Pre-Conference Workshops

Tickets required; space may be limited. Register here.

Pre-conference workshops differ from the 60- and 90-minute concurrent sessions in that they are intended to help participants enhance specific skill sets or train to acquire specific competencies appropriate to practice in their discipline. Continuing education/contact hours will be assigned as appropriate.

  • The fee to attend a pre-conference workshop is $65 if you are registered for at least one day of the meeting (Wednesday-Saturday).
  • If you are registered for Tuesday Workshops Only, the fee is $150 per workshop.

Advance ticket purchase is mandatory and can be ordered when you register.

TUESDAY, May 30, 9:00 am–12:00 pm

TU137. Pit Appointments – Student Psychiatric Consultations with Both a Psychiatrist and a Family Doctor

Marilyn Thorpe, MD, FRCPC; Helen Monkman, MA; Oona Hayes, MD; and James Felix, MD, CCFP (University of Victoria)

To address long wait times for psychiatric consultation, innovative "pit appointments" were successfully implemented at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Pit appointments are characterized by a general practitioner and psychiatrist meeting simultaneously with a student. Implementing pit appointments has increased capacity and decreased wait times. This workshop will describe pit appointments and their benefits, outline factors that facilitate and impede them, define the roles of participants, and provide guidance on how to conduct these appointments.  

TU166. Sexual Health Hot Topics: Sexual History Taking, Screening, and Treating STIs

Karen Wendel, MD (Denver Public Health and Denver Prevention Training Center); Cornelis Rietmeijer, MD, PhD; Allison Finkenbinder, MSN, WHNP-BC; and Teri Anderson, MT, ASCP (Denver Prevention Training Center)

This STI pre-conference workshop will highlight the national trends in common STDs, review the updated STD screening and treatment guidelines, and review best practices in sexual history taking. Content includes: national epidemiology for STDs, screening recommendations, sexual history taking, best practices in STD management, PrEP, nPEP, and STD testing and treatment after sexual assault.

TU184. The Basics of Wound Repair: Suturing, I&D, and Beyond

Tammy Ostroski, DNP, FNP-BC and Rita Wermers, MSN, ANP-BC (Arizona State University)

Wound closure and abscess management are skills that can easily be performed in most clinics, though require training for safe and effective management. This 3-hour hands-on workshop will introduce clinicians to these skills and cover the basics of anesthetic choices, simple wound closure techniques, simple incision and drainage, infection management, and the components of a comprehensive procedure note.

TU206. Essential and Advanced SBIRT: Improving Our Multi-Disciplinary Intervention Skills in Managing Alcohol and Other Health Risks in College Students

Paul Grossberg, MD (University of Wisconsin-Madison, retired); Jason Kilmer, PhD (University of Washington); James Schaus, MD (University of Central Florida)

This interdisciplinary workshop features national evidence-based guidelines (including NIAAA’s CollegeAIM) on screening and behavioral motivational interventions, case-focused role-plays, and active engagement of participants in learning creative techniques to help students change risky behaviors. With multidisciplinary examples (including presenters’ research), we’ll practice integrating brief intervention skills into everyday clinical, advising, and student affairs conversations, ‘igniting innovation’ to deal with challenging issues. Participants leave with a toolbox of strategies to respond to student resistance/ambivalence in changing behaviors.

TU247. Enacting the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities: Challenges and Opportunities

Melissa Feddersen, BSN, and Casey Hamilton, BSC, RD (University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus); Judy Burgess, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Victoria); Tara Black, MSc; Martin Mroz, MSc, and Alisa Stanton, MPH (Simon Fraser University)

The Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities provides a call to action for universities and colleges to take their place as a leader in health promotion within a context that provides an excellent opportunity for theory testing of what constitutes best practice in healthy community development. Participants in this workshop will hear about the development process of the charter, as well as early implementation processes and challenges.

TU292. Stalking 2.0: Digging Deeper into the Impact of Cyberstalking and Stalking on College Campuses

Mark Kurkowski, AS (St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

This session seeks to inform participants of the prevalence of stalking among college students, with a special focus on the use of technology in stalking. This session will particularly focus on the potential dangers of dating apps, popular social media amongst our students, and specific risk reduction strategies. Participants will be able to better understand how to educate and protect students, as well as direct prevention and risk reduction education. Participants will also understand the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) definition of stalking and their Clery reporting obligations.

TU305. Advocacy Skills Training for College Health Professionals

(also offered in the afternoon)
Stephanie Maddin Smith, JD (American College Health Association)

ACHA members are leaders and role models within the association and their campus communities. Participants in this pre-conference training will build or enhance advocacy skills in order to effectively influence college health priorities on campus, in the community, as well as with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal policy levels.

TU337.College Health and Wellness Leadership Training: ACHA’s New Leadership Institute

Presenters: Jamie Davidson, PhD (University of Nevada-Las Vegas); Alan Glass, MD (Washington University in St. Louis); Jenny Haubenreiser, MA (Oregon State University); Mike Huey, MD (Emory University); Devin Jopp, PhD (American College Health Association)

ACHA is embarking on the creation of a Leadership Institute with the goal of providing training to rising and existing college health professionals and leaders. This half-day leadership training event marks the first training program of a series and will provide an overview of key issues across the college health and wellness landscape and will also explore the unique value of college health and wellness programs. Additionally, this session will provide college health and wellness professionals with an understanding of management and leadership techniques that can be used to enhance your own leadership skills and drive organizational outcomes. Participants in this program will receive credit towards the completion of a new college health and wellness designation that is expected to launch in 2018.

TUESDAY, May 30, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

TU105. A Structured Approach to Post-Travel Illness: Fever, Diarrhea, and Dermatological Concerns

Julie Richards, MS, MSN, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC, CTH (Stanford University)

The number of student travelers continues to increase worldwide. More American students are going abroad and more international students are coming to the U.S. While campus health centers frequently encounter students with travel-related illnesses, the majority are ill-prepared to provide appropriate care. Significant, perhaps even life-threatening illnesses can get missed unless staff screen all patients for travel and have a systematic, evidence-based approach for addressing these concerns.

TU141. Musculoskeletal Splinting Workshop

Christopher Nasin, MD, CAQ Primary Care Sports Medicine (University of Rhode Island)

Participants will learn to properly select and fabricate splints used for common orthopedic injuries seen in the college health environment. During the workshop, participants will learn to create and apply splints. Participants should leave the workshop feeling comfortable applying splints commonly used in the care of sports injuries seen in college health.

TU151. Reorienting Student Affairs to Health Promotion and Prevention

Stacy Andes, EdD (Villanova University); Jessica Greher Traue, EdM (Bentley University); Kelly Hogan-Stewart, MPH (University of Notre Dame); Delynne Wilcox, PhD, MPH, CHES, CIC (University of Alabama)

Health promotion professionals must effectively articulate their scope of practice, and translate theories and evidence to inform their senior leadership practice. Too often, tactical decisions are made in lieu of strategic planning, communication, and systems that promote healthy communities. This workshop will enhance professionals’ ability to engage and sustain strategic processes with health promotion staff, colleagues, and senior administrators through application of the Institute of Medicine protractor to the structure/function of student affairs departments.

TU168. Using Positive Psychology to Develop a Resilience Training Program

Keith Anderson, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); Peter Forkner, PhD (Bentley University)

This presentation will focus on the information needed to create a resiliency training (RT) program. We will describe the rationale for developing this type of program, the assessment instruments needed to measure progress, and the history of RT on other campuses. We will also discuss the use of positive psychology concepts in developing these programs.

TU289. Preparing for the Inevitable – A Practical Exercise for Infectious Disease Outbreak and Continuity of Your Operations

Tim Stoecklein, BBA, MS, and Stephanie Hanenberg, MSN, FNP (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs)

This session will present a hands-on learning opportunity in the form of tabletop exercises, with a focus on planning and response as it pertains to an infectious disease outbreak, as well as the need for continuity of operations planning. Key aspects: Planning, internal/external relationships, memorandums of agreement, service contracts, and continuing services following disaster.

TU322. Health Communication: Improving Practices in Campus Health

Michael Mackert, PhD, MA; Mackenzie Greenwell, MA; Jessica Hughes Wagner, MPH, MCHES; Elizabeth Glowacki, MA; and Erin Donovan, PhD, MA (The University of Texas at Austin)

From marketing services to promoting behavior change and communicating risk in the event of a public health crisis, college health professionals are often responsible for health communications without professional preparation and/or formal training to do so effectively. This session will provide an overview of health communication including designing effective messages, best practices in social media, and interpersonal health communication. The session will also offer perspectives on leveraging academic partnerships with communications faculty.

TU334. Advocacy Skills Training for College Health Professionals

(repeat of morning workshop)
Stephanie Maddin Smith, JD (American College Health Association); Randy Nuckolls, JD (Dentons)

ACHA members are leaders and role models within the association and their campus communities. Participants in this pre-conference training will build or enhance advocacy skills in order to effectively influence college health priorities on campus, in the community, as well as with stakeholders at the local, state, and federal policy levels.

TU335. Beyond ACHA-NCHA Report Documents – Basic Techniques for Evaluating and Analyzing your Campus Data

Mary Hoban, PhD, MCHES, and Christine Kukich, MS (American College Health Association); Patricia Ketcham, PhD, CHES (Western Oregon University); Alyssa Lederer, MPH, CHES (Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington)

This workshop will teach novice ACHA-NCHA users basic techniques for getting more from their data. As a result of this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to determine confidence intervals and whether their institution’s sample represents their campus population, manage SPSS data files, conduct basic SPSS analyses, and compare campus data with the Reference Group. To get the most out of this workshop, participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with SPSS software installed and a copy of their campus data file.