PEP-AH Western Regional Webinar Series 2021

This webinar series is a collaboration between Postsecondary Education Partnership – Alcohol Harms (PEP-AH), Healthy Campus Alberta, Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses, and Healthy Campus Saskatchewan

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Webinar 1: Alcohol Harm Reduction within Campus Community Health Promotion

April 21, 2021, 11:30am – 1:00pm MT/CT (10:30am – 12:00pm PT)

Hosted by Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses

Efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm in the campus context are most fittingly situated within health promotion-oriented initiatives to nurture community, increase literacy and attend to settings. While unpacking this thesis for reflection and dialogically exploring its practical application, the session will formally introduce a new HM|HC resource: Harm reduction: a guide for campus communities. 

Contributors to include:  Dr. Tim Dyck, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, HM|HC Support Team Co-Lead 

Webinar 2: How to Use a Motivational Interviewing Approach in Peer Outreach Programs

April 28, 2021, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT/CT (10:30 am – 12:00 pm PT)

Hosted by Healthy Campus Saskatchewan

One way to ensure that peer outreach programs on post-secondary campuses are effective is to design and deliver them with a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach in mind. MI is a communication approach that supports people to consider change. Join us to explore the efficacy of MI in alcohol harm reduction and how MI can be included in peer outreach projects. We will feature a few Saskatchewan students who will describe peer outreach projects they have been involved in, and together, we will explore MI in peer-to-peer work.


  • Dr. Peter Butt, BA, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Associate Professor Academic Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Bev Drew, BASc, MSc, member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
  • Student Panelists

Webinar 3: The Sober Paradox: Exploring the Role of Alcohol in our Culture, our Campuses, and our Lives

May 12, 2021, 11:30am – 1:00pm MT/CT (10:30am – 12:00pm PT)

Hosted by Healthy Campus Alberta

The aim of this presentation is to critically question and dialogue around the role alcohol plays in our society, our campuses, and our everyday lives. 

Part 1: Dr. Victoria F. Burns (Assistant Professor, UCalgary) will introduce the concepts of alcohol culture and the sober paradox. Drawing on her own lived experience in long-term recovery, she will explore the unique tensions, opportunities, and paradoxes of disclosing a non-drinking identity in an academic context. Her presentation will conclude with recommendations to reduce alcohol harms, combat stigma, and promote inclusion for students, staff, and faculty who are struggling with alcohol use. 

Part 2: Lexi Knight (BSW student, UCalgary) will share her experience as a student in early recovery. She will discuss how campus alcohol culture affected her relationship with alcohol and how the normalization of harmful drinking reinforced her denial and ultimately prevented her from seeking help.   

Part 3: Z’Anne Harvey-Jansen (AHS) will introduce participants to her work with AHS on preventing alcohol harms on campus and in the community. She will discuss shifting trends in alcohol use, and the importance of considering the role of culture and industry in promoting health in wellness with regards to alcohol use.  

Opportunities for sharing and discussion will be woven throughout the presentation.  


  • Dr. Victoria Burns, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary 

  • Z’Anne Harvey-Jansen, MSc, Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services 

  • Lexi Knight, BSW Student, University of Calgary