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October 8th, 2013



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In SCOPE's monthly newsletter, we share a Practicing Prevention Tip of the Week, spotlight SCOPE news and share information about our upcoming events. In addition, each SCOPE newsletter brings you information relevant to the field of education and prevention, with current events and relevant resources. If you like the newsletter, we hope you will join SCOPE so that you can receive the weekly version of this great member benefit.



3rd Annual SCOPE Conference

In honor of our third annual conference, allow us to share just a few reflections with you. SCOPE proudly created two new leadership positions this year. Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. assumed the role of President, serving as a thought leader for the organization. Jason Laker, Ph.D. came on board as our Inaugural Visiting Scholar, sharing monthly prevention columns with our field. We began publishing weekly member newsletters, highlighting current news and resources, as well as including Tips of the Week authored by SCOPE leaders and partners. We offered a webinar series based on topics important to you. We created a calendar of events to organize regional and national prevention happenings. We catalogued consent statutes by state, to assist institutions in their Violence Against Women Act compliance. We assembled a clearinghouse of online prevention programs, to enable schools to make informed choices regarding training. We joined with esteemed organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Verizon on a special USA Today issue on violence prevention.


Prevention Resources

Tip of the Week

Online Prevention Program News: SCOPE Responds

Recently, online prevention programs have been generating some mixed coverage in the press pertaining to victim-blaming and triggering, as well as the confluence of alcohol and sexual assault (see e.g.: Jezebel: Popular Alcohol Edu Program Implies Rape is a "Thing" Drunk People Do; AC Voice: Blurred Lines: Amherst College Sends Mixed Messages on Alcohol and Sexual Assault). As SCOPE hosts a clearinghouse of such programs, e-CHUG included, we felt it necessary to recognize the difficulties inherent with such programs. Click here to read this week's Tip and learn more about SCOPE's perspective on prevention programming.


Talk to Me: For National Suicide Prevention Month

The Trevor Project: Saving Young Lives

The Trevor Project and 20 national partner organizations across health, mental health, suicide prevention, education, youth and LGBT communities join “Talk to Me” to raise awareness for suicide prevention in September.

Practicing Prevention Column

October 2013

SCOPE is excited to share the October 2013 Practicing Prevention Column, authored by Visiting Scholar, Jason Laker, Ph.D.


Introducing The NCHERM Group Model Code Project: A Developmental Framework for a Code of Student Conduct

The NCHERM Group Model Code Project

Six higher education law and policy experts havecollaborated to offer a new model code of student conduct to the field. You can access the free model with this link, and we also invite you to contribute to our open-source code Wiki project, which allows the entire field to contribute to, critique and strengthen this model. Access the Wiki here. You'll find this model is a substantial departure from previous model codes, while it also builds on their significant foundations. We hope you will find our model useful in your future code revision efforts. The NCHERM Group continues to offer custom code writing and revision services if you prefer our expertise in tailoring our templates to your unique campus culture. Variations on the model code for private colleges and community colleges are also available. Please contact The NCHERM Group for details.


Prevention Audits

What We Do

Our goal is to help college and university offices working on prevention efforts to improve productivity, communication and to become more transparent when responding to administrative expectations. We provide a quality audit designed to address best practice industry standards in a solution-focused manner. Each audit is individually crafted and designed with a focus on the individual needs of the prevention office/committee as it fits into the larger campus community.

Who We Are

With years of experience working with public and private institutions with both large and small enrollments, Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Jane Stapleton, M.A. and Michelle Issadore, M.Ed. bring a wealth of knowledge, theory and practical application to an assessment.

The NCHERM Group’s Prevention Audit is based on its experience and expertise as well as standards established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (www.cas.edu), American College Health Association (www.acha.org) and now defunct Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.

Brett A. Sokolow is the founder, president and CEO of The NCHERM Group, a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting and law firm. He is recognized for his national leadership on systems-level solutions for safer schools and campuses. Jane Stapleton is a Co-Director of Prevention Innovations, is a lead developer and evaluator of the Know-Your-PowerTM Bystander Social Marketing Campaign. She is often called upon by campuses to consult on program development, direct services, and evaluation and prevention strategies. Michelle Issadore is the Executive Director of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). She works with institutions nationwide on improving prevention efforts and implementing best practices.

We Assess

  • Comparative, normed statistics on the staff:student ratio
  • Scope of practice and training of staff
  • Prevention programming efforts on suicide, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), eating disorders, mental health, bystander intervention, hazing, harassment and sexual health
  • Relationship between prevention office(s) and other departments; addressing budgets, scheduling, assessment, strategic planning, messaging, consistency, reinforcement and more
  • Comprehension, acquisition and retention of learning outcomes
    Peer education
  • Alignment of prevention practices with climate survey and focus group results
  • Prevention strategy structure, composition, efficacy, integration and communication
  • Resource needs assessment
  • Mandated legislation compliance, such as the Campus SaVE Act, Clery Act, Title IX and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
  • Web presence, accessibility and outreach via online resources
    Staff satisfaction, performance concerns and professional development

For more information contact Alisha DiGiandomenico at (610) 644-3387.


Announcing SCOPE Co-Sponsored NCHERM Group Online TrainingsNCHERM Group Online Trainings

The NCHERM Group Online Trainings is a new endeavor to provide quality, distance learning education and discussion opportunities to colleges and universities across the country and around the world.

The NCHERM Group and its affiliated associations, SCOPE, ATIXA and NaBITA, have identified experts from numerous fields to bring you quality online programs that address the most pressing needs in threat assessment, prevention education, sexual assault response, higher education legal issues, administrative best practices and risk management.

Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule

Registration deadline is Friday, November 15

Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 26

Click here to view the full Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule.
Click here to read the official press release.



Getting to Know the Campus SaVE Act - A Rapid Response Webinar on the VAWA Reauthorization

Originally presented on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Co-sponsored by The NCHERM Group, the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) and the Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)

Click here to learn more about this webinar. To purchase your recording online, please click here.


News Articles

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: E-cards

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Integrating prevention strategies into organizations that address intimate partner violence

GLSEN: Correlation is not causality, or why bullying prevention programs probably don’t increase bullying

Bedsider Birth Control Support Network


For more information on SCOPE, visit www.wearescope.org or contact:
Michelle Issadore, Executive Director
116 E. King Street
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-1718
Fax: 610-993-0228


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