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Personal Safety 2014

Personal Safety Conference

The Personal Safety Conference was held on Monday, May 12, 2014 in E Syracuse, New York with over seventy-five professional staff attended the conference.

SUNY hosted this conference and worked closely with the Personal Safety Committee to ensure that we addressed some of the current issues related to student life on our college campuses. Our keynote gave an overview of the areas that impact student health and wellbeing. He addressed national norms and current events. Our second speaker shared data and best practices from a survey conducted regarding suicide prevention efforts on our campuses. Our last speaker addressed the issue of heroin and opiates abuse by teens and college students. Heroin and opiate abuse is a current issue for our campuses and for our community high schools.

The end discussion led by co-chairs of the SUNY Personal Safety Committee focused on how campuses can follow up on the conference discussion and what resources and additional training may be needed.

Below is a brief description of the sessions with accompanying power point slides and films used in the presentations.


Session 1

Topic: Emerging Issues in Student Health and Safety 

Presenter: Dr. Jerimy G. Blowers, PhD, LMHC, NCC, CAS, CPC; New York Chiropractic College, Director, Academy for Academic Excellence & Student Success and Counseling   

Dr. Blowers is a SUNY graduate and is the Director of the Academy for Academic Excellence and Student Success at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY.

Download: Trends in Health and Safety - Blowers

Resources: Helpful Materials for Campus Health and Safety Promotion


Session  2

Topic: Suicide Prevention: Campus Research and Practice

Presenter: Dr. Joan L. McCool; Buffalo State College, Director, The Counseling Center   

Dr. Joan McCool serves as Director, SUNY Buffalo State Counseling Center and as Principal Investigator for a three-year SAMHSA grant entitled  “Buffalo State Cares: A Call to Bystanders to Prevent Suicide on Campus” 

Download: Buffalo State Cares - A Call for Bystanders to Prevent Suicide on Campus


Session  3

Topic: Substance Abuse Update: Heroin and Opioid Abuse on Campus

Presenter: Dr. Brian Johnson; Director, Addiction Psychiatry Service, SUNY Upstate Medical Center

Dr. Johnson is Director of the neuropsychoanalytic Addiction Medicine service at SUNY Upstate Medical University that trains medical students, psychiatry and neurology residents and pain fellows. Dr. Johnson has written a book for adolescents about addiction: Widespread Zombification in the 21st Century

Download: SUNY Safety - Heroin and Other Opiates on Campus


End Discussion 

How are we responding to the Opioid issues on our campuses? The chairs of the SUNY Personal Safety Committee, Martha Asselin, Acting President at Schenectady County Community College and Chip Morris, Dean of Students at SUNY Potsdam led a brief but open-ended discussion with conference attendees. Campus staff indicated that there is a need for more information for faculty, staff and practitioners about the issue, signs and symptoms, and community resources that would serve students. 

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