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Motivational Interviewing: Overview and Applications to Student Health and Wellness

Thursday, April 13, 2pm-5pm
Dr. Ashley Helle, MOCARE and Mary Beth Miller, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Nursing/CME credit
Location: Kansa A

HelleMiller Participants in this workshop will be introduced to Motivational Interviewing, an empirically-supported approach to facilitating behavior change. This workshop will provide an overview of the MI framework, spirit, and principles; relevant research findings; and specific implementation strategies. A significant portion of the workshop is devoted to individual skill development using interactive role-play exercises. The content and examples of the workshop are tailored to participants’ work setting and client population.

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Dr. Ashley Helle is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri and Co-Director of the Missouri Center for Addiction Research and Engagement (MOCARE). Dr. Helle completed her doctoral training at Oklahoma State University, clinical fellowship training at Yale University School of Medicine, and postdoctoral fellowship in addictions research at the University of Missouri. Her primary work is focused on addiction science and implementation/training with providers, and h is the primary investigator on an NIH funded project in collaboration with Partners in Prevention (PIP) examining effective tools to support the work of alcohol and substance prevention providers on college campuses. Dr. Helle’s clinical experiences include evidence-based treatments (CBT, DBT, MI, etc.) for alcohol and substance prevention and treatment with college students; intensive outpatient and outpatient services for mental health and co-occurring substance use; and screening and brief intervention in health settings.

Mary Beth Miller, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri. She completed her graduate training at Oklahoma State University, her pre-doctoral internship at Brown University, and her postdoctoral training at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. She has been using Motivational Interviewing in her clinical work and research since 2009. She recently became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, meaning she completed intensive training in how to train others in this approach. Dr. Miller’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, with current projects targeting sleep in substance use outcomes and the etiology and prevention of alcohol-induced blackouts. She has worked on multiple federal, state, and privately-funded projects applying principles of Motivational Interviewing to health behavior change. Dr. Miller may be contacted at the University of Missouri, 1 Hospital Drive DC0670.00, Columbia, MO 65212 (email: millmary@health.missouri.edu).

Taking Your Engage-ment to the Next-Level!

Saturday, April 15, 9:30am-12:00pm
Dave Closson, DJC Solutions, LLC
Location: Kansa AB

Closson Students know that facilitation is a vital key to unlocking the magic and wisdom of a group. That’s why they have asked us to facilitate, not educate during engage sessions. Through effective facilitation, one can guide diverse groups in shared learning experiences, shared agreement and shared action all while creating a culture of care and belonging. Though facilitation methods are simple and flexible, facilitation is an art and skill that must be practiced and honed.

This dynamic and engaging workshop will help you take your engage facilitator skills to the next level! This session builds on the engage online facilitator training to deepen your knowledge and have fun learning new tools, new methods, and hone your facilitator skills. This session will provide opportunities to practice, connect with peers and tap into the collective wisdom.

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Dave Closson is the owner of DJC Solutions, LLC, a modern-day consulting company with a combined focus on serving substance misuse prevention professionals, law enforcement officers, and military veterans across the United States. He is the author of “Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police” and was chosen as one of the few Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) #StillServing Heroes nationwide.

Dave Closson was the very first Director of the Mid-America Prevention Technology Transfer Center. In launching the PTTC, he served as a prevention catalyst, empowering individuals and fostering partnerships to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities. He was previously a Training/Technical Assistance Specialist for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). Before joining CAPT, Dave was Assistant Director of the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention.

Dave brings a unique experience to substance misuse prevention, having served as a university police officer at Eastern Illinois University. Dave was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While spending a year in Iraq with his infantry battalion and his recon team, he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and was awarded two Army Commendation Medals (one for valor and one for meritorious service).

Delivering Tobacco Cessation Services on College Campuses: Evidence-Based Approaches & Best Practices

Saturday, April 15, 9:45am-12:00pm
Dr. Jenna Wintemberg, University of Missouri
Nursing/CME credit
Location: Kansa D

Wintemberg This training, designed to help professionals at campuses learn to provide cessation consultation with students interested in quitting tobacco or nicotine, addresses tobacco and e-cigarette usage rates among Missouri college students and associated problems. Specific, evidence-based approaches to tobacco cessation are covered in-depth, including motivational interviewing, quit plans, and nicotine replacement therapies. In addition, best practices for cessation program delivery (e.g., one-on-one coaching, group formats, phone/online support) are presented. Training attendees will leave with the skills and structures necessary to implement tobacco cessation services on their campuses.

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Dr. Jenna Wintemberg, PhD, MPH, CHES, NCTTP is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Health Sciences and Public Health at the University of Missouri, with more than a decade of experience in tobacco treatment. Jenna currently serves as a TTS facilitating MU Health Care’s outpatient cessation program, and is a certified TTS trainer, delivering an accredited curriculum to Missouri providers. In the past she has also provided one-on-one and group cessation services on a university campus and for Housing Authority properties. Wintemberg is an advocate for tobacco control policies and health systems transformation, currently serving on the board of Tobacco Free Missouri (formerly as Chair), the Missouri Eliminate Tobacco Use Initiative steering committee, and the University of Missouri Tobacco Taskforce. She developed, evaluated, and maintains an adolescent tobacco cessation toolkit in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Missouri school nurses. Jenna also serves as a cessation trainer and consultant for Missouri Partners in Prevention, serving college campus across the state. Jenna serves as the Hub Team Lead for the Missouri Vaping, Tobacco, and Nicotine Treatment ECHO (a virtual case-based learning community), to expand best practice tools and strategies for tobacco treatment statewide and regionally.

Cannabis: Fact, Fiction, and Fantastical Thinking
Seat Belts, Vaping, Syringe Access Programs, and Naloxone: The Continuum of Harm Reduction

Fred Rottnek, MD, MAHCM

Cannabis: Fact, Fiction, and Fantastical Thinking

Rottnek Now that recreational cannabis use is legal for many in states, it’s time to review what is fact and fiction in messaging, marketing, and medicine. Dr. Fred Rottnek, Program Director of Saint Louis University’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship, will discuss the current science of cannabis use. What do we know and what we are learning about cannabis? How can we ask good questions and find reliable information about cannabis? And how can we reduce risks associated with cannabis?

Seat Belts, Vaping, Syringe Access Programs, and Naloxone: The Continuum of Harm Reduction

It’s time to toss out the term harm reduction. Harm reduction is just about making good choices in potentially risky situations. Most of us are here today because someone taught us to look both ways before we cross the street. In this session, Dr. Fred Rottnek, Program Director of Saint Louis University’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship, will discuss where making good choices falls in the substance use treatment services continuum and offer ways to normalize conversations about making good choices when using substances.

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Dr. Rottnek is a Professor and the Director of Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and the Program Director of the Saint Louis University Addiction Medicine Fellowship.. His clinical practices currently include addiction medicine and correctional healthcare. He teaches in the School of Medicine, the Physician Assistant Program, and the School of Law. Board-Certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, he is the Medical Director for the Assisted Recovery Centers of American (ARCA) and Juvenile Detention in Family Court for the City of St. Louis. He serves on the boards of the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission, the ARCHway Institute, and Alive and Well Communities.

Law Enforcement

BartolottaChristopher Bartolotta was employed by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police, for thirty-two years of service, retiring in April of 2022 with the rank of Captain. He continues his public service as the Deputy Chief of the Avon (MA) Police Department.

Mr. Bartolotta is a Nationally Certified Law Enforcement Instructor by IADLEST, as well as, a certified Law Enforcement Instructor by several state POST organizations, on a wide variety of subjects to include policy and procedure development and implementation, interpersonal communications, unique enforcement techniques, patrol function challenges, interview and interrogation, drug and alcohol issues, stress and crisis management, de-escalation techniques, suicide intervention, fraudulent documents, fire investigations, motor vehicle theft and fraud, report writing and documentation, criminal investigations, courtroom testimony and procedures, leadership, and instructor development, as well as, numerous other topics.

HuttonCorporal Ryan Hutton is currently assigned to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's training division, as a full-time instructor. He is responsible for the Highway Patrol’s impaired driving programs and is the director of the Highway Patrol's Drug Recognition Expert program. He has given presentations on drug impairment for the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, Colorado District Attorneys Council, the New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety, the Florida Coalition for Highway Safety, and at the National Life Savers Conference. He is the lead Medical Marijuana instructor for the Highway Patrol, Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, University of Central Missouri Police Academy, and Missouri Southern State University. He was awarded Officer of the Year in 2013 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Trooper of the Year in 2017, by the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Advisory Council.

McGeeRetired Special Agent Nancy McGee served for more than 29 years in the Missouri Department of Public Safety—Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Ms. McGee was responsible for enforcing Missouri’s Liquor Control Act. She was in charge of administering the state’s alcohol compliance check program as well as coordinating the department’s efforts on college campuses and with community coalition groups. Ms. McGee was also designated as the division’s liaison officer for the implementation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention—Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (OJJDP/EUDL) Program.

In 2014 McGee was selected by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies as an FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellow. McGee spent one year in residency at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products in Silver Spring, MD where she assisted the Center with issues concerning the implementation and enforcement of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA).

Ms. McGee is currently a private consultant in the topic areas of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis. In that capacity, she works with community coalitions and law enforcement agencies nationwide to increase their capacity to address alcohol, tobacco and cannabis issues within their communities. She regularly provides technical assistance and training on a wide array of topics including, but not limited to developing and sustaining community coalitions; environmental management; working effectively with college communities; compliance check investigations; controlled party dispersal; shoulder tap operations; false identification; media advocacy; managing special events; social media; and working effectively with retailers.