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Gail Stern, Ph.D.
Co-Owner and Chief Academic Officer, Catharsis Productions

Gail Stern has over 20 years of experience in violence prevention education and advocacy. She is the co-owner and Chief Academic Officer of Catharsis Productions, and is the co-author and co-producer of SEX SIGNALS, which is presented hundreds of times at universities and military installations each year.

Dr. Stern served as a subject matter expert (SME) and trainer for the U.S. Air Force-wide Bystander Intervention initiative; co-developed a 20-hour peer education program on sexual violence prevention for the U.S. Naval Academy; and serves as an instructional leader in Catharsis Productions prevention initiative at Naval Station Great Lakes. Dr. Stern serves as a SME to the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S Marine Corps and the U.S. National Guard.

Dr. Stern is the co-creator of the Force of Awesome Institute, a training program for violence prevention educators that incorporates her research on using humor to reduce emotional and cognitive resistance to challenging issues. She is also the creator of the sexual assault prevention programs, Beat the Blame Game, Sexual Violence Prevention as a Moral Issue, and, Fight Fire With Funny: Using Humor to Reframe Rape as a Moral Issue.


Peter Novak, D.F.A.
Vice Provost of Student Life, University of San Francisco

Brett A. Sokolow, Esq.
President & CEO, The NCHERM Group

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D.
Author, Filmmaker, Lecturer


Choice of two pre-conferences included in conference registration:

Tuesday, October 1st

Straight, No Chaser: Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Education Program

  • Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.
  • There are many approaches to alcohol and other drug education programs on the market. Some cost thousands of dollars and others evolve organically based on individual or institutional history and culture. “Straight, No Chaser” is an interactive and engaging AOD program designed to provide new and experienced educators with the core elements of any effective alcohol and other drug education program. “Straight, No Chaser” is designed as a customizable platform for university, college and community organizations when talking to students about alcohol and other drug use.  Based on the latest AOD research and decades of experience teaching college students, Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. will share with participants an accessible and impactful program developed to include new and innovative ideas when teaching college students about drinking and the dangers of drug use.

Building Communities of Bystanders to Prevent Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking

  • Presented by Jane Stapleton, M.A.
  • This workshop will provide a framework for bystander intervention as it relates to the prevention of sexual and relationship violence and stalking. Specific attention will focus on determining a community’s readiness to establish a community of bystanders, research informing bystander intervention, models of bystander intervention prevention strategies, institutional components that support a community of bystanders and methods of evaluating bystander intervention strategies.


Sexual Politics and the “Hookup Culture:” Gender, Coercion and Consent in College

  • Presented by Jason Laker, Ph.D. and Erica Boas, Ph.D.
  • There are a variety of approaches to sexual assault prevention, support and adjudication efforts on college campuses.  Despite the passion and commitment of so many caring and engaged colleagues, most would agree that there are significant limitations to the effectiveness of current practices for a variety of reasons. In this session, we will deal candidly with critiques and limitations of such work and frame potential avenues for improvement.  Participants will be among the first to hear about the recently completed first phase of a study being conducted by Dr. Jason Laker (SCOPE Scholar-In-Residence) and Dr. Erica Boas.  A cohort of students was followed throughout their first year in college.  With courageous honesty, they revealed their most intimate beliefs and experiences about sexual and social lives in the higher education setting.  We will consider important implications for reducing coercive and non-consensual sexual encounters among our students.

Let’s Get Serious About Hazing – 8 Things We Need To Do Now

  • Presented by Gentry McCreary, Ph.D.
  • This session will explore the psychology of hazing at both the group and individual level, and will review relevant literature on hazing prevention.  Using this deeper understanding of hazing behavior as a foundation, participants will explore a variety of unconventional hazing prevention strategies for use in schools and colleges.  This session will also parse out hazing based on solidarity, organizational commitment and social dominance and will allow participants to explore hazing prevention strategies specific to a wide variety of groups engaging in a wide variety of hazing behaviors.


  • The Concurrent Session Call for Proposals is now closed.


Click here for session descriptions.

Tuesday, October 1st


  • Morning Pre-Conference Registration


  1. Straight, No Chaser: Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Education Program (Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., SCOPE)
  2. Building Communities of Bystanders to Prevent Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking (Jane Stapleton, M.A., University of New Hampshire)


  • Afternoon Pre-Conference Registration


  1. Sexual Politics and the “Hookup Culture:” Gender, Coercion and Consent in College (Jason Laker, Ph.D., SCOPE and Erica Boas, Ph.D., San Jose State University)
  2. Let’s Get Serious About Hazing: 8 Things We Need To Do Now (Gentry McCreary, Ph.D., University of West Florida)


  • Conference Registration


  • Keynote: The Canary in the Mineshaft: What Rape Jokes Signal About Our Culture (Gail Stern, Ph.D., Catharsis Productions)


  • Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 2nd


  • Sponsor Exhibits


  • Enhancing Stress Regulation Skills in Students: A Neurobiological Approach (Shannon Lengerich and Megan Heckel, DePaul University)
  • Sexual Assault on the College Campus: Examining the Connections between Shifts in Alcohol Use and Attitudes among First Year Students (Helen Stubbs and Rob Buelow, EverFi)
  • Lighting the Flame: Empowering Student Leaders through New Collaborations (Daniel Cairo and Andie Celerio, University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Not on Our Yard: Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) (Chimi Boyd -Keyes, North Carolina Central University)



  • Engaging Student-Athletes as Prevention Partners (Jennifer Jacobsen, Grinnell College)
  • Mobilizing College Students for Health Outreach Using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) (Jacqueline Awe and Seketa Bing-Nelson, Savannah State University)
  • An Empowerment Model of Self-Defense: Providing a Holistic Approach to Violence Prevention (Kate Webster, Ph.D., Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center and Clara Porter, Prevention.Action.Change.)


  • Lunch on Your Own


  • Reaching Mandated Students through Experiential Education: A Harm Reduction Strategy Facilitated by Peer Educators (Jenny Wagstaff and Steve Clarke, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University)
  • Post-vention: What You’re Expected To Do, and What Really Happens (David Denino, LPC, NCC, Southern Connecticut State University)
  • Yes, Please!  Discussing Consent & Bystander Intervention through Live Performance and Social Media (Abbey Fox and Heather Imrie, Catharsis Productions)



  • Snack Break


  • How to Speak to College Men about Sexual Assault and Dating Aggression (Aaron Boe, Aaron Boe Productions, LLC)
  • The Feminists and the Fraternity (Summer Little, Angela Catena, Emily Hernandez and Nate Armstrong, University of New Mexico)
  • Innovative Ideas Panel (moderated by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., SCOPE)
    • Continuing the Conversation on Bystander Intervention—Developing “Part II” of Your Bystander Intervention Program (Traci Thomas-Card, University of Minnesota)
    • Engaging students. Motivating change. Creating responsible citizens. (Rhonda DiNovo, University of South Carolina)
    • Building Relationships on Campus for Survivor Advocacy (Liz Howley, James Madison University)
    • Community Collaboration: Partnering with Social Services and Healthcare to Implement a Primary Prevention Program at Local Universities (Allison Taylor, Creighton University and Teresa Holman, Women’s Center for Advancement)
    • Changing the Culture: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response inHigher Education (Gillian Cutshaw, Saint Mary’s College of California)
    • Acting for Change: Peer Theatre Models (Paige Miller, Lamea “Elle” Shaaban-Magana and Wanda Burton, University of Alabama)
    • Bystander Intervention: Establishing a Community of Safety and Respect (Charity Stutzman, University of Texas Austin)


  • Optional Theme Dinners

Thursday, October 3rd


  • Sponsor Exhibits


  • It’s Not Them, It’s You: Building Healthy Relationships with Your Audiences (Gail Stern, Ph.D. and Heather Imrie, Catharsis Productions)
  • LGBT Targeted Violence on Campus (Mary-Jeanne Raleigh, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Pembroke)
  • Engaging Students as Allies: Service Learning & Social Norms Campaign (Michele Manassah and Gary Deleonardis, Lewis University)



  • Reporting Patterns of Women of Color College Student Survivors of Sexual Assault: Results from a Multi-Institutional National Study (Sue Rankin, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University and Michelle Issadore, SCOPE)
  • When the Numbers Don’t Reflect the Problem: A Multi-Level Approach to Increasing Service Utilization by Survivors of Sexual Violence on College Campuses (Elizabeth Schrock, Vassar College)
  • Innovative Approaches to Peer Education and Mental Health Promotion: Building Awareness and Reducing Stigma at a California Community College (Becky Fein and Jeane Erlenborn, Santa Rosa Junior College)


Friday, October 4th


Printable Conference Schedule


*Registration rates include your choice of two pre-conferences, the general conference and the post-conference.*

Registration for the SCOPE 2013 conference is now closed.

  • SCOPE Members (by September 17, 2013)……………………………………$299
  • Non-SCOPE Members (by September 17, 2013)………………………….…..$349
  • Students (degree-seeking, by September 17, 2013)………………………….$149
  • Conference Registration/SCOPE Individual Membership…………………….$398
  • QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainer Certification Course………….$495
  • Post-conference only (by September 17, 2013)……………………………….$149

Conference Scholarships are available.


The Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Rosen Plaza Hotel Amenities

The Rosen Plaza Hotel is now sold out over the SCOPE Conference dates. Overflow reservations can currently be made with their sister property next door, the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, by calling toll free number 1-800-533-4909.  When calling, please request the special conference rate of $89.00 per night + taxes and fees for the ‘SCOPE 2013 Annual Conference.’

The conference reservations cut-off date was Monday, September 09, 2013. The Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando cannot guarantee special conference rates availability past this date.

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
9000 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819


The Rosen Plaza Hotel is on International Drive, located in the heart of all the excitement and minutes from Orlando’s world famous attractions. Adjacent to the Orlando Convention Center, close to the Orlando International Airport and minutes from all major thoroughfares, the Rosen Plaza Hotel is a prime location for your trip to Orlando.

The Rosen is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport (MCO).
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Learn to Teach Three Simple Steps Everyone Needs to Know to Help Prevent Suicide

For any person or organization interested in preventing suicide in their community

  • Optional: Thursday, October 3rd, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • $495
  • Click here for details.
  • Click here to register.

By completing this daylong training, you will become a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor, allowing you teach the QPR curriculum to members of you community, school or agency. You do not need to have a license to practice mental health in order to become a Gatekeeper Instructor.

Instructor: David J. Denino, LPC, NCC  

David Denino, LPC, NCC, is Director Emeritus of Counseling Services and a faculty member in the graduate program for Clinical Mental Health at Southern CT State University. Dave has been a gatekeeper instructor for many years, having taught the QPR training to hundreds of individuals over the past decade. Dave is also a Master Trainer for the QPR Institute, and has trained over 100 individuals to become gatekeeper instructors. Dave was responsible for bring the QPR curriculum to the state university system in Connecticut, and was instrumental in bringing this model to the state wide task force on suicide prevention and education.


Making of a Man: Masculinity, Violence and Campus Safety

Join SCOPE’s President, Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Visiting Scholar, Jason Laker, Ph.D. and Executive Director, Michelle Issadore, M.Ed. as they share the latest theories and approaches to understanding violence through the lens of masculinity.

  • Friday, October 4th, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Included in conference registration rate
  • Available as a standalone drive-in event: $149
  • Click here to register

This interactive, daylong program will bring together three experts in the subjects of violence, masculinity and prevention to better understand causes and forms of societal violence, particularly as it happens on campuses. The panel will explore practical case studies, review diverse and well-researched theories and provide hands-on exercises and training materials participants can bring back to their institutions and community organizations.

The speakers will explore the common motivations of male violence including: Hopelessness and despair, disenfranchisement and feeling unheard, trauma and the interplay of mental health symptoms such as social isolation, paranoia, delusions and irrational and catastrophizing thoughts. They will also explore gender role socialization and its relationship to mental health, aggression and relational difficulties among students.

The presenters will also provide realistic advice on how to address these factors through staff training, student engagement, dialogue and prevention-based programming at the college and university level.


The Rosen Plaza Hotel is within proximity to a number of local Orlando favorites:

  • Five minutes to Universal Orlando®
  • 10 minutes to Walt Disney World® Resort
  • One mile to SeaWorld®
  • Across the street from Pointe Orlando, a 17-acre entertainment and shopping complex
  • 15 minutes to Downtown Orlando

Orlando Attractions


The Rosen Plaza Hotel offers on-site self-parking for $13.00/day.


Attire for all SCOPE events is business casual. Rooms are air-conditioned and evening temperatures can be chilly, so we recommend carrying a jacket or light sweater for your comfort. Average temperatures for Orlando in October range from 65°F to 85°F.


Click here to learn more about our conference sponsors.


SCOPE understands that circumstances change and events may arise that prohibit your ability to attend an event after you have registered. SCOPE will allow another individual from your institution to attend in your place OR you may attend a future event with an equivalent registration rate. If you do not wish to send someone in your place or attend a future event, your registration will only be refunded based on the schedule below.

Registration cancellation by Thursday, August 1st, 2013 = 50% refund
Registration cancellation by Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 = 25% refund
Registration cancellation after Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 = no refunds

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