Report to CCAPS
By this time I hope that some of you have made plans to attend the
conference March 12 -16, 2011 in Philadelphia. This gathering of
student affairs professionals tends to be directed a bit more to
Senior Student Affairs Officers (SSAOs) than does ACPA, but my
experience has been that the content of the sessions is similar.
Unfortunately, however, NASPA does not make arrangements for mental
health providers (or other health care providers) to accumulate
continuing education hours during the national conference.
In contrast, the NASPA Mental Health Conference was held
jointly with the NASPA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention &
Intervention Conference, January 13-15, 2011 in Miami, FL. This
11th annual conference has grown to be a gathering that brings
together excellent speakers from campuses and government agencies
presenting about best practices and trends, specifically related to
the provision of mental health services on college campuses. Since
the mental health and substance abuse prevention conferences are
held at the same time, and in the same hotel complex, it makes
moving between sessions hosted by the different conferences simple.
Given the tremendous overlap of the topics between these areas, that
opportunity is a welcome one. Fortunately, NASPA arranges
co-sponsorship of this conference with several organizations,
including AUCCCD. Thus, ample CEs can be earned, and I recommend the
2012 conference to our CCAPS members.
I should note, that one of the topics addressed throughout the NASPA
Mental Health Conference was the January 8, 2011 Tucson shooting
that had occurred the week prior. At the time of the conference we
were just starting to learn about the shooter, and about his
connections to his local community college. Media commentators were
just starting to question whether the staff on campus had done their
duty to protect the community from the threats posed by Mr. Loughner.
While those questions remain open for some, the Tucson tragedy
provided excellent source material for the discussions that emerged
during this engaging conference.
Recommended reading: In the Winter 2011 volume of the
magazine published by NASPA there are a series of articles about
counseling center trends, challenges and management. On my campus we
found some of the articles valuable, informed and supportive of our
work with students. Other articles were more challenging with
respect to how our services are utilized and supervised. Your Vice
President likely gets and reads through this magazine, so it will be
prudent for counseling center staff and management to be aware of
what the thoughts and recommendations are on your boss’s desk.
Finally, budget constraints prevent me from attending the mid-March
NASPA conference in Philadelphia. I will be ending my liaison role
between CCAPS and NASPA with this report. It is my hope that someone
from CCAPS will be able to step into this role to continue
connections between the organizations. With the ACPA/NASPA
consolidation discussion and vote ahead, it is important that CCAPS
be well represented in the conversation. Having a strong voice in
any newly formed organization will be critical, should a
Donn Marshall, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students
University of Puget Sound