The November roundtable discussion was facilitated by Elizabeth Maglio and Amy Poag from the Memphis University School. Questions, discussion points, and resource links are shared below.
Classroom Education vs Assembly Speakers – What is most effective?
Classroom education and assembly speakers combined are effective. Try parent and student assemblies to start to lay out the school’s plan for prevention.
Ideas for programming for both at each level and for parents
FCD – Freedom from Chemical Dependency uses a social norms model, and it has been effective for some schools on the call. There are benefits and drawbacks, but they also provide a school survey to begin their work with the school and share the results with families. Often, there is a wide gap between perception and reality. James Ling was mentioned as a good speaker to work with. Try reaching out to a local therapist or psychologist to works with students on substance abuse prevention. They often have research and developmental data to share with parents and students. SAP survey and model have been effective for some schools, as well.
Several schools are drug testing in their schools, and it seems to have had a positive effect and gives student’s an “out” as a response when approached to use.
Sanctuary Policies – what works and doesn’t work?
A sanctuary policy is when a student is not punished but rather educated after they admit to substance use.
What programs are folks using for middle school age students? What grades do folks start with?
Some start with sixth grade and education parents about how their brains and bodies are developing. We offer a parent education course in for 7th and 8th grade parents and students around how their brains are affected by substance use. Parents are given resources to have conversations with their children promoting a partnership between families and the school.
What surveys do people use?
School climate survey, Authentic Connections survey (more costly but came with specific information to work on in our school).
Links that were discussed and shared:
FCD Prevention Works
Safe to Say Something
Caron Student Assistance Program
National School Climate Center