online meeting displayed on a laptopIn just a few months, the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic radically changed our everyday life as we know it. Because of "social distancing" guidelines, many companies and services have shifted their operations online.

And college campuses are no different, with many having to shut down for the spring 2020 semester.

As a substance misuse prevention professional, you may be looking for a way to move your work to a virtual space.

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD) and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education have provided a few resources to help. Check them out below:

Virtual Water Cooler Chats (HECAOD)

When: Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. ET and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. ET
Where: You can join via Zoom

These informal chats provide an opportunity to connect with others in the field. Tuesdays will focus on a specific topic and Fridays will offer open conversation. Joining by video is preferred and no registration is required.

  • Friday, 6/12 – AOD Professional Open Chat
  • Friday, 6/19 – AOD Professional Open Chat
  • Friday, 6/26 – AOD Professional Open Chat

Register for Tuesday’s Virtual Water Cooler Chat via Zoom
Register for Friday’s Virtual Water Cooler Chat via Zoom


Submit Your Questions to Peers (HECAOD)

Do you have questions about how you can continue programmatic efforts? Submit them here. 

HECAOD will compile them and, using crowd-sourcing, try to find feedback to as many as they can. They will share questions and answers on their website. Go to HECAOD's site for more resources for professionals.


Watch: Tips on Working in Virtual Space (NASPA)

NASPA recently produced a few videos to share ways professionals can continue their work virutally. Check them out below. 

Introduction/Strategically Using Evidence-Based Programs Online

Peer Education in the Virtual Space 



Campus Prevention Professionals Working in the Virtual Space

More Resources

Go to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's website for a list of training and technical assistance resources related to COVID-19.

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