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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.


"They help the professional in AOD prevention to KNOW what they need to know, and they provide quality training to help the professional to meet their goals. All of this is provided with little or no cost to the professional. Low cost and high quality! It doesn’t get better than that anywhere!"
Debra Disney, MSEd, LCPC
Methodist College of UnityPoint Health

Training Workshops Event Attendance Policy

Applying Health Behavior Theory to Prevention Programming

By Eric S. Davidson, Ph.D., MCHES, CSPS
Date: August 31st, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Eastern Illinois University. Charleston, IL


The application of health behavior theories to collegiate alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention, and other health promotion programming is considered a strong standard of practice by many.  Yet, many outside of public health and health promotion fields have not been exposed to health behavior theories.  This training will provide an overview of common health behavior theories and their constructs used within collegiate ATOD, violence and health promotion programs including: Self-Efficacy Theory, Health Belief Model, Attribution Theory, Theory of Reasoned Action and Planned Behavior, The Transtheoretical Model, Social Cognitive Theory, Social Network/Support Theory, and Diffusion of Innovation Theory.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

•  Explain why the use of theory is important in program design and/or selection

•  Describe common constructs of health behavior theories applied at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community levels

•  Apply health behavior theory constructs to prevention program plans and design

•  Use a set of guidelines to select appropriate theories

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Evidence Based Environmental Interventions

By David Closson, M.S.
Date: September 15th, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Eastern Illinois University. Charleston, IL

Program Purpose:

This program aims to walk the attendees through the ‘what to do’ and the ‘how to’ when it comes to implementing environmental interventions. This program is based off the SAFER California Universities Study which involved 14 public universities and examined the effect of environmental interventions on excessive drinking. This study saw a total of 6,000 fewer incidents of intoxication at off-campus parties and 4,000 fewer at bars during the fall semester!

 This goal is to reduce excessive drinking and intoxication at off-campus parties near the college. It will enhance the enforcement of local laws and encourage responsible hosting and serving of alcohol in both private and commercial settings. It works to bring all of the stakeholders from the campus and community together to address excessive drinking and parties.

 Attendees will leave with a complete toolkit including a management plan and an action plan for implementation which provides sample timelines, meeting agendas, steps to implementation and much more.

Management Plan
Meeting #1
    Agenda Template
    Meeting Evaluation
    Meeting Debrief
    Tips for Success
Meeting #2
    Agenda Template
    Action plan tracking sheet
    Action plan visibility sheet
    Agenda Template
    Reporting Table
Readiness Meeting
    Agenda Template
    Enforcement Report
    Visibility Report
Check in Meeting
    Key elements for review
Mid-point corrections
    Agenda Template
Action Plan
DUI Check Points
    DUI Enforcement
    Perceived Risk of DUI Arrests
    Public Awareness and DUI enforcement
Compliance Checks
    Retail availability
    Compliance check manual
Party Patrols
    Controlling Large Parties
    OJJDP preventing and dispersing parties
Visibility Campaign
    Examples of Letters
    Email Reminders
    Samples newspaper articles

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Webinars Webinar Attendance Policy

AOD Prevention at Community Colleges - Panel Discussion

Date: September 24th, 2015
Time: 2:00pm


This webinar will be a panel of AOD prevention specialists from community colleges across the state of Illinois. They will be sharing the unique insights related to alcohol and drug prevention on community college campuses. The panel members will be addressing any and all questions from webinar attendees.

Panel members and more information to follow.

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Comprehensive Efforts that Embrace Recovery

By: Beth DeRicco Ph.D.
Date: October 21st, 2015
Time: 2:00pm


Health Educators and campus prevention specialists have long known that a comprehensive, evidence informed approach to alcohol prevention has the greatest likelihood of creating a safer and healthier climate on campus. Burgeoning support for students in recovery, with number of Collegiate Recovery Communities quadrupling over the last five years, points to ways in which support of these students can create a "pause" in academic pursuit and loyal alums. Many have touted particular models for these programs without a close examination of current campus efforts. This webinar is designed to begin a process focused conversation regarding the way in which collegiate recovery fits with a particular campus current efforts, culture, mission, and organizational structure.

Presenter Bio...

Beth DeRicco, Ph.D. has worked at the campus, state and national level, assisting institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities to implement, evaluate and refine policies and programs that address dangerous drinking and other drug use among college and university students, with a focus on putting research-based programs and policies into practice.

Dr. DeRicco has directed a department of wellness and prevention services, nationally recognized training programs, been faculty at the graduate level, and is a nationally recognized speaker bringing a strong background in prevention theory, program planning, community mobilization and collaboration and developing and conducting training programs.

Dr. DeRicco is currently developing and managing a comprehensive evidence informed approach to working with the higher education community for Caron Treatment Centers.

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