2018-08-13

2019 NASPA Mental Health Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 17 – January 19, 2019
Washington, DC

It is critical for institutions of higher education to develop services that are accessible, approachable and make a difference to students in need. Additionally, we must actively combat stigmas around mental health in our communities that foster shame about seeking care which can escalate to crisis. It is up to us as mental health professionals to come together to explore ways to evolve our capacity to offer better support to more students while being under resourced—and equally as important, support each other as a community of practice committed to challenging work and cognizant of the need for self care.

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About

The need is growing.

In a recent study released by the American Psychological Association, it was found that 35% of students enrolled in higher education struggle with mental health. The most common mental illness was major depressive disorder (21%), followed by general anxiety disorder (18%). As reported in an overview of the study by CNBC, “Though schools around the world have made serious investments in mental health resources, the researchers found that colleges are still ill-equipped to deal with the surge of mental healthcare needs.” 

Destigmatize, Evolve, Support

At the same time as we are experiencing an unprecedented increase in need, very few institutions are scaling up their mental health resources to meet it. It is critical for institutions of higher education to develop services that are accessible, approachable and make a difference to students in need. Additionally, we must actively combat stigmas around mental health in our communities that foster shame about seeking care which can escalate to crisis. It is up to us as mental health professionals to come together to explore ways to evolve our capacity to offer better support to more students while being under resourced—and equally as important, support each other as a community of practice committed to challenging work and cognizant of the need for self care. 

Join us at the 2019 NASPA Mental Health Conference.
Rates increase December 12.

 Member of AUCCCD? Enjoy the NASPA member rate!

Why Strategies Top 3:

  1. Collect the continuing education credits needed to maintain your license at the largest wellness-focused event in higher education.
  2. The benefit of gathering practitioners from all sectors of institutional health and wellness is the centering of integrative, systemic approaches in much of the learning—with potential partners on campus-wide solutions sitting across the table.
  3. Gain exposure (or even create your own customized deep-dive track) to a sector of health and wellness that you are passionate about, but may not relate to your current job function. Or, perhaps your role was recently expanded to include a new function and you need a crash course? Your registration gets you full access to all programming of the four events making up the NASPA Strategies Conferences.

  

CONTINUING EDUCATION
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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA is seeking approval by NBCC to be an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC)

NASPA is seeking approval to be a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES).

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National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

We will submitting an application to the National Association of Social Workers for the appropriate number of creidt hours.

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Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is seeking approval by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AUCCCD maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

All forms and information will be provided at the conference.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.

If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].

The Mental Health Conference is put on in conjunction with the Alcohol, other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference , Well-being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference , and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference .

 

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Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Vice President for Student Affairs

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Call for Programs

The conference planning committee encourages program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. The outline/description should be lengthy enough to give the reviewers an understanding of your program session. It should also address the following points:

  • Goals of presentation.
  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.

Call for programs window is now closed. 

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Current Trends and Issues

    Programs submitted under this theme should address new or ongoing data and research surrounding college mental health, and what inferences that has for practitioners and administrators in providing services and planning for a mentally healthier campus. The conference committee is looking for presentations which discuss issues at a clinical/individual level and a campus/environmental level.

  • Access to Services

    Programs submitted under this theme should discuss student access to mental health services. The conference committee will be looking for new modalities that address growing waiting lists and stagnant or reduced provider capacity. Programs submitted under this theme can also discuss administrative successes and barriers to expand student access.

  • Successful and Innovative Solutions

    Programs submitted under this theme should address implemented strategies, programs, and policies which have been successful - or which are innovative, based on a foundational theory, model, or adaptation. The conference committee is looking for presentations which will share project implementation and program evaluation associated with these initiatives. Programs submitted under this theme may also specifically address transitional student populations’ mental health (e.g. first-year students, veteran students, etc.).

  • Cultural and Identity Considerations

    Programs submitted under this theme should identify barriers to mental well-being for campus sub-populations, the strategies to address social justice and identity-related stress, providing inclusive services, and the recruitment, hiring, and retention of diverse staff who provide mental health services. The conference committee is looking for presentations which address both the strategic and the practical aspects of these considerations on mental health services and the creation of a mentally healthy campus environment.

  • Cross-Campus Collaboration and Coordination

    Programs submitted under this theme should address the ways in which mental health service practitioners and administrators can and cannot work with other departments in student affairs. The conference committee is looking for presentations which share models of collaboration, case studies from integrated systems, successful partnerships, and work with student affairs leadership. Programs submitted under this theme may also address collaboration with local, state, and national organizations to promote mental health on campus.



Submission Timeline
  • September 28, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline
  • October 24, 2018
    Presenter Notifications
  • November 2, 2018
    Presenter Confirmations

Writing Tips

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

Questions?

Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 NASPA Mental Health Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference.

David Arnold
Assistant Vice President of Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives
Phone: (202) 265-7500
Email: [email protected]

Schedule

The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

Full Schedule

Wed, Jan 16

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Institute (Full Day)
Mental Health First Aid Training for Higher Education
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Session (Half Day)
Zero Suicide: Strategic Campus Consultation and Planning

Thu, Jan 17

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mini-Institute Sessions
A Multidimensional Understanding of Effective University and College Counseling Center Organizational Structures
Promoting Access, Collaboration, and Mental Health Outcomes through Positive Psychology
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on own)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Opening Session
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Session
Creating Effective Helping Structures: Exploring Philosophies and Models of College Counseling Centers
NatureRx: A Promising Upstream Approach to Support Student Mental Health & Well-being
Reduce student loneliness and build social connection: 5 insights to put into action.
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
The Anxiety Epidemic: Promoting Cultural Change on Campus Before It’s Too Late
Promoting student-athlete well-being by conducting annual mental health screenings
Sleep: A Powerful Modifiable Risk Factor for Mental Health. Ideas for Assessment Health Promotion and Culture Change
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception & Poster Sessions
I CAN HELP Gatekeeper: Free Suicide Prevention Basic Needs Intersectional Identity Student Retention Training
College Students and Self Deprecating Humor on Social Media
Addressing Students’ Mental Health Needs through an Online Mental Health Literacy Program

Fri, Jan 18

7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p..m.
Day One Exhibit Hours
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Extended Sessions
Transgender and Gender Nonbinary College Students' Wellbeing, Belongingness and Success
Culture of Care: Collaborating Across Campus to Improve College Student Mental Health
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Morning Break & Networking
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
Technology to the Rescue: Creating a Tiered Approach to Mental Well-being
Primary Care Screening of Anxiety within a University Health Center
Legal Remedies: A Model of Law School-Counseling Center Collaboration
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
Interpersonal Psychotherapy Techniques for Working with Undergraduates
Engaging Academic Advisors in Reporting & Referring Distressed Students
Building Student Resilience
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break & Networking
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
Scalable and Personalized Interventions: A Universal Approach to Support Student Mental Health, Well-being, and Success
Improving Help-Seeking Behaviors through Data and Partnerships
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
Creating Healthy Campuses by Championing Student Voices
Mental Health Strategies: The Happiness Approach
College Counseling from a distance: Deciding whether and when to engage in telemental health services
Let's go team! A game plan to build resiliency for women who are student athletes.
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessons
Just What I AM: Multidimensional Competencies for Mental Health Stigmas
The Role of the Psychiatrist on the Modern College Campus
Special Considerations: Social Work Ethics in Higher Education

Sat, Jan 19

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Day Two Exhibit Hours
7:30 a.m.. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Closing Speaker
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Waiting for the Great Leap Forward: Innovations in College Mental Health Systems
Developing Culturally Responsive Peer Education Programs: Opportunities to Reach Underserved Populations
Usage and Perceived Utility of a Behavioral Intervention Team Program at a Large Urban Southeastern University
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Developing Resilience and Fostering Well-Being: Helping Students Thrive
The Benefits of Animal Assisted Interventions for College Student Well-Being

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The pre-conference workshops and institutes for the 2019 NASPA Mental Health Strategies Conference are listed below. There is an additional registration fee to attend pre-conference workshops and institutes, and they may be added to your conference registration at any time.

Mental Health First Aid Training for Higher Education

Wednesday, January 16th • 09.00 AM – 05.00 PM

Universities across the nation have seen an increase of complex mental health issues while strapped for financial and human resources. Now more than ever it is important that practitioners be able to respond to a developing or existing crisis. This pre-conference will train participants in Mental Health First Aid Training for Higher Education. This 8 hour training is evidence-based and highly interactive while giving an overview on how to recognize, respond, and connect individuals who have different types of illnesses to professional help.

Zero Suicide: Strategic Campus Consultation and Planning

Wednesday, January 16th • 02.00 PM – 05.00 PM

Building on the last 2 years of presentations in this area at the NASPA Strategies Conferences, this pre-conference workshop will specifically focus on participant engagement with campus consultants/experts to develop and establish a campus-based Zero Suicide initiative. This workshop will briefly review the foundations of the international zero suicide initiative and adaptation and implantation on a college campus. Participants will engage in structured peer dialogue, peer consultation and strategic planning for their institutions, including engaging cross-campus collaborations, and developing initial assessment metrics.

Registration

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 Strategies Conferences converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations from any conference on site.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration
04/27/2018 to 11/07/2018
Regular Registration
11/08/2018 to 12/12/2018
Late Registration
12/13/2018 to 01/01/2019
NASPA Member
$450
$500
$575
Non Member
$650
$700
$775
Student
$155
$185
$230
Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop
$75
$95
$100
Pre-Conference Full Day Institute
$125
$145
$150

Questions?

NASPA Events
Event Registration Support
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Laurie Jevons
Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Mallory Jordan
Assistant Director of Health and Well-being Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

David Arnold
Assistant Vice President for Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Allison Tombros Korman
Senior Director, Culture of Respect
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 265-7500

Sponsors


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor the 2019 NASPA Strategies, please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to [email protected] by December 7, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected].

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Venue


Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, DC

All conference activities will take place at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Grand Hyatt Washington starting at $205/night (not including 14.8% occupancy fee). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

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Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW Washington, D.C., 20001
202-582-1234
Starting at:
$205 - Single
$205 - Double
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