Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Workshop for Local School DistrictsClick here for the Finger Lakes Times article


Alcohol abuse in high school and middle school students is a problem negatively affecting the physical health, emotional well-being and educational performance of students, both inside and outside the classroom and recent studies have linked early drinking behavior to later alcoholism. In an effort to educate teachers and administrators, the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Project of Hobart and William Smith Colleges sponsored workshops for professionals working in Seneca County, Ithaca, and Geneva City School Districts of New York State. These workshops introduced the school districts' representatives to the "social norms" approach to education, ways to carry out the social norms model and disseminate its information, and the social norms impact on the Hobart and William Smith campus. Representatives from the schools discussed the social norms approach with the HWS project leaders and later formed groups comprised of members from their own school district in order to discuss dissemination and application of the HWS approach. These groups also identified potential problems and issues that they would like to discuss with the whole group.

Workshop Participants

  Participant Name Position Title School Affiliation
1 Trish Wiltse Counselor Geneva Middle School
2 Randy Grenier Teacher Geneva High School
3 Mike Cooper Teacher Geneva High School
4 Paige Blazak Counselor Geneva Middle School
5 Bill Hadsell Teacher Geneva Middle School
6 Ed Wright Assistant Superintendent Geneva City School District
7 Mike Simon Principal Geneva High School
8 John Corcoran Director of Guidance Geneva High School
9 George Kiley Superintendent Geneva City School District

Workshop Schedule

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Social Norms Workshop (9:00am - 1:00pm on September 28, 1999 and 9:00am - 1:00pm November 2, 1999) Melly Academic Center Multimedia Computer Laboratory, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Workshop Structure:

I. Presentation of the Social Norms Model for prevention.

II. Presentation of the HWS program as an example of how to implement the social norms theory in practice. Slides

III. Team break-out sessions: Participants meet in teams by school to describe the approaches that they would like to implement at their school. Groups identify potential problems and issues that they would like to discuss with the entire group.


IV. Reports from each of the school teams highlight the approaches that each team feels would be best for their environment. Unresolved questions and issues raised for the workshop as a whole to discuss.

V. Continue discussions over lunch at the Scandling Center Common Room.



This workshop is provided through the support of the U.S. Dept. of Education and Hobart & William Smith Colleges.


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