Health and Wellness Center - Penn State Altoona

Alcohol and Other Drugs

AWARE Program

AWARE is Penn State Altoona's alcohol and drug intervention program, coordinated by Health and Wellness Center staff, for individuals referred by Student Conduct, police services, residence life, district magistrates, or by the student themselves.

What is it?

The AWARE program is designed to assist students in looking at issues associated with the use of drugs and/or alcohol. It is a psycho-educational intervention program that provides information re: campus policy, the effects of alcohol and other drugs, and guidelines for low- risk drinking. It provides an opportunity for the student to look at his/her use of drugs and/or alcohol in a non-judgmental environment.

How does it work?

All students are initially seen for a confidential individual assessment by the AWARE counselor. Students are assigned to either AWARE I, II, or III based on presenting needs, nature of violation, and drug and alcohol history. Students also complete a confidential self-guided computer program which examines personal use, consequences, and readiness to change. Participants then enter into the assigned class/session using personal feedback from the computer program as a foundation.

What about confidentiality?

The only information given to referral sources is notification regarding attendance, compliance, and completion. We do not divulge personal information regarding your self-reported drug and/or alcohol use, nor does the referral source have access to your records.

How are the AWARE programs different?

AWARE I is designed for students involved in a minor violation and/or exhibit low-risk use. The program includes participation in two, two hour workshop focusing on examination of use, personal responsibility, education and social norms.
Program fee: $200

AWARE II is for individuals who have had a serious incident or more than one minor violation and/or exhibit patterns of misuse/abuse. The intervention includes four, one and one half hour workshops. The topics from AWARE I are covered, and the students are encouraged to explore their own drug and/or alcohol use at a deeper level.
Program fee: $200

AWARE III is designed for students who are referred again after completing AWARE II or if it is determined that this level of intervention is indicated. These students are experiencing more negative consequences due to their abuse of alcohol/other drugs. The student meets with the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor who determines the length of the individualized program.
Program fee: $250

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide both individual counseling and case management services. The Center's staff is dedicated to assisting students in their pursuit of personal and academic growth, to help students gain a better understanding and appreciation of themselves, and to support students as they make important decisions about their lives. Contact the Health and Wellness Center at 814-949-5540 to schedule an appointment or schedule through the Online Student Access secure portal.

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