The Student Goal

"As a result of the DES program intervention, the student will be able to identify a personal plan reflective of an informed self assessment, resulting in the elimination, avoidance or reduction of substance usage and related consequences, including recidivism."

A student-oriented goal has been adopted for the DES student. The goal describes what the student will be able to do after instruction, rather than what the instructor was going to teach. The goal does not say that the student has to develop a plan to stop using substances of abuse. It states that the student only needs to be able to develop an appropriate plan based upon their new knowledge and self-assessment. The distinction between the two is essential because it dictates what instructional content should be taught.