Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 5 in 2020!

All preconferences are $25 and are on the first day of the Conference, Monday, March 30, 2020, unless otherwise noted. 

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please follow these steps.

P1: Mental Health First Aid and Advising
1-3 pm | Monday, March 30
Melissa Franzen, Lincoln Land Community College

For too long now a stigma has surrounded mental health and the needs of many individuals have not been met. The knowledge that this is a problem is at its height of awareness given the many school tragedies that have occur. Despite this knowledge and the want to do something, many schools simply cannot afford to hire more personnel to meet these needs. Join us as we collaborate to identify how we may support our students with their mental health needs and keep them on a path towards success and completion. By attending this session, you will learn the basics of Mental Health First Aid and you will create (and take with you) a response plan that you may implement at your institutions.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: 

 Academic advising approaches and strategies.
 Legal guidelines of advising practice, including privacy regulations and confidentiality.
Campus and community resources that support student success.


P2: Advising Conversations: Fostering Collaboration & Motivation
1-4 pm | Monday, March 30
Barbara Beaver, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Advising is intended to be engaging and productive for both adviser and student. However, all too often students may reluctantly attend an advising session with ambivalence about the process, their goals, current progress, and future plans. They may seem to ignore or resist information provided to them. Students may seem focused on reasons why they cannot use the adviser's information or suggested strategies. The result can be frustration for both student and adviser. Motivational Interviewing (MI; "Miller & Rollnick, 2012") is recognized as an evidence-based intervention in health care and educational settings. MI’s emphasis on a collaborative conversation in order to foster an individual’s autonomy and motivation for action has implications for academic advising. The principles of Motivational Interviewing show us how common directive advising strategies (such as providing advice) may actually reduce student autonomy and increase resistance to the advising process. In contrast, the collaborative, guiding style of an MI approach may foster an advising relationship that respects student autonomy and evokes the student’s development of goals and motivation to meet those goals. This workshop introduces the fundamental concepts and skills of MI to advisers, with a focus on both the evidence base and the application of those concepts and skills to academic advising. Participants will engage in discussion and experiential activities designed to develop their ability to apply the concepts and skills of MI to an advising relationship.

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: 

Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.
Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner.
Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.

P3: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
4:30-5:30 pm | Monday, March 30

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey to understand how you can make the most of your "first year experience" in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!


Indianapolis, IN

Call for Proposals  | | due by 2 p.m. central Monday, December 20
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Karen Spangler

Ball State University

Jacquelyn Thomas-Miller
Purdue University

Cara Wetzel
Purdue University

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