengthened
    • Substance Abuse Prevention Principles
      • Prevention programs should:
      • address all forms of drug abuse
      • address the type of drug abuse in the community
      • be tailored to address risks specific to population to strengthen effectiveness
    • Principles for Delivery
      • Evidence Based Prevention Programs:
      • should be adapted for local use
      • should retain core elements of the original research-based intervention
      • should be interactive as possible
    • CSAP Strategies
      • Prevention Education ( 2-Way Education Programs )
      • Information Dissemination ( Media Campaigns, 1-Way )
      • Alternate Activities ( Drug Free Events )
      • Community Based Process ( Coalitions )
      • Environmental ( Law Enforcement )
      • Problem Identification and Referral ( DUI Education, EAPs, SAPs, Screening )
      • Tom Wilson Counseling Center specializes in providing alcohol and drug abuse prevention education services for forensic (court–ordered) clients.
      • Majority of clients are young adults charged with DUI or illegal consumption and do not meet criteria for substance abuse or dependence.
    • Challenges Of In-Person Classes
      • Traditional classes are difficult for clients who:
          • travel for work or have no transportation
          • live in geographically remote areas
          • have child/family obligations
          • are in the military
          • are disabled or suffer from social anxiety
    • Why Adopt Technology?
      • Information technology is now an effective way to deliver health information/content.
      • Cost has dropped dramatically (open source movement, cloud technology)
      • Access to well designed applications has increased dramatically
    • Advantages of Online Learning
      • Self-paced learning can take place anywhere, anytime.
      • Accessible to all learners, regardless disability, location or learning schedule.
      • Teachers can use creative teaching methods in delivering material.
    • Disadvantages of Online Learning
      • Requires computer, internet access, and some computer literacy.
      • Limitations like real world simulations, and labs.
      • Does not work well for some learning styles, group interaction and subjects.
    • Program Design
    • Evidence Based Components
    • Motivational Enhancement
      • Non confrontational intervention
      • Begins with self-assessment
      • Personalized feedback report on pattern of use
      • Feedback includes normative comparison of results
    • Stages of Change
      • Introduce the Stages of Change
      • Introduce examples of stages
      • Identify what activities help a person move from one stage to the next
    • Stages of Change Activities
      • What stage am I in?
      • Readiness to Change Example
      • Decisional Balance - Benefits vs. Costs of Change
    • Sample Lesson Process
    • Example of Feedback
      • Your Response:
      • You told us you drink 8-14 drinks per week on average when you drink.
      • Based on your response, you fell in the category described in the yellow box to the right.
    • Example of Calculation Exercise
      • Your typical blood alcohol content is the amount of alcohol in your blood on atypical day when you drink.
      • To calculate your typical BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) use the online BAC calculator provided.
      Online BAC Calculator
    • Feedback for Typical Drinking BACs
      • Your response:
      • You calculated your BACs for a typical drinking occasion as falling between .06 to .10.
      • At BAC Levels of .06-.10, you will have impairment of muscle coordination and a slower reaction time, and disregard for personal safety.
    • Sample Lesson Page
      • Binge Drinking
      • Is defined as five or more drinks on the same occasion at least once in the past 30 days.
      • Health, social and academic problems occur when men drink 5 or more drinks per occasion, and women drink 4 or more per occasion.
      • Binge drinking is the most common pattern among underage drinkers.
      • Less than 25% of persons aged 12 or older participated in binge drinking
      Click for Review Question
    • Other Mediums of Delivery
      • Using Text Messaging as an Intervention
      • “ In a recent study, Text-Messaging to Emergency Patients Reduced Their Alcohol Consumption ”
      • 12 week trial of receiving automated text messaging asking about drinking
      • Men who had 5 + and women 4+ received text messaging of concern about level of use
      • Asked if they would cut down.
      • + for yes, ask for reconsider for no
    • Other Mediums of Delivery
      • 2. Online Assessment and Feedback with “E-checkup to Go” for freshman at universities
      • 3. Online Assessment and Feedback with “Brief Assessment and Intervention for College Students”
    • Conclusions
      • The tools of information and computer technology are being used to prevent the onset of substance abuse.
      • The tools are continually becoming more accessible to professionals.
      • Some evidenced-based programs can be adapted for electronic delivery, saving scarce resources.
    • Contact Information
      • Tom Wilson, LCPC, CPS
      • 514 So. Orchard St. Suite 101
      • Boise, ID. 83705
      • Office: 1-208-368-9909
      • http://www.tomwilsoncounseling.com
      • [email_address]