Commission for Wellness

ACPA 2016 Montreal Newsletter

We're gearing up for #ACPA16 and look forward to seeing many of you in Montreal. If you're not able to make it, follow us on via twitter for updates and shared resources. Bookmark this live newsletter - we'll update it if anything changes!

Join the Commission for Wellness Directorate

If you want to work with the commission in a more long term role we currently looking for new directorate members for the following positions:

  • Chair Elect (Supporting the Chair; Commission Self-Study; Maintaining Bylaws; Orientation of New Members)
  • Vice Chair for Communications (Newsletters; Social Media; Website Development; Membership Communication & Assessment)
  • Coordinator for Sponsored Programs (Webinars & Conferences; Sponsored Programs; Best Practices; Research)

If you are interested in a position complete an online application. If you have any questions please contact our Vice Chair for Collaboration Hannah Roberts.

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2016 Outstanding Wellness Program for Students

SAPHIRE: Sexual Assault Prevention & Healthy Intimate Relationship Education at Ringling College of Art and Design is recognized as this year's outstanding wellness program geared toward students. SAPHIRE is an innovative program that has wide-reaching influence on student wellness on campus. Join us in congradulating our colleagues at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Update: We've merged with the AOD Commission

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Commission and the Commission for Wellness have merged. The Commissions missions both focused on proactive education for student's well being. In an effort to better serve the ACPA Membership we are now working together to complete our mission: "to provide education, resources, support and recognition to college educators in order to facilitate and sustain campus cultures of wellness through the various dimensions of wellness."
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Stop by our table at CelebrACPA to learn what we're up to, and find out the many ways you can get involved with the commission.
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Friends of Bill W.

Monday, March 7 at 7:00am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 525A

Empower AU: Sexual Assault Prevention Development and Data Collection

Monday, March 7 at 8:00am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 511E

Sexual assault has become an epidemic on college campuses. To address this, American University developed a comprehensive sexual assault prevention campaign. This program will focus on our innovative, peer led workshop, Empower AU. In line with recommendations from the White House Task Force, and the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies, Empower AU was developed with a heavy emphasis on research and theory. In this program we will discuss the development of Empower AU and the data we collected during its evaluation.

It's a Snap, Get the App! Linking Technology & Emotional Wellness

Monday, March 7 at 9:30am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 512C

Co-Sponsored with the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services

How does technology, personal wellness, and mental health intersect with each other? In collaboration with the Georgia Tech Counseling Center (Division of Student Life) and Grand Challenges Team Fulcrum, a pilot study was conducted to develop a smartphone app, using Jawbone technology, for students to monitor 4 dimensions of personal wellness (i.e., physical, emotional, social, academic). This program will provide an overview of the pilot study and provide initial data and results. Future planning, development, and service implications will be discussed.

Commission for Wellness Open Meeting

Monday, March 7 at 11:30am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 520D

Join the Commission for Wellness Directorate and help us shape what's to come over the next year. Those interested in getting involved with the commission are especially welcome!

Seeking: Individuals Who Want to Play

Monday, March 7 at 2:30pm in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 511E

Productive and serious words not typically utilized to describe playtime. Throughout our society, play can often be overlooked and undervalued. This session is for individuals who want to refocus and rethink the role of play in learning and daily work. Using everyday items, well play showcasing how direct experience, reflection and social interaction take on new meaning as a consistent form of assessment. If youre feeling a need to get your creative juices flowing, were waiting for you!

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Friends of Bill W.

Tuesday, March 8 at 7am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 525A

The Engine Model For Understanding and Assessing Student Wellbeing

Tuesday, March 8 at 8:00am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 511F

Sponsored by the Commission for Wellness

College student wellbeing is a topic of great interest among student affairs professionals, faculty, and the general public, yet there is not a comprehensive understanding of college student wellbeing. The Wake Forest Wellbeing Assessment uses a new theoretic framework: the engine model of wellbeing. From this model a survey was created to measure wellbeing with the expressed intent to provide actionable information to program and policy for students. Results from the pilot in fall 2015 will be presented and discussed.

Steps to Safety: Motivating Change of High Risk Behavior

Tuesday, March 8 at 9:30am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 518C

Co-Sponsored with the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services

Utilizing harm reduction philosophy, this interactive session will look at the intersection of Kohlberg, Prochaska, and Miller's theories to address student behavior. Participants will learn how to identify motivation behind student behavior, recognize student willingness to change behaviors, and enhance student motivation to behave in healthier ways. Through practice and a case study review in teams, participants will leave with handouts as well as tips, techniques and the confidence to engage students in difficult conversations about high risk behavior.

Partnerships to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Honors Students

Tuesday, March 8 at 2:00pm in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 512C

Co-Sponsored with the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services

Despite honors students typically being better prepared academically, honors students often report a greater level of anxiety, which is often at the root of other mental health and substance abuse issues. This presentation is intended to offer a staff and student perspective on the special needs of honors students and ideas on how student affairs personnel might partner with honors programs to meet these needs.

Caring too much: Campus fatigue in student affairs

Tuesday, March 8 at 5:00pm in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 510A-D

Co-Sponsored with the Mid-Level Community of Practice

Work in student affairs is often high demand/high stress and requiring of a high level of interpersonal connection. This environment creates a career cycle with stages of engagement and burnout, a repetition which can lead to compassion fatigue and departure from the field. This session will engage a dialogue on how student affairs practitioners can identify the signs of compassion fatigue, reduce burnout, and better create environments where colleagues and staff can find work-life balance.

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Friends of Bill W.

Wednesday, March 9 at 7am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 525A

AOD Education, Support, and Prevention Strategies for International Students

Wednesday, March 9 at 9:45am in Palais des Congrès de Montréal | 512C

Co-Sponsored with the Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development

While adapting to university can be difficult for anyone (Gerdes & Mallinckrodt, 1994), international students often experience even greater challenges with adjustment (Misra, Crist, & Burant, 2003; Gebhard, 2012; Kambouropoulos, 2014). International students frequently grapple with significant differences in attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs related to alcohol and other drugs (AOD). Panelists from Canada, Europe, and the United States will discuss this critical issue affecting international student success. Participants will consider implications for policy/practice and explore new ideas for AOD education/support/prevention strategies.

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