2018 Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference

January 18 – January 20, 2018
Portland, OR

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The 2018 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 2018 NASPA Mental Health Conference, 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference, and the 2018 NASPA Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership 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.
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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as 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 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)

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886679822-2809) for 12 continuing education contact hours.

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Continuing Education for Psychologists

The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is approved 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 tgillmor@naspa.org.


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Call for Programs

The Call for Programs is closed. Thank you for your submissions!

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.

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

    • 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?

  • Campus Violence Prevention

    • ​How does violence prevention fit within your campus, divisional, and departmental strategic plans?
    • How do we build effective partnerships across campus to improve communication about violence prevention?
    • How do we sustain effective prevention efforts and discontinue efforts which are ineffective?

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

Submission Timeline
  • April 28, 2017
    Call for Programs Opens
  • September 15, 2017
    Call for Programs Closes
  • October 6, 2017
    Presenter Notifications
  • October 13, 2017
    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.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2018 Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference: A NASPA Strategies Conference.

Tiki Ayiku
Senior Director of Educational Programs
Phone: 202-265-7500, ext 1184
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference occurs at the same place and time as the 2018 NASPA Mental Health, the 2018 Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference and the 2018 NASPA Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership Conferences. Participants can attend sessions from any of the conferences.

Thu, Jan 18

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops
1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hours (optional)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Opening Panel
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Boosters, Sleeper Effects, and Follow-Ups: What Happens after a Brief Intervention
Jason Kilmer, assistant director of health and wellness for alcohol and other drug education and associate professor for psychiatry and behavioral sciences - University of Washington
How State Marijuana Laws Do - and Don’t - Change the College Prevention Landscape
Kimberley Timpf, senior director of prevention education - EVERFI
Innovations in Collegiate Recovery Programs: Implementing Unique Initiatives
Ruperto Perez, associate vice president for student health and wellbeing - The University of Alabama
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Piloting a Career Counseling Program for Students in Recovery
Caitlin Farr, program coordinator, offices of the dean of student life - Texas AandM University
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Using the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework to reduce alcohol and marijuana use among Minnesota college students
Jennifer Valorose, research scientist - Wilder Research
Update on Intervene: Cornell’s Evidence-based Bystander Intervention Video and Workshop
Laura Santacrose, assistant director - Cornell University
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
21st Birthday Project: Engaging Students and Local Businesses in a Brief Intervention
Kelsey O'Hara, health educator - Virginia Tech
Athletics and Student Affairs Collaboration- 360 Proof Tips to Enhance Your Prevention Partnership
Leah Kareti, 360 Proof program manager - 360 Proof
Innovation with Fidelity: Integrating Mental Health Screening into BASICS
Brooke Chehoski, PhD student - University of South Carolina
Increasing Student Health, Well-being, and Retention: A Scalable and Personalized Approach
Kate Simonds, student health coordinator and prevention specialist - Colorado Mesa University
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception and Poster Session
Statewide Strategic Prevention Priorities: Translating State Vision to Campus Practice
Michelle Bangen, associate director for prevention and wellness - Oregon State University

Fri, Jan 19

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hours
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Building Partnerships and Communication for Campus Hazing Prevention
Elizabeth Allan, professor - University of Maine
Facilitating BASICS with Mandated Students: Some Practical Considerations
Jenny Wagstaff, assistant professor of counseling - Campbell University
The Highs and Lows of Collegiate Cannabis Prevention Efforts: Lessons Learned from Two Adult Use States
Laurie Jevons, assistant director, BACCHUS Initiatives - NASPA
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Advocacy for What?, Reflections on “Getting a Good, Healthy Buzz”
David Anderson, professor emeritus - George Mason University
Collegiate Recovery Training - Bridging the Gap
Blake Schneider, program director - Mississippi State University
Creating a System of Care: Integrating Student Athlete Values with University Expectations
Jay VanDenBogaard, substance use disorder clinician - Oregon State University
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
5 Things Campuses Should Know When Developing a Prescription Drug Prevention Strategy
Kimberley Timpf, senior director of prevention education - EVERFI
Flourish or Perish: Tips for preventionists in it for the long haul
Peggy Glider, coordinator, evaluation and research - University of Arizona Campus Health Service
Worth 1000 Words: What students’ snapchat stories teach us about drug culture
Tom Fontana, BASICS program coordinator - University of Vermont
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Conference Break
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Plenary Speakers: Jason Kilmer and Amelia Parnell
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
The Postsecondary Education Partnership- Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH) Framework: A Comprehensive Canadian Framework
Bryce Barker, knowledge broker - Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Unconscious biases, micro-aggressions and stereotype threats: Impediments to quality ATOD prevention efforts
Alicia Battle, assistant professor - Benedictine University
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Addressing Student Group Risk-Taking through Focused Strategy
Thomas Workman, principal researcher - American Institutes for Research
Collaborating for A Healthy Campus: Lessons Learned from Athletics Partnerships
David Anderson, professor emeritus - George Mason University
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Evidence Informed Application of Marijuana Education with Students
Kellianne Carfi, assistant director - Northeastern Univerity
Recruiting and Retaining Exceptional Peer Leaders
Jill Lassiter, associate professor - Bridgewater College
Utilizing Personal Feedback Programs to Bolster Retention and Expand Prevention Programming
Megan Hopkins, project director - University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Sat, Jan 20

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hours (optional)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Conference Closing and Plenary Speaker
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Party Smart: Engaging Students in Solutions to Pesky Town Gown Issues
Sally Linowski, associate dean of students, off campus student life and community engagement - UMASS Amherst
The Overlap of Non-Medical Prescription Stimulant Use with Other Risk Behaviors
Nicole Fossos-Wong, project manager - University of Washington
Building on Basics: Enlisting Student Employees in Bystander Intervention Leadership
Cyndra Krogen-Morton, Title IX compliance specialist - Stephen F. Austin State University
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
“Let’s be Blunt” An Alternative Sanction for Marijuana
Abigail Erle, associate director of community standards - Babson College
Creating Engaging and Effective Campus Climate Surveys as a Means of Prevention
Carli Rohner, advocacy and prevention coordinator - Willamette University

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conference workshops for the 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference are listed below. There is an additional registration fee to attend pre-conference workshops, and they may be added to your conference registration at any time.

Using Research to Understand and Prevent the Perpetration of Campus Sexual Misconduct

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Most programs addressing sexual misconduct on college and university campuses are designed to improve responses to people who have been victimized and, more recently, increase bystander engagement. Building upon what is known about adult and adolescent sex offenders — those who commit sexual assault — this workshop will focus on emerging prevention innovations that can help reduce the perpetration of sexual violence.

From Collaboration to Commitment: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Campus

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presentation highlights factors in the successful collaboration between California State University, Long Beach and YWCA-Greater LA Sexual Assault Crisis Services. It identifies challenges to implementing campus partnerships with SA/DV agencies. In small groups, participants will identify ways to enhance campus relationships with SA/DV agencies and with campus/local law enfocement, and pinpoint service gaps that local agencies may fill. This session is for Student Affairs professionals seeking to initiate, or further develop, relationships with SA/DV agencies and campus law enforcement.

Assessment strategies: Planning and implementing an outcome evaluation of in-person bystander intervention programs

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Bystander intervention programs are a promising strategy to reduce victimization, by engaging the community in sexual violence prevention efforts. While there have been countless bystander programs developed in recent years, few have been rigorously evaluated to (1) determine effectiveness at increasing bystander behaviors and (2) identify the intervention components necessary for success. The purpose of this program is to share effective strategies for evaluating in-person bystander intervention programs, using Oregon State University’s experience as a case study.

The Importance of Strategic Planning in Prevention: Using a Strategic Prevention Framework for Colleges and Universities

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a widely-used Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), which is a planning process to guide the selection, implementation, and evaluation of effective, culturally appropriate, and sustainable prevention activities. This interactive pre-conference session will include an overview of the SPF and its five steps; examples from two campuses on how they use this planning process, including successes, challenges, and outcomes; resources from the Drug Enforcement Administration to support your prevention efforts; and ample time for attendees to share their experiences and learn from the experiences of others.

Peer Education Advisors Academy

Thursday, January 18th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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. At the NASPA Strategies Conference, The NASPA Advisor Academy will provide participants with the training, skills and knowledge needed to be an effective collegiate peer education advisor.

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This pre-conference training will include the first three modules. Information covered during this training is considered essential knowledge and includes:

·       Models of Peer Education

o   General concepts and definitions

o   Theories for peer education advising

o   Differences between volunteer, paid and academic credit-bearing programs

·       Group Development Module

o   Recruitment

o   Retention

o   Training Models

·       Operations

o   Budgeting and obtaining and sustaining resources for your peer education group

o   Supervisory/Leadership Styles

o   How to hold student-leaders accountable


Registration is currently closed. Due to overwhelming interest in the conference, we have closed registration and begun a wait list. You can register for the wait list through the regular registration process below by clicking "Register Online." Names on the wait list will be held in the event of any cancellations. You will be contacted no later than December 27 with an update to your wait list status.

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 Registration
07/01/2017 to 11/01/2017
Regular Registration
11/02/2017 to 12/15/2017
Late Registration
after 12/15/2017
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


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Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by November 3, 2017, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is November 3, 2017, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org. 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.

Substitutions: 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. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to refund@naspa.org.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org.


If you would like to exhibit or sponsor at the 2018 Strategies Conference, please fill out the exhibitor application form and fax or email the completed application to 202-204-8443 or e-mail kjerde@naspa.org by December 8, 2017. Questions? Contact Kristie Jacobsen Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.

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Hilton Portland

Hilton Portland
Portland, OR

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Portland.

The Hilton Portland is currently sold out of rooms. 

NASPA has secured an overflow block at the Courtyard Portland City Center which is 0.3 miles or approximately a 7 minute walk from the Hilton Portland.

All reservations must be made by Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please make your reservations as soon as possible, as hotel blocks tend to sell out for NASPA events. 


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Courtyard Portland City Center
5550 SW Oak Street, Portland, OR 97204
$169 - Single/Double
$169 - Triple/Quad
  • Travel

    Portland is serviced by Portland International Airport (PDX). The Hilton Portland is approximately 10 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    For more information about taxi service, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website. The estimated taxi fare is $35 one way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information about rental cars, including available companies and contact information, please visit the Ground Transportation page of the PDX website..

    Light Rail
    The MAX Light Rail runs every 15 minutes or better most of the day, every day. The fare is $2.50 for a 2 ½ hour ticket. Simply take the red line at the airport toward City Center & Beaverton and get off at Pioneer Square. The Hilton Portland is about a 2 minute walk from Pioneer Square. For more information regarding the MAX Light Rail, please visit the MAX Red Line page of the MAX Light Rail website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Portland in January are in the high-40s F during the day and mid-30s F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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