SA Resiliency

A Professional Development Series

The Supporting Student Resiliency Professional Development Series provides CU faculty and staff with concrete skills to better support students. Offered by several departments in the division of Student Affairs, sessions focus on areas critical to student retention and success. Faculty and staff can attend any individual session; those attending all six will receive a non-degree certificate. 

Fall 2019 Sessions

Motivational Interviewing: Communication Skills for Student Support 

Student talking with CU StaffWednesday, Sept. 4 | 12–1:15 p.m. | C4C S350 | Presented by Health Promotion

Change can be hard. In this workshop, you will learn the process students go through when making a change as well as how to best support students at each stage. You will also gain effective communication skills to have a conversation that supports them in clarifying and implementing their goals.

 

Helping Frustrated Buffs Be Herd: The Art of De-escalation 

Buffs talking togetherWednesday, Sept. 18 | 12–1:15 p.m. | C4C S350  |  Presented by Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution

Often we are working with people who are angry and frustrated, making productive conversations difficult. In this session, you will learn tools to help calm down frustrated people and to keep a conversation moving productively forward. These skillsets work in the classroom, in your office space, and in your life.

 

Supporting Underrepresented Students 

two cu studentsWednesday, Oct. 2 | 12–1:15 p.m. | C4C S350  |  Presented by the Center for Inclusion and Social Change

As we commit to serving all students, this session seeks to provide further content and resources when working with historically marginalized student populations including first generation, racial minority, and students from lower social economic statuses. We will discuss growing trends, offer tips when working with this population, and provide campus resources. 

 

Responding to Student Substance Use: Effective Communication Strategies and Campus Resources 

Students walking on campusWednesday, Oct. 16 | 12–1:15 p.m. | C4C S350 | Presented by Health Promotion 

Party culture affects students’ experiences, their health, and their academic success. Learn how to recognize signs of substance use and how to talk to a student about alcohol or other drugs.
 

 

Supporting Survivors: How to Respond in a Trauma Informed Way to Someone Who Discloses a Traumatic Experience 

Student walking by C4CWednesday, Oct. 16 | 12–1:15 p.m. | C4C S350 | Presented by the Office of Victim Assistance 

Traumatic experiences happen every day and CU Boulder students are not exempt. This session focuses on skills that address how to respond to someone after they disclose a traumatic or life disrupting event. After a traumatic experience, usually friends, mentors, and family are the first to hear about it. How people respond matters and can impact healing and whether the survivor will seek additional support. This session also includes information for responsible employees on complying with their reporting requirements in a trauma informed way.

 

Ask the Question: Suicide Prevention 

Students talking on bench

Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 12–1:15 p.m. | CASE E422 | Presented by Health Promotion

Ask The Question is a presentation to demystify ways to support other people while learning means of preventing suicide. Attending this session will help prepare you to act when you are needed most. 

 

 

Sessions are offered each semester, and individual departments can request any of these presentations. Questions? Contact Health Promotion.

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Supporting Student Resiliency: Advanced Tracks

Advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Participants must have completed the Motivational Interviewing: Communication Skills for Student Support before attending each of these sessions.

  • MI Essentials: Skill Review and Follow-up: 
    Tuesday, Sept. 17 | 9-10:30 a.m. | UMC 417  |  Presented by Health Promotion
    Sharpen your motivational interviewing skills by reviewing MI basics, honing your ability to recognize where students are at in their process of change, and engaging them in a conversation to move them toward their goals. Participants must have completed the Motivational Interviewing: Communication Skills for Student Support before attending this session.
  • MI Skills Practice: Part 1: 
    Tuesday, Oct. 22 | 9-10:30 a.m. | UMC 417  |  Presented by Health Promotion
    Apply your motivational interviewing skills using actual scenarios from student-serving professionals. Participants will receive individualized feedback and focus on putting what they have learned into practice. Participants must have completed the Motivational Interviewing: Communication Skills for Student Support before attending this session.
  • MI Skills Practice: Part 2:
    Tuesday, Nov. 19 | 9-10:30 a.m. | UMC 417  |  Presented by Health Promotion
    Practice makes perfect. Continue to receive feedback and coaching on your implementation of motivational interviewing in your interactions with students. Participants must have completed the Motivational Interviewing: Communication Skills for Student Support before attending this session.

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Advanced Emotional Wellness and Student Mental Health

  • Emotional Wellness and Gen Z:
    Thursday, Sept. 12 | 3-4 p.m. | C4C Flatirons Room  |  Presented by Health Promotion
    Learn about the unique strengths and challenges of Gen Z students and how stress and mental health impact their academic experience.
  • Rewriting the Narrative: Helping Students Reframe and Overcome Setbacks:
    Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 3-4 p.m. | C4C Flatirons Room  |  Presented by Health Promotion
    This session helps faculty and staff learn strategies for helping students re-frame setbacks as opportunities for growth rather than failures, reducing stress and helping them get back on track faster.
  • Supporting Students in Crisis:
    Tuesday, Oct. 10 | 3-4 p.m. | C4C Flatirons Room  |  Presented by Student Support and Case Management and Counseling and Psychiatric Services
    Understanding how to identify, respond and appropriately refer a student in crisis to CU resources.

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Advanced Alcohol and Other Drugs and Impacts in Higher Education

Completion of Responding to Student Substance Use is recommended but not required to attend these sessions.

  • Understanding Marijuana and Other Drugs:
    Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 9-10 a.m. | C4C S350  |  Presented by Health Promotion
    Gain a deeper understanding of marijuana, stimulant and nicotine use at CU.
  • Overdose Prevention and Response:
    Tuesday, Oct. 15 | 9-10 a.m. | C4C S350  |  Presented by Health Promotion
    Learn how to recognize and respond to an alcohol or other drug-related emergency.
  • Supporting Students in Recovery:
    Tuesday, Oct. 29 | 9-10 a.m. | C4C S350  |  Presented by the CU Collegiate Recovery Center
    Understand how to best support students in recovery and the resources available on campus.

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