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Navigating Substance Use in Young Adults

Welcome to College of Charleston's 1st Conference in Exploring Young Adult Substance Use

Registration is now closed. These Conferences have concluded. 

Navigating Substance Use in Young Adults was held on Wednesday, July 12h from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

The conference was organized by the Counseling Center at the College of Charleston.

We paid careful attention to organizing topics around community and campus members. 

Registration is now closed

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Conference Sessions:

We are excited to have speakers present on a variety of topics related to substance use in college age populations. 

  • Happy Hour All the Way to Addiction
    • Join Jenna Johnston, Substance Abuse Services at College of Charleston as she provides information on different levels of risk associated with substance use and the continuum of care including those who need to reduce use all the way to abstinence. 
  • Charleston Trends and Police Actions
    • Join the Charleston Police Department to learn about the current, local substance use trends and initiatives.
  • To Supplement or Not Supplement
    • Join Bucky Buchanan from Campus Recreation Services talking about college students use of supplements and their effects on fitness and the body.
  • Addressing and Managing Risk Within College of Charleston Fraternities and Sororities

    • Join Alison Berk from the Dean of Students Office as she discusses the unexpected rise in medical transports due to alcohol in the Fall of 2016.  A disproportionate number of which were connected to fraternity and sorority events.  Alison Berk will describe the re-education model which addressed the needs of this community which often finds itself managing more risk than other organizations.
  • SBIRT Overview
    • Join Sarah S. Gainey from the Medical University of South Carolina as she describes SBIRT and the use of this assessment method for community and campus individuals.
  • How to Save a Life: Suicide Prevention
    • Join Rachael McNamara from the Counseling Center at College of Charleston as she provides a brief training about suicide prevention.  Suicide prevention is crucial in this population because the rates of drug related suicide emergency room visits have increased 51% (SAMHSA, 2014).

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SBIRT- An Additional Post Conference Opportunity

Registration is now closed for this. A two day substance use assessment training designed for community, healthcare and campus professions. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. It includes an early intervention approach that targets individuals with nondependent substance use to provide effective strategies for intervention prior to the need for more extensive or specialized treatment.

Contact Jenna Johnston at or 843-953-5640 with questions.

Certification and CEUs dependent on attending both days.

Alcohol and Drug Simple Risk Assessment

for Young Adults using Structured Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

was held 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday and Friday, July 13th and 14th

Registration now closed

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Interested Presenters:

We are looking for interested individuals to present about the parent's response, trauma and substance use, personal stories of reducing risk or overcoming addiction, and comorbid disorders.

People may apply to submit who fall within these categories: researchers, administrators, educational leaders, faculty and college staff, professionals like counselors and health educators, advanced students and community members who do work in substance use.

  • Personal Stories of Reducing Risk or Overcoming Addiction
  • Comorbid Disorders
  • Practical and useful help for friends and family members
  • Comorbidity challenges or special populations

    • Substance use and abuse, PTSD, Personality Disorders
    • Veterans
    • LGBTQ
  • Student Papers and projects (proposed or completed) related to Substance Use

  • Work in Progress Reports or Proposals for Future Research: incomplete research or ideas for future research in order to generate feedback and discussion about the related areas.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling admission basis as long as space is available.  All applications should be submitted by email to Jenna Johnston,  

Thank you for your interest.

The Counseling Center

For questions please contact:

Jenna Johnston