Don't Cancel That Class Program

Western Faculty Member!

Attending a conference? Family Obligation?  Having a medical issue?

There's no need to cancel your class. Western’s Prevention Education Program, by way of the Don't Cancel That Class program can help by coming to your class and making a presentation on a number of topics that are relevant to college students (topic choices are listed below). We are also willing to make these presentations to your class if you are going to be present. Even if you don't need to cancel a class, you are always welcome to request any of these presentations for your classes throughout the year.

Western's Prevention Education Programs serve as a resource to the entire university community to help students have a safe and healthy experience while attending Western State Colorado University.  To accomplish this goal, our Prevention Education Programs provide students with alternative activities, education, and resources to prevent unhealthy student behavior. One unique aspect of the approach used by Westerns Prevention Education Programs is that a ”help and support” model is stressed over the traditional “punishment” model for  students who violate campus policies. Western's Prevention Education Programs want to ensure that students develop productive behavior patterns, understand healthy relationships, and learn to cope appropriately with the stress of college. Western's Prevention Education Programs collaborate with campus groups, GCSAPP, and the Bacchus Network to provide wellness education and programming to the entire campus community.

Common Program Offerings

Presentations are typically 50 - 90 minutes in length, depending on the presentation and your class's schedule.

Suicide Prevention Training (Question, Persuade, Refer)

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Most suicides can be prevented , however, if concerned others learn to recognize the risk factors, develop comfort asking about suicidal thoughts, and know where to send someone for help. Participants in this presentation will leave with practical knowledge for helping others who might be at risk for suicide.

Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training

The STEP UP! Bystander Intervention program was developed by the University of Arizona, in partnership with the NCAA and BACCHUS, to provide student athletes with the information, skills, and foundation for speaking up, taking action when they see, or are aware of  a situation that is not right or is dangerous.  This is a 90 min – 3 hour program (depending on how you want to structure it).  You can access all of the materials from the website:

Alcohol 101

Research shows that an increase in alcohol consumption by college students has a direct negative correlation to GPA.  This presentation introduces students to alcohol, it discussed the physiological, social, and academic side effects of alcohol consumption, and educates the student about responsible, legal, and appropriate use.  This presentation can be customized to better fit your area of study, some previously customized classes include "Alcohol and Hospitality", "College Alcohol use and the Media", and "Alcohol and the Law".  

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT):

SBIRT is a public health approach to delivering early intervention to anyone who uses alcohol and/or drugs in unhealthy ways. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) can help health care and other professionals determine whether someone uses alcohol and/or drugs in unhealthy ways. Its components are:

  • Screening - Short, well-tested questionnaire identifies risk (such as the ASSIST, the CRAFFT, the AUDIT, the DAST, etc.)
  • Brief Intervention - Short, structured conversations that feature feedback and options for change
  • Referral - For in-depth assessment and/or diagnosis and/or treatment, if needed
  • Treatment - Between 1% and 10% may need some level of treatment - depending on the health care setting.

Research shows that health care providers can engage patients in non-judgmental conversations (brief interventions) about their substance use and can help them decide whether they should reduce their use to improve their long-term health.

Risky use can lead to serious harm. Beyond injuries and illnesses like HIV, it can complicate existing chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases or depression. It can also cause ulcers, sleep and memory problems, and anxiety. Alcohol affects most organ systems, and many drugs affect the nervous system, and heart rates

Screening can also indicate when health care providers should recommend assessment and treatment services for those whose screening scores indicate a problem.

Helping Students in Emotional Distress

At times, you will have contact with students whose problems or behaviors cause you concern, discomfort, or may interfere with your work, their education or the education of other students. This program will focus on providing faculty and staff with the necessary skills to identify, communicate with and refer emotionally distressed students to the appropriate mental health services.

Are you stressed out?

The American College Health Association cites stress as the number-one impediment to academic performance in its national college health assessment. In this presentation students will learn techniques to identify stressors and take control of stress in their lives.

Welcome to the Party

1 in 4 college women will experience a sexual assault during her academic career (  The goal of this presentation is not only to educate students about sexual assault, but also to advocate for intervention, and begin a campus wide discussion which is necessary to initiate the culture shift toward healthy relationships and decreased sexual misconduct on college campuses across the country.