Counseling Department receives CADE grant


elisabeth tomlin

The Adams State University Counseling Department recently received a grant from the Coalition of Colorado Alcohol and Drug Educators (CADE) to increase alcohol prevention work on campus.

Lis Tomlin, Counseling Center assistant director in the Counseling Center wrote the grant. She said the CADE Project represents the CADE's initiative, a statewide coalition of campus alcohol and drug educators, to support the implementation of evidence-based practices on Colorado campuses. To receive the $1000 stipend, Tomlin applied for the grant with a written proposal of an evidence-based practice to be implemented on campus, in effort to address alcohol and drug education.

"We have received approval for this, and I will be speaking with CADE staff next week to discuss how to use the grant funding and what support we might need form them," Tomlin said. "I will also be attending a CADE annual training this year, in order to gain more knowledge about campus implementation and connect with other CADE Project participants across the state."

According to Tomlin, the CADE Project Adams State will implement is the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) curriculum. This is a harm-reduction approach to talking to students about drugs and alcohol. BASICS will be carried out by both licensed and interning counselors at the ASU Counseling Center. BASICS is a SAMHSA Model program and Tomlin said she hopes to utilize the curriculum to assist students in understanding their drug and alcohol habits. "We will be working with Housing staff, as they will be referring students after their second campus violation with drugs and/or alcohol."

Tomlin recently accepted the position as assistant director of the Counseling and Career Center and coordinator of disability services. She has a master's in counseling, with special training in addictions, and is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor.

As the assistant director of counseling, Tomlin will supervise interns in their internship phases, maintaining a client caseload, and contributing to prevention and awareness efforts on campus. She is also teaching the Prevention Awareness Crew class, an upper level undergraduate psychology class. "As the coordinator of disability services, I assist students in obtaining classroom accommodations and additional resources they may require."

For more information about the Adams State CADE Project call 719-587-7746.