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Trainings

Student safety is a top priority across the WSU system, and training opportunities help our communities become more proficient in recognizing and responding to students in crisis. Review upcoming days and times for our two mainstay crisis trainings below--Campus Connect and Mental Health First Aid.

  • Campus Connect

    Campus Connect is an evidence-based 2-hour suicide prevention training program. Pre-registration is required and course seating is limited.

    You can also access the free, full-length training online through the Global Campus website; all you need is your WSU ID number. The activities in this training were modified to suit the needs of a virtual audience. Campus Connect is an interactive training and most effective in-person. Suicide is a challenging and highly personal topic and reactions to talking about issues surrounding mental health and suicide can vary significantly.

    You can get more information about Campus Connect from Syracuse University.

    Cost

    This training is offered free of charge for all WSU students, faculty, and staff on any campus or location.

    What will you learn?
    • Statistics and facts about college student suicide.
    • How to ask if someone is feeling suicidal.
    • Appropriate referrals.
    • Active listening, communication, and relationship-building skills.

    Summer 2024

    • Thursday, July 8th | 10 a.m.-Noon | Register by July 3
    • Friday, July 9th | 10 a.m.-Noon | Register by July 3
    Register for Campus Connect

    I had the privilege of getting to sit in on a Campus Connect session and was blown away by how well designed it is. Suicide Prevention is often a very serious topic, but the information was given in a compassionate and thought-provoking way that not only promoted team building, but allowed participants to walk away with the tools necessary to help their community.

    — Oaklen Warren, Peer Health Educator

    I learned a lot more from this training than I anticipated. It helped me to distinguish how I can approach someone I have concerns for, in a way that benefits them better. I appreciated that suicide was destigmatized throughout the training. I also appreciated the opportunity for us to practice with the others in the training in a way that we were able to vulnerable. It's a really difficult topic to discuss with a group of strangers. I also wanted to point out that as someone who has been on the other end (suicidal), it was refreshing to learn about mental health in a way that didn't feel triggering. And I see so much value in the approach. I left this training feeling confident in my ability to help in the process of suicide prevention & in others' ability to do so. Thanks so much for the opportunity for the training. It has been really helpful.

    — WSU Vancouver Student

  • Mental Health First Aid

    Mental Health First Aid consists of a 2-hour pre-work session followed by a 6-hour training that teaches skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. This training is available to all WSU students, faculty, and staff on any campus or location. Pre-registration is required and course seating is limited.

    If you have a group of at least 15 interested in taking the course or have any questions, email health.promotion@wsu.edu.

    Cost
    • WSU Pullman, Global, Tri-Cities and Vancouver students – FREE (supported by student activity fees)
    • WSU students from any other campus location (Everett, Spokane, Yakima) – $50
    • WSU faculty/staff from any campus location- $50

    If your department is paying for the training, you can submit an IRI through the registration form, or email health.promotion@wsu.edu. Seats will not be held until an IRI is received.

    If you are paying yourself, select cash or check on the registration form and email health.promotion@wsu.edu to arrange a time to pay for class prior to the course date.

    What will you learn?

    You will learn about symptoms, crisis response, and active listening skills to support many disorders like:

    • Depression and anxiety
    • Trauma
    • Psychosis
    • Eating disorders
    • Substance abuse
    Summer 2024

    Full-day sessions run from 9AM - 4PMSplit day sessions run from 9AM - 12:30PM for two days either Monday/Wednesday, Wednesday/Friday, or Tuesday/Thursday

    • Training split days session: Monday, July 29th and Tuesday, July 30th | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Register by July 15
    Register for Mental Health First Aid

    I am grateful for the relevant and timely information presented in the Mental Health First Aid training. The instructors were knowledgeable, organized, and engaging. I walked away from the training feeling prepared to handle a variety of challenging situations and to better support people in need. Thank you for this valuable learning opportunity!

    — Dyan Bledsoe | Assistant Director, Academic Services

  • SLUT STRUT
    SLUT STRUST 2024

    S.L.U.T. S.T.R.U.T. 2024

    Sexual Learning Ultimately Tailored for Students, Teachers, Residents, Uniting Today

    Interpersonal Violence Prevention Conference 

    This conference is a unique opportunity for students to learn more about resources and support around interpersonal violence. Expect informational presentations from campus and community resources, a panel discussion on reporting, and more!  

    Conference Schedule

    9:45 AM Check-In Begins
    10:00 AM Session 1
    10:30 AM Transition
    10:35 AM Session 2
    11:05 AM Transition
    11:10 AM Session 3
    11:40 AM Lunch (Pizza Provided)
    12:15 PM Panel Discussion
    1:00 PM Transition
    1:05 PM Bystander Intervention Game
    1:45 PM Transition
    1:50 PM Closing Remarks 

    March 30 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Register

    Location: CUE Atrium, Pullman Campus

    Cost: Free for all WSU Pullman students

    Refreshments provided

    Sponsored by Health Education, Women*s Center and LGBTQ+ Center

    Workshops 

    Workshops are offered in each session. 

    • Cougar Health Services presented by Ashley Wilson
    • Counseling & Psychological Services presented by Charice Deguzman 
    • Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP) Services presented by Niki Jones 
    • Subscribe to Ending Violence Online presented by Maura Dover 

    Panel Discussion

    • Compliance & Civil Rights represented by Holly Ashkannejhad 
    • Center for Community Standards represented by Karen Metzner 
    • Student Care Network represented by Dr. Heather Case 

    About S.L.U.T. S.T.R.U.T.

    S.L.U.T.S.T.R.U.T. is an event and a movement inspired by Slut Walk, which began in 2011 in response to a Toronto, Canada police officer’s comment that women should, “avoid dressing like sluts” (Martin, 2011) to evade being sexually assaulted. Victim blaming continues to deter survivors from speaking out while enabling pervasive gender-based violence. Slut Walks became a global phenomenon where survivors of all genders take to the streets to protest victim blaming, injustice, and the complacency of those in power.  

     S.L.U.T.S.T.R.U.T., Sexual Learning Ultimately Tailored for Students, Teachers, Residents, Uniting Today, is a local, Coug manifestation of the beliefs that women and all genders are entitled to sexual agency and that expression of sexuality should not be policed, co-opted, or implied as cause for oppressive gender-based violence. As its title suggests, S.L.U.T.S.T.R.U.T. cultivates community among those disproportionately affected by and at risk for gender-based violence (and their allies) by claiming space to connect, empower, and take part in a global movement. S.L.U.T.S.T.R.U.T. is WSU’s movement to assert the human right to express oneself regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. 

    This Pullman Campus event is a collaboration between Health Education, LGBTQ+ Center and the Women*s Center since 2019. The premises are to educate on understanding consent, boundaries, and discussing sexual needs openly and honestly.  It’s an opportunity to empower oneself in understanding interpersonal violence and prevention.  While also advocating for sexual health and education resources for those seeking guidance in sexual matters.  


Workshops

Health Education offers a variety of workshops to support student health, happiness, safety, and success. Our health education staff and student peer educators can facilitate workshops for all types of campus groups like residence halls, Greek organizations, student groups, or classes.

Note: We are offering workshops online via Zoom. The expectation for all Health Education trainings and workshops is that participants will not engage in substance use during a presentation.

Request a Workshop

Workshops must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Workshops are generally 60 minutes in length with interactive activities and discussion. Facilitators are available starting at 8:00 a.m. and ending no later than 8:00 p.m.

Complete a workshop request to bring a specific mental or emotional health topic of interest to your group, class, or event.

Submit a Workshop Request

Available Workshops

  • Life Skills

    • Stress Management
    • Mindfulness
    • Sleep More, Sleep Better
    • Time Management
    • Self-Care
    • Conflict Management
  • Mental Health

    • Behind Happy Faces (Peer Health Educators)
    • Checkup from the Neck Up: Mental Wellbeing (Peer Health Educators)
    • Stress, Distress, Crisis (Peer Health Educations)
    • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
    • Campus Connect
    • Mental Health First Aid
  • Sexual Health

    • STI Workshop (Peer Health Educators) 
    • Sex is Like Pizza (Peer Health Educators) 
  • Substance Use

    • Real Risks
    • A Conscious "Cheers!" (Peer Health Educators)
    • High Times, Low Risks (Peer Health Educators)
  • Violence Prevention

    • Count on Cougs (Peer Health Educators)
    • Subscribe to Ending Violence Online (Peer Health Educators)
    • Healthy Relationships (Peer Health Educators)
    • Supporting Survivors
    • Understanding Sexual Assault
  • Hazing Prevention

    • Cougs Against Hazing: An Introduction (Peer Health Educators)

Featured Workshops

Healthy Relationships

Learn about the signs of healthy versus unhealthy relationships and what you can do to get the most our of your college relationships.

Download conversation cards to get started.

Supporting Survivors

In this 1-hour workshop, you will learn how to support a survivor of sexual violence. The facilitator will walk you through the 5 steps of how to respond to someone who discloses and share helpful phrases you can use to believe and validate their experience. You will leave more knowledgeable about local and university resources and feel confident having practiced these difficult conversations.

Understanding Sexual Assault

Learn about the root causes of sexual violence and how our society’s culture plays a part.