Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) Conference Presentation – Achieving Higher Performance Outcomes Through Technical Assistance Strategies for New and Emerging Collegiate Recovery Communities and Programs (2018)

Collegiate recovery technical assistance has been offered by various organizations since 2007. With the refinement of the practice and the development of a technical assistance curriculum by Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR), emergent collegiate recovery communities and programs are beginning to utilize evidence-based practices to create, develop, and grow new programs on campuses across the country. This session will provide attendees with an exciting, interactive experience filled with discussion, debate, and new information about what is working in the technical assistance realm and what needs to be improved. The presenter will also discuss national trends in the field as well as review implications for the collegiate recovery field at-large.

Presenter Biography

Kristen K. Harper, M.Ed., is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for Transforming Youth Recovery. In this position she provides technical assistance to TYR’s grantee network. She is also the former Executive Director of Recovery Communities of North Carolina; a nonprofit devoted to the promotion of addiction recovery, wellness, and citizenship through advocacy, education, and support in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Prior to Kristen joining the team in North Carolina, she had the great fortune to be the first, full-time Executive Director for the Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), where she assisted in the creation, sustainability, and accreditation of recovery high schools across the country.  As the Collegiate Recovery Community Replication Coordinator for Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery from 2011-2013, Kristen provided technical assistance to over 80 universities seeking to create and manage collegiate recovery programs in all regions of the country. Kristen also founded the Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University in 2008 within the College of Public Health, where she also became involved with Recovery Africa, a nongovernmental organization that strives to create recovery supports to communities in Africa. Kristen has been to Ghana, West Africa three times to provide technical assistance to the emerging recovery community. As a person living in long-term recovery for over 16 years, Kristen has dedicated her life to helping others access recovery support services, locally, nationally, and internationally. She has been providing technical assistance to a wide variety of organizations since 2011.