Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | Saint Joseph's University, Mandeville Hall
A light breakfast will be served. The first 150 registrants will receive their free notepad upon check-in.
Conference Planning Chair, Katie Bean, Director of Prevention and Advocacy at Ursinus College, will welcome the conference attendees, thank sponsors and review the agenda for the day. She will also introduce Dr. McDonald.
Dr. Angela Rowe McDonald is the new Dean of the School of Health Studies and Education at Saint Joseph's University. Given her many previous roles, including a family counselor in private practice for many years, she deeply understands the importance of our work. She will welcome all attendees and invite us to reflect and think critically about how to best support students with substance use and co-occurring disorders.
Kristine DeJesus, Conference Planning Member since 2017 and Staff Psychologist at Montclair State University will introduce the keynote speaker.
Jarmichael Harris is the Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator and Alcohol and Other Drug Staff Counselor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He also serves as the Communication Coordinator for Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). Jarmichael will share his experiences building the ECU recovery community using social media as a catalyst to fight stigma, enhance a positive reputation of recovery, and find supporters on campus and within the community. He will showcase how we all can use our social media powers for good to help support students in recovery regardless of our role on campus. Jarmichael will share specific examples of unexpected posts on social media helped him connect off campus with local food banks to address food insecurity - an issue impacting many campuses across the nation.
Students in Collegiate Recovery Programs: A Multi-Site Study (Room 103)
- Jason Whitney, Program Coordinator, Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community
In this session, Dr. Whitney will share results of his 2017 study of the lived experiences of students in collegiate recovery programs at the University of Michigan, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Penn State. In-depth interviews revealed three main discursive themes: 1) Recovery discourses were primarily rooted in the discourses of Alcoholics Anonymous. 2) A second set of discourses instilled an imperative to work towards success, driving students to acquire the prolonged, specialized educations and other qualifications necessary to gain a professional career. 3) In a third set of discourses, students in CRPs defined and claimed social power for their CRP and helped establish various means for students in recovery to be “cool” in college. Using discourses in creative combinations to make sense of their experience and to (re)position themselves, students in CRPs resisted college discourses that invited them to return to active use of alcohol and other substances.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorder (Room 107)
- Peter A DeMaria, Jr. M.D., FASAM, DFAPA, Coordinator of Psychiatric Services, Tuttleman Counseling Services, Temple University and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Temple University
There are many paths to recovery. Medications can be an important component in a student's recovery program. This presentation will review current use of medications to assist students with tobacco, alcohol and opioid use disorders. The focus will be on buprenorphine and the presenter's experience utilizing it in a college counseling center.
Gambling Disorder: The Hidden Addiction (Room 111)
- Ken Martz, Director of Research and Evaluation, Gaudenzia, Inc.
Gambling disorder is a growing concern among youth. This session will offer an introductory review to the causes, development and path to recovery from gambling disorder. Discussion will include specific steps for identification, engagement and support of those with gambling disorder. Implications for policy and practice will be considered as well as resources and related mental health and substance use disorder concerns.
Stories with a Purpose (Room 310)
- Carl Antisell, Managing Director, Minding Your Mind
Over the past ten years, Minding Your Mind has taught individuals to turn their past into an asset that can positively effect change in their communities. In this workshop, participants will learn about how purposeful storytelling can create change where other approaches struggle, the benefits of self-disclosure, and how and when to share personal experiences to effectively change hearts and minds.
Evidence-Based Recovery Ally Training (Room 313)
- Erik Dolgoff, Primary Therapist, Burning Tree West
Substance Use Disorder is often viewed in a medical deficit paradigm when a strengths-based model would be more effective. Through sharing personal experiences and personal research conducted over the past year, participants will explore the impact of one's environment not only as part of a problem but instead as part of a solution. Since compassion is critical to a strengths-based approach, attendees will participate in an empirical assessment to quantify their current level of compassion. After sharing detailed examples and exercises of behavior that originate from positive psychology and dialectical behavior therapy, participants will be provided multiple opportunities to practice these skills. Participants will leave with an understanding of the connection between childhood adverse experiences, individuals in our environment and recovery.
Enjoy your meal in the dining hall or the Teletorium.
Use this time to network with colleagues from around the region. Each person will be given a networking card. If completed and turned in, you will be entered to win some great prizes!
Be sure to stop by the sponsor tables to learn more about their great organizations and how they can help support students with substance use and co-occurring disorders on your campus.
- Nina Wong, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor and Group Facilitator, Transformation Yoga Project
Collegiate Recovery and the Continuum of Care (Room 103)
- Evan Emery, College Success Coordinator, CARON
We firmly believe that the pathway for sustained recovery requires a multidisciplinary approach to which education, work skills, and professional competencies are essential. Therefore, it is important that behavioral health treatment supports a continuum of care that prioritizes recovery while also honoring the importance of higher education to an individual’s ability to earn a living and contribute to society at-large. Society as a whole must place a value on developing a therapeutic alliance between treatment centers and institutions of higher education. Through this collaboration, departments in a university can be “recovery informed” so that we can effectively increase the number of students in recovery admit, attend, progress, and graduate from institutions of higher education.
Time Heals All Wounds: Myths about Grief and Loss (Room 107)
- Tricia Stouch, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist
- Ellen Monsees, Certified Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist
Time heals all wounds. Be strong. Grieve alone. Move on. Don’t feel bad. Keep busy. You realize you’re no longer able to find happiness in life’s pleasures, holding part of yourself back and not being a full partner in your relationships, and maybe you’re pretending that you’re just fine when actually you feel ... incomplete. But HOW can you move on? The researched, scripted, and evidence-based Grief Recovery Method can help you complete the unfinished business that results in unresolved grief. Some commonly held myths about grief will be examined, along with actions you can take to help you deal with loss due to death, divorce, or other conditions – or even improve an existing relationship with a living person. The Grief Recovery Method focuses on providing the tools to discover and address emotional truths, allowing you to release pain, move beyond loss, and participate more openly and fully in all your relationships.
Harm Reduction and its Role in Collegiate Recovery (Room 111)
- Kristine DeJesus, Staff Psychologist/Coordinator of Alcohol & Drug Program, Counseling and Psychological Services, Montclair State University
- Jarmichael Harris, Collegiate Recovery Community Coordinator, East Carolina University
- Ahmed Hosni, Program Manager, Collegiate Recovery Community, The Ohio State University
- Sazha Ramos, Manager of Recovery Housing, SAFE Project
- Devin Reaves, Executive Director, PA Harm Reduction Coalition
Collegiate recovery has traditionally been abstinence-based and has served almost exclusively students of Euro-American ancestry. Those who manage and participate in collegiate recovery programs believe in the value of inclusion, and know that the “war on drugs” has done irreparable harm to people of color. By broadening the definition, collegiate recovery to include harm reduction and multiple pathways to recovery there is an opportunity to create a more diverse recovery community, engage students in a recovery affirming community, and establish a more holistic approach to achieve wellness.
The Phoenix: Building Sober Active Community for Recovery Support (Room 310)
- Bob Lamb, Chapter Coordinator – Pennsylvania, The Phoenix
This session will provide an overview of The Phoenix, a national nonprofit organization that provides free peer-based recovery support to anyone with 48-hours of continuous sobriety. Through pursuits such as CrossFit, yoga, hiking, biking, running, etc., The Phoenix leverages the undeniable power of physical activity and social connection to dramatically improve recovery outcomes and eliminate the stigma associated with substance use disorders.
Young & Sober: Recovery Meetings hosted by The Haven at College (Room 313)
- Sophie Pyne, Senior University Account Director, The Haven at College
- Danielle Fillmore, House Manager, The Haven at Drexel
- Caroline Farrell, Program Director, The Haven at Drexel
Join the Haven community in sharing experience, strength, and hope in an “All Recovery” 12-Step Meeting. Hear how students in recovery get the most out of their college experience while finding recovery and staying drug and alcohol-free through support from the programs offered through The Haven at College. All are welcome!
Dr. Dan McDevitt (he/him/his) is the Director of Student Success at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. His office assists undergraduate day students overcome obstacles on their path to graduation. Dan will share how Saint Joseph's University identifies and supports struggling students, as well as share success stories from his experience in the field.
Dr. Bill Wolff is an Associate Professor of Communications and Digital Media in the Communication and Media department at Saint Joseph's University. In Fall 2018, Bill's students in two Digital Storytelling classes created "Start Talking SJU," a social media awareness campaign that encourages members of the Saint Joseph's University community to engage each other by discussing difficult, yet important topics, that are vital for a healthy, open, inclusive campus. The first two topics were Mental Health and Belonging.
Dr. Jennifer Carrano is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Delaware. Her research aims to identify modifiable factors that contribute to both risk behaviors and resilience among youth, with a particular focus on substance use behaviors. Jennifer will share some of this research as it pertains to siblings of those with Substance Use Disorder and Co-Occurring Disorders.
Frederick Shegog, Founder/CEO of The Message LLC, is inspiring, educating, and creating healthy lifestyles for all as a motivational speaker. He travels to high schools, colleges, and treatment centers, delivering powerful speeches on overcoming the disease of addiction. Frederick is a high honor’s student, multiple scholarship winner, and been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer along with Recovery Campus Magazine, to name a few. His thought-provoking workshops and speeches are setting a dynamic trend for recovery supports. Frederick Shegog, Founder/CEO of The Message LLC, is inspiring, educating, and creating healthy lifestyles for all as a motivational speaker. He travels to high schools, colleges, and treatment centers, delivering powerful speeches on overcoming the disease of addiction. Frederick is a high honor’s student, multiple scholarship winner, and been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer along with Recovery Campus Magazine, to name a few. His thought-provoking workshops and speeches are setting a dynamic trend for recovery supports. To learn more about Frederick, visit his website, http://www.