ERIC Number: ED306845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
The Weekend Intervention Program.
Siegal, Harvey A.
The Weekend Intervention Program (WIP) at the Wright State University School of Medicine is described in this report. Designed to address severe health and social problems while supporting the university's academic mission, the program began with the goal of addressing the health and social problems of alcohol abusers. WIP is a 72-hour intensive program of education and counseling for alcohol abusers which provides local courts a therapeutic alternative to incarceration for people convicted of alcohol-related offenses. Its educational strength is a "real world" experience that gives understanding and skills in helping people with substance abuse problems. Medical student participation in the WIP is required. As participant-observers, students work in the counseling groups conducted by professionals. They attend alcohol/drug education sessions and a introductory meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Evidence of program effectiveness includes the following: WIP was the first driver-intervention program accredited by the Ohio Department of Health; WIP now serves a 10-county area adjacent to the university; WIP personnel make presentations at major national and international traffic safety and substance abuse conferences; and WIP has been replicated nationwide. A followup study indicates there is a significant retention of learning by students. The appendices include three Wright state University School of Medicine news releases. (SM)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Counseling Services, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Drug Education, Health Activities, Higher Education, Intervention, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Medical Students, Models, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Social Problems, State Universities, Substance Abuse, Traffic Safety
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.