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.

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

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
  • Schedule nothing later than 7:00pm
  • 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.

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 & Other Drugs Education

Understanding Addiction– This workshop provides a scientific look into the roots of addiction. You will have the opportunity to engage in conversation around how our perceptions of addiction affect the cultural and institutional response to those who have a Substance Use Disorder.

Intro to AOD– If you are wanting to learn more about the basic concepts and harm reduction techniques that surround Alcohol and Other Drugs, this presentation is for you.

Nicotine: Vaping & Tobacco– Nicotine is an addictive chemical that can be found in tobacco products as well as our modern e-cigarettes (vapes), but do you know the effects of nicotine? This presentation will review the risk factors associated with nicotine addiction and provide resources for those who are considering quitting.

The History of Cannabis & What We Know Now– This workshop will provide a brief history of cannabis in the United States, which informs the culture, political ideologies, and scientific findings we understand about modern cannabis.

Rave & Festival Drugs– Throughout this presentation you will learn about the anatomy and effects specific “festival drugs” have on you and harm reduction tips to mitigate these risks: MDMA, LSD, Psilocybin, etc.

Prescription Drugs: How do they work?- Just because a drug is sold over the counter or is prescribed to you, doesn’t necessarily make it safe. In this workshop you will learn about how popular prescription drugs are designed to be consumed, the importance of taking drugs that are prescribed only to you, and how Big Pharma affects the way we consume drugs.


Presented by Peer Health Educators:

Stress Management & Self-Care:  Let’s talk about the stress response, how it shows up in our lives and how to manage it with self-care techniques in this interactive workshop. Take a self-assessment to check in on your own self-care habits and notice any gaps. This workshop also briefly touches on the power of mindfulness and reframing. Leave this workshop inspired to prioritize your self-care!  (1 hour or 30 minute presentation available, commonly presented by student Peer Health Educators unless professional staff is requested)

Time Management: 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 or 30 minute presentation available, commonly presented by student Peer Health Educators unless professional staff is requested)

Currently unavailable until Natalie (Wellness & Peer Education Programs Manager) returns from leave:

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)

Building Resilience: Resilience is our ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and come back at least as strong as before. We all have varying levels of resilience already, but how do we keep building our resilience? In this session, learn simple, research backed strategies to flex your mental muscle of resilience and take some time to reflect on your current resilience building practices. (1 hour)

Sexual Health

Healthy Communication & Relationships: 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 interactive workshop will discuss sexual health myths, STI & birth control basics, & boundaries and consent.  Come prepared to share what you know and learn new things.  Lots of small group activities. (1 hour)

HIV/AIDS Basics: 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 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)

Dating Apps: Are you new to dating apps or already have one but want to improve it?  Dating apps are more popular than ever but it is important to have an appealing profile and to practice safety measures.  We will explore the most popular and unique dating apps and share suggestions and tips. (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

Behind Happy Faces Mental Health Curriculum: This program can be done in one session (3 hours), two sessions (90 minutes each), or four sessions (45-60 minutes each).  This highly interactive and engaging program uses activities and discussion to help participants understand the difference between mental health and mental illness, as well as everything in between.  This is important when we try to help people who may be struggling with mental health challenges and/or mental illness.  By having a better understanding of the differences, we can get them to the appropriate resources for help.  The program also makes talking about mental health and mental illness more comfortable and less intimidating.  (3 Hours)

Behind Happy Faces Mental Health Workshop: This 90-minute version of the curriculum cuts out some of the content and activities, but still gives participants some of the key concepts and information.  If time is limited and the 3-hour version is not possible, this is a less comprehensive but still effective option.  (90 Minutes)

Step Up! UCI Bystander Intervention Program

Step Up UCI! Bystander Intervention Program: Have you ever witnessed or observed something that concerned you, or wanted to help someone in need?  This program covers the research and theories behind why people sometimes don’t intervene or help, and in doing so empowers them with the skills and confidence to do so in the future.  This approach can be applied to a wide variety of situations including alcohol & other drug use, relationship concerns, mental health challenges, and more.  (90 Minutes)

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