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Wednesday, May 22

9:00am CDT

10:00am CDT

Plenary 1: There Has Always Been Drinking in America: Alcohol, History, Culture, and What It All Means for Prevention
Americans drink to celebrate and to mourn. We toast a new addition to our family, an engagement, a marriage, a new job, and a life well-lived. We open a bottle to break bread with friends, to watch sports, to pray, and to drown our sorrows. But we also suffer from addiction, violence, motor vehicle crashes, and death, all at the hands of alcohol. This keynote explores America’s cultural relationship to alcohol, from the thirteen colonies and prohibition to today’s music and movies. In prevention, we often focus so intently on our communities and strategies that we fail to step back and look at the much, much bigger picture of the cultural and historical context of what we are trying to accomplish. Using humor and examples from history, movies, music, television, and more, Dr. Rodney Wambeam provides the larger context of what it means to prevent the misuse, abuse, and devastating consequences of a substance that has always been part of the American experience.

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Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) of the University of Wyoming (UW)
Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) of the University of Wyoming (UW). He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at UW. Dr. Wambeam completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska in 1999... Read More →

11:30am CDT

Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:30am - 11:35am CDT
Trevecca Nazarene University

11:35am CDT

Plenary 2: The Brain, Mental Health and Addiction
This session will provide a basic overview of brain neurotransmitters, addiction as a brain disease and how trauma effects the brain.  Additionally the presenter will compare the effects of mental health on the brain with those of addiction as well as an overview of how the brain recovers.  The impact on the brain of the use opioids versus other substances will be reviewed.  Treatment modalities for the treatment of addiction and the need for a long term recovery process will be illustrated.  The presenter will review misconceptions about the causes of addiction as well as best practices for current treatment for addiction and trauma.

Attendees will be able to:
  1. Describe the effects of nature versus nurture on brain development
  2. Describe the basic function of a neuropathway
  3. List two ways that CBT can be used to ‘retrain’ the brain as part of addiction treatment
  4. Describe the process of recovery in order to utilize a recovery oriented focus of care
  5. Describe one way trauma effects recovery and reinforces addictive behaviors

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Mary Linden Salter, LCSW

Executive Director, TAADAS
Mary Linden Salter is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and other Addiction Services, an association of addiction and recovery support providers.  Mary Linden is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in Tennessee since 1996. She received... Read More →

12:35pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

1A: The Effects of Marijuana Use on Institutions Within Coalition For Healthy and Safe Campus Communities
The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of marijuana use and its impact on academic outcomes as measured by student GPA within Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities’ (CHASCo) member institutions over a 5-year period.  Additionally, the purpose of the study was to determine if there were differences in marijuana use between student groups, to help CHASCo member institutions develop marijuana intervention and prevention programs.  Four research questions led to the development of nine null hypotheses.  The researchers used statistical analyses to test the null hypotheses to determine the significance in relationship between student marijuana use and academic outcomes.  Statistical tests were also used to determine the significance in difference of marijuana use between student groups.  The researchers employed a mixed-methods quantitative dominant research design including correlational, causal-comparative, and qualitative case study components.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide the results of the study as it relates to the effects of marijuana use for academic outcomes and the various student groups. The presentation will be organized based on research questions, methodology, and findings.

Learning Objectives:
  • The trends of marijuana use among CHASCo member institutions over a 5-year period.
  • The Relationship between marijuana use and academic outcomes over a 5-year period.
  • The difference in marijuana use between student groups over a 5-year period.
  • College administrators’ perceptions of marijuana use prevention and intervention programs.
  • Recommendations for practice and further research in prevention and intervention for CHASCo member institutions.

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Dr. Kemi Elufiede

Founder and President, Carnegie Writers, Inc. / K&E Educational Consulting Services
Dr. Kemi Elufiede, Educator, Author, Editor, Poet, Consultant and Entrepreneur has over 10 years of professional experience in public, higher, community (education), non-profit sector, and social services. She is the Founder and President of Carnegie Writers, Inc. and K&E Educational... Read More →
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Dr. Verontae Deams

Tennessee State University
Dr. Verontae L. Deams is an academic administrator at Tennessee State University in the Division of Enrollment Management where he serves as the Associate Registrar. Dr. Deams is passionate about student engagement, mentorship, and academic success through contextual learning. This... Read More →

Dr. Valez Thornton

Belmont University
Dr. Valez Thornton, is a Financial Aid Counselor at Belmont University where she manages the federal work study program and student employment processes. With over 12 years of experience in higher education administration, Dr. Thornton has served on a host of university committees... Read More →

2:00pm CDT

1B: The Social Cost of Refusing Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex –What It Takes to Say No
“Just Say No” was a prevention strategy way back in the Reagan Era. It was often ridiculed as too simplistic. Yet it is certainly a desired outcome and knowing exactly what it takes to resist the pressure to conform is vital to any serous prevention effort. This workshop examines the personal attributes that student must possess or develop to increase their resilience and improve decision-making skills.

In this session participants will:
  • Learn the difference between self-concept and self-esteem.
  • Be informed about developmental challenges and imbalances that render students vulnerable.
  • Discuss myths about relationships and intimacy the set students up for manipulation by peers.
  • Be asked to share their own adolescent experiences and ideas about increasing resiliency in students.
The presenter will walk the audience through the everyday experience of adolescent and their hidden motivations for experimenting in alcohol, drugs, and sex. These behaviors are more than just pleasure seeking or succumbing to peer effects. Students are especially vulnerable during times of transition or after a major loss. The are many variations and students need to be assessed as individuals before they fall into patterns of unhealthy behaviors.

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Tom Bissonette, MSW

Founder and Director / Faculty, Young and Wiser, Inc. / University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tom is a retired Psychotherapist and a Developmental and Prevention Educator. He has taught courses on Adolescent and Young Adult Development at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for over 20 years. He is the author of “Saving Skinned Rabbit –Reflections on the Me Too... Read More →
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Gina Bucy

Graduate Student, Southern Adventist University School of Social Work
Gina Bucy has a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a grad student in the Southern Adventist University School of Social Work. She has a special focus on the effects of trauma on youth. She has taught Psychology courses and Career Development courses at Miller-Mott. Before receiving... Read More →

2:00pm CDT

1C: The Art of Prevention: How to Assess Resources, Leverage Funding, Build Relationships, and Motivate Leaders
This workshop explores the struggle of local prevention coordinators and coalitions to affect meaningful change through organizational and human relationships. Prevention leans heavily on science to measure needs, identify strategies, and evaluate efforts; but there also exists an intangible side to prevention that involves inspiring the right people at the right time in the right place. In this workshop, participants will work together to detail the skills necessary to fill the spaces between prevention science and to turn our plans into reality.

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Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist, Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) of the University of Wyoming (UW)
Rodney Wambeam, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) of the University of Wyoming (UW). He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at UW. Dr. Wambeam completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska in 1999... Read More →

3:00pm CDT

Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:00pm - 3:15pm CDT
Trevecca Nazarene University

3:15pm CDT

2A: The Myths and Misinformation of Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Tennessee
Although teen pregnancy rates are categorically declining across the country, Tennessee continues to rank as the 9th highest. Additionally, sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates amongst teens and young adults continues to rise in alarming degrees. While Tennessee does have a law that dictates how Family Life Education (sex ed.) should be taught within public schools there is a great deal of confusion complicated by the “myths and misinformation” of teen sexual health. Participants in this session will develop a better understanding of how these myths contribute to Tennessee's high teen pregnancy and STI rates. Additionally, educators will see how starting age appropriate sexual health information early, and reeducating often, can have a dramatic effect on strengthening protective factors, as well as, reducing the risk factors related to sexual decision making. Finally, participants will be given a list of resources that they can take in to their own classrooms enabling them to be an “approachable adult”.

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Amanda McGeshick

Program Coordinator, Centerstone of Tennessee
Amanda McGeshick is a Program Coordinator for Centerstone's Teen Pregnancy Prevention program (Be In Charge2) with over eight years of experience delivering evidence based teen pregnancy prevention programming to Tennessee schools. Amanda is currently pursuing her master's degree... Read More →

3:15pm CDT

2B: Danger Lies Ahead- Detour! (Intersection of Drugs & Violence)
No one wakes up and decides, "Today, I want to be a drug addict and I want to be violent," so how do individuals go from living life to a life incorporated with drug use and violence? There are various experiences that may lead to drug use, it could start with something as simple as: peer pressure, family members using, unresolved grief, trauma or loss, mental illness (self-medication), recreation, to enhance sports, experience the mythical (the high), relieve pain--to name a few.

There may be a strong link to drug use and violence found in your family history. When you visit your doctor, you will be given papers to complete that discusses if your immediate family experienced diabetes, high blood, cancer and more. The same holds true for drug / alcohol use and violence. It tends to run in families. The Absolute Truth Is This Is Just A Marker Not a Diagnosis. It Does Not Mean That If Someone in Your Family __________ You Are Guaranteed to Experience_____________. Most of the time the difference is being aware and making different choices. For Some individuals drug use and violence start out as a learned behavior: either they witnessed a family member actively using or acting weird, they witnessed violence or was abused themselves. These behaviors may have been learned from the "friends" or associates they spend most of their time with.

The Good news is there is a DETOUR, alternate routes. We will discuss alternative options that will help them with prevention or intervention. This is an interactive presentation, as the individuals must do all the work. They must make the choice to learn, then implement and apply the practices so they can see a difference in their life or those that may be suffering around them.

Wraquel will share her journey of not getting to say goodbye when her mother passed away and Tonya will share how to overcome guilt, shame, and sadness when a loved one dies and there are things left unsaid rather by natural or accidental causes or by suicide. Tonya will share alternative health options to help with stress, anxiety, guilt, shame and depression. Then a Q&A

Learning Objectives:
  • Correlation between Drugs and Violence -How did I get here?
  • How Genetics and Biophysiology plays a role in Drug Use and Violence
  • Detour-learn to look for an alternate route -will provide solutions and alternative health options that can help with prevention and / or intervention.

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Wraquel Spencer Brown, AS, Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist

Founder, Forget You Not
Wraquel Spencer Brown, AS, Certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist, also trained in Peer to Peer Recovery and is currently enrolled at East Tennessee State University pursuing a bachelor’s in human services / human development & learning. She has been married to her wonderful... Read More →
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Tonya Nichols HHP, BEP-I, TDN, CH, CNC, CBP

Founder, Comprehensive Wellness Solutions
Tonya Nichols HHP, BEP-I, TDN, CH, CNC, CBP,  is a Licensed Temperament Therapist, with a BS in Psychology, and is currently pursuing her degree in Genetics and a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology. She owns Comprehensive Wellness Solutions and is the proud mother of eight children, three... Read More →

3:15pm CDT

Race & Why it Matters: Implicit Bias and Culture Change
Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to define current concepts related to unconscious and implicit bias
  • Participants will be able to identify how unconscious /bias impacts systems and access to service
  • Participants will learn about Ally-ship and de-biasing strategies

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Sharon Travis

Prevention and Outreach Specialist, Sexual Assault Center
Sharon Travis is the prevention and outreach specialist at the Sexual Assault Center.  Originally from the Philadelphia, PA area, she has a Master of Arts in Civic Leadership from Lipscomb University and a Bachelor of Science from Tennessee State University. She possesses a passion... Read More →

4:15pm CDT

Wednesday May 22, 2019 4:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
Trevecca Nazarene University
Thursday, May 23

8:00am CDT

8:30am CDT

Plenary 3: Reconceptualizing Prevention Practices: How to Develop a more Diverse and Interculturally Responsive Practice using a Positionality-Oriented Approach in Community and Higher Education Settings
Diversity and inclusion are key elements in contemporary society including educational institutions and community practices. With the increased visibilities of diverse populations in US society,it becomes important for contemporary educators and practitioners in prevention and higher education to be able to address those diverse needs in their own practices. The efficacy of conventional ways of practicing prevention strategies is brought into question for those more diverse populations. Do conventional concepts and theories really work for diverse populations? Furthermore, traditional concepts and theories were developed under the cultural cohort of people with the sociocultural power at the time with regard to their specific gender, race, and often times sexual orientation. Do generic or one-fits-all ways of practice work for contemporary diverse populations? Professionals and practitioners in prevention and higher education might need to acquire new means of optimally serving these diverse populations. Using existing literature and the author’s prior research on bullying, violence, and incivility, this keynote will discuss some innovative ways to reach out to traditionally marginalized populations with an understanding of diversity and positionality to implement interculturally responsive prevention practices.

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Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D.

Faculty, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D. is a graduate faculty member of the Adult Learning PhD program and the EdPsych Online Master’s program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also the co-coordinator of the EdPsych Online... Read More →

10:00am CDT

Thursday May 23, 2019 10:00am - 10:05am CDT
Trevecca Nazarene University

10:05am CDT

Plenary 4: Prevention in the New Age: How iGen Differs from Previous Generations
Millenials and iGen (those born in 1995 or later) form their identities and relationships with others through practices heavily influenced by and interwoven with social media, resulting in new dating norms and terminology often surprising to Gen X’ers and Boomers alike. For example, instead of “dating” or “hooking up,” today’s young adults tell us they’re “talking,” which encompasses a wide range of platonic, romantic, and/or sexual behaviors. The iGen population shares certain characteristics across race and class, and differs in others, in contrast to prior generations, an understanding of which is crucial for providing culturally competent, persuasive programming. This session will help participants better understand the iGen generation and how they compare and contrast with the much-buzzed about Millenials (and the rest of us), how social media can isolate the respective partners in today’s romantic partnerships, and how embracing new terminology and online dating norms will help us more effectively reach young adults where they are through our prevention efforts. Embracing these new norms will prevention educators motivate young adults across multiple identities to engage in healthier relationship practices.

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Cara Tuttle Bell, JD, MA

Director of the Project Safe Center, Vanderbilt University
Cara Tuttle Bell has served as Director of the Project Safe Center since its founding in 2014. Cara previously served as the Associate Director for Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity at Vanderbilt University and as Director of Programs for the Women’s... Read More →

11:15am CDT

CHASCo Lunch Meeting
Thursday May 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm CDT
Trevecca Nazarene University

11:15am CDT

12:30pm CDT

3A: A Parent and Family Guide to Talking to College Students about Alcohol and Drugs: Conversational Strategies for Effective Outcomes.
In our work with young people, parents and guardians often ask how to broach difficult topics with their students (children). The facilitator will engage participants in a discussion about ways that parents and guardians can discuss alcohol and drugs with their college bound or current college student. The facilitator hopes that participants will leave the session with concrete tools that can be shared with parents and guardians who have college bound or a student currently attending college.


W. Marichal Gentry

Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students, The University of the South, Sewanee
W. Marichal Gentry is the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at The University of the South, Sewanee.  He was appointed to this position in July,2015.Prior to becoming Vice President and Dean of Students at Sewanee, Dean Gentry served at Yale University as the Associate... Read More →

12:30pm CDT

3B: Exploring the Intersectionality of Racist and Homophobic Bullying in Adolescence and Adulthood: An Overview of Characteristics and Prevention Strategies
Bullying has been a serious issue in education in our society. In earlier times, bullying was seen as a childhood developmental disorder that was thought to be correctable with the appropriate discipline, and it was thought that would make it dissipate as the child grows up. However, it is now understood that the same or similar bullying behaviors repeatedly appear throughout the lives of some adults. Adult bullying in academia and the workplace have become serious sociocultural and socioeconomic problems. Many incidents that relate to incivility, harassment, violence,and bullying are usually categorized generically. However, bullying is not always so generic due if we look at its direction toward diverse or traditionally marginalized populations. This workshop will focus on this traditionally untouched topic, the intersection of adult bullying, racism,and homophobia; explore the traditionally ignored intersection of race and sexual orientation;and provide bullying prevention strategies.

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Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D.

Faculty, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D. is a graduate faculty member of the Adult Learning PhD program and the EdPsych Online Master’s program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also the co-coordinator of the EdPsych Online... Read More →

12:30pm CDT

3C: A Unique Approach to Navigating Sexual Violence Prevention on a Faith-Based Campus
In this workshop, the presenter will outline a new campus initiative for Trevecca: Amending Through Faith. During the presentation, we will discuss the unique challenges that faith-ased institutions face in sexual violence prevention programming, share a few faith-based programs that Trevecca has successfully implemented, and outline our partnership with Nashville's YWCA to bring healthy masculinity programming to our campus.

Participants will leave the presentation with examples of programs they can implement on a faith-based campus, how to overcome push-back for sexual violence prevention programming, and the evaluation results of the men who participated in our Amending Through Faith small group.

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Jamie Cathcart

Title IX Compliance and Investigator, Trevecca Nazarene University
Jamie Cathcart currently serves as Title IX compliance and investigator for Trevecca Nazarene University. In this role, she is responsible for sexual violence prevention education and facilitating investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct. Prior to her role at Trevecca... Read More →

1:30pm CDT

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
Trevecca Nazarene University

1:45pm CDT

4A: The Ink & Drink Crowd
Research indicates a distinct association between alcohol use/abuse and tattoo acquisition. Some of the literature also suggests that tattoo acquisition can serve as a window into the psyche. This workshop will explore both of these domains with a focus on tattoos that serve as emotional restoration within a defined population of individuals who have identified as former victims of bullying. After attending the workshop participants will be able to:
  1. Identify three basic reasons people get tattoos,
  2. Identify potential associations between tattoo acquisition and emotional well-being, and 
  3. Understand the potential association between inking and drinking.

This workshop will be presented in a lecture/discussion format which encourages active participation. We will seek to answer questions such as “Who gets tattoos?” “Why do people get tattoos?” and “Is there a connection between people getting tattoos and high risk behaviors?” Additionally, the presenter will share an overview of his current research project entitled:“The Inkblot Project.”

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Ray A. White, Ed.S. LPC/MHSP/AS, NCC, ACS

Licensed Clinical Counselor, Walters State Community College
Ray A. White, Ed.S. LPC/MHSP/AS, NCC, ACS is licensed by the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselorwith both Mental Health Service Provider, and Approved Supervisor designations. Additionally he is credentialed as a National Certified Counselor (NBCC) and an Approved... Read More →

1:45pm CDT

4B: Tobacco and You; Rethinking Recovery
This workshop is an evidence-based approach to the nicotine impact on neurological chemistry and structure, subsequent drug dependency risks, and a better opportunity for full recovery from 2 dangerous drugs after full nicotine cessation, addressed to residents in faith settings from a wide-spectrum of faith communities. There are 4 parts to the full presentation, each one lasting approximately 90 minutes.  For Partner’s in Prevention, I have edited the format for a single, 40-minute, presentation; leaving time for introductions, Q&A, and evaluations. The 4 sections include 3 separate learning objectives: 
  • An updated review of literature showing a direct and even causal relationship between adolescent nicotine use and the development of other drug dependencies and/or addictions.  This section could be described as the “health” portion and includes the latest research into vape products. It also includes a photo essay contrasting life for people in their 50’s and 60’s that do and do not use nicotine products.
  • The second section focuses on the benefits of nicotine cessation using materials from a number of respected medical journals.
  • The final section addresses the faith component and a 7-step decision making process formulated by Dr. Womack years ago, when he was dealing with his own alcohol issues.

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Mike Womack

Public Health Educator
Dr. Mike Womack is both a pastor and a public health educator.  His earned degrees are from respected seminaries, including Dallas Theological (TX) and Mid-America (Memphis) Seminaries.  He has pastored 3 amazing churches in Tennessee churches over the past 35 years. His public... Read More →

1:45pm CDT

4C: Prevention 101: Things to Know when Prevention was NOT your Training Background
Prevention has become a hot topic in national conversations around mental health, substance use, and general healthy lifestyles; yet, many people do not realize that prevention has been an evolving science for centuries. This workshop will aim to be a primer for individuals now tasked with prevention work who have previously received no formal training in the discipline. Led by a presenter with an advanced degree and credentialing in prevention, as well as nearly two decades of work experience in the field, the workshop will open with an overview of the history of prevention and the progress it has made over time. This section will include information on theories and models such as the Health Belief Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Social Ecological Model, and others that document what is known about the behavior change process. Next, there will be a guided discussion around the prevention activities attendees remember from their own adolescence and young adulthood as segue into current best practices like social norms, motivational interviewing, and bystander intervention. Lastly, the workshop will address the research tools currently available which help document the effectiveness of the many prevention strategies currently in use on college campuses. These include the EverFi Compass, College AIM, and Evidenced-Based Practice Resource Center.

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Lisa Schrader

Director of Health Promotion, Middle Tennessee State University
Lisa Schrader is the Director of Health Promotion at Middle Tennessee State University and currently serves as Past Chair of the CHASCo Executive Committee. She has worked in college health prevention for 15 years and has been in her current position at MTSU since 2008. She is passionate... Read More →

2:45pm CDT

Wrap-Up / Evaluations
Thursday May 23, 2019 2:45pm - 3:15pm CDT
Trevecca Nazarene University