Counseling, Health & Wellness at Aquinas College

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 non-residents 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 Counseling, Health & Wellness 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 (616) 632-2905. Confirm the location at the time of enrollment.

*Please feel free to bring your lunch or snacks

Sharon Smith MSW, LCMSW, ACSW
Director, Counseling, Health & Wellness
Adjunct Faculty
Phone: (616) 632-2902