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AODE Program Frequently Asked Questions
 



Q. What is the OSAPSS and SBI? 
Q. Who will I meet with?
Q. What happens if I miss a meeting?
Q. Is OSAPSS a part of the Office of Residential Life?
Q. Do I have to complete the follow up survey?  
Q. Where is the OSPASS located?
Q. How did I get referred to OSAPSS?
Q. How will I be treated by OSAPSS Staff?
Q. What is a brief intervention?
Q. How many meetings does it take to complete my SBI requirements?
Q. Will I get into trouble if I’m honest about my alcohol and other drug use?
Q. Are OSAPSS sessions counseling?
Q. What if I have been referred to BASICS?
Q. How can I contact the OSAPSS?



Q. What is the OSAPSS and SBI?

The Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support (OSAPSS) coordinates’ substance abuse prevention, education, early intervention, and assessment at Fordham University.  These initiatives are part of a comprehensive, integrated strategy that is science based and inherently student centered.  “Screenings and Brief Interventions (SBI)” is a program facilitated by the OSAPSS staff for students mandated from departments at Fordham. 

Q. Who will I meet with?

Once students have contacted The Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support (OSAPSS), they will be assigned a counselor who will assess the student's use of drugs and alcohol. All counselors have their Master's degree in counseling or a related field, and experience in dealing with substance abuse prevention.
 

Q. What happens if I miss a meeting?

We ask that you try to contact us in advance via phone or e-mail if you know you are going to miss a meeting.  If you miss a meeting, it is your responsibility to contact us as soon as possible in order to reschedule.  If you do not reschedule, we will notify the Office of Residential Life and this may lead to further disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply.  

 

Q. Is OSAPSS a part of the Office of Residential Life? 

 

OSAPSS is a separate department within Student Life at Rose Hill.  Student Life at Rose Hill includes the Dean of Students, the Office of Residential Life (ORL), the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development (OSL&CD), and OSAPSS.  Because the issues related to alcohol abuse are a high priority for each of our departments and that many of our mandated clients are referred to us from the Office of Residential Life, we maintain a close relationship with Residential Life staff and other administrators in Student Life.  Also, OSAPSS notifies Residential Life of whether or not students are actively pursuing completion of their sanctions. 

 

 

Yes. Several weeks following your final session, you will receive an email from OSAPSS requesting that you completea survey.  It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is similar to the “pre-test” survey that you completed during your first session.   It’s important that you take this survey because your responses will enable us to properly evaluate our services.  Once you have completed the survey, OSAPSS will notify Residential Life that you have completed your SBI or BASICS referral requirements.  If you do not complete the survey within 48 hours, we will inform Residential Life that you have not failed to comply.  

 

Q. Where is OSAPSS located?

OSAPSS has a new location.  We moved from McGinley to our brand new location in the Lower Level of Alumni Court South. To get to our entrance walk up through the back of Alumni Court South, our entrance are the double glass doors next to residential Life, or you can also go down the stairs diagonal from the Student Deli.

Q. How did I get referred to OSAPSS?

You may have been referred to the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support for several reasons.  Many students are referred to OSAPSS by a Resident Director or another administrator on campus.  OSAPSS does not decide whether or not a referral should occur.  We are responsible for ensuring that referred students are able to complete their requirements.  If you have any questions about why you were referred, please contact the administrator that you met with or who referred you.     

 

Q. How will I be treated by OSAPSS Staff?

OSAPSS Staff treat all students with respect and professionalism, whether they have been mandated to us or have come voluntarily for assistance.  We are not disciplinary officers and will not attempt to convince or force you to change.  We do follow set procedures and guidelines, so at your first meeting you will be asked a variety of alcohol and other drug screening questions in order to assess your use and risks.  Following your Screening and Placement Interview, you will be placed into an appropriate educational intervention.

Q. What is a brief intervention?
What we have noticed over the years is that many students mistakenly believe an intervention is a dramatic event reserved for people who have a serious alcohol or drug problem and are in denial. In fact, brief interventions have very little in common with this misperception. According to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the goals of brief interventions, “differ from formal alcoholism treatment. Brief interventions generally aim to moderate a person’s alcohol consumption to sensible levels and to eliminate harmful drinking practices, rather than to insist on complete abstinence from drinking—although abstinence may be encouraged, if appropriate.” The educational interventions we utilize have been designed for college students and provide opportunities for insight and the presentation of accurate information related to alcohol and other drug use. 

  Q. How many meetings does it take to complete my SBI requirements?

SBI (Screening & Brief Intervention) begins with a (approximately thirty minute) Preliminary Screening and Placement Interview with a staff member.  Following the Preliminary Interview, a student is placed into an appropriate educational intervention.  Interventions are typically 2-3 sessions in length and may be done individually with a staff member or in a group (Choices).  While the subject matter is different, all interventions last the same amount of time.  Following the intervention, the student may need to complete a 15 minute follow-up or an online survey. 

 

Q. Will I get into trouble if I’m honest about my alcohol and other drug use?

No.  OSAPSS holds the utmost respect for student privacy.  Any information shared during a session relating to the use of alcohol or other drugs will not be used against a student to incriminate or “get them into trouble.”  Limits and parameters of confidentiality are discussed more fully during the first session. 

 

Q. Are OSAPSS sessions counseling?

While personal issues related to alcohol and other drug use may arise during your sessions, OSAPSS staff members do not serve in the capacity as counselors at Fordham.  Since personal issues are at times related to substance use, OSAPSS staff often refers students to Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), which is located on the Lower Level of O’Hare Hall.  To learn more about CPS, visit their website at: http://www.fordham.edu/cps.
         

Q. What if I have been referred to BASICS?

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students) is a two session program facilitated by a member of the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Student Support staff.  Generally, students are mandated directly to BASICS following a conversation with an administrator.  During the first session, you will receive additional information and will complete a survey.  Between sessions you will be assigned a 6-7 minute online survey (e-CHUG or e-TOKE) which must be completed before your next meeting.  During the second session, you will receive personalized feedback based on the data collected during the first session.   Each session is approximately an hour in length

 

Q. How can I contact OSAPSS?

You can reach OSAPSS Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by phone extenion 3948 or e-mail osapss@fordham.edu, visit our office in the lower level of Alumni Court South or you can visit our webpage. 

 

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