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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Alcohol and Other Drug


This event is most likely to influence these groups.


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Call for Programs

The Call for Programs has been extended to Thursday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET!

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals on alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, as well as the inegrative approaches to violence prevention and student mental health on campus. Presenters will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Additionally, the conference planning committee will select programs based upon the programs' relationship to the conference themes and learning outcomes.  Special consideration will be given to programs that address integrative approaches.

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.

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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.

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
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
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. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
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
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Sat, Jan 21

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Conference Closing and Plenary Speaker


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.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 11/04/2016
Regular Registration
11/05/2016 to 12/08/2016
Late Registration
after 12/09/2016
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member


Tonya Murphy
Membership Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


View Registration Policies

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]

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Hilton Austin

Hilton Austin
Austin, TX

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Austin.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Austin starting at $209/night (not including 15% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date so please make your reservation as soon as possible.  To book your reservation online, please click the "book your hotel now" button below. To book a room by phone, please call 512-482-8000 and reference the NASPA Strategies Conference.  


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
$209 - Single/Double
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