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I am researcher at 3C Institute in Durham where we are conducting a research study this spring semester funded by NIDA to test out two implementation support systems for substance use/abuse programs and interventions. 

In order to do so, we are seeking MSW candidates, final year BSW candidates, and counseling graduate students to deliver a 5 session (30 mins each) substance use prevention program, CHOICE, to small groups of middle school students.  We are currently working with NC State students in the SW program.  We’d love to have NCCU Counseling students participate in ourCHOICE program study as group facilitators and would be happy to work with them individually to find a time that will suit their busy schedule!

Right now we are recruiting youth at the Girls Club in Raleigh,  Boys Club in Raleigh, and the Girls and Boys Club in Zebulon. We are also working on recruiting more locations across the triangle including locations in Durham such as Durham Nativity School and Student U. 

Can you please forward to your students and/or send out on the listservs?  Below this email is more information about the study including a registration link. 

I would also appreciate any other contacts that might be a good fit for this research study opportunity.

Thank you so much for your time.  Please feel free to email me with any questions that you or your students may have.



Mary Yannayon, MA

Research Associate II
3C Institute
4364 Alston Avenue, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27713
p: 919.677.0102 x564
f: 919.677.0112
e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(MSW candidates, Final Year BSW candidates, Counseling Graduate Students)

With funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 3C Institute is conducting a research study to look at the effectiveness of implementation supports for providers when they are running evidence-based group intervention programs for teens to prevent alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use (ATOD). Mental health providers who participate will be randomly assigned to one of two types of implementation support and provided access to training, materials, and resources for implementing the CHOICEprogram.

We’re looking for providers to join our study to facilitate ONE CHOICE group.

The CHOICE program was developed by the RAND Corporation with funding from NIDA and has been shown to be effective. CHOICE is a 5-session group MI (motivational interviewing) intervention for youth (ages 11-15 years) at risk of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. MI is a guided therapeutic approach that helps youth think collaboratively about their motivations and commitment to resist substance use. This program is geared toward youth who do not currently use substances and those who may have begun experimenting in order to help youth learn how to plan and prepare for high-risk situations and how to make healthy choices.

CHOICE group sessions will take place once a week for five consecutive weeks at local area Boys and Girls Clubs or the Durham Nativity School. Sessions are approximately 30 minutes long except for Session 1 and Session 5 (60 minutes) allowing time for youth to complete the pre- and post-study survey. Sessions focus on reasons youth choose to use or not use, myths and realities regarding substance use, the "path to problems", and direct and indirect pressure to use.

Facilitators will

  • Complete online CHOICE training
  • Facilitate sessions for one group and complete adherence/progress forms after every session
  • Audio record each group session and upload two randomly selected recordings to a HIPAA-compliant website for fidelity coding by trained researchers
  • Access implementation supports as needed to conduct CHOICE sessions
  • Attend a clinical supervision meeting once per week
  • Complete pre- and post-study surveys about use of CHOICE implementation supports


  • Enrollment from January 2017 through June 2017


  • Free online training, materials, and resources for CHOICE
  • Up to $300 in gift cards for completing study tasks (i.e., pre- and post-study surveys, forming a group, etc.)
  • Field experience and community networking opportunity
  • Contributing to the knowledge-base in the field of research

If, at this time, you would like to register to participate please go to: to complete a brief registration form.

For questions, please contact Mary Yannayon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-677-0102 X 564.


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