Workshops and Peer Support

Students and student groups can request a variety of wellness workshops led by wellness peers and professional outreach staff. 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 training, students will be able to:

  • Apply proactive strategies to improve their sleep, stress management, time management, and mindfulness.
  • 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: 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 training, students will be able to:

  • Understand the significance of balance and wellbeing
  • Develop personalized and effective time management strategies
  • Apply strategies to improve their wellbeing as part of their lifestyle

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: 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 training, students will be able to:

  • Understand the significance of balance and wellbeing
  • Develop personalized and effective time management strategies
  • Apply strategies to improve their wellbeing as part of their lifestyle

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Professional wellness staff & graduate wellness peers

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 training, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of personal wellness
  • 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 themselves and others

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Wellness peers & 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 training students 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: 45 – 60 minutes

Presented by: Professional wellness staff

Inclusive health & wellness events programming

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 student health and wellness.

By the end of this training students will be able to:

  • Write a planning checklist with wellness in mind
  • Integrate wellness into a presentation or workshop
  • Know the basics of effective health & wellness promotion

Time: 45 – 60 minutes

Presented by: Professional wellness staff

The Bare Necessities: The Basics of Sexual Health

Sexual health is important to your wellbeing. Sexual health is about feeling safe to explore one’s sexuality and to learn and understand what sex and sexuality mean to each individual. In this workshop, we'll answer your questions about sexuality and sexual health and connect you with more sexual health resources at UBC.

By the end of this training students will be able to:

  • Understand “sex positivity” and its importance as a foundation for promoting sexual health and sexual identity, diversity, and inclusivity on campus
  • Reflect on their own sexual health and wellbeing
  • Better support others’ health and wellbeing
  • Know the resources that UBC offers to support student sexual health

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Professional wellness staff & wellness peers

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 training attendees will be able to:

  • Name and understand the UBC resources that support student wellbeing
  • Know how to connect a student with a resource

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 training students 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: 2.5-3 hours

Presented by: Professional wellness staff