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About the author:
David Closson is a founding partner for He is a CAPT Associate for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies where he provides targeted training and technical assistance to institutes of higher education on topics such as alcohol/drug prevention and capacity building. He is the former Assistant Director of the Illinois Higher Education Center (I.H.E.C.) where he provided professional development, consultation and trainings throughout Illinois.

David previously worked as the Crime Prevention Officer, Field Training Officer and Patrol Officer for the Eastern Illinois University Police Department. He spent time working as a Corrections Officer and prior to that was a Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard. David was deployed as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After spending a year in Iraq with his infantry unit and his recon team, he was awarded two Army Commendation Medals, one for valor and one for meritorious service and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

David is an Eastern Illinois University alumni (2008 & 2013) with a BS in Biology and a MS in Technology, Training and Development. His master’s degree work focused on motivational interviewing for campus police. He has presented to and trained nearly 9,000 people on topics ranging from military tactics, law enforcement patrol operations, verbal communication techniques, motivational interviewing, bystander intervention, alcohol/drug safety, sexual assault prevention and conflict resolution.

He was the Eastern Illinois University commencement speaker in December 2013 where he discussed his approach to campus policing, motivational interviewing and his master’s degree research. David continues his speaking as a professional speaker with ForCollegeForLife.

Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police

Authored by David J Closson M.S.

“Mr. Closson introduces motivational interviewing, which is a tried-and-true substance-abuse intervention method, to police officers as an additional technique for interacting with students who drink and use drugs. I recommend all campus police chiefs and officers to read this book and to seek training from motivational interviewing professional.” - GoodReads Review

Motivational Interviewing (M.I.) has been used since the early 1980's and has proven results in strengthening college students’ own internal motivation to change their high-risk drinking behavior.

In Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police, David brings the evidence-based M.I. style that is already being used on campuses across the US to the front lines of alcohol, drug and crime prevention. Campus police officers are on the front lines and can provide a jump start to positive CHANGE for college students.

Learn how to…
• Strengthen students’ OWN MOTIVATION to positively change their behavior
• CLOSE the TIME GAP between an incident and the student conduct process to increase student learning
• Conduct COMMUNITY POLICING with a proven student-centered approach


“Mr. Closson hits the nail on the head. This is a fantastic example of how to approach law enforcement as a whole. This book truly applies to all facets of law enforcement and beyond.” - Amazon Review

Publication Date:
0996798501 / 9780996798501
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Language Arts & Disciplines / Speech

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