We will continue to update the schedule as we get closer to the conference!
Meeting of the Minds is a regional prevention and health education conference for college and university peer educators, their advisors, administrators, and campus and community law enforcement.
Meeting of the Minds has something for everyone!
During the three day conference, some of the best training and education will be offered to the students and professionals from college and university campuses across Region IV-W. Some of the brightest experts in college health and campus safety will present effective strategies, model programs, and best practices for you to take back to your campus and your community.
After reviewing feedback from the 2018 conference, attendees indicated that they would like to see more sessions on the following topics: sexual health, sexual assault prevention, evidence-based strategies for prevention, marijuana, and health and wellness for subpopulations (e.g. students of color, LGBTQ+ students, etc.).
Meeting of the Minds: Networking for Success in Prevention is a regional conference dedicated to assisting students and professionals network and learn more about effective prevention strategies and student health issues. Students and professionals working in peer education, prevention, student affairs, or law enforcement from colleges and universities in the five-state area are encouraged to present about their work at this exciting conference!
Please consider sharing a best practice, educational program, or current research in a conference presentation.
Please submit your proposal by Monday, February 8, 2019 via the on-line system. We will notify the presenters of their acceptance beginning February 22.
Our 2018 Meeting of the Minds conference featured several poster sessions displaying research from campuses across the state. Topics included help-seeking behaviors among minority students, effectiveness of Green Dot programs on college health behavior, and a focus group study on sexual health and sexual assault prevention. We would like to invite you to submit a poster on research, or on a program or event from your campus. To submit a proposal for a poster session we ask that you have a title and abstract and that your display fit on an 8'x4' tack board.
We will continue to update the schedule as we get closer to the conference!
The registration deadline for the Meeting of the Minds is Monday, March 18, 2019. Rates will double for those wishing to register after the deadline. If you have questions or inquiries about registration, please contact Joan Masters at [email protected] or (573) 884-7551.
Checks can be made out to University of Missouri. University of Missouri system campuses may pay using mocode and ps account. Please contact Joan Masters at [email protected] for more information.
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Refunds are not available for registration cancellations after Friday, March 22, 2019. Substitutions are allowed, but should be e-mailed to Joan Masters at [email protected]
Please note: refunds are not available for cancellations after March 22. Substitutions are allowed, however payment is expected even in the event that the registrant does not attend the conference. Conference planners and sponsors cannot be held responsible for changes of conference plans due to weather, transportation, acts of terrorism, acts of God, or other possible incidents that may result in non-attendance. In the event of unforeseen situations every effort will be made to refund any costs that can be recovered by the conference planners. There is no guarantee of any refund in this situation.
We are able to accept credit cards for Meeting of the Minds registration fees. However, a 7% fee will be charged on the total of the transaction. Please indicate your willingness to pay by credit card on the Meeting of the Minds registration form and someone from the University of Missouri Box Office will be in contact with you during the hours of 9am-2:30pm Monday-Friday to process the credit card transaction. For more information, please contact Joan Masters at [email protected]
Mailed payments can be sent to: Meeting of the Minds
c/o Partners in Prevention
Wellness Resource Center
G202 MU Student Center
Columbia, MO 65211
Fax: (573) 882-1751
The following meals are provided during Meeting of the Minds: Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, Friday lunch, Saturday breakfast and lunch. Lunch on Thursday will be provided to those attending the RESPOND pre-conference.
Eric S. Davidson, currently serves as the Interim Director for the Eastern Illinois University Health and Counseling Services, overseeing the university’s health service, counseling center, student insurance, and health promotion programs. During the majority of his 22 years at EIU, he has led campus health promotion and prevention efforts, and student affairs assessment practices. Since 2009, he has also directed the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention, overseeing training and professional development for higher education practitioners implementing campus substance abuse programming. Eric assists campuses with understanding drug free schools and campuses act requirements, effective prevention programming, and assessment/evaluation.
Davidson possesses a Ph.D. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. He is also both a Certified Masters Community Health Education Specialist and a Certified Senior Prevention Specialist. n School Psychology from the University of Kansas. She has served as a faculty member at The University of Montana and served as Director of Counseling at The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
Dr. Kibler has studied health and wellness behaviors throughout her career, with an emphasis on suicide prevention. She has presented both nationally and internationally for the past 20 years. She currently serves as an Associate Professor in the School of Health Science and Wellness at Northwest Missouri State University.
She is certified in School Crisis Prevention and Response with the National Association of School Psychologists, is a School Suicide Prevention Specialist by the American Association of Suicidology, a Certified Wellness Practitioner by the National Wellness Institute, and a Certified Life Coach with JRNI. She has written and successfully implemented a federal SAMHSA campus-wide suicide prevention grant, as well as a Project SERV grant. She has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Kansas. She has served as a faculty member at The University of Montana and served as Director of Counseling at The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.
Sean joined the Alive and Well team in 2016 to provide training and technical assistance to organizations working to adopt trauma-informed practices. He has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, ranging from health education to community mental health. In each of these roles, Sean has worked to advance trauma-informed practices. He served on the Missouri State Trauma Roundtable where he helped to craft the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma Informed. In his work with Alive and Well Communities, he provides training and technical assistance to organizations across sectors based on the Missouri Model. He is a recognized trainer by the federal Gaines Center on how being trauma-informed improves criminal justice system responses and by the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Sean has consulted with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on developing trauma-informed measurement strategies for behavioral health and health settings.
Prior to joining Alive and Well Communities, Sean worked as a therapist, specializing in trauma recovery, severe persistent mental illness (SPMI), and co-occurring disorders. He is a recognized Train-the-Trainer by Community Connections, a national leader in developing trauma-informed interventions and cultures. He has applied his vast knowledge in a variety of settings from community mental health to drug court. Sean earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts in Counseling, Family and Marriage Therapy from Webster University.