Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors (DAPAs) are a group of undergraduate students who have been trained to respond to questions about alcohol and other drug use and abuse at Dartmouth. DAPA was created to reach students in a non-threatening environment and provide factual knowledge oriented to and delivered by students.
DAPA is a peer advising group sponsored by Dartmouth College's Health Promotion Department (in Dick's House). The Alcohol & Other Drug Education Program Coordinator serves as the advisor.
Refer students during emergencies or crises by calling the Counseling Department (646-9474) during business hours, and Safety & Security (646-4000) for the Counselor-on-Call during "off hours."
The philosophy of the DAPA program is based upon the following Shared Beliefs and Values:
Does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger associated with licit and illicit drug use.
Students participating in DAPA Training receive 18-20 hours of training, typically broken down into two, (2 hour), weekly sessions spanning eight weeks of the ten-week term. DAPA Training is usually offered during the Fall and Spring terms. The focus of training is to educate students about drug and alcohol use on a broad scale (e.g. social, physiological, etiological, familial, and legal aspects), as well as peer-specific components of use, such as listening and advising skills, so that students will be adequately prepared to serve as a resource and referral-point for their peers. Through a series of connections with campus administrators and student leaders, specific information about alcohol and other drugs at Dartmouth is covered, in addition to exploring the interaction between symbol and substance.Once the training requirements have been met, students receive a certificate and may offer themselves as a resource to their peers by posting a biography with contact information on the DAPA Blitz Bulletin, and by facilitating outreach and educational programming to the larger Dartmouth Community.
SEMP applies to any student organization that provides alcohol during a social gathering. The AOD office provides SEMP training at the beginning of each term and/or at the request of student organizations.
The Coordinator will be happy to tailor a program specific to your needs and/or the needs of your group. Common presentation/discussion programs have been:
Alcohol and Athletic Performance
Alcohol Awareness Day (Thursday of "Field Stock)
To find out who current DAPAs are, go to the DAPA Blitz Bulletin which includes a short biography about each active DAPA and their contact information. Please feel free to call, Blitz, or visit whichever DAPA you feel most comfortable speaking with or Blitz DAPA with any inquiry. We are happy to talk with you!
Last Updated: 3/5/13