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Marijuana Use in the Context of Alcohol Interventions for Mandated College Students

About the Course:

This course examines marijuana use in mandated interventions for college students. The participants were dual users of marijuana and alcohol. They used marijuana weekly and heavy drinkers (>4 or 5 drinks in one sitting). Participants were given Brief Advice (BA) by peer counselors, Brief Motivational Intervention (BMI) or Assessment Only (AO) as an alcohol-only intervention, using a stepped care approach. Previous research indicated alcohol-only BMI shows reductions in both alcohol and marijuana use.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Marijuana Use in the Context of Alcohol Interventions for Mandated College Students created by Ali M. Yurasek, Jennifer E. Merrill, and Jane Metrik in 2017.

Publication Date:

2017

Course Material Authors

Ali M. Yurasek

Ali M. Yurasek, Ph.D. joined the faculty in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida in 2016.  She has expertise in conducting and evaluating brief motivational interventions (BMIs) for marijuana and alcohol use among at-risk populations.  Her primary research interests include using behavioral economic theory to identify risk factors for substance misuse and poor response to treatment, as well as examining marijuana use amid the changing legal climate. Recently, she was awarded an SEC Faculty Travel Award (2018-2019) to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Missouri and was the 2019 recipient of the Research Excellence Award for the Department of Health Education and Behavior.​

Jennifer E. Merrill

Jennifer Merrill is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has primarily focused on investigating the etiology and consequences of alcohol misuse among young adults, with a particular interest in the subjective evaluation of alcohol-related consequences. She has current interests in qualitative methods, ecological momentary assessment, advanced data analysis, and intervention development.

Jane Metrik

Professor Jane Metrik works as a clinical psychologist at the Providence VA Medical Center and routinely treats veterans with PTSD who use cannabis.

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman

Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge and is designed for behavioral health professionals.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the concurrent use of marijuana and alcohol among college students is highly prevalent and associated with negative consequences.

  2. Identify the treatments used in the study, and the hypotheses posed.

  3. Summarize treatments that were effective in reducing use in this population.

Course Material

References begin on page 10.

Course Material

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Course Number 102696
1 credit hour
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