Substance abuse prevention isn’t a new field. Indeed it has a storied and lengthy history within the United States and across college campuses. But with increasing attention to intersecting areas of concern including suicide prevention and violence prevention, intriguing new research to guide the field, concern for the intersection of substance use and social justice, and an increasing national focus on holistic wellness, the field of substance abuse prevention continues to evolve. Practitioners find themselves working at an intersection of decreasing alcohol use, increasing mental health concerns, growing acceptance for the legalization and use of cannabis, and increasing attention to treatment approaches that were considered fringe just a few short years ago- including mindfulness, meditation, psychedelic-assisted therapy, and more. Higher education practitioners in particular work with a population at a significant developmental stage in the midst of these shifting norms. The landscape is complex, but also exciting. The NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference aims to showcase best practices for prevention practitioners addressing the complexities surrounding substance abuse prevention at colleges and universities. As part of the larger NASPA Strategies Conferences, attendees have a unique opportunity to learn about and interact with professionals working in the intersecting fields of collegiate alcohol and drug abuse prevention, mental health, sexual violence prevention and response, and well-being in a comprehensive conference experience.
A huge thank you to our volunteer 2020 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Strategies Conference planning committee. Without this group of folks, this conference would not be possible.