|Educators to offer free training in interactive
The Center for
Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) is hosting a free conference,
“Training in how to deliver a science-based substance abuse prevention
program,” from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, in the Institute of Psychiatry
Auditorium, 67 President St.
The conference will provide educators, guidance counselors and
therapists the materials and training to deliver the Just Say Know
program, an interactive science-based alcohol and drug prevention
program designed by MUSC scientists for students in grades eight
The program is a hands-on learning experience designed to teach
students the science behind drug and alcohol abuse. It is based on
research findings in neuroscience and developed in a way to be
entertaining and engaging. The program teaches how the brain works, and
how drugs and alcohol can alter brain structure and function to produce
problems including risky behaviors and addiction.
Suzanne Thomas, Ph.D., director of research and assessment in the
Division of Education and Student Life, said teachers do not need to
have a science background.
“We expect relatively few of them will have a background in
neuroscience, and so we have come up with a creative solution to this
challenge. MUSC students have volunteered through MUSC Gives Back and
their participation in student interest groups to serve as brain
If teachers are asked questions that they don’t know, then they’ll be
able to send the questions online to MUSC students and faculty. The
conference represents a collaboration between CDAP, the MUSC Division
of Education and Student Life and MUSC students.
“In short, this program promotes providing scientifically-accurate
information to youth across the state to help them appreciate the value
of their brain and how drugs and alcohol adversely affect it,” Thomas
For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration online is
required by Nov. 19. Visit http://www.muschealth.com/psychevents.
Friday, Nov. 12, 2010