2019 Summit Agenda
Inspiring Hope & Real Solutions to Address College Mental Health and Well-Being
October 23, 2019
8:30 am–4:30 pm
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
College Park, MD
Presenter: Katrin Wesner-Harts, ACHA President
Part 1. The Intersection of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Presenter: Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Founder of Project Safe
When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis. Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems. After losing his son to opioid addiction, Admiral Winnefeld and his family began dedicating themselves to this growing epidemic. Safeproject.us was founded in 2017 to contribute in tangible way to overcoming the addiction epidemic and to support action that will prevent fatal drug overdoses, and to otherwise mitigate substance use disorder’s impact on our society.
Part 2. Innovations in Achieving Equity in College Mental Health
Presenter: Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, Project Director, Founder, The AAKOMA Project, Inc and CEO, The AAKOMA Center, PLLC
Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (Dr. Alfiee) is a gifted public speaker, researcher, media personality and consultant and fully licensed psychologist. She has realized her passion for helping racially diverse young people achieve optimal mental health via research and care for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. This discussion will offer knowledge and thought for leadership in the innovations of achieving equity in college mental health.
Introduction/Moderator: Ayesha Chaudary, MD, ACHA Mental Health Section Chair
Part 1. After The Tragedy: Surviving A Mass Tragedy on College Campus
Presenter: Dr. Robert Jones, Medical Director, Student Health Center, UNC Charlotte
In an age where active shooter scenarios on school campuses have seemingly become a common occurrence, dealing with the grief and trauma of these types of events is needed and necessary. This session will explore some steps to assist with surviving a mass tragedy.
Part 2. Understanding the Dimensions of Well-Being
Presenter: Sue Wasiolek, Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Duke University
Duke University has engaged in an extensive multi-year research effort to evaluate the critical components of well-being. Duke University will present the four primary pillars of well-being and explore the implications for universities working to build research around what comprises cultures of campus well-being.
Part 3. Digital Mental Health Solutions to Our Burgeoning Campus’ Challenges with Mental Health
Presenter: Nicholas Allen, Director of Clinical Training, University of Oregon
As student demand for mental health services grows, more colleges turn to platform addressing student “wellness. Some colleges and universities have begun to explore the idea of using technology to reach those students who might never speak out. This session will explore the use digital technology to address campus mental health challenges.
Part 1. Well-Being Innovations: Applied Lessons Learned from Employers to Enhance Well-Being
Presenter: Dr. Wendy Shanahan-Richards, Chief Medical Officer, Aetna Student Health
The American College Health Foundation, with generous support from Aetna, completed a whitepaper on innovations in well-being in the college setting and explored correlations between employer-based wellness programs and how similar programs may be implemented on campus. This session will explore these innovative programs and what they mean for the future of well-being on college campuses.
Part 2. Cultivating Resilient Students
Presenter: Greg Eels, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Cornell University
Universities often ask the question, what can be done on campus to purposefully cultivate resiliency among its student body. Cornell’s Greg Eels joins us to discuss what we know about resiliency and how to translate this into effective practices on campus.
Part 3. Leveraging Evidence Based Programs to Improve Campus Well-Being and Mental Health
Presenter: Bernadette Mauzurek-Melnyk, Vice President of Health Promotion, The Ohio State University
In recent years, there has been an increase in symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other mental illnesses in college student populations. Simultaneously, there has been a steady rise in the demand for counseling services. These trends have been viewed by some as a mental health crisis requiring prompt investigation and the generation of potential solutions to serve the needs of students. This session will highlight evidence based programs that are assisting with the growing need on college campuses.
Introduction/Moderator: Greg Eels, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Cornell University
Part 1. Bending the Curve with Well-Being Coaching: Exploring an Alternative Model for Servicing Mental Health Demands on Campus
Presenter: Elise Phillips, Boston College
As the demand for counseling services on campus continues to grow, so too do new approaches to utilize other peer and faculty/staff interventions to help stem the tide. Well-being coaching, otherwise known as wellness coaching, is being utilized on campuses as an emerging way to help identify and offer support to students that may not need counseling services on campus. This session will explore approaches to wellness coaching from Boston College.
Part 2. Designing Friendships: Fostering Friendships and Social Connections on Campus
Presenter: Janice M. McCabe, Dartmouth College
We know that social isolation is correlated to depression, so how can universities build cultures that foster friendships and strong social ties? Dr. McCabe is author of the book, Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success. This session will explore how friendships facilitate academic and social success in college and will identify some key strategies that universities can utilize to help build strong friendship bonds between students.
Part 3. Ensuring Resilience of Campus Health and Well-Being Providers and Staff
Presenter: Sean Marz, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Alive and Well Communities
As campus-based providers and staff in health, counseling and health promotion offices work on the front-lines to build the well-being and mental health of our students, the issue of the resilience of these staff tend to get overlooked. This session explores what leads to mental health provider and staff burnout and how can we build campus cultures that embrace and nurture the resilience and grit of these same staff that provide such critical care and outreach to our nation’s students.
Presenter: Devin Jopp, EdD, ACHA CEO