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Keynote and Featured Speakers

Thursday Evening

Provider Resilience: Enhancing our Service

Presenter: Sean Marz, MA, LPC

Location: Shawnee Ballroom

Marz As we learn about the life-long implications of adversity, toxic stress, and trauma, many programs have moved towards a focus on building resilience. In application, this shift has often focused exclusively on building the resilience of our students and campus communities. However, the individual resilience of those doing the service is too often overlooked. When we invest in the continued nurturance of resilience for our service providers, we enhance our ability to foster resilience in the communities we so proudly and passionately serve. How is your resilience?

Friday Morning

Thru the Looking Glass: A Conversation about Bias, Violence, and Change

Presenter: Jeffrey Bucholtz, MA

Location: Shawnee Ballroom

Bucholtz Changing Social Norms - Black Lives Matter - Social Media - Popular Culture - Sexual Assault - Harassment & Discrimination - “Illegals” - All Lives Matter - Inclusion - Consent - Equality - Diversity - Bigotry & Bias... There’s a lot to think about in today’s world.

In one way or another, these issues are a huge part of our daily lives - especially those of us who work with violence, trauma and addiction. Whether we work in substance abuse, Title IX, violence prevention or mental health services, our experiences with, and understanding of these realities drastically affect our ability to create truly survivor supportive practices and systems. Click here to learn more!

In this presentation we will examine the ways that stereotypes and bias affect our perceptions, and how this in turn affects our ability to support students, especially those from marginalized, minoritized, and underserved communities. We will then look at a variety of institutional practices designed to further ensure that our system-wide efforts are inclusive and culturally responsive rather than merely checking boxes. As practitioners who are invested in creating a world free from interpersonal violence, bias against victims, and barriers that disrupt those in need from accessing services, we must recognize that all forms of bias and bigotry are inextricably linked with injustices and then choose to invest in intentional practices that promote having power with instead of having power over others. While these topics can be difficult and uncomfortable at times, we must remember that change takes courage. So together, during this presentation, we will set aside blame and anger, and will focus on the power of inclusion, hope, bravery, and intersectional social change. This is how we will ensure our values of justice, equity, connection, compassion, and self-reflection lead to the transformative change we desire.


  1. Increase awareness of the intersectional connections between bias, dehumanization and support services for students in higher education.
  2. Identify the links between inaction and injustice and the particular effects that has on students from marginalized/underserved communities.
  3. Develop strategies to mitigate the effects of personal and institutional manifestations of bias.

Friday Lunch

Cannabis Panel: Lessons Learned and a Roadmap for Future Prevention

Presenter: David Arnold, Assistant Vice President for Health, Safety, and Well-being Initiatives, NASPA
Panelists: Jim Lange, PhD., Executive Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery; Janice Putnam, PhD, RN, University of Central Missouri; Andrea Vasquez, Communications Director of the Wellness Peer Advisory Council, Fort Lewis College; Brett Deming, Chief of Police, Fort Lewis College

Location: Shawnee Ballroom

Arnold Since November 2012, state voters have gone to the polls in a changing world of legalized use of cannabis by adults age 21 and older. As newly formed dispensaries began the sale of cannabis, and legal sales began to increase, so has a response to higher access to use. At first, a fractured and territorial response led to few resources, allocations, or guidance for professionals working in substance abuse prevention and treatment. Join in to a multi-disciplinary conversation on how this recent history will inform the next 5 years in states with laws allowing adult use, those states who may pass them, and eventually a national conversation about cannabis.

Saturday Morning

Promoting Well-Being in College Students

Presenter: Dr. Jackie Kibler, Associate Professor, School of Health Science and Wellness- Northwest Missouri State University

Location: Shawnee B

Kibler The American College Health Association (2018) identified stress and anxiety as two of the top barriers to the academic progress of college students. Many students have accepted stress and anxiety as normal parts of life without realizing that there are active steps that can be taken to reduce them.

This interactive presentation will focus on a well-being model highlighting different areas of life that we can evaluate and reframe to live a healthier and more fulfilling life. Emphasis will be placed on examining stress through a new lens, determining individual “tipping points,” and practicing healthy coping strategies.

First Aid for Mental Health: Substance Use Disorders and Coping Skills

Presenter: Jim Marshall - Cody’s Gift

Location: Kansa A/B

MarshallThis presentation covers mental health issues and mental health first aid with our youth today. The causes and issues of mental health issues are escalating. Youth are turning to substances and self-medication to cope. We as parents and educators can play a role in diminishing these issues and help those who are suffering. Q&A session immediately following presentation.

Reconnecting with your Unconquerable Spirit

Presenter: Shelby Rowe, Youth Suicide Prevention Program Manager- Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Location: Shawnee A

Rowe Suicide can affect anyone, even a suicide prevention professional. In this session, Ms. Rowe intertwines evidence-based suicide prevention best practices with her own experience as a suicide attempt survivor to discuss risk factors, address some of the barriers to help-seeking behavior, and challenge common stereotypes of who can be at risk for suicide.Click here to learn more!

She walks us through her journey to recovery, shares the post traumatic growth that’s taken place, and shares her 6 steps to cultivating resiliency.

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Participants will have a greater understanding of suicide risk factors, with a focus on the role of trauma in increasing the risk for suicide.
  • Participants will have a greater understanding of the differences between post traumatic growth and resiliency.
  • Participants will be able to list at least 3 action steps for improving resiliency and reducing risk for suicide.