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Mentoring and Service Learning Curriculum

A characteristic feature of the Institute is a team mentoring approach. Along with community agency partners, community-based mentors, academic mentors, and national mentors work together as a team to guide scholars in the latest science of alcohol and drug abuse prevention, intervention and sustainability with an added emphasis on translational issues of evidence based practices (EBPs).

Community Agency Partners

Community agency partners have been identified based on the relevance of behavioral health, alcohol and drug abuse, and comorbidities research and treatment among adolescents. Community agency partners have the opportunity to:

  • Include members of their staff as fully participating scholars in the Institute (one scholar per site per cohort),
  • Work with both academic mentors and nationally recognized specialists related to EBPs, alcohol and drug abuse, comorbidities, and translational science,
  • Develop a service learning project relevant to the agency’s research and service needs associated with prevention and treatment,
  • Develop linkages, both locally and nationally, with experts in the field.

Community-Based Mentors

The community-based mentors work at the participating community sites and will:

  • Provide orientation to the scholars that will include information about the role, mission, and structure of the agency and the policy or political process that supports its existence.
  • Work with the student scholars and academic mentors to develop a service learning research project of high academic caliber that is consistent with the goals of the agency and the Institute.

Academic Mentors

Academic mentors have been identified based on their expertise in adolescent behavioral health, alcohol and drug use, co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, and translational research. The academic mentors will:

  • Work with scholars and community partners to develop a service learning research project of high academic caliber that is consistent with the goals of the community agency and the Institute.
  • Provide regular advising to scholars in collaboration with agency mentors/supervisors.

National Mentors

National mentors have been selected to reflect expertise in research regarding translation/implementation science, co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders in adolescents, drug abuse and addiction training, and the fundamental knowledge areas related to the grant. These national mentors will:

  • Provide expertise and a national perspective on training, dissemination, and science in alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Directly consult with each community team through face-to-face contact and/or teleconferencing.