Workshops & Trainings
The following presentation topics are available upon request. We appreciate ten (10) days advance notice. If you cannot find the topic you are looking for, fill out the request a presentation form, and let us know what topic you are interested in hosting.
- Alcohol 101
Everything you need to know about alcohol and college — practice pouring a standard drink, bust commons myths, learn about blood alcohol content (BAC) and why alcohol affects people differently, and get the tools to keep yourself and your friends safer.
- Marijuana & Other Drugs
Learn about marijuana and other drugs and the risks associated with use, legal consequences, and signs of misuse to look for in a friend. Discuss resources, test your knowledge, and brainstorm what you can do to say “I Got Your Back” and promote a safer campus environment.
- Red Watch Band Bystander Intervention
Red Watch Band is an alcohol bystander intervention program designed to help students recognize the signs of acute alcohol poisoning, practice how to intervene, and help look out for each other.
- How to Help a Friend
Gain the skills and confidence to initiate a conversation with someone if you are concerned about their alcohol or other drug use or other risky behaviors. Learn why people can become defensive and how to use motivational interviewing principles to decrease resistance and have a productive conversation from a position of care and concern.
- Mental Health 101
What is mental health? What are common mental health concerns among college students? What is helpful and unhelpful when supporting a friend? This workshop aims to answer these questions through interactive activities to increase awareness and decrease stigma surrounding mental health. Participants will learn how to help someone they are concerned about and resources will be provided. This workshop lasts 45-60 minutes.
- Stress Management
What is stress? Is all stress bad? We all encounter stress, so how we cope with stress is vital. In this workshop, participants will learn all about stress and try out some stress management strategies to find what works for them! This workshop lasts 45-60 minutes.
- QPR: Question, Persuade and Refer for Suicide Prevention
Learn three basic steps to help a friend in distress. In this presentation, participants will learn the warning signs of suicide, the importance of speaking up, and how to find help for those in distress and/or thinking about suicide. This workshop lasts approximately 60 minutes.
- Sources of Strength
Everyone faces adversity, but it is how we respond to those tough times that counts! In this strengths-based workshop, participants are encouraged to think about their sources of strength, including who or what they can turn to for support when times get tough. This workshop lasts 45-60 minutes.
- Sex Scenes: Boundaries, Consent, and Safer Sex
In this workshop, participants will think about their sexual values, set boundaries for physically intimacy, gain communication skills, and learn about safer sex including STI and unintended pregnancy prevention. Participants will then use the information learned to respond to hypothetical and potentially risky sex scenarios where boundaries may be tested. This workshop lasts 45-60 minutes.
- Healthy Relationships: Desires & Deal-breakers
In this workshop, participants will discuss and learn about aspects of healthy relationships, reflect on what types of relationships they are or are not interested in, consider qualities of partners that are important to them, and reflect on relationship red flags and how to support a friend. This workshop is provided in collaboration with the Violence Prevention Programs. This workshop lasts 45-60 minutes.
- Sex Talk & Blow Pops
Ask, discuss and learn about healthy relationships and sexual behaviors. This presentation and Q&A session will provide participants with an opportunity to ask and discuss any questions they may have about keeping their relationships and sex lives healthy. Charm's Blow Pop candy provided. Groups requesting this presentation should plan on 75-90 minutes of fun, lively discussion, tricky questions and more.
- This Thing Called Love
This thing called love has been immortalized in books and poems, theorized by scholars and discovered by many more. However, love is not experienced the same by all. Love is bliss, confusing and sometimes painful. In this program, love will be discussed in a humorous, but intellectual manner.
- GREEN DOT – Overview Workshop
Looking out for each other is one of the most powerful tools to keeping our campus safe. Host a member of the Green Dot team to lead activities about “green dots,” “red dots,” and what that means for our campus. This overview workshop lasts approximately 60 minutes.
- Healthy Eating on a College Budget
Eating healthy can seem like an expensive alternative to fast food and microwave meals, but with some simple grocery shopping tips, cooking skills and preparation, a healthy diet can be delicious and affordable.
- Healthy Cooking Made Easy - A Demonstration
Eating a healthy diet with minimal kitchen gadgets and cooking skills can seem daunting. Host a Healthy Cooking Made Easy demo to learn some simple, tasty recipes, sample your work, and gain the skills to recreate them.
- Stress and Nutrition
An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what about the pounds? Learn the link between stress and nutrition. From emotional eating to final exam food cravings, every college student has experienced the stress eating phenomenon. Simple and fun tips will be provided to empower and educate.
- Healthy Body Image and Eating Disorders
Learn about fostering a healthy body image, how to identify the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder, and how to help a friend struggling with disordered eating with a thought-provoking and engaging discussion.
- What's Up with My Wellness Wheel?
Wellness is a weighty word with a big definition. Learn about six components of wellness and see where you stack up. Maintaining balance in physical health, social health, emotional health, occupational health, spiritual health and intellectual health takes some work, but finding the right balance in your wellness wheel can keep you on the road to success and happiness.
- Sleep 101
Why is sleep so important for your overall health and academic success? In this workshop, participants will examine their own sleep quality, learn about the importance of sleep and learn how to apply the "Great 8" tips and techniques to enhance their own sleep health. Taking small steps toward 7-9 hours of sleep each night can pay big rewards in terms of overall health and wellness.
Additional topics may include but are not limited to:
- Accessing Healthcare
- Dating Violence and/or Stalking
- Interpersonal Violence: Unique Challenges for Members of the LGBTQA Community
- How to Help Survivors of Violence
Still don't see what you're looking for? Vandal Health Education will do its best to accommodate most health topic requests. Fill out the request a presentation form to define your need.
Peer Health Education Course
Interested in helping your peers make healthy lifestyle choices? Health & Safety (H&S) 301: Peer Health Education is a two-credit academic course that prepares students to become Certified Peer Educators. Students who complete this course will have core training needed to educate, intervene, listen to and help their peers make healthy choices and navigate tough situations.
The class is scheduled for 1:30-3:20 p.m. each Wednesday during the fall 2019 semester. Please register as you would any other academic class. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.