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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


"A Plan for Action and Resources for Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention within College Communities" by Molly Downing

March 28th at Methodist College, Peoria, IL

The presentation will overview the scope of prescription drug misuse on college campuses by sharing data collected from the 2018 college prescription drug study, a multi-institutional survey that examines prescription drug misuse by young adults.The training will identify effective individual and environmental prevention strategies that target young adults and campus communities. As part of this conversation, we'll provide hands-on training for the free "Generation Rx University" educational resources using a train-the-trainer approach. Click here to learn more about this training!

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"Certified Peer Educator Train the Trainer" by Rachael Novick

April 17th, 2019 at Eastland Suites, Urbana, IL 

The NASPA Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Train-the-Trainer Course will provide Peer Education group advisors the opportunity to become an official facilitator of the CPE Course for their campus and students. The CPE Training is an effective strategy for building a well-educated and sustainable peer education group. This training helps peer educators develop leadership skills to be able to successfully create and implement campus programs. Click here to learn more about this training! 

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"Just Say Know: A Comprehensive Examination of Substance Use and College Life" by Matt Vogel 

May 7th, 2019 at Illinois State University Alumni Center, Bloomington, IL 

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In this training we will explore current dynamics related to substance use and the college environment. As laws continue to shift in the U.S. a snapshot will be provided of current cannabis trends, as well as a deep dive into cannabis science, policy, and education. Substance use will be examined through a wellness framework, and correlated issues such as stress, social pressures, and sleep health will be covered. Additionally an overview of other drug trends including psychedelics, opioids, kratom, and synthetics are on the agenda. This interactive training will be engaging and provide significant opportunities to share ideas, best practices, and deepen your Illinois network. Click here to learn more about this training!

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Upcoming Webinars

"Using Standards of Practice to Develop Effective Prvention and Harm Reducation Initiatives" by Sarah Menefee & Alicia Czachowski 

March 21, 2019 at 10:00AM CST

 The American College Health Associtation's Standard of practice for Health Promotion in Higher Education (SPHPHE) provide a wonderful framework for effective prevention work. In this webinar, presenters will apply the SPHPHE to high-risk drinking prevention and harm reducation initiatives. By using the SPHPHE, participants will learn ways to enhance their campus efforts and iprove outcomes. Click here to learn more about this event!

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"The New Cross-Functional CAS Framework for Advancing Health and Well-Being" by Stacy Andes

March 27, 2019 at 1:00PM CST

CAS has released its new cross-functional framework to move beyond functional area standards and to approach particular areas of interest and concern that span multiple departments and roles at an institution. The Cross-Functional Framework for Advancing Health and Well-Being is of particular relevance to professionals who are charged with facilitating a process for creating communities in which all members are thriving. This webinar will review the new framework, standards, and ways this new tool can inform the process of health promotion. Click here to learn more about this event!

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"Late-night, alcohol-free programming: An insight into successful social change" by Jenna and friends

April 4th, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST

This session will share results from a multi-year study measuring the impact of late-night programming on student drinking behaviors. Key performance indicators and assessment data to bolster support from campus stakeholders will be presented. Our goal is to share the assessment methodologies and evidence-informed processes that may be replicated at other colleges as well as suggestions on how to develop collaborative late-night, alcohol-free events and activities. Click here to learn more about this event!


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"Connecting the Positive Psychology Movement to Prevention Efforts" by James Larcus

April 9th, 2019 at 2:00 PM CST

Mental health and substance use concerns are rapidly evolving in a manner that presents unique challenges to current and emerging leaders in health and wellness. Positive psychology can be used as a new, interdisciplinary lens to augment initiatives designed to promote student well-being and prevent negative health behaviors. 

This session will explore the history of positive psychology, evidence-based practices, and provide a platform for discussion on positive psychology’s integration into alcohol and other drug prevention efforts. The ultimate aim of this session is to see positive psychology as an additive and broadening perspective to traditional prevention efforts on college campuses. Click here to learn more about this event!


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"Vaping Behaviors and Perceptions among College Students: Results from an Informal Survey" by Brianna Sinche

April 24th, 2019 at 2:00 PM CST

As its use continues to grow, vaping has quickly become a common topic of conversation among health educators, medical professionals, researchers and parents. This webinar will outline some of the most recent research on health effects of vaping and the emerging trends in young adult use. The facilitator will present data on vaping behaviors and perceptions that was collected from a survey completed at a mid-sized Midwestern university. Additionally, social media and marketing messaging will be discussed as a potential tool to address vaping on college campuses. . Click here to learn more about this event!


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"Health Communication: Designing Effective Messages to Promote Behavior Change" by Michael Mackert

April 30th, 2019 at 10:00 AM CST

Better health communication is essential not just to raising awareness about health issues, but also to promote behavior change and improved outcomes. This presentation will focus on the development of more effective health messages which can be used in settings ranging from interpersonal communication to mass media and digital health campaigns. Issues related to health literacy and clear communication will be covered, as well as audience-centered approaches to developing effective messages that are grounded in more of an advertising perspective. Click here to learn more about this event!


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