Training

Training Overview

The Counseling and Wellness Center offers a variety of training programs to the campus community on topics related to mental health and well-being. 

Custom trainings are always available! Work with our staff to design a presentation that meets your needs.

Training Topics

  • Suicide prevention
  • Mental health topics
  • Healthy relationships
  • Substance use harm reduction
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • ... and more!

Training for Students

Healthy Minds

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60 minutes

This workshop offers tools for building resilience. Students learn about how to keep their minds balanced by engaging in different types of mental activities each day. This workshop also includes a brief overview of WWU resources for mental wellness.

Be Kind to Your Mind

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60 minutes

This workshop explores the importance of self talk to mental wellness, as well as exploring strategies for increasing positive self talk habits. Students learn strategies to identify their self talk patterns and increase their positive self talk. This workshop also includes a brief overview of WWU resources for mental wellness.

You Can Help a Friend

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60 minutes

Created by the JED Foundation, this training includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of peers reaching out to other students who may be in crisis. Students learn techniques for having difficult conversations and learn what resources are available for themselves or their peers at WWU in a crisis.

Substance Use Overview

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60 minutes or 120 minutes

Appropriate for Health Education majors and those who plan to enter similar fields.  The presentation will cover difficulties in substance use prevention as well as what is and is not effective.  Problematic substance use will be defined and the best way to approach someone we are concerned about will be discussed.  The Stages of Change will be covered as well as various treatment options available, including local resources.  This presentation has a shorter one-hour option and a longer, more detailed, two-hour option, split into two parts. 

Safe Messaging

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60 minutes

This workshop explains the importance of using safe messaging practices when covering suicide and suicide prevention topics in the media. Students will learn about best practices for safe messaging. This workshop includes a case study about the YA novel and Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” to illustrate the importance of using safe messaging practices and the possible dangerous outcomes that can happen when they are not used.

Considerations for Presenting on Sensitive Topics

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60 minutes

This workshop talks about the unique aspects of presenting or advocating about traditionally sensitive topics, such as mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, sexual health, and violence prevention. Students will discuss what makes this experience unique and things to consider before presenting. Students will participate in role play scenarios to strengthen their skills and gain confidence.

How to Support Others

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60 minutes

Appropriate for students who want to help a friend, partner, or family member who might be struggling, or who might want to address substance use or other concerning behaviors.  The presentation covers how to be supportive, help others to get help, and looks at a model of how change happens.  

Get Better Sleep

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60 minutes

Having trouble sleeping? Check out this workshop to learn specific tools and strategies around sleep hygiene to help you wake up feeling rested.  

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

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60-90 minutes

This workshop is focused more specifically on suicidal crises and how to intervene. Students will learn myths and facts about suicide, warning signs of suicide, and intervention skills to use if worried that a peer may be in a suicidal crisis. Students will participate in activities to allow them to practice and become more comfortable with these skills. Self care strategies for use after difficult conversations and resources at WWU that support mental wellness will also be covered. Works well as a follow up to You Can Help A Friend, or on its own.

The workshop can be done in 60 minutes, but we recommend 90 minutes, as it allows for more processing, practice, and Q and A.

Mental Wellness Resources at WWU

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15 minutes

A comprehensive “tour” of mental health and wellness resources at WWU. Students will be shown websites of resources at WWU in detail and hopefully will find new resources that are available to them, even through services they may be aware of.

Anxiety and Athletics

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60 minutes

A presentation designed specifically for student athletes about anxiety.  Anxiety is defined, and symptoms and impact are explored.  Students learn about techniques that can be helpful, as well as how to support others who struggle with anxiety symptoms.

Training for Faculty & Staff

You Can Help A Student

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60 minutes

Created by the JED Foundation, this training includes a general overview of mental health issues in college and the importance of staff and faculty reaching out to students who may be in crisis. Participants will learn techniques for having difficult conversations, how to create a supportive environment for students, and learn what resources are available for students and staff at WWU in a crisis.

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

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60-90 minutes

This workshop is focused more specifically on suicidal crises and how to intervene. Participants will learn myths and facts about suicide, warning signs of suicide, and intervention skills to use if worried that a student may be in a suicidal crisis. Participants will engage in activities to allow them to practice and become more comfortable with these skills. Self care strategies for use after difficult conversations and resources at WWU that support mental wellness will also be covered. Works well as a follow up to You Can Help A Student, or on its own.

The workshop can be done in 60 minutes, but we recommend 90 minutes, as it allows for more processing, practice, and Q and A.

Mental Wellness Resources at WWU

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15-30 minutes

A comprehensive “tour” of mental health and wellness resources at WWU. Participants will be shown websites of resources for students at WWU in detail and hopefully will find new resources that are available to them, even through services they may be aware of. Participants will also be shown resources at WWU specifically for supporting staff and faculty in supporting their students.