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High Expectations

High Expectations

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WELLWVU’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services and the Mountaineer Adventure Program have developed a new program for alcohol and drug education. High Expectations is a two session program offered as an alternative to other mandated psychoeducational programs.

Previously, students who were cited for underage drinking or some other alcohol abuse related charge would be mandated to complete group sessions at Student Assistance Program or the online sanctions portion of AlcoholEdu. Now there is another alternative.


High Expectations teaches the same information as other programming but will utilize experiential education at the WVU Challenge Course. While this type of programming is new to WVU, it is not new to the field. Challenge courses and experiential education have been used widely in helping address alcohol and other issues. Instead of the standard 8 session educational program or taking the online sanctions course, participants of High Expectations will complete two day sessions over a 2 week period. Both of these sessions are held at the WVU Challenge Course facility near Coopers Rock. The sessions will utilize an interactive approach that will focus on the past behaviors surrounding alcohol and partying, how to reduce harm or risk and alternative healthier behaviors and activities. One of the activities, aptly named “Team Party” requires the group to learn how to make better choices to manage their virtual Blood Alcohol Concentration while they move through the Team Development Course. This course is a low element, but both high and low elements are utilized. The activities are designed to be challenging, but students are never forced or required to do something they are not comfortable with. The activities and conversations will take place in a small group setting of 8 participants and 2-3 instructors. Learning is required but fun is the theme.

The program will provide transportation to and from Campus. If you or your organization would like to enroll in High Expectations, you can contact SAP at (304) 293-4477 to schedule your class.