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IHEC Continuing Education & Professional Development



IHEC offers several on-site professional development workshops, program training, 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


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Calendar of Events


Upcoming Trainings/ Webinars



Mitch Gurick Presenter 1 2019

Mitch Gurick presenting Social Media Training: Your Online Presence- October 10, 2019

North Central College in Naperville, IL in New Hall in the Multipurpose Room, 9:00 A.M- 3:00 P.M.

Mitch will be training on understanding what social media is, why people should use it, pros, cons, and common sense and leveraging social media as a business tool. 



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Aaron Weiner presenting E-Cigs, Vaping, & Marijuana: Emerging Drug Trends in Today's College Students- October 23, 2019

This training is in the format of a Webinar.

 This webinar will answer some of the most common questions surrounding these products, and provide a basic, science-consistent understanding that can be used when having conversations with students on these topics.



presenter 2 2019

Sharon Mindock presenting Motivational Interviewing, A Path to Lasting Change- October 28, 2019

Redeemer Lutheran Church Building in Peoria, IL, 9:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M.

Sharon will be training on the foundation of Motivational Interviewing, the four principles of motivational interviewing, common traps and roadblocks of motivational interviewing, and how to use motivational interviewing with college students for lasting change.



Statewide Fall Affiliate Meeting- October 31, 2019- December 2, 2019

Please consider joining us for the first Affiliate Meeting of the 2019/2020 school year on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 9:00-2:30 PM in Normal, IL at Illinois State University Alimini Center Room 118. More details to come.



Presenter 3 2019

Randall Webber presenting Cannabis 2019 (Webinar)- November 6, 2019

This training is in the format of a Webinar. 

Randall will be providing training on describing the Compassionate Use of Marijuana Cannabis Pilot Act, identifying key factors associated with January 1, 2020 legalization of cannabis, and discuss the latest research regarding the health effects of cannabis, incudling the issue of "vaping".




 Kitra Nelson presenting Interactive Introduction to the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)- November 8, 2019

Springfeild, IL. Registrants will recieve an email with detailed location information a week prior to the event.

This workshop is a fun way to introduce prevention practitioners and stakeholders to the Strategic Prevention Framework in a way that breaks it down into easy steps that combine to create a cohesive, comprehensive plan. 



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Nicholas Brady presenting All Roads Lead to Trauma: Strategies to Address the Intersection of Psychological Trauma, Substance Use, and HIV- November 12, 2019

This training is in the form of a Webinar. 

This webinar will elucidate those connections and intersections and explain how psychological trauma serves as fuel for the substance use and HIV epidemics in the United States. Strategies to address psychological trauma on college campuses and classrooms will also be considered.



11th Annual College Town Summit- November 14, 2019

This annual event is taking place at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. This event is presented by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Our Director of IHEC, Eric Davidson will be speaking at this event. 



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Matt Vogel presenting Synthetics 101: An Exploration of Trends and Impact- December 10, 2019

This training is in the form of a Webinar.

In this session we will investigate current dynamics related to synthetic substances and the college environment. We will explore this topic from a multidimensional lens and examine trends, impacts, law, educational approaches, and health implications. 




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Dave Closson presenting 'Communi-versity': Campus and Community Collaboration to Address Substance Misuse- January 7, 2020

This training is in the form of a Webinar.

This session will detail the principles of collaboration across the Strategic Prevention Framework, identify needs and opportunities, analyze and engage stakeholders, along with keeping the collaboration moving forward. Participants will hear real-world case studies and leave with collaboration tools to use on their campus.




Eric Davidson presenting 'Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act' - February 5, 2020

Charleston, Illinois at Eastern Illinois University in the Union Effingham Room.

This workshop will review current requirements and mandates of the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act, including required components of the annual notification, what constitutes a substance abuse program, and best practices regarding the Biennial Review Process.

Register Here!


 Eric Davidson presenting 'Clearing the Smoke: Understanding the Implications of Addressing Marijuana When Laws and Regulations Conflict' - February 6, 2020-CANCELLED

This training is in the form of a webinar.

This webinar will discuss federal laws and regulations which require IHE's to ignore state and local marijuana/cannabis laws, list key components of sample policy statements regarding medicinal and legalized marijuana, and summarize how present institutions are addressing the issue on their campus. 



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Tessa Miracle presenting Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention: Strategies for You- February 12, 2020

This training is in the form of a Webinar. 

In this session, you will learn about effective strategies, opportunities for collaboration, and how prescription drug disposal can support your comprehensive prevention efforts.


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 David Anderson presenting Advocating for Results: Steps for Sharing Our Wisdom and Passion- March 11, 2020

This training is in the form of a webinar. 

Anchored in communication theory and practice, this session offers nine steps to prepare campus and community leaders to enhance persuasion and advocacy skills.

Register Here!


Statewide Spring Affiliate Meeting- March 18 & 19, 2020

Please consider joining us for the Spring Affiliate Meeting on March 18 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and March 19 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in Normal, IL at Illinois State University. 

Lodging is available, space is limited.

Register Here!


Jill Bowers presenting College Student's Perception of Alcohol/Drug Prevention Initiatives- March 31, 2020

This training is in the form of a Webinar.

Register Here!




Amelia Burke-Garcia presenting Digital and Social Media Use in Research- April 6, 2020

This training is in the form of a Webinar.

This session is intended for researchers, communicators, and practioners alike who are interested in integrating social and digital media into their work.

Register Here!



 Rich Lucey presenting Prevention with Purpose: The Importance of Strategic Planning in Drug Misuse Prevention- April 23, 2020

This training is in the form of a webinar.

This session will feature an overview of drug use rates among college students, including marijuana, vaping, and prescription drug misuse; an overview of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s new strategic planning guide to preventing drug misuse among college students; and resources from DEA to support your prevention efforts.

Register Here!



Brenda Young presenting Supporting Success by Bolstering Internal Motivations- May 5, 2020

This training is in the form of a Webinar.  

During this presentation participants will learn an evidence based strategy on how to engage students using a compassionate, collaborative communication designed to strengthen a person’s own ability to recognize the need for change, enhancing their own motivation and commitment to change, while encouraging the use of valuable university and community resources available to support the student’s drive and commitment toward change.

Register Here!


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