Connection - Drug and Alcohol Services
The Office of Connection – Drug and Alcohol Service’s mission is to cultivate a sense of personal accountability and empowerment within our students. We strive to educate, so students can make healthy choices and responsible decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs. Through our comprehensive program that includes prevention, education, intervention and community coalition resources, we help our students persevere and find SUPPORT@SHIP.
To Our Current Students: Welcome back to Shippensburg University, 2017-2018 is going to be a great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at email@example.com or 717.477.1164, we have a number of different resources available to students.
To Our New Students: SHIP IS IT, welcome! Look into utilizing our free online resources such as e-toke and e-chug, we look forward to meeting and working with you.
To Our Community Partners: Please feel free to scroll through our website, we looking forward to continued partnerships with our neighboring coalitions.
Lavell M. Simpkins, M.A.
Interim Assistant Dean of Students, Coordinator Drug and Alcohol Services
Faculty Advisor's Welcome
Ship Students and Parents,
welcome you to the Connection Program, Shippensburg University’s alcohol and
drug education, prevention, and intervention program. The program here has been
in existence for over twenty years and provides education, referral and support
to those who have alcohol and drug infractions or issues. I am the faculty
advisor to the program and offer support, education, and training to the many
staff members who make up this quality program. My experience as a drug and alcohol
counselor and as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and College
Student Personnel here on campus allows me the opportunity to help the staff
provide the best services to students referred to us each semester.
Simpkins, the Connection Program Director, coordinates and provides leadership
and guidance to the staff members and is the main contact person if you have
questions. My role as faculty advisor is consulting in nature where I help Mr.
Simpkins and the staff with recommendations, training, and effective and
Connection Program offers a variety of services starting with a preliminary
assessment by one of our staff members. From there the staff meets each week to
make the best referral for services which can include one or more of the
following: A Basics Protocol, Early Intervention Group, Counseling, Professional
Assessment, Outpatient Treatment, Detoxification, and Inpatient Treatment. Our
mission is to best educate the student on at-risk behaviors and to provide
services and referral dependent on the preliminary assessment.
It is my hope, and the hope of the Connection Staff, that this program will be of help in making the academic and personnel experience of students here at Shippensburg University, exceptional.
Dr. Ford Brooks
Connection Program Advisor
Professor-Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel
Services We Provide (Click below)
BASICS is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment-free environment. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. Instead, goals of the program are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and potential harmful consequences.
BASICS Meeting - Expectations
Services provided through BASICS are non-judgmental, non-labeling, and confidential. BASICS involves two meetings with a BASICS Facilitator:
Meeting #1. The initial meeting is a meeting with a BASICS Facilitator. Together, the facilitator and student discuss an overview of the program and issues related to their drinking. Approximately 1 hour.
Assessment. As part of the initial session, the student is expected to complete an assessment in our office.
Meeting #2. The second meeting is a one-on-one follow-up meeting. It is held about two weeks after initial meeting and provides the student with personalized feedback based on the assessment and focuses on ways to reduce future risk. Approximately 1 hour.
- Promotes safer alcohol use choices
- Provides students with information on alcohol and its effects on the body
- Increases students' awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and/or other drug use
- Students gain increased awareness of alcohol-impaired choices that can lead to health problems, social difficulties, and/or legal problems
Early Intervention Groups (EIG) provide support and education for students involved in high-risk incidents or who could benefit from peer support in making positive changes in their lives. These groups meet for one hour a week for five weeks, are co-facilitated by Professional Connections staff members. These are closed meetings and consist of no more than 7 students.
- Values and decision-making
- Positive ways to Reward Successes
- Risk Factors and Progression of Use
- Effective Communication and Refusals
- Peer Pressure and Campus Climate Issues
- Identifying "Triggers" and Managing Stress
- The Stages of Change and Developing an Action Plan
- Identifying Needs, Social Supports, and Referral Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Member run support group for those struggling with an addiction to alcohol.
Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups
Member run support group for friends and families of problem drinkers.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Member run support group for those struggling with an addiction to any drug.
We have a variety of information about alcohol and other drugs, including online resources and assessment tools. These resources allow student's the opportunity to learn more about their own personal experiences and values.
Connection staff members 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.
Staff can also provide referral recommendations to numerous campus support departments that may be of interest or need for students such as: