Workshops and Programs
The Wellness Resource Center offers a variety of workshops to help students develop skills in areas like stress management, communication, healthy relationship and sexual engagement, and bystander intervention. We're happy to conduct these workshops with student groups and organizations. We'll also work with you to develop workshops that meet your needs or interests. There are a number of workshops and programs that you can rely on taking place at regularly scheduled times:
- PEEPs Peer Educator Office Hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays & Thursdays, WRC
- The Healing Project: 4pm Sundays (weeks 1-3), WRC
- START: START@coloradocollege.edu
Staff-facilitated Peer-to-Peer Support Groups:
- Grief Support Group: 7pm 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Shove Main Office
- SMART Recovery Group: 3-5pm Thursdays, Interfaith House (222 Dale St.)
- Dating After Abuse: 3rd Mondays Blocks 1, 3, 5, & 7 (Survivors 3-4:30; Partners 5-6:30)
- Journaling Series: 3:30pm 2nd Tuesdays, WRC
- Mindful Stress Management: 4pm 3rd Tuesdays, WRC
Spiritual, Meditation, & Contemplative Practices (through the Chaplain's Office):
- Morning Meditation & Muffins: 8am Thursdays (weeks 1-3), Shove Chapel
- Qi Gong: 5:30pm Tuesdays, Shove Chapel
- Zen Buddhist Meditation: 6pm Mondays, Shove Chapel
- Shove Council: 12pm Wednesdays, Sacred Grounds
- Spiritual & Life Journeys: 12:15 3rd Thursdays, Sacred Grounds
We also have a number of workshops that are offered periodically, but less regularly. Here's a sample of the workshops we have ready to go:
BADASS Active Bystander Intervention
BADASS—Be Aware, Decide to Act, Say Something—is our 2-hour introduction to active bystander intervention certificate program. Students learn what it means to be an active bystander, explore the intersections of systems of oppression, violence, mental health, and substance use that may cause harm to the community, evaluate possible barriers to intervention, and practice specific intervention strategies. The broad goal of BADASS is to create a compassionate community in which all members take responsibility for one another’s well-being; this broad goal is supported by 3 more specific goals:
- Disrupting systems of oppression and the continua of violence associated with them
- Recognizing and responding to mental health challenges
- Creating a culture that supports responsible substance use, sober students, and students in recovery
How to Help Series
The How to Help Series is related to the BADASS series as it targets specific specific areas that would require students intervention on behalf of a friend. Series includes, “How to Support a Survivor,” “How to Help a Friend with Mental Health Struggle,” “How to Support a Friend in Recovery from Substance Abuse,” and more.
Good Sex Series
The Good Sex Series is focused on providing sexuality education that will help students cultivate fulfilling, pleasurable, safe, and healthy sex lives that affirm their identities and desires. Past programs have included “Ethics of Sex”, a faculty panel discussion regarding questions cultural and political delemmas around sex and how those might be relevant to students. A recent pleasure-focused event, “TEDSex,” brought experts to give brief 10-minute presentations such as “Sexting,” “Sex in Antiquity,” “Anal,” “How to Please a Dick Without Being a Dick,” and more.
Science of Substances Series
The Science of Substance Series investigates the impact of various substances on individuals and communities. Whether focused on alcohol and the brain or marijuana and medical research, these help students cultivate a more nuanced understanding of the roles that substances play in their lives.
Self-Help and Resilience Skill Building Workshops
These workshops help students evaluate their mental health status, sources of stress, and current management skills so that they may maximize their strengths and build resilience to overcome struggle and maintain a healthy mindset. Examples include, “Building a Stress Mindset,” “Time Management and Prioritizing,” “Failure and Resiliency," and our blockly journaling workshops.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an extension of the concept of first aid in which members of a community are taught how to respond in a mental health emergency and to offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress. This nationally recognized Mental Health First Aid course is an interactive program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Participants will learn:
- The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
- An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities.
- The evidence-based professional, peer, social and self-help resources available to someone with a mental health problem.
- A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, select and implement appropriate interventions and help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care.