UTSA alcohol awareness group hosts free Aug. 4-5 workshop

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(July 27, 2011)--The UTSA REAL Alcohol Coalition will present a workshop, "The Motivational Interviewing (MI) Effect," Aug. 4-5. The workshop will provide an introduction to the principles and strategies of the MI style including the clinical method and its theoretical and research base. The workshop is free and open to the UTSA community.

>> To register or for more information, email Student Health Services or call 210-458-6810.

The workshop will feature Scott T. Walters from the University of North Texas School of Public Health. Walters is the author of 50 articles, book chapters and four books including "Talking with College Students about Alcohol: Motivational Strategies for Reducing Abuse." He trains providers to implement behavior-change strategies in a variety of settings and has received national and international awards for his work integrating research and practice.

The REAL Alcohol Coalition was created through funding from the U.S. Department of Education Grants for Coalitions to Prevent and Reduce Alcohol Abuse at Institutions of Higher Education.

The statewide coalition focuses on prevention and reduction of alcohol consumption including binge drinking among college-age students at institutions of higher education throughout Texas. The group's vision is to prevent and reduce under-aged and high-risk alcohol abuse through research, education, assessment and leadership.