Career & Counseling Services  
   

Substance Abuse Awareness Program (SAAP)

 
The Program
This is a Student Development model designed to teach the appropriate uses of alcohol using the methods of educational,
social norming, and judicial responsibilities.
 
The program encompasses the entire student body; residents and nonresidents in the Aquinas College Community. To provide consistency; college sponsored academics, extracurricular activities, events, and projects are covered by the program.
The program is based on a proactive holistic approach. The development of the program is a collaborative partnership between Residence Life, Campus Safety, and Career and Counseling Services.
 
The implementation and process will include the partners listed above and various departments within the Aquinas College Community.
 
SAAP Class
The SAAP class is a non-judgmental group, whose purpose is to educate about the risks of dangerous drinking habits.
 
The goals of the SAAP program are education, assessment, and treatment. Although this group and the alcohol/drug assessments are a part of the policy violation for a student, it is not intended to be a punishment; but rather a consequence of one’s behavior that does not comply with the policies and the rules of the Aquinas College community and/or the laws of Michigan. Decisions regarding discipline sanctions could be in addition to a referral to the SAAP group or for an assessment. 
 
First Time Policy Violation
In addition to any other disciplinary actions taken, first time violators are referred to the SAAP group. This group is three hours in length. Enrollment may not be done by e-mail. Please enroll by calling Dee Wagner at (616) 632-2171. Confirm the location at the time of enrollment.
 
Spring 2014 Meeting Dates Time Location
January 13 10am-12pm JLH 217
January 27 2-4pm JLH 217
February 3 10am-12pm JLH 217
February 17 2-4pm

JLH 217

March 3 10am-12pm

JLH 217

March 24 2-4pm JLH 217
April 7 10am-12pm

JLH 217

April 14 2-4pm JLH 217
May 5 10am-12pm JLH 217
 
Resources
Sharon Smith MSW, LCMSW, ACSW
Director, Career and Counseling Services
Adjunct Faculty
Phone: (616) 632-2902
E-mail: smithsha@aquinas.edu
Meghan Cupka, MAC, LPC
Counselor
Adjunct Faculty
Phone: (616) 632-2906
E-mail: cupkameg@aquinas.edu