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Wednesday, May 22

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 →

11:35am 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 →

Thursday, May 23

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 →

10:05am 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 →