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University Counseling Center

Academic Year

Monday - Friday

8:00 am-5:00 pm (8:00-4:30 summer)

341 Knight Hall

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2187

Fax: 307-766-3412

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AWARE

Alcohol, Wellness Alternatives, Research and Education

AWARE is an educational program designed to provide information and education about alcohol and other substances, to University of Wyoming students.

Based on recommendations from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Task Force on College Drinking (NIAAA, 2002), the AWARE Program reflects current, theory-based best practices. (Details of the NIAAA report and other useful information can be found at www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov). 

In this report, the NIAAA outlines a 3-in-1 framework for prevention programs on a college campus.  Consequently, the AWARE Program, in tandem with the HOPES Program, utilizes this framework and directs services at three populations: 1) the individual student; 2) the student population as a whole; and 3) the surrounding community. 

AWARE is available to all University of Wyoming students. Any student at the University of Wyoming may complete the AWARE program, whether a student is concerned about their own alcohol/ substance use, or they just want to learn more about how alcohol affects them. Additionally, students who are found in violation of any campus alcohol or substance policies may be required to complete the AWARE program as part of a University mandated sanction. AWARE also partners with the local courts (Laramie Municipal Court, Albany County Circuit Court) to provide students with additional education about alcohol or substance use, often for a reduced citation.

What is AWARE?

AWARE is a brief, supportive alcohol and substance use educational program. Rather than promoting a "just say no" message, AWARE utilizes a harm-reduction approach. AWARE is designed after a program called BASICS, which was originally published in 1998. BASICS, which is an acronym for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, is an evidence-based harm-reduction intervention for college students 18 to 24 years old.  The program’s style is empathic, rather than confrontational or judgmental.

The goals of the program are:

1) reduce alcohol consumption and its adverse consequences

2) promote healthier choices among young adults

3) provide important information and coping skills for reducing risk

I have been sanctioned to complete AWARE. Now what?

If you have been required to complete the AWARE program, follow these steps:

1) Call the University Counseling Center to get started. 307-766-2187

We will collect some basic intake information, and will get you scheduled for your first meeting with an AWARE Staff member.

There is a $45 fee for AWARE, which will be charged to your student account.

2) Prior to your first appointment, you will be required to complete a survey that will ask/collect information about your current substance use

3) During your first appointment with an AWARE Staff member, you will be provided with an individualized Feedback Report based on your responses to the survey.

You will meet one-on-one with one of our providers in a judgement-free environment to discuss your use, what you would like to learn, and how to make AWARE useful for you. This may entail exploring your own use, receiving education about alcohol and substance use, and receiving support to make any changes to how you use.

4) After your initial appointment with an AWARE Staff member, you will be assigned to one of three educational programs. AlcoholEDU for Sanctions, Alcohol Education Seminar (AES), or BASICS.

Students who have been referred to AWARE for the second time for a violation of the same substance will automatically be assigned to BASICS. Additionally, students referred for a non-alcohol substance violation (Cannabis or other illicit substance) will be assigned to BASICS, or to a BASICS follow-up meeting.

5) After completing the educational program to which you were assigned, you have completed your requirements for the AWARE Program! All that is left is for the AWARE Staff member to notify your referrals of your completion.

6) Don't forget about the REFUND! After completing the AWARE program, you will receive 30- and 60-day follow-up surveys assessing current substance use. If you complete BOTH of the follow-up surveys (you will have 10 days before the surveys expire) you will receive a $20 refund of the fee that you paid, to your student account.

 

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Contact Us

University Counseling Center

Academic Year

Monday - Friday

8:00 am-5:00 pm (8:00-4:30 summer)

341 Knight Hall

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2187

Fax: 307-766-3412

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