The National Convention is the biennial meeting of the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho. The Board of Directors presents reports and findings to the chapters and alumni delegates for review. Any proposed changes that will affect chapters and alumni corporations are also presented. National Convention is held in August of even-numbered years in conjunction with Elmon M. Williams Leadership Academy.
Elmon M. Williams Leadership Academy
The Elmon M. Williams Leadership Academy is a leadership program for all chapter members to learn more about being an effective leader in the chapter and in the professional world. All chapter members who attend the academy are considered graduates of the Elmon M. Williams Leadership Academy. The Elmon M. Williams Leadership Academy is held every August. In even-numbered years it is held in conjunction with National Convention and in odd-numbered years it is hosted at the National Office in Greensburg, PA.
Each year the National Fraternity hosts a Consuls Academy for all chapter presidents. The academy is held in January which allows the newly elected Consul from each chapter to attend and get training for the responsibilities of their position. In addition, it serves as a networking forum for chapter presidents to exchange ideas and goals with one another, establishing mutually supportive relationships that can aid in their duties throughout the year.
The Academy is an intensive three day institute-style program with speakers, break-out sessions, and problem solving seminars. Consuls Academy is held at the National Office in Greensburg, PA.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies. An important component of the Mental Health First Aid course is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy rather than to just learn about it. This simple experience can make it easier to apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.
TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures)
TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental “people skills” of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol.
TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies.
Optio is a training course facilitated by professionals that covers leadership skills and concepts specifically related to Executive Board positions. The courses provided will include the following positions: Senior Tribune, Junior Tribune, Quaestor, Pontifex, and Aedile. Optio also establishes Executive Board members to be knowledgeable of their responsibilities in order to positively contribute to the chapters’ success while serving in their position.