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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students taking an addictions counseling course will be showcasing their team prevention/intervention research at the first Addictions Poster Symposium from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 23 in Sage Hall, Room 2015.

“The prevention/intervention project involves the development of an evidence-based prevention or intervention proposal that addresses an issue related to addiction behaviors or processes in Wisconsin,” explained Kelli Saginak, assistant professor in the professional counseling department.

Seven teams of students will present their project posters, share executive summaries and answer questions from attendees and peers about their project. A team of reviewers will evaluate the poster presentations using a scoring rubric.

UWO alumna and current graduate student Elizabeth (Anderes) Weigandt ’09, said her team’s project involves an intervention workshop for parents of adolescents who are substance abusers or at-risk for being substance abusers.

One goal of their project is to teach parents how to talk to teens about drugs and alcohol. “Research shows it is important to get the parents and family involved in the process because family-based therapeutic interventions can significantly reduce adolescent substance use and improve their involvement in school and family life,” Weigandt said.