December 14, 2007

Regional Network list serve member,

I hope you semester is ending on a smooth and positive note, and I am sure you are looking forward to a happy holiday season. This regional newsletter informs college professionals about AOD prevention activities, workshops, programs and resources. Today, I want to share information about two important training opportunities for regional members of The Network.  Please contact me at if you want to learn about The Network and how it can support you and your campus prevention program.  Again, let me extend my good wishes to you during this holiday season.

Spencer Deakin, Ph.D.

Regional Director for MD, VA, & DC


Experiences in Effective Prevention:  The National Dissemination Meetings

The U.S. Department of Education will be sponsoring special two day meetings on effective campus based alcohol and other drug abuse prevention programs.  Five meeting locations around the nation will be scheduled during the early spring of 2008.  College officials from our region (MD,VA, & DC) will be invited to attend the event in Hartford, Conneticut on March 17-18,2008.  The two day meeting will begin at 1 PM on the first day and will end at 3 PMon the second day.  There is no registration fee and conference costs will be minimal.  The hotel cost for the night of the first meeting day will be covered by the Department of Education.

The meeting will explore the core elements of success of the programs that received awards under the Department's Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses grant competition.  These core elements are described in "Experiences in Effective Prevention: The U.S. Department of Education's Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses Grants", published this fall by the Higher Education Center.

Members of the Department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools will lead the meeting, which will feature discussions with current and former Model Program grant awardees.  The meeting will provide ample opportunity for participants to discuss the core elements with the grantees and explore how the elements might apply to their own campus prevention work.  There will also be time to learn about the Model Program grant competition and discuss the criteria and qualifications for receiving a Model Program award. 

Meeting invitations will be distributed in the near future.  If you are interested in attending the meeting, contact Spencer Deakin at and you will definitely receive an invitaition.  Also, you can obtain a copy of the HEC's " Experiences in Effective Prevention:..." through the Center's website at  


Virginia Prevention Standards and a Workshop Opportunity

Several years ago, a group of Virginia prevention professionals developed standards to provide guidance to campus leaders to enhance their campus prevention programs.  The resource offers "practical elements and components recognized as necessary for successful prevention programs".  The emphasis is to implement recognized strategies to achieve campus change.

The Virginia College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Standards (July 2003) can be found on the George Mason University website at   They are the fifth item on the page.

Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Steve Clarke have volunteered to conduct a drive-in workshop for our regional members on what the Standards are and how your campus can use them to leverage support for your AOD prevention program.  The Network will financially support the project so the workshop will be a very low or no cost program.  The date and location of the program are TBA.  If you are interested, contact Susie Bruce, Virginia State Coordinator for The Network at or Spencer Deakin, Regional Director, at for information or to express interest in attending.  This will be a valuable educational experience for our region.


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