HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Training & Education

Health & Wellness provides training for students, faculty and staff on many topics related to students’ health and well-being. That includes the broad topics of mental health, sexual assault, relationship vio­lence, alcohol and other drugs. We also address more specific topics such as: relationship skills, motivational interviewing, bystander intervention and more.

For Students

Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Education - Learn about expectancies, absorption, oxidation, myopia, blackouts, sleep impact, tolerance, strategies to reduce risks and more.
  • eCHECKUP - A free, brief confidential screening survey. You will receive personalized feedback about: personal risk patterns, individual level of tolerance, family risk factors, harm reduction strategies and helpful UW resources.
  • Marijuana and Other Drug Education - Learn about the cognitive effects, physical impacts of use, sleep impact, signs of withdrawal, effects on motivation, "the munchies" and more.

Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Relationship Skills

  • Green Dot Bystander TrainingIncrease skills and self-efficacy to prevent and reduce power-based violence by being an active bystander and supportive member of the UW community.
  • Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence PreventionThis is a foundational discussion of the continuum of interpersonal violence, UW campus norms, supporting friends and survivors and how students can engage as active bystanders and campus leaders in creating a safer campus culture. Introduces strategies from Green Dot Training.
  • Consent Chats, Pt. 1: Relationship Skills & Boundaries - This interactive discussion focuses on helping students cultivate the types of relationships they want, identify personal boundaries, and discuss norms and practices of sexual consent. 
  • Consent Chats, Pt. 2: Communication Skills -This interactive discussion will advance the conversation about sexual consent with a focus on communication skills and changing campus norms around consent and sex-positivity. Groups must complete Consent Chats part 1 before scheduling this workshop.
  • Relationship Violence & Stalking -This discussion focuses on the dynamics of relationship violence, stalking, UW campus norms, how to support friends and survivors and how students can engage as active bystanders in creating a safer campus culture. Introduces strategies from Green Dot Training.

Mental Health 

  • Mental Health Training - This workshop invites participants to engage in a dynamic conversation about mental health and the myths, perceptions and stigma that surround it. Participants will learn about suicide prevention, receive strategies on how to support others, as well as receive information about on-campus resources and supports.
  • PHE: Let's Talk About Mental Health - This program is similar to our Mental Health Training but led by our Peer Health Educators. This workshop is great for students wanting a peer perspective on mental health. This workshop aims to reduce stigma, to promote strategies on how to support others, and to offer information about on-campus resources and supports. Workshop led by Peer Health Educators trained by H&W

For Faculty, Staff and Service Providers

  • An Introduction to Brief Intervention Strategies and Motivational Interviewing - Increasing attention is being paid to ways to best support students struggling with alcohol use, marijuana or other drug use, mental health issues (including thoughts of suicide), and other student care issues. Many of these issues can escalate throughout college, and early detection and intervention can alter a student’s trajectory to increase the likelihood of student success. Additionally, many of these issues may come up outside of a clinical context through conversations with advisers, faculty, or staff – these conversations provide an opportunity to directly address these topics with students or to open the door for a referral to more specialized services.Motivational interviewing is a non-judgmental, non-confrontational approach that emphasizes meeting students where they are in terms of their readiness to make a change, and focuses on eliciting personally-relevant reasons to change. While this approach is the key to brief intervention strategies, these skills are not limited to clinical contexts and can be successfully applied to conversations within an academic context and ultimately help us have more effective conversations with students.

    In this workshop, we will discuss the theory behind and reasons for a brief intervention approach, will provide training in and practice with specific motivational interviewing strategies, and will consider ways to incorporate these approaches into conversations already taking place with students.

  • Mental Health Training - This workshop explores mental health experiences in college. Participants engage in interactive dialogue about mental health and reducing stigma and barriers. This workshop also addresses suicide prevention and resources and supports for students on campus.
  • Supporting Students in the Classroom - This is an interactive discussion that focuses on managing classroom encounters with students who may be struggling or in need of a higher level of support. Discussion will include consultation around relevant examples from faculty and staff challenges they have experienced with students and strategies and supports available for faculty and staff as well as how to get students connected on campus.

Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence

  • Green Dot Bystander Training OverviewIncrease skills and self-efficacy to prevent and reduce power-based violence by being an active bystander and supportive member of the UW community.

 

Consultation

Health & Wellness consults with departments to help them create comprehensive education plans for their communities. We participate in campus wide events and programming for the UW community and provide state-wide leadership in the field of prevention and education.

Contact Melissa Tumas, Training & Education Coordinator, for more information: tumasm@uw.edu | 206.221.7187