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Education & Awareness

The Student Life Centre offers a variety of health and wellness training and awareness opportunities to engage students, student leaders, staff, and faculty.

The below sessions are free and open to Brescia students, unless otherwise stated.

Fall 2020

Upstander Training (First Year & New Students only)
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Date/Time: Friday, September 25, 2020 from 1-3pm.

Delivery Method:

Description:

The Upstander program aims develop a culture of looking out for one another on campus. It takes the motto, "take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of this place" and creates a call to action. The Upstander program is rooted in Bystander Training programs, which are specifically focused to teach people skills to help others, by intervening safely in any situation where someone might be at risk of harm.

Participants will engage in discussions about these topics:

  • The Bystander Effect
  • Sexual Violence, Rape Culture, Consent
  • Gender & Gender Stereotypes
  • Power, Privilege, Identity, & Insectionality
  • Motivating Upstander Action
  • Responding to a Disclosure

Faciltator(s): Leanne Ford & Meg Pirie, Student Life

Upstander Training (All Students)
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Date/Time: Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 5-7pm

Delivery Method:

Description:

The Upstander program aims develop a culture of looking out for one another on campus. It takes the motto, "take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of this place" and creates a call to action. The Upstander program is rooted in Bystander Training programs, which are specifically focused to teach people skills to help others, by intervening safely in any situation where someone might be at risk of harm.

Participants will engage in discussions about these topics:

  • The Bystander Effect
  • Sexual Violence, Rape Culture, Consent
  • Gender & Gender Stereotypes
  • Power, Privilege, Identity, & Insectionality
  • Motivating Upstander Action
  • Responding to a Disclosure

Faciltator(s): Leanne Ford & Meg Pirie, Student Life

SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) 
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NOW FULL *If you are still interested in attending this training, please add yourself to the waitlist by following the same registration link below*


 Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 5-8pm

Delivery Method:

  • In-person located in MSJ Room 304 (register here). *Max 18 people

Description:

A three-hour (3-hr) certification program that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

This training provides participants with a certificate upon completion.

Facilitator(s): Rebecca Smith, Western Student Experience

 Wellness Webinar: Managing Stress & Anxiety
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Date/Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 6-7pm

Delivery Method:

Description:

In this 1-hr webinar, participants will learn the foundational elements of stress and anxiety that include building awareness and how stress and anxiety impact the body and mind. We will also hone in on how to make stress and anxiety your friend by teaching you evidenced-based strategies. You will leave this webinar with an action plan on how to better manage stress and anxiety.

Facilitator(s): Leanne Ford, Student Life; & Rachel Sansone, Brescia Private Practice Therapist

Wellness Webinar: Overcoming Test Anxiety
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Date/Time: Wednesday, November, 11, 2020 from 1-2pm

Delivery Method:

Description:

In this introductory-level webinar, participants will understand what text anxiety is and where is comes from. We hope to build your confidence in overcoming test anxiety and give you 2-3 evidenced-based tools to thrive during your next text or exam.

Facilitator(s): Leanne Ford, Student Life; & Rachel Sansone, Brescia Private Practice Therapist

Mental Health First Aid
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NOW FULL *If you are still interested in attending this training, please add yourself to the waitlist by following the same registration link below*


Date/Time: Friday, November 13, 2020 AND Friday, November 20, 2020 from 9am-3:30pm. (NOTE: You must be registered for both days as this is a 2-day course)

Delivery Method:

  • In-person located in MSJ Room 304 (register here). *Max 18 people

Description:

A two-day (2-day) certification course through the Mental Health Commission of Canada that teaches participants how to best support someone developing or living with a mental health problem, or experiencing a mental health crisis.

This training provides participants with a certificate upon completion.

Facilitator(s): Carolyn Temple, Residence Life

 
LivingWorks Start Training & Debrief (Suicide Awareness Training)
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Date/Time: Thursday, November 19th from 1pm-2pm EST

Delivery Method:

You will be sent the Start Training code a few days before the debrief date. You will have 3-4 days to complete the 90-minute training on your own. You will then be required to attend the one hour mandatory debrief. 

The debrief will happen via Zoom on November 19, 2020 at 1pm (register here). 

Description:

This 90-minute virtual training will build awareness about creating a suicide safer community. Students will learn how to recognize when someone is thinking of suicide and how to support/connect them to resources.

 Facilitator(s): Leanne Ford, MSW, RSW (Student Life) 

Winter 2021

Perfectionism Webinar 
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Date/Time: Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 6pm-7pm EST

Delivery Method:

Virtually via Zoom-- Register here. Students will be emailed the Zoom link the morning of the training. 

Description:

In this one hour webinar we will learn how to manage and let go of perfectionism while being a student to enhance academic success and well-being. 

Facilitator(s): Rachel Sansone, MSW, RSW (Private Practice Therapist) 

Upstander Training 
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Date/Time: Thursday, January 21, 2020 from 4-6pm EST

Delivery Method:

Virtually through Zoom (register here). *Limited space available

Description:

The Upstander program aims develop a culture of looking out for one another on campus. It takes the motto, "take care of yourself, take care of each other, take care of this place" and creates a call to action. The Upstander program is rooted in Bystander Training programs, which are specifically focused to teach people skills to help others, by intervening safely in any situation where someone might be at risk of harm.

Participants will engage in discussions about these topics:

The Bystander Effect
Sexual Violence, Rape Culture, Consent
Gender & Gender Stereotypes
Power, Privilege, Identity, & Insectionality
Motivating Upstander Action
Responding to a Disclosure


Faciltator(s): Leanne Ford & Meg Pirie, Student Life

Mental Health First Aid (ON HOLD)
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Date/Time: Friday, January 22, 2021 AND Friday, January 29, 2020 from 9am-3:30pm. (NOTE: You must be registered for both days as this is a 2-day course)

Delivery Method:

  • In-person located in MSJ Room 304 (registration not yet open). *Max 18 people

Description:

A two-day (2-day) certification course through the Mental Health Commission of Canada that teaches participants how to best support someone developing or living with a mental health problem, or experiencing a mental health crisis.

This training provides participants with a certificate upon completion.

Facilitator(s): Carolyn Temple, Residence Life

 LivingWorks Start Training & Debrief (Suicide Awareness Training)
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Date/Time: TWO DATES TO CHOOSE FROM-- Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 3pm-4pm EST OR Tuesday February 4, 2021 from 1pm-2pm EST. 

Delivery Method:

You will be sent the Start Training code one week before the debrief date. You will have one week to complete the 90-minute training on your own. You will then be required to attend the one hour mandatory debrief. 

Virtually through Zoom for January 28, 2021 at 3pm (register here). 

Virtually through Zoom for February 4, 2021 at 1pm (register here). 

Description:

This 90-minute virtual training will build awareness about creating a suicide safer community. Students will learn how to recognize when someone is thinking of suicide and how to support/connect them to resources.

 Facilitator(s): Leanne Ford, MSW, RSW and Angela Hoornart, Student Life

SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) (ON HOLD)
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Date/Time: Friday, February 5, 2021 from 1-4pm

Delivery Method:

  • In-person located in MSJ Room 304 (registeration not yet open). *Max 18 people

Description:

A three-hour (3-hr) certification program that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

This training provides participants with a certificate upon completion.

Facilitator(s): Rebecca Smith, Western Student Experience

Cultivating Gratitude & Self-Compassion Webinar
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Date/Time: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 6pm-7pm EST 

Delivery Method:

Virtually via Zoom-- Register here. Students will be emailed the Zoom link the morning of the training. 

Description:

It has been found through research that gratitude and self-compassion significantly increases happiness and decreases depressive symptoms immediately after the intervention and these effects lasted as far as 6 months post intervention. In this one hour webinar we will learn what gratitude and self-compassion is, how it impacts your mood and how to cultivate gratitude and self-compassion in your daily life to boost your mood during the winter months.

 Facilitator(s): Rachel Sansone, MSW, RSW (Private Practice Therapist) 

Check-up From the Neck Up! Webinar
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Date/Time: Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 11am-12pm EST 

Delivery Method:

Virtually via Zoom-- Register here. Students will be emailed the Zoom link the morning of the training. 

Description:

Our Student Wellness Educator will lead you through a mental health screening self-assessment to check-in to see where your mental health is at. In this webinar you will be provided with the top six tips to help now and in the future to stay motivated and boost mood during the winter season.

Facilitator(s): Leanne Ford, MSW, RSW, Student Wellness Educator