Program to focus on how parents can prevent student high-risk drinking

February 21, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

The role of parents in preventing alcohol-related risks among college students will be explored during a workshop this week at The University of Toledo.



Dr. Rob Turrisi, a professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State University who is known as a national expert on alcohol and substance abuse prevention, will lead the workshop on “Bridging the Gap: Parents and Prevention” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Student Union Room 3018.

The workshop will look at the role of parents in reducing student alcohol-related risks and how those who work at colleges and universities can involve parents in supporting their policies.

“The problem continues. The more we can bring parents into the conversation, the better,” said Jo Campbell, UT director of residence life. “Mom and dad talking to students has a different impact, just like peers talking to peers has a different impact. We need to use all avenues to address prevention.”

The training will include discussion on the problem of high-risk drinking, the role of parents and peers in the availability of alcohol, parent-based interventions of high school and college students, and an overview of evidence-based parent programs to prevent student high-risk drinking.

The program, which is offered at no cost, is aimed to assist those who work at colleges and universities and work closely with students, for example, staff in student affairs and residence life. The workshop is sponsored by the UT Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Committee and the Ohio Drug-Free Action Alliance.

For more information or to register for the training, contact Alexis Blavos, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention specialist, at

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