Contact Information

Appointments: 717-477-1164
Fax: 717-477-4007

Sarah McDowell, M.S.
Interim Program Director
717-477-1536
samcdowell@ship.edu
Old Main 210A

Brandy Lautsbaugh
Graduate Assistant
Connectga@ship.edu
Old Main 210B

Dr. Ford Brooks
Faculty Advisor
Cwbroo@ship.edu 

Location:
210 Old Main (2nd Floor)
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: (717)-477-1164

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Connection Alcohol and Other Drug Program Services


Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (B.A.S.I.C.S.)

How it works:

Students are referred either by medical, housing, disciplinary, or self referrals to the Connection Program. The BASICS process is a two meeting program that uses a harm reduction approach that aims to motivate students to reduce risky behaviors rather than focus on specific drinking goals.

Benefits:

  • Increases students' awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Provides students with information on alcohol and it's effects on the body
  • Fosters safer alcohol use choices
  • Students gain increased awareness of alcohol-impaired choices that can lead to health problems, social difficulties, and/or legal problems


Early Intervention Groups

How it works:

Early Intervention Groups (EIG) provide support and education for students involved in high-risk incidents or who simply want peer support in making positive changes in their lives.  These groups meet for one hour a week for five weeks, are co-facilitated by Connection staff members, are closed meetings, and consist of approximately 5-10 college students.

EIG Topics:

  • The Stages of Change and Developing an Action Plan
  • Risk Factors and Progression of Use
  • Identifying "Triggers" and Managing Stress
  • Peer Pressure and Campus Climate Issues
  • Effective Communication and Refusals
  • Positive ways to Reward Successes
  • Identifying Needs, Social Supports, and Referral Resources    


Referrals 

Education:

We have a variety of information about alcohol and other drugs, including online resources and assessment tools to help students learn more about their own personal experiences.

Professional Assessment:

Connections staff can provide referrals to professional assessments at community agencies that are able to determine an individual student's personal level of need in terms of support services and/or possible treatment.

Campus Support:

Staff can also provide referral recommendations to numerous campus support departments that may be of interest or need for students such as: Career Development Center, Counseling Center, Learning Center, Women's Center, Etter Health Center, and more.