The Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Peer Educators believe that students are capable of navigating situations where substance use is prevalent and making decisions that reduce harmful consequences for themselves and their peers when they are provided with information and strategies. Through peer-to-peer education and outreach, comprehensive programming, and by providing support and access to resources, the peer educators empowers students to make safer decisions that will enhance their academic and personal success.
The ATOD Peer Education Program strives to challenge myths and explore norms about substance use and abuse on the Towson University campus. Peer Educators are passionate about educating their peers on safe substance use, including harm reduction tips and strategies. They are also advocates in the fight to reduce stigma towards addiction and recovery.
The ATOD Peer Educators:
ATOD Peer Educators present on a variety of topics including (but not limited to):
Our peer educators receive extensive training in skills related to leadership, program development, needs assessment, and evaluation. The ATOD Peer Educators also receive specific training in understanding the dimensions of wellness, the harm reduction continuum, substance use trends on our campus as well as national trends, and important information/language about substance use addiction and recovery.
The opportunity to join peer education provides a unique professional development opportunity for our undergraduates. Peer educators serve as leaders on our campus while representing two crucial campus departments. Students who join peer education not only get to enhance their skills in public speaking and program planning, they also get to build connection with their fellow peers who share their same passions. Peer education can open many doors for future learning and career opportunities. For those who are energized by health and wellness, peer education is the perfect place to grow.
Interested in requesting an alcohol or other drug workshop? Please complete this ATOD Program Request Form through the ATOD Prevention Center website. All workshops and programs can be tailored for particular populations.
View our workshops and submit your requests below.
A guided discussion about basic alcohol facts, recognizing alcohol poisoning, and the dangers of mixing alcohol with other substances. Students will learn the definition of harm reduction and strategies that they can use to make safer choices if they choose to drink. This workshop will also help students learn how to talk to a friend they are concerned about as well as understand how to connect them to TU resources.
This interactive, evidence-based workshop provides an overview of what students need to know about alcohol and marijuana and the effects they cause on the body. Students will engage in discussions about perceptions of use and learn about harm reduction strategies. They will also be taught both Maryland state and TU laws and policies about substance use.
A discussion-based workshop designed to teach students about the stress response, while exploring their own experiences with stress. Students will learn about why some people use alcohol as a coping mechanism and how that impacts the body. They will be challenged to think about alternative coping strategies, forms of self-care, and ways they can make more informed and safer choices with alcohol.
This training will teach you how to support students in recovery from substance use disorders. Upon completion of this one hour training, you will receive a Recovery Ally sticker, which you can display to show your support. The Recovery Ally Training is available for all members of the TU community.
This presentation provides an overview of Generation Rx University messages designed to educate college students toward “safe medication practices for life.” We will focus on specific issues relating to opioid, stimulant, and sedative medications, as well as some key general guidelines for safe medication-taking practices.
This interactive jeopardy-style workshop will teach students about multiple different substances (alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco/vaping) as well as different TU resources. This 1 hour game is fast-paced and high energy and is a great option for residence halls.
A highly interactive Kahoot-style trivia game designed to test student knowledge about alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and other drug use. Students will be asked to identify party-smart strategies, on and off-campus substance use laws and policies, as well as develop greater understanding of the impact of substance use on the body. Depending on size of group, the trivia game can be played by teams or individual players. Prizes will be given to game winners.