Mentoring and Service Learning Curriculum
A unique feature of the Institute is a team mentoring approach. Community partners, academic mentors and the ITRE executive committee members work together 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 Partners have been identified based on their relevance to behavioral health, alcohol and drug abuse and comorbidities research and treatment among adolescents. Community partners have the opportunity to:
- Include members of their staff as fully participating scholars in the Institute,
- 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 both academic mentors and nationally recognized specialists in 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.
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,
- Advise scholars in the IRB process and research methods, and
- Provide regular advising to scholars in collaboration with agency mentors/supervisors.