Region I Conference Committee
Sean Heffron, Executive Director of Student Success – Sacred Heart University
Nicole Wehbe, Avery Ofoje, Carline Jens, Avsar Rana and Shivani Arya, Student Health Ambassadors – Boston University
We invite you to join us for the 2018 BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region I Spring Conference at University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, March 24, 2018! Peer educators and advisors from across the region will gather to share, learn and inspire.
BACCHUS Region I invites you to submit a program proposal to present a 60-minute breakout session at our Spring Conference. Proposals from peer education groups and advisors are given preference. Proposals from other staff, faculty and prevention professionals are also welcome.
Session topics may include advising skills and issues, peer education group issues, student leadership and development, nutrition and fitness, promoting mental health and wellness, sexual health and relationships, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, or sexual violence prevention and response.
The Call For Programs is now closed.
All topics related to health and safety at Institutions of Higher Education are welcomed!
A pdf of the schedule can be found below. The schedule is also available in the Guidebook App.Full Schedule
Registration is based on NASPA institutional or individual membership status. If your peer education group is part of a college or university that is an institutional member, you and your group can register as many advisors/students as you would like at the member rate. If you or your institution are not members, visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. Registration is now closed.Register Online
Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to email@example.com
This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, 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 or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.
The Region I Conference Committee is thrilled to welcome Sean Heffron from Sacred Heart University as a keynote speaker.
We would like to thank the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF) for their generous support.
Please join Region I for a day of learning at the University of Rhode Island. The conference will take place in the Center for Biotechnology and Life Science (CBLS) building. The address is 120 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Free parking will be available off of Flagg Rd in a parking lot behind the Coastal Institute Building.
There are two hotel blocks for the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Region I Spring Conference. The first is at Hampton Inn South Kingstown - Newport Area. The second is at Holiday Inn.
Hampton Inn Information:
There is a 10 room hotel block runs from March 23-25, 2018. You must use the group code to receive the the rate of $129/night. The group code is BCS.
The deadline to book hotels is Sunday, February 25, 2018. You can book hotel rooms online here or you can call 401-788-3500.
Holiday Inn Information:
There is a 10 room hotel block runs from March 23-25, 2018. You must use the group code to receive the rate of $89/night. The group code is BCS.
The deadline to book hotels is Friday, February 23, 2018. You can book hotel rooms online here or you can call 401-789-1051.
Hampton Inn South Kingstown - Newport Area
20 Hotel Dr, South Kingstown, RI 02879
3009 Tower Hill Rd, South Kingstown, RI 02874
Boston Logan International Airport
The deadline to nominate an Outstanding Student, Outstanding Advisor, Outstanding Program, or Outstanding Peer Education Group has been extended until February 16, 2018.
Sean Heffron has spent 19 years working with college students in all facets of their lives. Live-in Hall Director, Professor, Baseball Coach, Academic Advisor, Leadership Coordinator…even Advisor to the Snow Club (his personal favorite). In his current role as Executive Director of Student Success at Sacred Heart University, Sean sees many of the same things you do—students in transition. Through his work, he has identified the secret to student success, and we will explore it together in a fun and interactive presentation about you and your inner hero.
When it is time to give a presentation, do you say, “Today I have to give a presentation?” Or do you say, “Today I have an opportunity to make everyone in that room say ‘WOW’ because of me?” Being able to present with impact is a skill that opens doors, both in school and throughout your next steps in life, whatever they may be. Come learn how to present with impact, have fun in front of a room, and make others want you to be a part of their team.
In an age of fad dieting and ubiquitous media messaging promoting thinness and unrealistic beauty standards, eating disorder rates among men and women are increasing at rapid speeds. The practice of expressive therapies is a proven effective avenue for treating and coping with mental illness. Expressive Therapies create a separation of the person and the illness as well as introduces a new perspective and the opportunity to see your negative attitudes and harsh beliefs right in front of you, differentiating between the rational and irrational thought processes. Through looking at four types of Expressive Therapies, including Art, Music, Dance, and Drama, we will explore how artistic expression encourages participants to appreciate the moment and what their piece looks like without judgement, adding to their ability to establish new regulations for self-acceptance.
This program will show an effective way to help students reduce harm while drinking while also helping them recognize the actual effects of drinking. Using red solo cups and actual alcohol bottles, we have student choose their preferred drink and pour out what they normally consume. To increase the interaction between students, we have them determine what would Big Red drinks on an average night out. We have the students tell us what he is doing each hour of the night whether it be drinking alcohol, eating food or drinking water. To further analyze the effects of alcohol we use the online Virtual Bar to input what he is drinking. Typically, we do this bar exam with small groups such as residence halls and sororities/ fraternities. This allows us to hear all of the student’s opinions and ideas as well as communicate on a more personal level, helping them to further develop safe ways of drinking.
Join the UConn Sexperts for our two time BACCHUS National award winning program, Rubberwear! This fun and interactive program gets the audience involved with hands-on learning. Race against each other in our Condom Relay Race, taste an assortment of flavored lubrications, and get free giveaways! Lubrication, dental dams, male (external) condoms, and female (internal) condoms will be discussed and demonstrated in detail. We will also discuss alcohol and its impact on consent. Since not all colleges are able to provide sex education, we will talk about the abstinence kits we offer at the UConn Health Education Office and are happy to share the components and teach how to make them for your campus. Discussion with the audience will include abstinence, safer sex supplies, and how to adapt this program to different campuses.
Come join fellow advisors for an informal discussion about hot topics on campus and to share the various successes and challenges we face in peer education, followed by an open discussion on topics generated by the group.
Lunch provided by the conference
Are you interested in learning how to structure or restructure your group to function more efficiently? Do you want to create new roles to challenge your peer educators? The Boston University Student Health Ambassadors would like to help you! Peer educators are invaluable assets to students across all universities. In order to keep the peer educator experience fresh and engaging, we've developed various processes and roles that allow for both professional and personal development. From content development to leadership experiences, we strive to support constant growth among our team. By attending this session, we hope to teach attendees how to reach their maximum potential in the realm of fostering individual, interpersonal, and professional development at their respective universities.
Survivors are often drawn to peer education groups – especially groups who have responsibility and oversight for sexual or gender based violence prevention programs. This session will explore ways that peer education groups can be both survivor-centered and survivor-inclusive. This session will help peer educators make their group survivor-centered and survivor-inclusive. Using clinical techniques and strategies, we will explore interventions on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels that can make your peer education group welcoming for survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and students with trauma history.
In a culture that is fast-paced and constantly grounded in future-forward mentalities, this session offers guidance in successfully using one's own external and internal skills to stay present. The Suffolk University Peer Health Educators (The SUPERs) will lead an interactive lesson on conceptualizing the practice of mindfulness within their daily lives by utilizing the "Suffolk Student Wellness Wheel". The SUPERs will assist the audience in better understanding what tools are available to improve mindfulness in areas of education, health, spirituality, financial, and social relationships. We hope that through engaging the audience in a conversation about what personal tools they can capitalize on, an extended "Mindfulness Toolbox" is created to be a resource for all Peer Health Educators to bring to their campus. Audience members will walk away with a better understanding about the benefits of mindfulness as an individual, a Peer Educator, and a student within a larger academic institution.
The Coalition of Colorado Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators (CADE) has been a source of training, technical assistance and support for collegiate prevention teams across the state for over a decade. With funding from SAMHSA each year, the CADE selects campuses to implement an evidence based program to address alcohol, marijuana or prescription medication abuse prevention. In this session, project staff will review best practices and share lessons learned for attendees to replicate institutional efforts.
The role of a collegiate peer education advisor is complex, ever changing, and sometimes poorly defined. There is no handbook, training, or manual when it comes to working with peer education groups. While BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA has hosted Advisor’s Academy for many years, the curriculum used for the training has undergone an extensive editing and renewal. It was debuted at the General Assembly BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Conference in November 2017. We are excited to offer this opportunity to professional staff and graduate students at the BACCHUS Peer Education Region I Conference. By attending the Advisor Academy participants will be provided with the training, skills and knowledge needed to be an effective collegiate peer education advisor. This training will include the first three modules. This first module includes skill building in regards to general concepts, definitions and theories for peer education advising, as well as, differences between volunteer, paid and academic credit bearing programs. Additional modules will be made available through webinars so that advisors can complete all five modules and receive a certificate from NASPA.
16 individuals die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, and the opioid crisis has now been classified as a public health epidemic. Our campus communities are not immune to this epidemic. This program will introduce the concepts of legal opioid use, prescription opioid misuse, and discuss the science behind opioid dependency. We will also discuss ways in which participants might start to identify those struggling with misuse or dependency, and ways in which individuals and campuses can begin to understand the misuse of opioids and assist those in need.
During this interactive program, students will be given the opportunity to decide which stress management techniques they would like to learn about. Techniques offered include Massage 101, Breathing, Aromatherapy, and Herbal Pillows. Audience members will decide which programs to go over in depth. Examples of our stress management programs will be given and we will discuss how these programs can be adapted for other campuses.
There is a growing mental health crisis within higher education. Approximately one in ten college students contemplates suicide each year, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults aged 15-24. Fresh Check Day is an innovative, fair-like event that utilizes peer-to-peer messaging to provide an inclusive environment where students can learn about and discuss various mental health topics and create a message of hope. Additionally, we have created the Nine Out of Ten Ambassador program (based on the statistic that 1/10 college students contemplate suicide) to help students carry on the messages of Fresh Check Day year-round. Through interactive activities, group discussion, and the chance to win prizes, conference participants will brainstorm and learn ways to engage in mental health activism and replicate these programs at their schools.
The program we are presenting will display a few different ways we teach the importance of active bystanders to our peers. The focus of our group is to empower everyone to become active bystanders, and our programs or events typically tie into specific topic areas such as alcohol and consent, healthy relationships, abusive relationships, stalking, pornography, etc. In this program, we are selecting some of our activities that we do with peers in almost all of our programs. We will also be discussing some events that have been happening on our campus to raise awareness on current events happening in the news.
By attending the Advisor Academy participants will be provided with the training, skills and knowledge needed to be an effective collegiate peer education advisor. This module includes skill building in regard to group development, recruitment, retention and training models.. Additional modules will be made available through webinars so that advisors can complete all five modules and receive a certificate from NASPA.
Join the Region I Conference Committee in recognizing great peer education efforts across the region. Awards will be conferred to: Outstanding Program, Outstanding Peer Education Group, Outstanding Peer Educator and Outstanding Advisor
Hazing is not the word that Administrators, coaches, student athletes, parents, alumni or community members want to hear associated with their school. Come and learn what you as an administrator should be doing to make sure that your staff, students, and overall campus community recognize the signs that hazing is occurring and what to do if it spirals out of control. This is a must for any administrator, coach, parent, residential Life, student and over all campus and community members.
The reality is that we are never going to stop scrolling. We go on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook and see fitness models performing exercise routines and know that our bodies do not look like theirs. We might feel the need to over-exercise to fit in and be socially accepted. With this mindset, some people hit the gym more frequently than they should. “#GAINZ: When gains season runs too long” is about dismantling the stereotypes around fitness and sports, and working towards a healthy balance of exercise. This program will discuss some of the ways you can identify and improve the #GAINZ culture on your campus.
Interested in mental health bystander intervention? This session will focus on how to intervene in a suicide crisis by using the method QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer. We’ll review physical and verbal warning signs of an individual contemplating suicide and talk about many of the myths and facts of asking the question “are you suicidal?”. QPR techniques, like CPR, do not have to be used by licensed providers or counselors and they can save a life. Question. Persuade. Refer: three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention program teaches people how to recognize suicide-warning signs, ask about suicide, and persuade people to accept professional help. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR has been taught to more than two million people worldwide – join us in our mission to pay attention, intervene, and save lives.
Are your programming efforts becoming stale and tired? Do you routinely fall back on the tried and true? Are you interested in expanding your reach past the conventional and comfortable? Come learn how to revive your wellness outreach with innovative new programming. This presentation will identify where traditional methods may fail you as health educators and how you can combat these common pitfalls by overhauling your programming to better connect with your campus.
By attending the Advisor Academy participants will be provided with the training, skills and knowledge needed to be an effective collegiate peer education advisor. This module includes skill building in regards to budgeting,obtaining and sustaining resources, as well as supervision/leadership styles and methods to hold student leaders accountable. Additional modules will be made available through webinars so that advisors can complete all five modules and receive a certificate from NASPA.
For the past 19 years, Sean Heffron has spent almost every waking hour working with college students, in a variety of roles and environments. His first professional role after NYU Graduate School was in residential life at a university in Manhattan in the fall of 2001, where he was introduced to crisis response when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 happened just down the street.
In addition to dealing with round-the-clock crises, the 24-hour environment of residential life gave Sean a holistic profile of college students, but he wanted to learn more. Sean moved to Sacred Heart in 2007, where he began teaching college communication courses, and took on the role of Head Coach of the Sacred Heart Club Baseball team in addition to his full-time job working with first-year students in the Freshman Mentor Office.
By interacting with students in the classroom, on the playing field, and across campus, Sean has utilized his experiences and created many interactive and award-winning presentations that he has delivered at colleges and universities in the US, India, Ireland and Luxembourg. He really connects to students through humor and participation, by demonstrating a true understanding of the student experience, and by challenging them to think outside of their comfort zones.
Sean is currently the Executive Director of Student Success Sacred Heart, and he continues to teach, coach, write books, consult, and makes appearances as a keynote speaker whenever he is blessed enough to be asked. He has published two books, and has conducted and published scholarly research on Student Attitudes toward Study Abroad. He lives in Shelton with his wife and two sons.