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Monday, February 27th

9:30am - 10:30am

Overview:

This session will explore aspects of International School Counseling including working in a different country, third-culture kids, the International Model, and living a life in transition.  This is open to all counselors K-12.

 

Handout(s):

Counselors w/o Borders (PDF)

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Our Nation's divided culture SHOULD NOT extend to our schools. The need for self awareness and culturally respectful behavior is necessary but can be challenging. Learn strategies to adapt to YOUR school's diversity needs. The primary focus of this session will be training staff to be more aware of behavior that could be perceived as insensitive regarding race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Come away with tools necessary to lead a team in developing a more culturally competent school.

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Sanford Harmony is a research based SEL program designed to build healthy relationships among students. Pre-K-6th grade students practice friendship skills, problem solve, and learn to regulate emotions through the everyday practices of Meet Up and Buddy Up, lessons, activities and stories. Educators love Harmony as it is flexible, easy to implement, and builds inclusive learning communities where the focus is on teaching and learning. Harmony supports school-wide Rti/PBIS, and restorative practices. Discover how Philanthropist Denny Sanford and National University will donate all Harmony materials and teacher training for your organization/school at no cost.

Handout(s):

Relationships (PDF)

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Helping Your Students Demonstrate Grit in the Admissions Process - In the holistic admission process, universities are looking for those unique characteristics in students. By defining GRIT in their life, you are able to assist in defining GRIT and demonstrating GRIT in the admission process. Most students do not realize they have GRIT they do. This presentation will give you tools to assist your students in defining, understanding and demonstrating GRIT in the admission process.

Handout(s):

Explore (PDF)

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Come join the HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response teams as they discuss how their highly trained crisis response dogs can help in a school crisis.  Also learn about the latest scientific evidence that proves that the dogs help in the healing process after a crisis situation.

Handout(s):

Hope (PDF)

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Resilience is something we are all born with, from the homeless person on the street to the Harvard business grad. Most of us, including many of our schools’ struggling students, just haven’t learned how to access what’s already inside of them. Discover 10 tools to help you foster resilience in even the most unmotivated students. Once you understand them, you won’t go another day without using them! Whether you work with students in one-on-one, small group, or classroom settings, you’ll gain the skills you need to deliver the life-changing power of resilience to students of any background and learning style.
 

Handout(s):

Resilience (PDF)

Overview:

This workshop will address how to assess the seriousness of NSSI and reviews techniques to use to make this maladaptive behavior less useful to the individual.

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Non-Suicidal (PDF)

10:30am - 11:40am

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Take your daily work and the data you generate to turn it into an article for the Arizona School Counseling Association Journal. The presenters will show you how easy it is to start writing about your school counseling program and share the results of your work with other school counselors. The session will look at mind set #5 to use data to indicate how data from one counselor can be used by another counselor to achieve high-quality results and outcomes. Participants will receive step by step instructions on how to become an AzSCA, Inc. journal writer.

Handout(s):

Mining Research (PDF)

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A school counselor's time is already overtaxed as we are pulled in multiple directions by administration, teachers, students, and parents, while balancing caseloads averaging 400+. However, the need for professional development is paramount to executing our role effectively, as well as, necessary for recertification and/or district requirements. Our discussion will focus on strategies for choosing quality professional development, specifically online offerings, and how to more fully engage in PD for the best outcomes. Administrators would also benefit by hearing what their counselors need and want from planned PD on campus or in-district.

Handout(s):

PDP (PDF)

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What is the secret to doubling or even tripling your High School’s FAFSA completion rate from one year to the next? Come find out how a high school district and several individual high schools around the state made a big improvements to their schools' FAFSA completion rates with a little planning, lots of communication, and support from their community partners. These counselors’ best practices are simple, effective and scalable. Maybe some of their ideas will work for you too!

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In this session you’ll learn practical strategies for applying ASCA’s Mindsets & Behaviors Standards with your students in one-on-one’s, core instruction. Focusing on Category 1: Mindset Standards (M1-M6)

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This workshop will provide school counselors of all levels with developmentally appropriate, safe, and simple yoga and mindfulness techniques that can be integrated into a comprehensive school counseling program. School counselors will understand how these techniques enhance social- emotional learning, teach self-regulation skills, align with ASCA's Mindset and Behavior Standards, and offer a variety of lifelong coping strategies. This evidence-based approach to teaching school counselors how to integrate yoga and mind-body activities into a comprehensive school counseling program will include lecture, demonstration, and experiential learning. Yoga experience is not necessary.

Handout(s):

Yoga (PDF)

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Nearly 18,000 Arizona students do not graduate with their cohort annually. Over a 30 year period, a dropout can cost a community $500,000 in public assistance, health care, and incarceration costs. Estimates of the social benefits (savings from reduced crime only) of a 1% increase in male graduation rates amounts to $1.4 billion. In 2012 Arizona passed ARS 15-901.06 in order to support school and community efforts to recover and educate high school dropouts. Participants in this workshop will learn the specifics of this legislation and how to partner with Educational Management Organizations to develop a program in their community.

Handout(s):

Dropout (PDF)

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Reading the Tells is a powerful training seminar that gives you practical techniques, tools, and strategies for understanding and using non-verbal communication for the highest impact and effectiveness. Become a highly respected, highly influential, and highly successful communicator! Whether you are a teacher, counselor, manager, principal, supervisor, sales rep, attorney, or HR professional, the degree of career success you enjoy is virtually dictated by your skills in communicating with others on the job.

Handout(s):

Reading the Tells (PDF)

1:10pm - 2:10pm

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Are you a new or a soon to be school counselor? Are you a veteran school counselor? New school counselors have energy, enthusiasm and innovative ideas. Veteran school counselors have experience and know the advantages of a comprehensive program. Connect the two and everyone wins! Mentorships can be “a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.” Let’s talk about how school counselor mentorships benefit everyone, especially our students! If you are looking for a mentor or want to be one, come and explore the possibilities!

Handout(s):

Mentorships (PDF)

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Community University Public Inquiry (CUPI) connects faculty and students from Northern Arizona University with community partners to work on issues addressing community needs. This year, CUPI researchers have been working with the Northern Arizona Interfaith Council, a broad-based community organization, to understand the challenges that counselors face in supporting immigrant students.
In this session, we will share results of our interviews with counselors, teachers, and families. We will discuss how counselors can best advise immigrant students at this time of political uncertainty. Finally, we will explore how schools can use the skills of community organizing to connect with immigrant families.

Handout(s):

Community Collaborations (PDF)

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You know your school counseling program is making an impact on students and boosting their college and career readiness. But how do you evaluate that impact and continue building your program to help students achieve success in school and as members of society? Get hands-on practice using AzCAN’s (Arizona College Access Network) assessment tool. This assessment can help you and your team examine current practices, define quality, and measure impact. Thirty minutes spent on this assessment, followed by guided discussion and action planning, can change the way your team approaches college and career readiness, and will strengthen your student supports.

Handout(s):

Assessment (PDF)

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Life and Leadership are a complicated game. The only way to succeed is to participate and learn. Your success is dependent on how you play. "The Life and Leadership Connoisseur," Frank Kitchen, will use his recipe book of "Games" to facilitate this tailored interactive experience designed to improve your Life and Leadership skills. He'll teach you why "It's OK to Play!"

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Learn how a small school district went from losing 20% of their elementary students during their transition to middle school to transitions 96%, saving the district millions of dollars, literally!

Handout(s):

Successful Transition (PDF)

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Sexual harassment and bullying have moved to a new, ever-changing environment—online. This presentation addresses the specifics of cyberbullying, students’ technology use, and solutions to sexting.

Along with addressing negative behavior and the serious personal and professional consequences, the presentation illuminates positive ways individuals are using technology to inspire greatness.

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College recruitment is a multifaceted process that requires students to engage with recruiters, visit colleges, and be prepared to discuss future college and career goals. It is vital that students enter the process prepared with skills and knowledge to maximize the experience and capitalize on opportunities. This interactive presentation will provide high school counselors with tips and strategies to add to their toolkit for working with historically underrepresented student populations and their families to demystify the college admission process.

Handout(s):

Changing the Game (PDF)

2:30pm - 3:30pm

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Your first school counseling job can be overwhelming. Even if you’re new to the field of school counseling it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Come hear highlights and challenges from the 2015 and 2016 AZ Rising Star Counselors. Get ideas about how to be successful in your first years and leave feeling confident in your abilities as a new school counselor.

Handout(s):

New Counselor (PDF)

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In this session the Arizona Career Ready Team will give an overview and brief demonstration of the professional development opportunities Arizona educators now have for career literacy and development. Learn how you can participate in an online environment or with a requested face-to-face specific Career Ready Workshop. Bring your questions and be ready to participate in a demo.

Handout(s):

Team Career Literate (PDF)

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Are you out stuck in a rut,has your career hit a lull,or maybe are you looking for ways to connect with other professionals?Maybe you are looking for new leadership opportunities?Or possibly you are looking for ways to improve your school counseling program? Then this session is for you! There are several state, regional, and national professional organizations that would love to have you join their membership! Counselors from ACTEAZ, AZSCA, ASCA, RMACAC,and NACAC will discuss the benefits and costs of membership. We will also share opportunities for leadership in each organization to assist in developing your comprehensive school counseling program.

Handout(s):

We Want You (PDF)

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The 2015-2016 academic year marked a historic period for the National Honor Societies—an unveiling of significant programmatic and resource investments into the programs. Come hear the vision behind and status of the NHS and NJHS program features. Be first to hear of new initiatives to support student achievement and future aspirations. Engage in conversation regarding ideas that will further our efforts.

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What happens when parents sue the school you work at? Can my records be subpoenaed? Can I be called on to testify? Who defends me? Thom Hughart will present his thought from a recent court case he has been involved with as an Expert Witness for the school. The details of the case cannot be discussed as it is an on going case, but we can discuss the implications for school counselors and their schools.

Handout(s):

Parents vs. School (PDF)

Overview:

"Sexual harassment and bullying have moved to a new, ever-changing environment—online. This presentation addresses the specifics of cyberbullying, students’ technology use, and solutions to sexting. Along with addressing negative behavior and the serious personal and professional consequences, the presentation illuminates positive ways individuals are using technology to inspire greatness."

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Every student possesses a unique combination of innate strengths, and when students understand and apply their top strengths, the effect on their lives is profound. It requires a mindset shift from what is “wrong” to what is “strong.”

Join us to learn about the Strengths Movement in schools - an approach that is helping thousands of students to discover and develop their top 3-5 strengths for greater academic, career, and personal success.

You will discover tools/resources to support strengths-based development at your school sites, resulting in a positive educational environment where social-emotional learning and development form the backbone of student success.

Tuesday, February 28th

9:30am - 10:30am

Overview:

The session will be a power point presentation on the first year experience as a guidance counselor in Phoenix AZ. It will also highlight the experience of being in a new state and city. The presentation will also discuss language barriers, collaborating with a strong support system with your school/district and the trials as well as the errors that has happened so far within this school year. The self confidence that it took to be resilient in the decisions that a guidance counselor has to make on a day to day basis will also be discussed in this session.

Handout(s):

First Year (PDF)

Overview:

The evidence -- a 60% graduation rate in six years and mountains of debt -- show that students and their parents are not successfully navigating the glut of good and bad information on the Internet. They don't know themselves well enough to make a Best Fit decision the first time. How can they when the average AZ Counselor has a caseload of 863 students??
Those issues present enormous financial and social burdens to parents and students. This session will discuss emerging solutions -- technological, networking, and funding systems with the power to extend Counselors' services.

Handout(s):

Career (PDF)

Overview:

Joaquin Zihuatanejo, will guide students and facilitators through the process of writing an engaging , and effective winning scholarship essay. The scholarship application essay is one of the most personal and powerful components of the scholarship application process. Through a series of writing exercises students and facilitators will gain a greater insight into the construction of the personal narrative. This workshop will inform students and facilitators alike on all seven steps that going into the scholarship application essay process while giving them hands on experience with the planning, writing, revising, and final proofing of a successful scholarship application essay.

Handout(s):

ECAP Portfolio (PDF)

Overview:

The 2015-2016 academic year marked a historic period for the National Honor Societies—an unveiling of significant programmatic and resource investments into the programs. Come hear the vision behind and status of the NHS and NJHS program features. Be first to hear of new initiatives to support student achievement and future aspirations. Engage in conversation regarding ideas that will further our efforts.

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School-based peer mediation is one of the most effective approaches to integrating the practice of conflict resolution into schools. ??Peer mediation encourages students to apply conflict resolution skills when it matters most—when they are in conflict. ? It provides students the ability to resolve and learn from interpersonal disputes.
Research indicates that students who mediate spend more time in classrooms. Effective mediation programs can decrease office referrals by as much as 50%. Students are in the classroom and not in the office!

Handout(s):

A Quick Guide (PDF)

Overview:

How do you talk about the great things you do as a school counselor without feeling like you are bragging? This session will share with participants how important it is to "toot your own horn".  Advocating for your role is advocating for your students. School Counselors do great things with high ratios sometimes leaving very little time to share what is relevant to  student achievement, college and career readiness and social emotional development.  You will see how this grassroots advocacy can easily impact decisions at school, district and state level when we choose to take a "seat at the table".

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Failing 9th graders? Lack of student involvement? Evidence supports freshman transition programs for academic success. Hear from a RAMP high school how to address transition to high school through 8th grade orientation, Freshman Kickoff and mentoring program, group interventions, summer school options and an advisory program.

10:40am - 11:40am

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Do you face challenges to collaborating within your school and community? With decreases in funding and increases in caseloads, it is often difficult to find the time to collaborate with others. Despite these challenges, schools serving underrepresented minorities must collaborate with other professionals in order to meet the needs of all students. Come learn realistic strategies to building a culture of collaboration within your department, school, and greater community.

A Quick Guide (PDF)

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The influx of refugee students has had a profound impact on the Arizona educational system over the past several years, which has presented teachers and school personnel with unique challenges for which they have been often unprepared. Particular emphasis will be directed towards socio-cultural backgrounds, previous education, and the effects of trauma. School counselors will learn about the refugee resettlement process and how refugee students end up in Arizona schools. This session includes a presentation of tips and solutions that counselors can utilize to support the social and emotional needs of refugee students so that they are ready to learn.

Handout(s):

Refugee (PDF)

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This program is a one of a kind school-based initiative building on the personal capital already available—fathers and father-figures of students. Every attendee will walk away with the 7 Steps to Success for launching the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program in their school(s) to support education and school safety through positive male role models. Women and Men should attend this workshop.

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Helping Your Students Demonstrate Grit in the Admissions Process - In the holistic admission process, universities are looking for those unique characteristics in students. By defining GRIT in their life, you are able to assist in defining GRIT and demonstrating GRIT in the admission process. Most students do not realize they have GRIT they do. This presentation will give you tools to assist your students in defining, understanding and demonstrating GRIT in the admission process.

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How many careers require four years of post-secondary education? Does “higher” education mean “hire” education? What do your students really know about career pathways? Are they career ready? See current college completion, job outlook/placement and wages data. Learn creative ways to develop business/industry partnerships to build that all-important academic-career relevance in the classroom. Close with strategies discussion.

Handout(s):

Disruptive (PDF)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is all around us and careers in STEM are in high demand. Hear about how to best prepare your students for success in STEM degrees and careers, similar to those of which Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has to offer.

Handout(s):

STEM (PDF)

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All educators want lessons and/or programs that are engaging, impactful and fun. Guess what. Students do too. Participants will learn how to develop student connections that spark a desire to learn, participate, and succeed. The session will be completely interactive and fun; equal parts discussion, activities and information sharing. Participants will leave inspired, with the information, tools and resources they need to incorporate into their future programming efforts to ensure their student’s engagement levels are taken to another level.

Handout(s):

Connect (PDF)

12:45pm - 1:45pm

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Participants will identify a quality Individualized Learning Plan (ECAP) process and the role of school leadership in that process. Educators need to be knowledgeable and supportive of student’s ECAP process. By creating change that transforms “compliance” to “culture,” school or district leadership can ensure that EVERY student receives a quality personalized academic and career plan, so that they develop career literacy and the skills to become lifelong learners and economic independent adults. We will review the ECAP Implementation Administrative Toolkit and Site Assessment Tool, designed to assist school leadership to champion a quality CCR process that improves student outcomes.

Handout(s):

ILP (PDF)

ECAP at a Glance (PDF)

School Profiles (PDF)

Site Assessment (DOCx)

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Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender students have become a population of more focus in schools. School counselors are often some of the first to interact with these students. This session will focus on current research that is available to help in supporting this students. Legal requirements including Title 9 will be explained and include ways to support the safety and privacy of all students.

Handout(s):

Trans101 (PDF)

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This session will highlight Me3, an innovative career exploration tool that helps high school students not only identify their career interests, but match them to college majors. Me3 is a free career exploration tool designed by Arizona State University that allows high school students, their parents, counselors and teachers the ability to explore various career options including wages, job growth and working conditions. This highly interactive and adaptive tool also guides students in taking the appropriate courses to prepare for the career of their choice. Participants will walk away knowing how to implement Me3 at their school.

Handout(s):

Explore (PDF)

Overview:

The Playworks Power of Play session will introduce the importance of play and lay the foundation for creating a safe, healthy, and respectful environment for youth. Attendees will walk away with introductory tools needed to create safe and inclusive play opportunities for all students. The session will also include a discussion of the various barriers youth may face and how adults can help youth navigate and overcome these challenges. Participants will walk away understanding how to select and initiate games that support the physical, social, and emotional development of students.

Handout(s):

Resilience (PDF)

Overview:

As the use and abuse of technology has become more prevalent, the reality that no school is immune to the threat is apparent. This session will explore the impact that technology has on the adolescent brain and the process of decision making, as well as present on how one middle school is using parent and student on-line education to help combat in appropriate technology use by their students.

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Join us for a round table discussion on best practices for elementary and middle school counselors. Topics can include, but not limited to; Counseling Groups, Student Meditations, Crisis Response, creating a Professional Portfolio, creating a schedule for classes. Participants will be expected to share their best practices, learn other's best practices, and network with other elementary and middle school counselors throughout the state. The main goal is to collaborate and interact with other elementary and middle school counselors.

Handout(s):

Feeling Left Out (PDF)

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Wish you knew more about Google? Learn the basics of what can do with Google to make your life a little easier and efficient. Walk away with tools to help with student/parent communication, documentation, and data analysis. We’ll cover Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms and you will create a Google document based on your needs by the end of the session. Learn how our RAMP school uses Google to create surveys, presentations, and document sharing. This is for the novice user. Please bring a device so you can participate.

Handout(s):

Google (PDF)

2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Scholarships and financial aid are typically awarded too late to impact students’ college aspirations, application decisions, and post-secondary outcomes. Join our panelists as we discuss how Arizona State University and school counselors in Arizona are using an innovative approach to motivate students throughout high school and while helping students understand and access financial aid earlier on. Learn how shortening the feedback loop, increasing transparency, and engaging earlier with students about financial aid positively influences college-preparedness and student success.

Handout(s):

Scholarships Motivate (PDF)

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What are Programs of Study and why do students need to understand this concept early in high school. The CTE movement is working toward making sure ALL students have a post high school plan for further credentialing. Programs of Study assist students in building a path toward post high school career options. In this session you will identify POS, build POS and market POS in your school.

Handout(s):

Programs of Study (PDF)

Overview:

Life and Leadership are a complicated game. The only way to succeed is to participate and learn. Your success is dependent on how you play. "The Life and Leadership Connoisseur," Frank Kitchen, will use his recipe book of "Games" to facilitate this tailored interactive experience designed to improve your Life and Leadership skills. He'll teach you why "It's OK to Play!"

Overview:

In this session you’ll learn practical strategies for applying ASCA’s Mindsets & Behaviors Standards with your students in one-on-one’s, core instruction. Focusing on Category 2: Behavior Standards (Learning Strategies, Self-Management Skills, and Social Skills).

Overview:

As school counselors, we are seeing a dramatic increase in mental health issues in the school setting. It is important to understand these concerns and how to best assist students. This session is a more in depth discussion of last year’s session, discussing mental health issues in K-12 settings. It will include issues pertaining to depression, anxiety, trauma and self-injury behavior. We will discuss how these emotional concerns have a profound effect on student learning and how school counselors can assist. Coping skills and specific strategies will be provided.

Handout(s):

Mental Health (PDF)

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The Buzz- Over-consumption of alcohol is a significant challenge for recent high school graduates and can be a barrier to both Career and College success. High-risk consumption behaviors are linked with poor academic /job performance, lower retention rates, hazing, relationship violence, and sexual assault. The Buzz, is fun, experiential, and effective. 2015-16 statistical highlights (n=1237): 99% report The Buzz is relevant. 98% stated The Buzz will cause them to think differently about their alcohol use. 97% stated The Buzz was better or much better than other programs. After attending The Buzz, 57% of heavy drinkers intended to drink less. www.thebuzz.arizona.edu

Handout(s):

The Buzz (PDF)