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Continuing Education and Professional Development

IHEC offers several on-site professional development workshops, program trainings, and webinars throughout the year. Our events are free to all 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in Illinois. We welcome other organizations to participate for a nominal fee.

NOTE: All participants must read the attendance policies below and agree to our terms prior to registering. 


Workshops & Events On-site Training/Event Attendance Policy 


January 23 - Winter Symposium - "The Role of Social Media in Campus AOD Prevention" Illinois State University, Alumni Center. Registration opening soon. 

February 26 & 27, 2015 - 3rd Annual Mid-Year Meeting at Starved Rock Lodge! Two days of professional development and networking! Details coming soon. 

March - "Manage the Environment: Alcohol Prevention for Everyone"   Lynn Schoenberg, Ed.S., Executive Director of Holistic Wellness, Stetson University

Environment dictates behavior. Environmental Management approaches the issue of college alcohol and other drug misuse as requiring multiple layers of targeted intervention that occur simultaneously. Grounded in the Socioecological model of Public Health, institutions need to acknowledge the individual, community, relational and societal influences around alcohol and other drugs. This training will discuss these principles in-depth, as well as explore how one institution embarked on a bold five year plan implementing a holistic environmental management approach to alcohol and drug prevention. This plan includes: coalition work, BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening in College Students), educational sanctions, healthy tailgate efforts, local ordinance work, town and gown relationships, peer education, social norms, data collection, pre-matriculation education, limited marketing, late night hours in key buildings, examining Friday course availability, alternative social events, changes to enforcement, moderation messaging, changes to policy (including medical amnesty), and additional health promotion efforts. The training will focus on exploring best practices and next steps for your campus around Environmental Management through discussion and interactive activities. 

April - "Encouraging Healthier Behavior by Focusing on Environmental and Intrapersonal Factors" Rodney Roosevelt, Ph.D., Director of Life Assessment and Motivation Project (LAMP)

This workshop will examine intrapersonal and environmental contributors to undergraduate behaviors. Behaviors are conceived as falling along a range from less healthy to more healthy. Using data collected in a nationwide survey of fraternity men, the impact of Basic Psychological needs, behavioral traits, and personal aspirations on a range of behaviors will be examined. Behaviors addressed include: drinking, drug use, academics, public service, hazing, and sexual activity. Emphasis will be on altering environmental cues and norms to encourage healthier functioning.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop specific take-home plans to implement within their organization.

Webinars Webinar Attendance Policy

December 11, 10:00am CST - REGISTRATION OPEN 

"The Use of Parent-Based Normative Feedback Interventions to Reduce College Alcohol Risk"              

Presented by Lucy Kilp Napper, PhD, Lehigh University. 

A growing body of research suggests that parents continue to exert significant influence on their child’s alcohol-related attitudes and behavior even after matriculation to college. During this presentation, we will explore the influence of parents on college students’ alcohol use and the utility of social norms based parent interventions to promote less risky alcohol use among college students.


February 11, 2015 at 10:00am CST - REGISTRATION OPEN

"Binges, Blunts and Brain Development: Why delaying the onset of alcohol and other drug use is so important."

Dr. Aaron White, co-creator of AlcoholEdu, will explore adolescent brain development and the impact of alcohol and other drugs on it. We also will examine research regarding environmental strategies, school programs and parenting approaches for delaying the onset of alcohol use among youth. 

Non-IHEC Conferences and Trainings

Non-IHEC Webinars

IHEC Past Trainings

IHEC Past Webinars