8-8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45-9 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
9-9:30 a.m. Building Statewide Supports for Campus & Community Alcohol Prevention Efforts
Jeff Hanley, Executive Director, Commonwealth Prevention Alliance
For over 45 years, the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) has focused on advocating for essential prevention priorities and supporting the professionals who do this important work across our state. To address prevalent alcohol use among college students, CPA conducted a survey needs assessment of higher education institutions in Pennsylvania with the intent of collaborating with Pennsylvania colleges and universities to open a discussion around college drinking on commonwealth campuses, to collect data about current alcohol-related issues on campus and efforts to mitigate the negative effects of student alcohol use and to lay the foundation for development of the Pennsylvania Collaborative to be the foremost voice of collegiate prevention. This session will share findings from the assessment and outline how CPA will use this data to build support around community and campus alcohol prevention efforts. In addition, an overview of the vision for the Pennsylvania Collaborative and how future efforts will help build and support this statewide prevention initiative will be presented.
9:30-10:45 a.m. Hidden, High & Hammered
Dr. Beth Sanborn, Detective, Lower Gwynedd Township Police
Detective Dr. Beth J. Sanborn is a school resource officer in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. During her decades of policework, she has learned how to spot the indicators of poor lifestyle choices made by teens in crisis. From alcohol abuse, drug use, experimentation and mental health concerns, many of the signs are hidden in plain sight. This session empowers attendees to identify a teen who may be in crisis and intervene before the crisis is reached. Hidden, High & Hammered will showcase stash items meant to hide, deceive and conceal (Hidden); vapes, CBD, THC and drug paraphernalia (High); and alcohol-infused items and alcoholic items with deceptive packaging to attract teens (Hammered).
10:45-11 a.m. Break
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
From the Streets of Municipal Policing to University Policing: Party Prevention and Dispersal
Leo V. Sokoloski, Director of Commonwealth University Police, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
College towns bring culture, athletics and the vibrance of young adults seeking to obtain their degrees, many of whom reside in off-campus housing, fraternity and sorority houses. Often, the lifestyles of these students clash with local residents who are awoken by late night noise, music, parties and disruptive conduct. Balancing public safety, police, fire and code and keeping students safe in today’s police climate while allowing students to be students may be viewed by some as the police being heavy handed. Managing good community policing tactics and working together with others can make a law enforcement officer’s job less complicated.
Implementation Science 101: Scaling Up and Sustaining Evidence-based Programs
Jordan Joyce, MPS, Implementation Specialist, Penn State EPIS (Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support)
Implementation science is utilizing best practices and strategies to bridge what science tells us the needs are and what has been proven as an effective intervention or prevention strategy to address positive change. It’s a field that helps us identify gaps or problems that can be targeted within communities and organizations so that evidence-based models can be selected and effective for the populations that they serve, ultimately, positively impacting the future of children, youth and families. In this presentation, participants will learn how to utilize implementation science principles, factors and conditions to ensure effective practices are chosen and successfully carried out, monitored and sustained over time.
Rising Above the Challenges to Keep Bringing the Best: How PASSHE Universities are Using PLCB Funding to Bring Effective Alcohol Prevention to its Students Across the Commonwealth During Times of Diminishing Resources
Donna George, AOD Coalition Coordinator, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE); Kurt Dunkel, Director of the Connection AOD & Wellness Programs, Shippensburg University; Sandy Green, Community Liaison and Government Relations Assistant, Kutztown University; and Jim McGee, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Wellness Services, PennWest University
A recent PLCB-funded collegiate needs assessment conducted by the Commonwealth Prevention Alliance (CPA) highlights the fiscal challenges Pennsylvania universities are facing in the implementation of effective prevention strategies and the gaps created by these challenges. This session will provide an overview of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition, followed by a panel of three PASSHE universities that will cover in depth how they have filled in the gaps created by fiscal challenges through successful assessment and prevention projects made possible by PLCB funding. Highlighted strategies will include a student behavior assessment tool, a town-gown assessment, an electronic screening tool and innovative peer education efforts. Session participants will be able to engage in interactive discussions and learn about meaningful strategies they can bring back to their campuses for consideration.
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:45 p.m. CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS
College Enforcement Initiative, Age Compliance Program, CHOICES Program
Lisa Henry, Liquor Enforcement Officer, Daniel Beckley, Enforcement Officer 3 and Benjamin Brallier, Liquor Enforcement Officer, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement
In this session, liquor enforcement officers (LEOs) from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE) will provide an overview of the bureau's College Enforcement Initiative, Age Compliance Program and CHOICES Program. LEO Henry will explain the College Initiative Program, the difference in geographical settings and how it relates to enforcement activities conducted under the program. LEO Beckley will discuss the history and purpose of the Age Compliance Program and explain the recruiting, training and education process for issuing penalties to licensees and bartenders that are non-compliant. LEO Brallier will discuss the CHOICES Program and its relation to decisions regarding alcohol consumption or use, the results from alcohol use/abuse and define relevant PA Criminal and Vehicle Codes. Additionally, he will explore the potential ramifications of alcohol-related offenses on future employment and/or certifications.
House Party, Bush Party, Basement Party and Beyond: What is Really Going on at "Parties" Today?
Martha Thompson, PsyD, LPC, CAADC, Owner, Therapist and Clinical Supervisor, Empower the Mind, LLC
Underage parties have changed over the time, especially within the last few years as a result of increased isolation, decreased supervision and limitless access to social media. All these things and more have impacted the increased use of various substances by teens and young people today. As we transition back to a more “normal” day to day we have continued to see substance use – especially alcohol and vaping trends – increase. This interactive workshop will focus on the trends today, how social media and the internet is connected and what we are seeing in our schools and communities as a result of the past two years.
Broadening Approaches to Substances Use Prevention: An Overview of the Framework at Saint Joseph's University
Ashley Lillie, MS, Assistant Director, Office of Student Outreach and Support, Marci Berney, MA, Director/Case Manager, Office of Student Outreach and Support and Taylor Moran, CRS, CFRS, CPS, Recovery Program Manager, Saint Joseph's University
Staff members from the Division of Student Life at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) will examine the components of a comprehensive framework for substance use prevention education through exploration of initiatives at all three levels of prevention. This presentation will explore the current prevention model at SJU, with a focus on understanding the target population and goals for each component. Participants will identify opportunities and challenges of implementing prevention efforts within their own roles and organizations, as well as how to implement prevention strategies in creative and low-cost ways.
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-4:15 p.m. Street Stories – The Intersection of Human Trafficking with Alcohol and Drug Use
Rhonda Hendrickson, MSL, Vice President of Programs, Division of Residential & Violence Intervention and Prevention, YWCA Greater Harrisburg
Human trafficking hides in plain sight. This workshop will explore the intersection of drugs and alcohol with human trafficking. Alcohol and drugs are frequently used by traffickers to recruit and retain victims and many trafficking victims have alcohol and drug dependency issues as a result of the trauma they survive. Using case studies from victims served in the YWCA’s PAATH15 Crossroads shelter recovery program, the presenter will illustrate the intersection of alcohol and drug use; the role that bars and restaurants play in the facilitation of trafficking; the signs, symptoms and indicators for trafficking victims and perpetrators recruitment tactics; and prevention efforts.
4:15 p.m. Adjournment