2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 19 – January 21, 2017
Austin, TX

The 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference will provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention through comprehensive and integrative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2017 NASPA Mental Health Conference and the 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference.

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Student affairs administrators know the effects of alcohol and other drug abuse on student learning, persistence and completion can be staggering. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has specifically identified college attending youth and young adults as a target population for substance abuse prevention efforts. Preventing high-risk alcohol use and substance abuse directly contributes to institution of higher education goals associated with academic success.

Learning Objectives

Attend this conference to:

  • Evaluate the scope of alcohol and other drug abuse problems on campus and better understand current trends and issues in alcohol and other drug prevention;
  • Identify best practices for campus policies surrounding alcohol and other drugs;
  • Explore replicable and adaptable campus evidence-based policies, programs, and practices;
  • Identify sources and repositories for identifying evidence-based risk factors, protective factors, and practices;
  • Evaluate the capacity to implement prevention strategies on campus;
  • Understand cultural competency and its importance in evidence-based prevention efforts; and
  • Apply sustainability into all efforts in the spectrum of prevention.

Continuing Education will be available at this conference. Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.


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Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is closed! 

Thank you for all the excellent submissions to the 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Scope of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Problems on Campus

    • What do the data truly show? And how can quality assessment and reporting improve the misconceptions of the data?
    • What are the current issues in collegiate alcohol and other drug prevention, and in what ways are they being addressed?
    • How are campus practitioners assessing current alcohol and other drug use on campus?
    • In what ways are coalitions successfully providing feedback in culturally relevant ways that surveys often miss?

  • Environmental Management and Policy Change

    • What systems, policies, and procedures are in place to sharpen institutional decision-making and policy development? 
    • How does the college/university communication system inform and involve senior administration and legal advisors during alcohol and drug abuse related incidents?
    • How do we ensure that prevention efforts are integrated throughout the institution?
    • How is overall health and wellness integrated in campus policies and procedures?
    • What role does national policy advocacy play in local campus prevention efforts?

  • Strategic Prevention Strategies

    • How does alcohol and other drug prevention fit within your campus, divisional, and departmental strategic plans?
    • What role does the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework have on your campus’ prevention efforts?
    • In what ways does cultural competency influence prevention efforts on campus, especially for populations with historical health disparities?
    • How do we sustain effective prevention efforts and discontinue efforts which are ineffective?

  • Successful Prevention Programs, Policies, and Practices

    • Which evidence-based risk and protective factors are relevant to college and university environments?
    • How are student affairs practitioners screening, providing brief intervention, and referring students to higher level services in regards to alcohol and other drug issues?
    • What programming exist to support prevention on a campus-wide basis?
    • How do we incorporate harm reduction into the prevention efforts on campus?
    • What are innovative programs or new strategies in alcohol and other drug prevention on campus?

  • Campus and Community Partnerships

    • What is the model of collaboration used on campus to address alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention efforts?
    • What inter-departmental, inter-divisional, and community partnerships benefit prevention efforts?
    • What state and regional resources assist in local campus prevention?

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Submission Timeline
  • July 15, 2016
    Call for Programs Opens
  • September 15, 2016
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 7, 2016
    Presenter Notifications
  • October 14, 2016
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


The 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference occurs at the same place and time as the 2017 NASPA Mental Health and 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conferences. Participants can attend sessions from any of the conferences.

The Strategies Conferences will also feature exhibits in the 4th and 6th floor ballroom foyers. A complete list of exhibitors can be found here.

Thu, Jan 19

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Plenary Speaker
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Are you part of the solution or are part of the problem?
Kim Dude, Director of the Wellness Resource Center - University of Missouri
Creating a System of Care for Student Athletes: Integrating Student Athlete Values with University Expectations Around Illicit Substance Use
Jay VanDenBogaard, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor - Oregon State University
How to Build a Community of Students Who Enjoy Socializing Without Alcohol
Robyn Priest, Associate Director Office of Health Promotion - Boston College
Non-Medical Use of Prescription Stimulants: Developing Norms-Based Prevention Efforts
Jason Kilmer, Associate Professor Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Assistant Director of Health & Wellness for Alcohol & Other Drug Education - University of Washington
Reorienting Student Affairs to Health Promotion and Prevention
Kelly Hogan Stewart, Director; McDonald Center for Student Well-Being - The University of Notre Dame
Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention: Linkages for a "Well U"
David Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Engagement, Reflection, Intention, Action: Experiential & Facilitated Learning Approaches for Alcohol Education
Peggy Glider, Coordinator Evlauation and Research - University of Arizona Campus Health Service
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
Alcohol & Sex: Are You Sending the Right Message
Jennifer Jacobsen, Assistant Dean of Students, Grinnell College
Engaging Athletics in Creating a Culture of Caring
Mary Wilfert, Associate Director Prevention and Health Promotion - NCAA Sport Science Institute
Passionate Preventionists' Panel: Nearly 150 years of Experience
Connie Boehm, Director Student Wellness Center - The Ohio State University
Solving "Wicked Problems" Through a Campus-Wide Prevention and Advocacy Coalition
Michelle Bangen, Associate Director for Prevention and Wellness - Oregon State University
Working Toward Inclusion: Reasons to Partner with Intercultural Programs and Services
Alicia Battle , Assistant Professor - Governors State University
Enhancing Your Prevention "Toolkit": Sustaining Ongoing and Innovative Prevention Methods
Meg Foster, Prevention Program Coordinator - The Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception and Poster Sessions

Fri, Jan 20

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibits Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Rethinking the Campus Drinking Narrative
Kimberley Timpf, Senior Director of Higher Education Partner Education - EverFi
Know the Roots: Designing for Change at a Public Liberal Arts Institution
Thelma Santiago, Health Education Coordinator - New College of Florida
Late-night, alcohol-free programming: An insight into successful social change
Peter Costa, Director Health Advancement & Prevention Strategies - Lehigh University
Magis and Marijuana: Jesuit Institutions Address Student Use
Jenna Parisi, Assistant Director for Well-Being and Prevention Education Center for Cura Personalis - Gonzaga University
The Color of Drinking: Assessing the Impact of the Alcohol Culture on Students of Color
Reonda Washington, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Specialist - University of Wisconsin Madison
Sponsored Session: What You Need to Know About Campus Climate Surveys
S. Daniel Carter, Campus Security Consultant
Sponsored Session: How Can You Aid in Addiction Treatment
McKay Whiting, Founder of recoveryas.com
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Aligning Campus AOD Prevention Efforts with University Student Learning Outcomes
Glen Sherman, Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Development - William Paterson University
AOD culture change through the empowerment of fraternity and sorority leaders
Nicole Cavallaro, Manager Partner Education - EverFi
Campus Police Creating Change! Using Motivational Interviewing on Patrol.
David Closson
Engaging Peer Educators in Delivering Evidence-Based Brief Motivational Interventions: Innovative Training Models, Benefits, and Challenges
M. Dolores Cimini, Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation - University at Albany SUNY
Latinidad: cultivating culture as a prevention tool
Gabriela Mohr, Prevention/Intervention Specialist - Denver Public Schools
Sponsored Session: How to Leverage Technology to Exceed Compliance and Make Breakthrough Impact
Rob Buelow, Vice President of Partner Education, EverFi
Sponsored Session: Improving the Emotional Wellness, Resiliency and Success of Students through the Power of Conversations with Virtual Humans
Karen Carlucci, LCSW; Director, Mental Health Strategic Partnerships at Kognito
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Break
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Plenary Sessions
2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
Creating Synergy: Integrating Campus AOD Prevention and Collegiate Recovery Programs
Beth DeRicco, Director of Higher Education Outreach - Caron Treatment Centers
Intervene: The Evaluation of Cornell?s New Bystander Intervention Video and Workshop
Laura Santacrose, Health Initiatives Coordinator - Cornell University
Wellness Agents: Re-envisioning peer wellness programs to be comprehensive, high-impact and strategically aligned with university mission and goals
Sara Caldwell-Kan, Peer Wellness Specialist - Oregon State University
Transforming Health Promotion with Design Thinking
Todd Gibbs, Wellness Coaching Program Manager - The Ohio State University
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Compliance at Community Colleges: Lessons from Research
Bradley Custer, Doctoral Student - Michigan State University
Legalizing Recreational Marijuana: Strategies for Implementing Consistent, Collaborative Campus Messaging and Abuse Prevention
Christopher Edwards, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator - University of Puget Sound
The Push for Innovation in Higher Education and What It Means for the Future of Evidence-based AOD Prevention Practice
M. Dolores Cimini, Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation - University at Albany SUNY
Building an Evidence-based Framework for Hazing Prevention
Elizabeth Allan, Professor, University of Maine
Backpacks, Textbooks and Handguns: Addressing Campus Violence
Jason Ottley - West Virginia University

Sat, Jan 21

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Exhibits Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Application of the Free-Pour Assessment to College Student Drinkers: Review and Implications
Nicole Schultz - Auburn University
Athletics and Student Affairs Collaboration- 360 Proof Tips to Institutionalize Your Prevention Partnership
Leah Kareti, 360 Proof Program Manager - NCAA
Prevention Leadership - Principles, Practices, & Perspectives in Leading Campus Prevention Efforts
Joshua Fegley, Assistant Professor Public Health and Health Education - The College at Brockport SUNY
Raising the Bar: A Student Leadership Conference for AOD Prevention and Change
Melanie Fleck, Project Coordinator - University of Arizona
Translating evaluation into intervention: Using a data-driven committee to combat AOD abuse.
Lara Hunter, Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Services/Director of the Red Watch Band program - Stony Brook University
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Promoting Comprehensive Substance Abuse Efforts: Insights from Four Decades of Research
David Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Public health approach to tackle the "Big Six" secretive problems on campus
Smita Majumdar Das, Assistant Director Center for Prevention and Outreach - Stony Brook University
Reimagining SBIRT: Bridges to Prevention Innovation in College and University Settings
M. Dolores Cimini, Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation - University at Albany SUNY
When the Glass and Gavel Meet: A Take on Restorative Justice
Lois Flagstad, Vice President Enrollment and Student Affairs - Black Hills State University
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Closing and Plenary Speaker

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conference workshops for the 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference are listed below. There is an additional registration fee to attend pre-conference workshops and they may be added to your conference registration at any time.

Wellness and Health Promotion Directors' Pre-Conference Workshop (Two-Day Pre-Con)

Wednesday, January 18th • 01.00 PM – 04.00 PM

Targeting Wellness and Health Promotion Directors, this pre-conference workshop and the corresponding tracked sessions will provide an opportunity for primary leaders of campus health promotion and wellness to share the knowledge and understanding of effective and innovative strategies with one another and with invited upper-level administrators. Invited speakers and participants will discuss pertinent wellness issues such as Title IX requirements, college student drinking, and student mental health. Participants will leave with a collection of evidence informed practices and ways to collaborate to enhance comprehensive wellness efforts.

Wellness and Health Promotion Directors' Pre-Conference Workshop (Two-Day Pre-Con)

Thursday, January 19th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

BASICS, Brief Interventions, and Beyond: "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose"

Thursday, January 19th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is an evidence-based individual-focused prevention strategy. Yet, as personalized feedback, delivery modalities, topics covered, and sessions themselves vary in content, length, and approach, what does it mean to “do BASICS” with fidelity? This workshop will review the steps involved in G. Alan Marlatt’s original BASICS; examine subsequent published studies and lessons learned from these; explore newer interventions for cannabis, gambling, medication misuse, and depression; discuss implementation issues; and consider future directions.

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In this pre-conference workshop, we will review what it means to deliver BASICS with fidelity, review the studies that have evaluated BASICS (including any adjustments/alterations to the original content and approach), and discuss next steps in the application of BASICS on college campus.  Additionally, we will review other advances in brief interventions, including personalized feedback intervention (PFI) approaches for cannabis, gambling, mild depression, and non-medical use of prescription stimulants (currently being evaluated).  Other potential applications of brief interventions with college students will also be discussed as we consider future directions.  Finally, being in Austin, site of the iconic television show “Friday Night Lights,” we will utilize the show’s rally cry, “Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Lose” to explore the importance of the provision of accurate feedback, the valuable role of empathy in brief interventions, and the practical and empirical lessons learned that will set a campus up for success with their implementation.

Specific content will include:

  • Revisit the elements of BASICS as it was initially designed
  • Provide a detailed summary of the research articles on BASICS that were included in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA’s) College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (CollegeAIM).
  • Highlight research that was released following the final study included in CollegeAIM
  • Review implementation opportunities, lessons learned, and challenges
  • Describe brief interventions for cannabis (e.g., Christine Lee’s PFI; Lee et al., 2013)
  • Describe brief interventions for depressed mood (e.g., Geisner, et al., 2006)
  • Describe brief interventions for gambling
  • Describe a new brief intervention for non-medical use of prescription stimulants (NIDA grant to Irene Geisner, Jason Kilmer, Amelia Arria, and Dolores Cimini)
  •  Consider next steps and future directions
  •  Discussion and Q&A among participants and presenters

Identity, Values, and Community Change

Thursday, January 19th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

This workshop series explores the multiple factors that shape individual and group identities and how those forces impact one’s privilege (or lack thereof) and perception in society. Through individual and small-group activities, members explore how their identities are simultaneously supported and compromised by the social norms and cultural practices of their group affiliation(s). Participants will critically examine group dynamics, assess their organizational processes, and learn how to create more transparent internal systems of accountability and build coalitions within and across social networks.

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The workshop series is divided into three parts. Each session includes critical reflection, strengths-based activities, small and large-group discussion, and case study analysis. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing from evidence-based public health theories of change (social cognitive theory, theory of reasoned action, and theory of planned behavior), as well as Bernice Johnson Reagon's black feminist activism detailing the challenges of coalition politics and coalition-building.  A brief outline including intended learning outcomes is provided below.

Understanding the complex ways that one's identity, values, and actions impact the social norms and cultural systems that govern and facilitate inequity, harm, and violence is integral to successful behavior change communication programs and intersectional anti-oppression activism. Before a student organization, department, office, institution, or group of people can critically assess the cultural values and social systems that govern their actions, a deep understanding of the various identities held by existing group members is necessary. This workshop series explores the multiple factors that shape individual and group identity and how those forces impact one’s privilege (or lack thereof) and perception in society. Through individual and small-group activities, members explore how their identities are simultaneously supported and compromised by the values and practices of their group affiliation(s). Through critically examining group dynamics and assessing their organizational practices, they learn how to create more transparent internal systems of accountability and build coalitions within and across social networks that facilitate more equitable, accessible, and inclusive spaces for all people.


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

The early registration deadline has been exended until November 21, 2016.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 11/21/2016
Regular Registration
11/22/2016 to 12/08/2016
Late Registration
after 12/09/2016
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Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 4, 2016, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined. We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences. NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing events@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after November 4, 2016. Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected]


  • Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston

    Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston

    Senior Vice President for Student Life
    The Ohio State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Don McPherson

    Don McPherson

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  • Dr. Kim Fromme

    Dr. Kim Fromme

    Professor of Clinical Psychology
    University of Texas

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The exhibitor and sponsor application deadline has been extended until December 23, 2016. If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference, please fill out the exhibitor and sponsor application form [PDF] and e-fax back all 3 pages to 202-204-8443 or e-mail to [email protected].

Questions? Contact Szymon Kesek by phone at 202-903-0657 or via email at [email protected].

NASPA would like to thank the below Strategies Conference Supporters:

    Gold Level
  • Campus Answers
  • EverFi
  • Recoveryas
    Silver Level
  • Caron Treatment Centers
  • Medicat
  • Kognito
Bronze Level
  • Prevent Connect
  • National Alliance to End Sexual Violence


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