The Ohio College Initiative for Student Wellness (OCI) is hosting The Small Ohio College Prevention Association (SOCPA) Annual Meeting: Making a Big Impact on a Small Campus. This event is FREE and directed toward higher education professionals leading and coordinating student wellness programs on small campuses across Ohio. The meeting will provide opportunities to network with other professionals working in similar environments specific to the small campus experience, learn about an integrated approach to student wellness programming, and obtain continuing education credits for professional development.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jessica Provines
- Dr. Jessica Provines serves as the Assistant Vice President for Wellness and Chief Psychologist at Wichita State University. She studied at Wichita State earning her doctorate in Community/Clinical Psychology. She has served in many roles within university counseling including Chair of the Campus Alcohol Advisory Board, Training Coordinator and later Training Director of an APA accredited internship, Associate Director/Clinical Coordinator, and Director before stepping into broader Student Affairs Administration. As the AVP of Wellness, she works with CAPS, Student Health, and Campus Recreation on a holistic campus approach to overall student wellness. She continues to maintain a small caseload and provides clinical supervision to mental health trainees.
- Dr. Provines is passionate about mental health awareness and prevention. She led the initiative to start a student safe rife program and later instituted Prevention Services at Wichita State focused on improving student wellness and preventing suicide, sexual violence, and substance abuse. After serving as the Program Evaluator for the SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant from 2015-2018, she and her colleagues sustained the efforts by creating the #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope comprehensive approach to help colleges across the country end mental health stigma, improve student wellness, and reduce student deaths of despair.