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Your Choice Fall Webinar Series: Alcohol-Preventing Heavy Alcohol Use through Brief Interventions with Young Adults

October 21, 2021

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

CEU credits offered: 1.5

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The Webinar

This talk will focus on describing the theory and research supporting the use of brief alcohol interventions with young adults. Dr. Eric Pedersen will discuss how brief interventions have been successful in preventing the escalation of heavy drinking patterns in young adult groups, with a particular emphasis on college student drinking. He will describe several components of these interventions, such as personalized normative feedback and protective behavioral strategies, and discuss how these components have been used outside of in-person formats to reach young adults using online and mobile phone based programs. Lastly, he will present data demonstrating the unique risks associated with the popular drinking practice known as “pregaming,” where young people drink heavily within brief periods of time, and share details about a randomized controlled trial of an online intervention aimed at preventing heavy pregaming behavior among college students.

The Presenter

Dr. Eric Pedersen is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). His research interests are primarily in the areas of young adult/adolescent alcohol use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Dr. Pedersen has received funding to develop brief, online interventions to reduce alcohol misuse among young adult populations such as college students and recently discharged veterans. He is interested in finding ways to target co-occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and substance use disorders among young adults, as well as in using internet-based methods to help reduce alcohol misuse and promote treatment engagement among non-treatment-seeking young adults. He is an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and is serving as the director of Project ALERT, which is a school-based drug prevention program for middle school youth developed at RAND. Dr. Pedersen received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington in 2012. He joined the faculty at USC in 2020 after working full-time as a behavioral scientist at RAND from 2012 to 2020.

 

Your Choice Fall Webinar Series: Opiates

October 28, 2021

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

CEU credits offered: 1.5

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The Webinar

The fatal overdose epidemic has been shaking our nation since 1999 in continuously evolving ways. In this session, Wauwatosa Chief of Police, James MacGillis, and Overdose Response Strategy Public Health Analyst, Paige Andrews, aim to provide a blended public safety and public health perspective to this ongoing epidemic. Chief MacGillis and Paige will provide an overview of opioids’ part in the overdose epidemic, including the shocking increase in overdoses observed during the covid-19 pandemic, as well as review current approaches to treat opioid use disorder and prevent/respond to overdose events. 

The Presenters

James MacGillis has been the Chief of Wauwatosa Police Department since July 2021. Previously, he served as the Drug Intelligence Officer as part of the Overdose Response Strategy for Wisconsin, supporting the North Central Hight Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. Prior to these roles, Chief MacGillis retired as Captain from the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) where he had a distinguished career that included a long tenure as a state certified Unified Tactics Instructor and several years as a counter-drug investigations supervisor with a HIDTA Program Enforcement Initiative. Over his long and decorated career, Chief MacGillis has received several honors, such as a 2014 NIJ LEADS Scholar.

 

Paige Andrews has worked for the CDC Foundation as the Overdose Response Strategy Public Health Analyst for Wisconsin since April 2020.  In this role, she shares her time with the WI Department of Health Services and the North Central High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program to implement shared public health and public safety strategies to prevent and reduce overdoses. She has a MS in epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked for a decade in public health at various levels, including federally, within state government, academic research institutions, and community-based non-profits. Her work emphasizes data-driven approaches to policies that reduce harm associated with the chronic disease of substance use disorder.