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.

Winter and Spring 2018 Sessions

Motivational Interviewing: Communication Skills for Student Support 

Student talking with CU StaffWednesday, Feb. 7 | 3:30–4:45 p.m. | C4C Abrams Lounge S336 | 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, Feb. 21 | 3:30–4:45 p.m. | Session full

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.

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

Students walking on campusWednesday, March 7 | 3:30–4:45 p.m. | Kittredge Multipurpose Room C | 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 Underrepresented Students 

two cu studentsWednesday, March 21 | 3:30–4:45 p.m. | Session full

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. 

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

Student walking by C4CWednesday, April 4 | 3:30–4:45 p.m. | C4C Abrams Lounge S336 | 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 benchWednesday, April 18 | 3:30–4:45 p.m. | Session full

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. 


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