Wellness Workshops

Individual students and student groups can sign up for a variety of wellness and first aid workshops led by Wellness Peers, the Emergency Medical Aid Team, and professional wellness staff. Sign up for a workshop to help you feel and achieve your best. Or, request a workshop for your club, event, or peer group.

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Live well to learn well

Life as a student can be stressful, and stress can impact your ability to feel good and achieve success. This workshop teaches the skills you need to balance your academic achievements with physical and mental wellness. You will learn tips and tricks to manage stress, time, and wellbeing as a student.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Apply proactive strategies to improve your sleep, stress management, and time management.
  • Identify the key on and off-campus resources that provide assistance in developing skills and reaching goals in the above areas

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Wellness Peers and professional wellness staff

Time management

Many students balance a variety of commitments in addition to their studies, including work, family, friends, and hobbies. Yet, each of us has a different capacity for taking on tasks and responsibilities while remaining mentally well. This workshop is designed to help you identify where you currently spend your time and how you would like to better manage your time. You will learn effective time management strategies that can be personalized to fit your values, priorities, and lifestyle in order to reduce stress and achieve success.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Assess your current use of time
  • Develop effective time management strategies
  • Examine your energy cycle
  • Set priorities and goals

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Wellness Peers and professional wellness staff

Time management for graduate students

This workshop is a modified version of the Time Management workshop designed for graduate students. This workshop is designed to help you identify where you currently spend your time and how you would like to better manage your time. You will learn effective time management strategies that can be personalized to fit your values, priorities, and lifestyle in order to reduce stress and achieve success.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Assess your current use of time
  • Develop effective time management strategies
  • Examine your energy cycle
  • Set priorities and goals

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Graduate Wellness Peers and professional wellness staff

Wellness and leadership

Student leaders are often important role-models for their fellow students, and prioritizing your personal wellbeing is fundamental to assisting and supporting others. This workshop guides students in leadership positions to reflect on their own wellness to empower them as role-models for student wellbeing.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize your own personal wellness needs
  • Relate the concept of wellness to more effective leadership
  • Role-model wellness as a student leader
  • Identify and apply strategies to support the wellness of yourself and others

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Wellness Peers and professional wellness staff

How to help a friend: Assisting a student in distress

This session will teach you how to support a peer in distress by providing a framework for navigating conversations with peers in need of support. You will learn to help reduce distress and encourage friends and peers to access support and resources. In this workshop, we will also discuss the importance of setting personal boundaries, practicing self-care when supporting others, and where student leaders can debrief and access support for themselves.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize signs and sources of distress
  • Lead a supportive conversation with a distressed student, peer, or friend
  • Understand and know how to access resources and tools available on campus (as presented in the Green Folder for student leaders)

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Professional wellness staff

Planning inclusive health & wellness events

Learn how to engage and educate fellow students about health and wellness by incorporating these topics into events, workshops, and meetings. This workshop will discuss how to organize, promote, and execute an event or initiative that incorporates and embeds student health and wellness.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of effective health & wellness promotion
  • Know the process for how to plan and organize an event
  • Identify ways to integrate wellness into an event, program, or meeting

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Professional wellness staff

UBC wellness resources

UBC has many resources to help support the health and wellness of students. Find out more about what is available and how to connect with these resources.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Name and understand the UBC resources that support student wellbeing
  • Identify how to connect with a resource to help yourself or a peer

Time: 10-30 minutes

Presented by: Wellness Peers or professional wellness staff (depending on audience)

Responding to disclosures of sexual assault

At this workshop you will learn how trauma affects the mind and body, and how to support someone who discloses sexual assault. Participants will also practice how to respectfully respond to and support survivors and understand the difference between disclosure and reporting. This is an opportunity to learn how to be a part of creating a safer, caring campus community.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand how trauma impacts the mind and body
  • Support someone who discloses sexual assault
  • Use tested techniques to respond to and support survivors
  • Understand the difference between disclosure and reporting

Time: 2-3 hours

Presented by: Professional wellness staff

Bystander intervention to prevent sexual violence

In this workshop, attendees will learn about how becoming an active bystander contributes to a safer campus community. Participants will practice how to notice and safely intervene in situations that could lead to sexual violence, and learn a framework for doing so. Using this framework, attendees will reflect on their own barriers to intervening and how to overcome these, through practice and discussion.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the difference between a bystander and an active bystander
  • Identify the signs of potential sexual violence
  • Learn a framework for how to intervene
  • Practice intervening to in various situations

Time: 1.5 to 2 hours

Presented by: Wellness Peers and professional wellness staff

SAVE lives: Overdose first aid and substance use

University is a time of meeting new people and trying new experiences. Sometimes, these experiences may involve using substances or drugs, which will always carry some risk. In this workshop, you will reflect on the subject of substance use and its impacts, and gain practical strategies you can use to minimize the risk of substance use for yourself and others. These skills will increase participants' confidence to recognize and help an overdose situation and make UBC a safer place.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Minimize harm in situations with substance use

  • Identify ways to prevent overdose

  • Recognize and help someone who is overdosing

Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

Presented by: EMAT member and/ or professional wellness staff