STAR is an individually tailored skills program designed to help students drink more responsibly and reduce the risk of negative consequences when they drink.
It is also a complementary, evidence-based alternative to the MU Wellness Resource Center’s BASICS program for students who have already completed BASICS. The STAR program is a collaboration between the MU Department of Psychological Sciences and the Wellness Resources Center. The intervention is delivered by staff clinicians of the MU Psychological Sciences Clinic.
The program consists of four one-on-one sessions at the Psychological Services Center (211 South 8th Street) In addition, participants complete an online evaluation six weeks after their STAR sessions. The first two sessions will include personalized feedback about drinking behaviors, goal-setting, and a collaborative review of a recent drinking episode. The second two sessions will be tailored to an individual student’s concerns about drinking and other important areas of life. Options include:
- Personalized skills training
- Interpersonal assertiveness: how to communicate with others in a way that helps you meet your goals
- Emotion management: how to increase awareness of your feelings and make mindful choices
- In-depth exploration of personal values and future life goals
The online evaluation six weeks after your STAR sessions will ask questions about your STAR experience and related behaviors.