This episode of Saint Jude Retreats' Radio show features the topic of college students and substance use behaviors, especially as it pertains to the safety and caring support of students as they transition to the new freedoms of adult life and independence.
The radio show opens with radio host and Executive Director of Saint Jude Retreats, Michelle Dunbar, touching on the subject of what Saint Jude Retreats is and the philosophy behind it. Trending topics follow, with local and national news connected to substance use in college years. The news topics this week include a discussion of the recent release of the White House Task Force’s study to prevent sexual assault among college students. A glaring omission in the report is the lack of discussion of substance use as a contributing factor in both increased sexual assault perpetration and vulnerability to attack.
The interview with our guests follows, as Professors Pecoraro and de Roulet and Mrs. Dunbar discuss their book, The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding and Rigorous Teaching and their blog and podcasts under the Student Caring Project. Professors Pecoraro and de Roulet with Dunbar discuss substance use in the college setting and how to foster safety and responsible use as well as current trends in social media with substance use “advertising” among college students.
The radio show ends with Dunbar answering questions by listeners, which this week touched on binge drinking in college and how to manage the transition from college to adult life as it relates to substance use post-graduation.