2017 NASPA Mental Health Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 19 – January 21, 2017
Austin, TX

The 2017 NASPA Mental Health Conference will provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address college student mental health through a variety of integrative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference and the 2017 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference.

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Colleges and universities are not isolated from the complexities of today’s world and today’s student arrives on campus with similarly complex mental health and well-being concerns. Colleges and universities consistently report an increase in both the number of students with mental health problems and the complexity and severity of issues. If left untreated, these problems impact students’ emotional and social development as well as their academic success and retention. Mental health and well-being are precursors to meaningful learning, making it critical for institutions of higher education to develop services that are accessible to students while removing stigma from help seeking behaviors.

Student affairs administrators, faculty, resident directors, and counselors are often on the front lines with distressed students, and they - along with many other campus constituencies - are searching for ways to best serve students' individual needs and those of the student body as a whole. Because mental health issues present in various campus settings and they affect not just the individual student but the campus as a whole, successful approaches require collaboration between campus departments and between a college and the local community.

Learning Objectives

Attend this conference to:

  • Evaluate the scope of student mental health problems on campus and better understand current trends and issues within student mental health;
  • Discover and compare ideas to promote increased access and education to mental health services for students;
  • Engage in conversations about innovative and effective programming to support student mental health;
  • Understand the keys to successful cross-campus collaboration in mental health services;
  • Explore ways in which mental health intersects with both violence prevention and response and substance abuse on campus to develop and enhance prevention, intervention and response.

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 deadline has been extended to Thursday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m. ET! 

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that enhance and progress the field of mental health on college campuses. 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

  • Current Trends and Issues in Student Mental Health

    • What are the current issues in student mental health on campus and how are they being addressed?
    • How are you assessing and identifying the scope of student mental health problems on campus? 
    • What innovative approaches do you employ to address the breadth of mental health problems on your campus?

  • Access and Education of Student Mental Health Services

    • How are your campus efforts meeting the needs of all groups, including veterans, first generation students, students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, and students with visible and invisible disabilities?
    • How can your campus develop or expand access to mental health resources?
    • What strategies on various stages of the prevention continuum have you found to be effective? What has not been effective?
    • How do you evaluate new programs and products to address collegiate mental health issues?
    • What strategies do you employ to gain support from administration and faculty?
    • What strategies has your campus utilized to sustain or expand mental health services and resources to students? 

  • Successful and Innovative Programming

    • What programs exist to remove stigma associated with help seeking behavior?
    • What programming exists on a campus-wide basis to support and promote mental health?
    • What innovative programs and/or services have been created on your campus to support students' mental health during transitions (e.g., first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior, veteran programming)?
    • What innovative programs involving collaborative efforts by Disability Services and Counseling Centers are available?
    • What kind of training exists to disseminate knowledge and skills to key stakeholders needed to create a campus environment that promotes student mental health?
    • How have you involved students in promoting mental health and reducing the stigma associated with help seeking behaviors?

  • Cross-Campus Collaboration and Coordination

    • What is your model of collaboration, and how does your infrastructure synchronize efforts to serve students with mental health concerns? Do integrated counseling and health centers work? If so, how have you successfully implemented this model?
    • What inter-department or inter-division prevention and intervention services have been implemented in order to promote students' mental health and well-being (e.g., career services, athletics, academic support, student activities, public safety, etc.)?  
    • Who is included when creating and implementing policies and procedures related to mental health?  How do they collaborate?
    • Who on campus is screening students and how are at-risk screening results communicated among campus services?
    • What changes, generally, in disruptive or unhealthy student behaviors have you observed, and how have you addressed them throughout the campus?
    • What do senior student affairs officers, presidents, parents and others want to know and what can counselors legally tell them?
    • What new initiatives has your campus implemented to address issues related to staffing, hours of operation, training of faculty, or wait time for students?
    • What role does the community play in your efforts?
    • How do you access local, state, regional, and national resources to help address mental health concerns on campus?

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 Notificiations
  • 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 Mental Health Conference occurs at the same place and time as the 2017 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention 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. The institutional membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. 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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