ERIC Number: ED296239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying Students with Chemical Health Problems: Background and Simulation.
Maine State Dept. of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta. Div. of Alcohol and Drug Education Services.
This document discusses the role of school personnel in identifying and referring students with chemical health problems. It introduces the topic by stating that school personnel should be aware of how to deal with students who have violated school rules and those who are seeking help. It states that they should know how to draw the line concerning acceptable behavior, how to assist students who feel they need help, and how to be positive role models. In cases of disciplinary action it is recommended that if the staff member has reasonable basis to suspect a student of possession, use, or selling a prohibited substance to another student, the staff member should take immediate action to secure the health and safety of the students, obtain the substance through appropriate search and seizure procedures, and report the student immediately. A list of "red flag" behaviors for use in identifying students for voluntary chemical dependency assistance programs is provided. This list includes such behaviors as laughing continuously; sleeping in class; temper outbursts; and a change in friends, activities, dress and/or attitude. A four-step process on how to break down external and internal blocks to identification of students is described: (1) observe the student; (2) discuss the behaviors that are of concern; (3) consult with a professional to check out perceptions; and (4) meet with the student and make referral. Two identification simulation exercises for teachers and students are provided. (ABL)
Descriptors: Alcoholism, Behavior Problems, Discipline Policy, Drug Abuse, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Identification, Noninstructional Responsibility, Referral, Rehabilitation, Secondary School Students, Staff Role, Student Problems, Substance Abuse, Teacher Role, Teachers
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta. Div. of Alcohol and Drug Education Services.
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