Mark your calendars: June 22-25, 2020

Increase Health & Safety | Improve Public Health | Ignite Your Leadership

Big Sky, Montana

See below for more information on our 2019 event

and to Pre-Register for 2020!


There are so many reasons for HOPE!

This summer, Dr. Jeff Linkenbach and the dynamic Montana Summer Institute faculty will share cutting-edge science, tools and resources for building healthy, resilient communities. The 2019 Institute will focus on how Science of the Positive, Positive Community Norms, and Health Outcomes from Positive Experience (H.O.P.E) are creating new opportunities in prevention and driving community transformation on a wide range of health and safety issues. Join us in Big Sky to learn how positive, norms-based approaches can power up your public health and prevention practices, improve your leadership skills, and increase the effectiveness and sustainability of your projects.

Great for prevention leaders working on:

  • underage, college, and adult substance use

  • child abuse prevention

  • distracted & impaired driving

  • marijuana legalization

  • sexual assault and dating violence

  • opioid abuse, and more.

Choose from THREE exciting Pre-Institute tracks!

Sign up for our Positive Community Norms Intensive Seminar for a deep dive into how this approach works. This day-long event will provide the information and insights you need to get a new campaign up and running or keep an existing effort on track for success. Additional materials will be provided to those who register.

Enroll in our groundbreaking Health Outcomes from Positive Experience (H.O.P.E.) Seminar, and develop a better understanding of the effects of childhood experiences on the brain’s growth and development. H.O.P.E. offers a more holistic foundation for programmatic efforts to assess and address child and family needs, and provides an important complement to the entire toxic stress portfolio.

Or spend the day in our interactive workshop on Screening and Brief Interventions for Alcohol, Marijuana, Sexual Assault and Suicide Risk for training on how non-judgmental, non-confrontational motivational interviewing strategies can be applied to brief interventions, especially those that utilize normative feedback.

Why Montana? (Once you’ve been here, you won’t have to ask.)

Join us here at beautiful Big Sky Resort for top-notch training and a heavy dose of inspiration. Spend your days being challenged and energized in our interactive Institute sessions, then take advantage of Montana’s endless summer evenings to explore The Last Best Place. Hike, fish, raft, horseback ride, visit Yellowstone National Park -- or just relax under the Big Sky! Participants say the gorgeous setting magnifies their learning and helps transform the way they approach their work. Scroll down for a photo gallery of our participants at work and at play.

Click here to VIEW the 2019 agenda —

Feedback from previous attendees: 


"This was such an incredible experience. Transformative and energizing. I’ve gotten a wealth of actionable lessons that will transcend beyond my work and into my day-to-day life."

"I have been to many conferences and workshops over my 18 years in the prevention 'industry' and this – by far – has been the best. Thank you!!"

"Absolutely awesome! This has been the best learning experience of my professional career."

"I found value in every single part of the Summer Institute. Every speaker and presentation left me challenging my own beliefs and perceptions and wanting to seek more information. Thank you for putting together such a valuable week."

"This is a 'top three' conference in my professional life of 25 years."


Who is the Summer Institute for?

Health promotion leaders

...and coalitions working to impact rates of alcohol and other drug use, impaired and distracted driving, child maltreatment, and countless other health and safety issues. 

teachers & Administrators

...who want to change school or campus cultures around bullying, sexual assault, alcohol use, bystander intervention, and more.

Workplace safety professionals

...charged with improving health and safety for both employees and customers.

Below are the Pre-Institute Tracks we offered in 2019;

The 2020 lineup will be announced this fall

Pre-institute track 1:


This one-day introduction to Positive Community Norms communications is a great refresher course and is highly recommended for newcomers. We’ll focus on the seven key steps needed to plan and implement a PCN intervention, and provide essential background on working with norms and perceptions to effectively change behaviors and attitudes and transform communities. Participants will dive into hands-on activities that provide practical examples of what a Positive Community Norms Communications Campaign might look like in your community. Team-taught by a panel of TMI’s expert trainers, this day lays a great foundation for the rest of the Summer Institute.

VIEW agenda —

pre-institute track 2:

health outcomes from positive experience (H.O.P.E.) seminar

H.O.P.E. is a powerful complement to ACES-based work that opens exciting new opportunities for promoting health in children and adults. Research shows that positive childhood experiences both support child development and mitigate the effects of toxic stress.  H.O.P.E. builds on this research, reversing the ways we typically understand resilience, neuroplasticity and the developing brain to offer a more holistic foundation for programmatic efforts to assess and address child and family needs. Led by Dr. Robert Sege and our own Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, this seminar will show you how H.O.P.E.-based strategies can increase resilience, open new avenues for prevention, and promote positive transformation in individuals and communities.

VIEW agenda —


Pre-institute track 3:

Screening and Brief Interventions FOR Alcohol, Marijuana, Sexual Assault and Suicide Risk

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss issues related to screening for high-risk alcohol use, high-risk cannabis/marijuana use, interpersonal violence, and suicide risk within a PCN Framework.  We will discuss the theory, social considerations, and the steps involved in brief interventions that utilize Motivational Interviewing in their delivery. We will provide training in and practice with specific motivational interviewing strategies.  Finally, we will review how brief interventions that include norms can be part of an overall strategic prevention plan to impact the health of individuals and our communities.

— VIEW agenda —



MSI participants talk outside the yellowstone conference center at big sky resort.

MSI participants talk outside the yellowstone conference center at big sky resort.

…then join us for the main event on

June 23-25, 2020

the montana summer institute

Early Registration (through May 1st)


  Late Registration (after May 1st)


Please note

Fees cover registration, training materials, breakfast and lunch.
Continuing Education Credits available.

Travel and lodging not included.


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