Health & Wellness Workshops

The Student Wellness &  Health Promotion Staff, including Peer Health Educators, are available to present, create programs, and facilitate activities to meet your health education needs. The topics we focus on are:

Click on the topics to learn more about workshops offered.
To request a workshop please fill out the online form on the bottom of this page.

Step Up UCI! Bystander Intervention Training

Campuses across the county are implementing bystander intervention programs to handle a wide variety of topics and to encourage students to pay more attention to what is happening around them and to intervene when they see something they are concerned about and/or someone needs some kind of help.  UCI has adopted the national Step Up program as a general bystander program, along with the Green Dot Program specifically for sexual assault/violence (Green Dot is managed out of UCI’s CARE Office).

The Step Up UCI! Bystander intervention program operates under the following mantra:

If you see something you are concerned about, say and/or do something.

If you need help, ask for it with confidence and expect to get it.

… or simply

See Something, Say Something, Do Something!

The program encourages students, faculty and staff to use the above mantra to help create a safer, healthier campus environment.

For more information on the Step Up UCI! Bystander Intervention program, visit our program website at:

A training can be requested either through the website or via the Student Wellness & Health Promotion Health & Wellness Workshop Request Form.

TIPS Training

TIPS for the University is a 2.5 hour program that helps students make smart choices when faced with difficult decisions about alcohol use.  During the workshop, students address drinking behaviors specific to UCI’s drinking culture and develop intervention techniques appropriate to our campus.

TIPS for the University provides students with the knowledge and confidence necessary to reduce high-risk drinking behavior among their peers.

Students at UCI who have been TIPS trained include Hospitality & Dining concessions staff and Peer Health Educators.

Benefits of TIPS Training:

Decision-making skills that help students weigh the consequences of their actions and those of their peers, and moderate their behavior to avoid problems with alcohol.

Confidence to intervene to prevent alcohol-related incidents on campus such as property damage, injury, underage drinking and drunk driving.

Interpersonal skills that increase students’ ability to intervene in difficult alcohol-related situations.

Respect and concern for others leading to a more positive campus environment.

Leadership qualities that help students influence their peers to avoid problem behaviors.

To request a TIPS training, contact Ashlee Whitehead or call 949-824-9355.

Alcohol Education

#Lit (Alcohol Awareness): This workshop provides tips on how to be smart & stay safe when you go out.  You will learn practical tools to help out a friend if they have too much to drink.  It also examines what UCI’s drinking culture really looks like while dispelling common misconceptions about alcohol. (1 hour)

#DOPE (Cannabis): This workshop will cover Federal, California, and UCI rules and regulations regarding adult cannabis use. (1 hour)

Faded 2.0 (Alcohol/Cannabis Awareness and Harm Reduction): This workshop combines the highlights of our #Lit program and #Dope program along with harm reduction strategies. (1 hour)

Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medication Abuse/Misuse: This workshop will cover commonly misused/abused medications, current trends and how to recognize signs of abuse. (1 hour)


Intro to Mindfulness: What does being mindful really mean and what are the benefits of a mindfulness practice? Explore these questions and the different ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. Take a short survey to discover how you already practice mindfulness and enjoy a guided relaxation meditation at the end of the workshop. (1 hour)

Time Management Workshop: Do you ever feel like there is not enough time in the day? This workshops provides tips and strategies to help make the most of the 24 hours in your day by promoting prioritization, organization, and aligning your values to how you spend your time. (1 hour)

Stress Management & Self-Care Workshop:  Let’s talk about stress and how to manage it with self-care techniques in this interactive workshop. During this workshop participants will get to experience some of these techniques. At the end of the workshop students are encouraged to create their own self-care plan. (1 hour, commonly presented by student Peer Health Educators unless professional staff is requested)

Mindful Meditation, Yoga, and Deep Breathing for Stress Relief: (1 hr or 30 min.) This is an experiential stress relief workshop which consists of a combination of chair yoga practice (gentle stretches while seated in a chair plus, no mats or yoga clothes needed), guided meditation, and deep breathing. Please email Natalie D’Azzo,, Wellness and Peer Education Programs Manager, if you have any questions. This workshop can range from 20-40 minutes.

Sexual Health

#HealthyRelationships: This interactive workshop explores healthy vs unhealthy relationships, sexual boundaries and consent.  Scenarios will be presented for discussion and students are encouraged to ask questions (anonymously if preferred) (1 hour)

Sex and Communication 101: This workshop provides an overview of STDs, birth control options, consent and effective communication. Students will be presented with scenarios and asked to discuss healthy ways to communicate or help someone. (1 hour)

AIDs/HIV 101: This workshop focuses on the basics of HIV infection including transmission, prevalence, symptoms & the importance of HIV testing.  An HIV+ speaker will share his/her personal story. (1 hour)

Love Smart Jeopardy: In a fun and interactive game of Jeopardy you will learn about birth control options, STIs, woman’s reproductive health, men’s reproductive health, first time myths, LGBTQI health. (1 hour)


Eating for Energy: This workshop focuses on how to optimize your diet for ultimate college success. This covers the basics of nutrition, how to increase your energy, caffeine and sugar warnings and the importance of eating breakfast. (1 hour)

Healthy Eating on a Budget: This workshop focuses on how to choose healthy foods to sustain your energy throughout the day.  It will also teach you how to shop for healthy foods and snacks that won’t break your budget! A trip to the market can be requested. (1 hour)

Positive Body Image: This workshop offers information and discussion on positive body image. Learn how to appreciate your body-your partner for life! (1 hour)

Emotional Well-being & Spiritual Wellness

Behind Happy Faces: An interactive, peer-to-peer workshop. Better understand mental health. Learn effective coping strategies and tools. Be empowered to help a friend in crisis. Workshops can be customized. (1-1.5 hours)

Vision & Purpose*: Vision created with intention is powerful. Discover your core values and learn to align them with your vision and goals in the context of your whole well-being. Draft your “why” statement and have a better understanding of your purpose. (1 hour)

Resilience & Gratitude: Resilience is strength in the face of adversity/challenges. Learn why building resilience can help students reduce stress, promote well-being, and achieve goals. Discover how to use gratitude as a pathway to embody resilience. (1 hour)


*Follow-up workshop (geared for up to 12 students)/individual consultation can include Vision Boarding/Goal-setting—inquire for more information.

Step Up! UCI Bystander Intervention Program

Step Up UCI! Bystander Intervention Program: The Step Up UCI! Bystander Intervention Program is a workshop that educates students on the theories and research behind bystander behavior and why people often don’t respond the way they want to. (1 – 1.5 hours)

When you request a workshop, we ask that you:

  • Make the request at least two weeks before the workshop date
  • Get a minimum of 25 participants to attend
  • Communicate any changes in needs, logistics, or preferences for the workshop with us
  • Meet the facilitator(s) at the location at least 15 minutes prior to the program

**Please note: If the program does not begin within 10 minutes of the scheduled time or if there is low attendance, the facilitator(s) reserve the right to cancel the program and leave.

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