Webinar: Leading From the Head and the Heart - The Pyramid of Success

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Presented by: David Anderson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development at George Mason University


This session provides perspectives and insights for those seeking to address drug and alcohol issues; helpful for professionals and volunteers with limited or extensive experience, the Pyramid of Success helps anchor strategies, tools and tips that incorporate both “the head and the heart.”

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand how the Pyramid of Success (Competence, Confidence and Commitment) can aid with quality prevention efforts
2. Become inspired by insights from long-term advocates of drug and alcohol abuse prevention
3. Enhance skills and attitudes helpful for achieving positive outcomes

About David Anderson, Ph.D.

David Anderson, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, where he worked for 28 years; he served as Professor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health.  Prior to that, he served as a college administration at The Ohio State University, Radford University and Ohio University. He has managed hundreds of national state and local projects while teaching graduate and undergraduate classes.  

An active researcher and writer, he has decades-long research on college drug and alcohol issues, high school youth and community efforts. The focus of his work is upon practical applications for youth, young adults, and leaders at the campus, community, state and national level, and he continues with training, speaking and research.  His most recent book is Leadership in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention: Insights from Long-Term Advocates (Routledge, 2020).  Other recent books include Health and Safety Communication: A Practical Guide Forward (2017), Wellness Issues for Higher Education (2015) and Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education (2016).  He is co-authoring a new book focusing on college drug and alcohol abuse prevention and preparing the College Alcohol Survey (1979 –2021).

He was recently appointed to a four-year term on the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s National Advisory Council.  He is active as a community leader in Celebration, Florida, where he serves as a Director and immediate past President of the Board of Directors ofthe Celebration Residential Owners Association.

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