NIRSA 2014
Preconference Workshops

Spend the day exploring a value that resonates with you

Dedicate your first day in Nashville to learning something new

Preconference Workshops: Wednesday, April 23

The 2014 Program Committee is excited to offer attendees six different preconference workshops, aligned around the Association’s strategic values, to choose from this year.

Nine Principles of a Sustainable Campus
Mitch Thomashow, PhD, Second Nature | 8:00am-3:00pm, lunch included | $120

This workshop will discuss the specific challenges participants face implementing sustainability initiatives, and ways to successfully overcome those challenges. There will be a special emphasis on campus-wide sustainability and its importance for community wellbeing.

  1. Promote sustainability initiatives
  2. Understand how college recreation, student life and sustainability are connected
  3. Promote sustainability as a way to enhance personal and community wellbeing

Thomashow will also be presenting on April 24 as an invited speaker. Learn more about Thomashow here.

Advocates for Wellbeing: The Role of Higher Education for a Healthier Nation
April Moore, Darryl Lovett & Jessica Norwood, Florida State University; Eric Stein, Stanford University; Jacqueline Hamilton, EdD, RCRSP, CRSS, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi; George Brown & Melanie Tucker, University of Alabama | 8:00am-3:00pm, with break for lunch | $60

As the health of our nation declines, institutions of higher learning are beginning to seriously address the issues related to America's health and make a commitment to educating our future generations. This preconference will explore best practices that embrace collaborative learning within health and wellbeing. It will explore creative and collaborative programs that enhance health behavior and outcomes on campus and within the surrounding communities.

Introduction to StrengthsQuest™: Building Your Legacy
Marty Dempsy, University of Florida  |  8:00am-Noon  |  $45

Almost nine million people have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and many universities have started using this program in their personal and professional development programs. Learn more about your top five results and how this tool can benefit your life both personally and professionally, as well as strategies to incorporate strengths within your department, division, and university. Participants will need to have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment prior to attending the workshop.

American Canoe Association’s Adaptive Paddlesports Clinic
Joe Moore, American Canoe Association  |  8:00am-Noon  |  $35

Come participate in a discussion about ADA recreation programming compliance. Explore the nuances of boating launch site accessibility and then learn and apply basic outfitting principles that enable individuals with physical disabilities to get out paddling in kayaks and stand-up paddle boards as safely, comfortably, and at fully as someone whose physical abilities are not limited. Finally, we will explore risk management considerations in the context of adaptive paddle sports. Dress to get wet, as this four-hour hands on and interactive clinic will be held at the Gaylord Opryland swimming pool.

This workshop is full! Please email NIRSA Professional Development Coordinator John Raskauskas to add your name to the waiting list.

J. Michael Dunn Student Professional Development
Erica Brown, RCRSP, University of California, Davis; Jeff Heiser, University of California Davis; Greg Jordan, Oakland University; Beththena Johnson, The Ohio State University; Cara McFadden, PhD, Elon University  |  8:00am-3:00pm, lunch included (working lunch)  |  $55

Students will receive an enlightening foundation for a successful conference at this full day event. The goal of this workshop is to inspire NIRSA student members to continue to learn about NIRSA, the profession, and themselves through motivational interaction with peers and professionals. Attendees can expect to learn about different leadership topics, tactics, and techniques, as well as how to seek insights and mentoring from current professionals.

This workshop is full! Please email NIRSA Professional Development Coordinator John Raskauskas to add your name to the waiting list.

Health and Wellbeing: Mental Health First Aid Certification
Erin Carroll  |  7:30am-3:00pm, lunch included (working lunch)  |  $80

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour certification course, this is an interactive session aimed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and treatment. This course introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Like CPR training helps a non-medical professional assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps an individual who doesn't have clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health problems occur in one out of four US adults in any given year and one out of two over the course of a lifetime. Understanding the sign, symptoms and treatments available for mental health issues allows us to become better professionals and community members.

Participants will first learn the history of the course and prevalence rates of mental illness in the US. Participants will then explore risk factors, signs and symptoms for various mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, psychosis, self-injury and addiction) as well as crisis associated with those illnesses (panic attacks, suicidality, psychosis, overdoses, and withdrawal). A five step action plan will be provided to navigate individual scenarios and participants will have time to practice their skills and ask questions.