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IHEC Services


"Hands down, IHEC should be the number one resource a new professional consults when entering the AOD field in higher Ed."

Lyndsey Hawkins, MA, CPS.

Interim Director of Wellness

Bradley University

The Illinois Higher Education Center, with support from the Illinois Department of Human Services and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is pleased to provide the following services to colleges and universities in Illinois:

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is available to any Illinois institution of higher education or related organization that is affiliated with a college/university or the Illinois Higher Education Center. Technical Assistance in the relevant areas of alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention, including policy development and enforcement, can be provided in numerous ways, including e-mail, telephone calls, on-site visits, and other forms of communication.

Professional Development Opportunities

IHEC supports and promotes trainings and conferences related to alcohol, other drug and violence prevention throughout each year. Specialty trainings are planned and delivered each year, as well as webinars, workshops, and local and regional networking meetings. See Upcoming Events for a list of current events.

IHEC can provide CEU credit for LPC, LCPC, LSW, LCSW, CHES, and MCHES licences and certifications one certain webinars/trainings. All professional development opportunites are FREE to IHEC affiliates. 

Fundamentals in Substance Misuse for Higher Education Training is available upon request. It is a 9 contact-hour training that focuses on the prevention science, methodology, and theories behind substance misuse in higher education settings. The training serves as an introductory course for professionals who work in prevention. It is free and CEU credit is available for completing the full course. 

Visit Past IHEC Webinars to view recordings of past events. 

Communications and Resources

A variety of free resources and publications are available upon request. IHEC also utilizes a listserv and monthly newsletters for updated information and news. Contact us to be added to our mailing lists.

Collaboration and Networking

Higher education administrators, wellness staff, students and concerned community members have several opportunities each year to network and collaborate with IHEC through the annual conferences, affiliate meetings, network meetings, trainings and the statewide coalition. See our Professional Development and Advisory Meeting pages for the latest offerings.

Assessment, Program Planning, And Evaluation :: Consultation Site Visit

IHEC staff members are available to guide colleges and universities in assessment, planning, and evaluation of campus AODV prevention efforts through technical assistance and use of assessment instruments developed for this project. The purpose of an IHEC consultation visit is for campuses to enhance or strengthen their current programming, provide data to justify need for future programming, and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Contact us for more information.

Pre-visit Checklist

Informational Flyer: Purpose, Benefits, and What to Expect

Consultation Visit Interest Form

Illinois Biennial AOD Survey

Every two years IHEC conducts a state-wide administration of the IHEC AOD Survey. The survey is administered in-house and is sent out in the spring semester. Following the administration of the survey, a summary of statewide alcohol and drug abuse rates is published.

Policy :: Biennial Review

IHEC's Dr. Eric Davidson is becoming nationally known for his expertise on policy, especially the federally mandated Biennial Review. Services are offered to campuses to review and evaluate current AODV policies and make adjustments and improvements to ensure compliance with the federally mandated Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act. In house workshops and webinars are offered regularly as well. Contact Dr. Davidson for more information.

Presentation: Biennial Review

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