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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

Workshops & Events Event Attendance Policy


March 6, 2015 - "Manage the Environment: Alcohol Prevention for Everyone" Lynn Schoenberg, Ed.S., Executive Director of Holistic Wellness, Stetson University

Workshop will be held at Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is open


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 17, 2015 - "Encouraging Healthier Behavior by Focusing on Environmental and Intrapersonal Factors" Rodney Roosevelt, Ph.D., Director of Life Assessment and Motivation Project (LAMP)

Workshop will be held at Heartland Community College, Normal, IL.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m., doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is Open


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

March 11, 2015, at 10 a.m. CST

"SAMHSA's Current and Future Direction for Prevention in Higher Education"

Presented by Mr. Richard Lucey, Jr., Special Assistant to the Director

An overview of SAMHSA's revised Strategic Initiative on Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, including its areas of focus on institutes of higher education; current data on substance abuse and mental health among college students from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health and other national surveys; and SAMHSA's new Behavioral Health Among College Students Information and Resource Kit., which focuses on a range of substance abuse and mental health issues that many of today's young adults have as they enter colleges and universities, or may develop during their college years.

(note: this webinar may go over our usual 1 hour time frame, please plan accordingly)

May 5, 2015, at 9 - 10:30 a.m. CDT

"Health Message that Support Motives for not Drinking Among Abstainers and Drinkers"

Presented by Robyn Priest, Boston College, and Kimberley Timpf, EverFi

While many students choose to drink, more and more students are interested in experiencing college life that is much less - or not at all - dependent on alcohol. Traditional prevention efforts often consider the needs of these groups separately. But research has identified that they share similar motives for not drinking: concern for their health. What are the implications for traditional prevention? This session will explore that question, hearing how one campus eliminated their AOD prevention office, creating a health promotion program to address concerns shared by all students.


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