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9th Annual Vermont College Symposium (Virtual)

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3 Thursday Afternoons - October 22nd, 29th and November 5th 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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 9th Annual Vermont College Symposium (Virtual!)

Three consecutive Thursday Afternoons: October 22nd, 29th, and November 5th

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Registration Fee: $25

If you register and are unable to attend one or multiple sessions, the events will be recorded and available after the event has ended.

Keynote Speakers: 

October 22nd

Drinking Game Cognitions and Behaviors among University Students in the United States and Abroad

Drinking games participation is prevalent among college/university students in the U.S. and abroad. Participation in this risky drinking practice has been linked to heavy alcohol consumption and negative drinking consequences. This presentation will provide an overview of drinking games research conducted with college/university students in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., Australia) and will address the following key questions. First, who is at risk for playing drinking games? Second, what do students report as their reasons for (a) playing drinking games and (b) selecting other players to drink while playing? Third, how effective are existing general alcohol intervention strategies in reducing students’ risk for drinking games participation? This presentation will conclude with a discussion of protective behavioral strategies that students can use in the context of a drinking game that might help reduce their risk for heavy alcohol consumption and harm.

Byron L. Zamboanga, Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Dr. Byron L. Zamboanga is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. His research program examines cognitive (motives to drink, play drinking games, and pregame) and cultural (acculturation, acculturative stress) determinants of risky drinking practices (heavy episodic drinking, playing drinking games, and pregaming), and alcohol protective behavioral strategies among adolescents, young adults, and student-athletes in the U.S., and young adults abroad (Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Canada).

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October 29th

Cannabis and Mental Health: So Much To Discuss

This presentation will first define and differentiate the behavioral and cognitive effects of the various compounds in cannabis to facilitate a more informed discussion of cannabis and mental health. The primary content will comprise an overview of the results from studies that seek to provide information about the nature of the relationship between cannabis consumption and mental health with a focus on increasing awareness of study limitations and how these limitations impact interpretation of reported findings. The presentation will touch on the phenomenon of “Medical Marijuana or Therapeutic Cannabis” and encourage the use of science and common sense to inform one’s perspective on the nature of the relationship between cannabis use and mental health and mental health disorders.

Alan Budney, Ph.D., Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Alan Budney is a clinical psychologist and Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth where he directs a NIDA-funded training program on the Science of Co-Occurring Disorders and is Director of the Treatment Development and Evaluation Core of Dartmouth's Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. He has conducted extensive research on innovative behavioral treatments for Cannabis Use Disorders in adults and adolescents. This applied research focused on integrating contingency management interventions with more traditional behavioral therapies and using computer-assisted therapies to enhance access to and the cost effectiveness of these approaches. Dr. Budney also conducted seminal human laboratory and survey studies characterizing the cannabis withdrawal syndrome. Recently, his studies involve the use of social media to better understand the impact of changing cannabis laws and regulations, and the development of on-line applications of behavioral economic interventions to modify cannabis use. Dr. Budney is Past-President of Division 28 and Division 50 of the American Psychological Association and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. He was a member of the DSM-5 Substance Use Disorders working group and consults and serves on multiple scientific advisory organizations related to cannabis consequences and therapeutics including the UCSD Center for Medical Cannabis Research.

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November 5th

Color of Drinking: Alcohol as a Social Justice Issue

The "Color of Drinking" is an exploratory study of the impacts of the UW-Madison’s alcohol culture on students of color. The campus alcohol culture radiates implicit messages regarding who matters and belongs, and its impacts to racial climate. Color of Drinking has helped build capacity amongst campus to address alcohol as a social justice issue. This session will examine the intersection of alcohol prevention and social justice and strategies implemented with campus partners

Reonda Washington, MPH, CHES, University of Wisconsin Madison

Reonda Washington is a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work involves helping students to make healthy choices around alcohol, researching the UW-Madison alcohol culture, collaborating with campus partners to build capacity, implementing alcohol prevention programs, and data analysis. Reonda has been a member of the UHS Healthy Campus staff since July 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University, a Master of Public in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina- Columbia., and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has a background of conducting outreach and education to a various populations in different settings. One of Reonda’s proudest achievements is her Color of Drinking Study, which looks at how the UW-Madison high risk drinking culture impacts all students; but specifically students of color. The initial findings show how the alcohol climate impacts campus climate with sense of belonging, safety, retention, flourishing and racial microaggressions Some of the research and outreach work that she is currently doing is examining the role drinking plays in connectedness, belonging and flourishing on her campus, how alcohol impacts communities of color and international students, working with Greek Life alcohol risk reduction, research why students go to detox, and collaborating with housing and UWPD on a program for high risk students

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 Who Should Attend?

 Campus faculty & staff including student affairs & academic assistance, counseling, medical, health & wellness, housing/residential/student life and community partners including community coalitions & prevention professionals working with youth & young adults.

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Continuing education hours have been applied for and pending for these professions through the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation:  Allied Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Counseling Psychological Examiners and Social Workers.

This event is sponsored by Vermont Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs

 

 

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