Wellness workshops

Wellness workshops are available daily at the UBC Wellness Centre. You can also request a workshop for a specific group.

How to participate

Drop in

Drop in to attend workshops at the Wellness Centre weekdays at noon and 3pm. Topics vary every day and range from practicing relaxation tools to radical acceptance.

Graduate students can also find workshops for graduate students, provided by Graduate Pathways to Success. For specific wellness-themed graduate workshops, please email levonne.abshire@ubc.ca.

Request a workshop

You can request a workshop for a group of students, staff, and/or faculty members. Choose from the workshop topics on this page.

Request a booth

You may request us to set up and host a Wellness Centre booth at an event or in your building.

Request a workshop or booth

Live well to learn well

Stress can positively or negatively impact your ability to feel good and achieve success, depending on how you manage it. This workshop is a valuable starting point or refresher as you work toward balancing your academic commitments with your physical and mental wellness. You will learn strategies you can implement to manage your wellbeing as a student.

This workshop will be hosted in a small group session of up to 10 people. You will be invited to reflect on your personal experiences and your unique wellness needs.

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

  • Apply proactive strategies to improve your sleep, nutrition, exercise, social connections, and helping others
  • Identify the key on and off-campus resources that can support you in developing skills and reaching your academic and life goals

Time: 1 hour

Presented by: Wellness Peer Educators and/or Health Promotion Specialists

Time management

How you decide to spend time and prioritize responsibilities can contribute to how you feel. This workshop can help you identify how you currently spend your time and how you would like to better manage your time. You will learn effective time management strategies that you can personalize to fit your values, priorities, and lifestyle in order to reduce stress and achieve success.

This workshop will be hosted in a small group session of up to 10 people. You will be invited to reflect on your personal experiences and your unique wellness needs.

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

Intended audience: All students

Presented by: Wellness Peer Educators and/or Health Promotion Specialists

Live well to lead well

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: 1.5 hours

Intended audience: Student leaders

Presented by: Wellness Peer Educators and/or Health Promotion Specialists

How to help a peer

This session will teach you how to help a peer by providing a framework for navigating conversations with peers in need of support. You will learn how to start the conversation, actively listen, and connect to 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 needing support
  • Lead a supportive conversation with a fellow student or peer
  • Access resources and tools available on campus

Time: 1 hour

Intended audience: Student leaders

Presented by: Health Promotion Specialists

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:

  • Identify 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

Intended audience: Student leaders

Presented by: Health Promotion Specialist

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

Intended audience: All students

Presented by: Health Promotion Specialists

Overdose first aid

BC and Canada are in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. In this workshop, you will reflect on the subject of substance use and its impacts, examine stigma and biases you may hold that would prevent helping, 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

Intended audience: All students

Presented by: First Aid Student Team member and/ or Health Promotion Specialists

Alcohol first aid

This workshop will give attendees the skills and knowledge to assess the risks of alcohol as well as minimize harm in alcohol-related incidences.

By the end of this workshop, individuals will be able to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of alcohol and its impacts
  • Assess the stigma surrounding alcohol usage
  • Minimize harm in situations involving alcohol
  • Practice scenarios concerning alcohol poisoning and intoxication

Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

Intended audience: All students

Presented by: First Aid Student Team member and/or Health Promotion Specialists