Benefits of Peer Feedback Programs


In an Editorial letter to the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the authors reported that peer-delivered feedback programs like the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) have been found effective in reducing alcohol use.   

They also note that, unfortunately, using peers can pose a number of problems.  In particular, these types of programs usually require considerable resources for training and supervision.   

I agree with the authors that peer-led feedback programs have been shown to be effective, and if they are easy to implement and require brief training they can be especially cost-effective, practical interventions. 

At Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW), all of our evidence-based and evidence-informed brief, practical feedback programs can be implemented by peers (or professionals).   

In addition, it only takes 3-4 hours to train peers (or professionals) to have a core understanding of how to implement PPW programs with fidelity.   

Further, all PPW programs have the flexibility to be implemented by peers (or professionals) either one-on-one or to a group.     

However, why limit the implementation of peer-delivered interventions to those that address just alcohol use, or target only college students?   

Prevention Plus Wellness feedback interventions are designed to prevent alcohol, marijuana and other substance use while increasing healthy behaviors, and include: 

  • SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness for youth
  • SPORT 2 for youth
  • InShape Prevention Plus Wellness for college-aged young adults
  • In God’s Image for youth in faith-based settings
  • SPORT Recovery for youth in substance abuse treatment or recovery
  • PPW Adult Recovery for adults in substance abuse treatment or recovery 

We offer peer training online or onsite in a brief Youth Leadership Workshop designed to provide peers with the skills, confidence, and knowledge to implement any of our easy to implement programs to their friends and colleagues. 

In addition, all Prevention Plus Wellness programs come with evaluation tools that allow supervisors to monitor the quality of peer-led program implementation and assess behavioral outcomes. 

Read about leadership training that allows peers to deliver PPW feedback programs today: http://preventionpluswellness.com/youth-leadership-training-ppw/ 

Read the entire letter to the Editor of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: http://www.jsad.com/doi/full/10.15288/jsad.2016.77.842

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