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Wednesday, May 22


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 →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 100 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 102 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 104 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 100 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 102 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Wednesday May 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 104 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA
Thursday, May 23


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 →

Thursday May 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 100 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Thursday May 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 102 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Thursday May 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 104 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 100 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 102 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA


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 →

Thursday May 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Trevecca University: McClurkan Building, Room 104 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210, USA