Amethyst Network Professional and Peer Conference
The University is hosting a one-day conference, Challenge To Change: The 2001 Amethyst Network Professional and Peer Conference, on April 4, to examine alcohol and other drug use on college campuses. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Houston Hall, in Bodek Lounge. More than 85 professionals are expected to attend and a few on-site registration slots are still available. There is no charge to attend.
Confirmed speakers are Provost Robert Barchi and Drs. James and Janice Prochaska, founders of ProChange, Inc. Keynote speakers, Jim and Janice Prochaska, are recognized nationally and internationally for their work in the development of the stage model of behavior and applying this model of change to both individual behavioral and organizational change.
Penn's Working Group on Alcohol Abuse, chaired by Provost Barchi was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2000 Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Model on College Campuses. The conference is funded by the U.S. Department of Education because of this recognition award and hosted by Penn's Office of Health Education, on behalf of the Amethyst Regional Network.
This conference is designed to heighten awareness and broaden discussion relating to alcohol and other drug use on college campuses. Alcohol and other drug prevention efforts will not succeed if efforts focus solely on individual behavior change. Successful efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug abuse on college campuses need to be comprehensive in nature, grounded in good research and address the environmental factors that affect individual behaviors.
The Amethyst Network is a Pennsylvania-based consortium of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) professionals working in higher education and dedicated to furthering the delivery of effective AOD programming and counseling services to students, staff and faculty in colleges and universities. Monthly meetings, listserve communication, and annual peer and professional conferences are just a few of the ways the group shares resources and ideas to meet its goal.
For more information on the conference and to register, call (215) 573-3525.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 28, April 3, 2001