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2020 Meeting of the Minds

With careful consideration, Partners in Prevention has has decided it is in the best interest of public health to cancel the Meeting of the Minds conference. We will return in 2021 from April 8-10.

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Brief Intervention Training

  • July 21: Applying Motivational Interviewing to Practice
  • July 22: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Training
  • July 23: Make an Impact that L[ASTP]s
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  • Registration Cost: $50 for 1 day, $80 for 2 days, or $100 for all 3. Additional cost for CEUs may apply.
  • Registration deadline: July 19, 2019. If you cancel after this date you will be charged a fee.
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July 21: 10:00am-5:00pm (check-in at 9:30am)

Applying Motivational Interviewing to Practice

Instructor: Jessica M. Cronce, Ph.D.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence (Miller & Rollnick, 2002). MI assumes that ambivalence, or feeling two ways about something, is a common human experience, especially in relation to addictive behaviors. For example, although often cognizant of the risks and harms associated with heavy alcohol use, various factors may lead the individual to continue drinking (e.g., relief from negative feelings, social acceptance/ enhancement). Unlike more directive approaches, MI meets the person where they are at, allowing them to determine the content, direction and goals of the encounter. As such, MI is an invaluable tool for counselors, educators, and administrators to facilitate service engagement and behavior change. This training will provide a foundation in MI and incorporates substantial practice of MI skills using small-group exercises and paired practice.

This training is designed so that participants will obtain advanced practice utilizing their MI skills in a variety of activities including written cases, small group exercises, and one-on-one practices.

July 22: 8:00am-4:00pm

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Training

Instructor: Jessica M. Cronce, Ph.D.

The Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program it strongly rooted in Motivational Interviewing (MI). BASICS utilizes an MI-style to facilitate conversation guided by personalized feedback regarding students’ personal alcohol use, college drinking norms, positive alcohol expectancies, experienced alcohol-related consequences, and personal costs of drinking (e.g., financial and caloric intake). Discussion of the personalized feedback is used to find the unique “hook” that will catalyze contemplation of behavioral change for an individual student, and MI-style is used to support and move that contemplation of change toward actual changes in behavior. Discussion of personalized feedback during a BASICS session occurs in tandem with teaching specific cognitive-behavioral skills (e.g., ways to limit alcohol consumption) and providing psychoeducation directly relevant to skill use (e.g., defining a standard drink, discussing the biphasic effects of alcohol and the point of diminishing returns). Successful implementation of BASICS is predicated on facilitators’ ability to flexibility integrate and draw upon this information, such that a facilitator can weave information into the conversation when and only if it is relevant and welcomed (or requested) by the student. Thus, although the feedback grounds the discussion, it does not dictate its flow or final content. The skilled BASICS facilitator meets each student where they are at in their change process and guides them in a discussion that is tailored to their unique circumstances. Thus, a key element of training is substantial, supervised practice with immediate feedback.

July 23: Time TBA

Make an Impact that L[ASTP]s

Instructor: Brieanna Criscione

Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) is a risk reduction program developed by the University of Washington to provide evidence-based, science-backed information to students in an engaging way. By participating in ASTP, attendees will be able to critically examine their drinking patterns and eventually implement the skills they learn in real life social situations. In doing so, attendees can minimize the potential negative effects of alcohol through prevention, reduced consumption or abstinence. The first part of this session will be spent engaging with the content of ASTP. The latter part of the session will focus on the question, “now what”? Is ASTP a good fit for my campus? How can I go about implementing ASTP? Why is this work important?

About the Presenters

Jessica M. Cronce, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services at the University of Oregon. Dr. Cronce has over a decade of experience conducting research on the etiology, maintenance, prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors, in particular, problematic alcohol use and gambling among college students and other young adults. Her research interests also extend to how drug use, dietary behaviors and level of physical activity interact with alcohol use to predict overall health risk in this population. Dr. Cronce has co-authored numerous publications on the topic of individual-focused alcohol prevention, including three large-scale reviews in 2002, 2007 and 2011, the first of which helped form the basis of recommendations made by the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking. Building on this work, Dr. Cronce was invited to serve as one of three leading researchers on the individual-level strategies development team for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (College AIM) project. Dr. Cronce’s research experience is complimented by her training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which she has applied to the treatment of substance use disorders, eating disorders, gambling disorder, and other disorders marked by emotion dysregulation. Dr. Cronce is licensed as a psychologist in Oregon.

Brieanna Criscione has been the Program Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Life at Saint Louis University since August 2018. Prior to Saint Louis University, she spent more than three years with her own affiliation in the Chapter Services Department of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Brieanna has a passion for providing evidence-based, engaging programming that arms college students with the knowledge and power to make informed decisions regarding safety and well-being for themselves and their peers.