Think About It combines sexual assault and substance abuse prevention in an online training program. Using interactive activities, videos, and providing data and information to the participant, it takes a non-judgmental approach and uses focus-group tested storytelling and interactions. Think About It utilizes videos, graphics, and interactive tools. It also collects and utilizes local data within the presentation by asking students their views on alcohol, relationships, and sex, and showing them how their peers respond to the same questions.
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Think About It
Think About It comes in up to three parts: an initial program that is approximately 2 hours, and 2 follow-up sessions that are 30 minutes each.
Part I. This portion of the program provides students with a comprehensive foundation in four areas: sex in college, partying smart, sexual violence, and healthy relationships. This course is intended to reach students before they begin college. The portions of the program that address sex in college and “partying smart” are intended to help students make safe decisions about sex, drugs, or alcohol. It provides participants with direct, non-judgmental guidance so that they can decide what is right for them, and what is and is not safe when they party or engage in sexual activity. The portions of the program that address sexual violence and healthy relationships have several purposes. They show potential aggressors that sexual assault is unacceptable, and show potential bystanders how they can intervene in dangerous situations. They teach participants how to recognize an unhealthy relationship by showing them the warning signs, and how to get help when they or a friend need it.
Part II. This portion follows up with students early in their college life. It tracks how students' attitudes and behaviors have shifted over time and shares that information with the participant. It reinforces lessons from Think About It: Part I regarding potentially dangerous situations and coaches teaches participants in how to, skip (intervention techniques) in such situations. Additionally, it presents scenarios that participants may experience on campus, asking students how their training from Think About It can be used to transform aspects of campus culture that encourage or condone sexual violence.
Think About It is a two-part system. The first component is typically administered before a student arrives on campus, or immediately after arrival. It lasts approximately two hours. The second part is intended to be administered further into students' time at college. Administrators can utilize 1 or 2 follow-ups, each approximately 30 minutes.
The program contains different versions for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in order to accurately reflect their different laws and regulations.
College students (all genders)
Think About It emphasizes the importance of offering non-judgmental advice that trains participants to make safe decisions. The program challenges the stereotypes some college students hold, that everyone on campus is binge-drinking and “hooking up” on a regular basis. It provides statistics demonstrating that many students do not engage in those behaviors in an effort to show students they do not have to engage in those behaviors in order to be socially accepted by their peers. In other words, it challenges beliefs that "everybody else is doing it."
The program uses a social norms approach to demonstrate to potential perpetrators their behavior is unacceptable and not tolerated by their peers, and to demonstrate to individuals in unhealthy relationships they do not have to accept being in such a relationship.
Think About It also utilizes a bystander approach, training students how to recognize potentially dangerous situations - whether a discreet incident such as an aggressive individual at a party, or a long-term situation such as an abusive relationship - and how to intervene.
There are no peer-reviewed, pre- post- studies of Think About It. The program was awarded the 2013 Gold Stevie for Best Training Site at the 11th Annual American Business Awards, awarded for excellence in design and content.
Because Think About It is completed individually, administrators should consider placing a hold on students to ensure completion. For example, administrators might require the program as a prerequisite to registration.
Think About It collects data from participants and shows those numbers to individuals as they are using the program. Administrators might consider incorporating collected information from participants into educational programming and campaigns to show trends in understanding and beliefs on campus.
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