Last update: August 12, 2020

The following sessions are designed for staff, faculty, and teaching assistants. They are intended to build knowledge and skills that can enhance your ability to support student wellbeing. Adding health and wellness aspects to your role can be enriching, valuable and provide support to the UBC community.

Booking a Workshop

  • Explore the workshop catalogue below to see what is currently available and which workshops will meet your needs.

  • Fill out the request form to book a workshop. Please book your workshop a minimum of 3 weeks before the date you'd like to have the workshop, to allow for booking processes. Workshops are subject to staff availability and scheduling conflicts.

The workshops listed are all available via Zoom or Collaborate Ultra. For more information on what sessions are available and will fit your needs, please explore the catalogue below.

Supporting Student Wellbeing in an Online Environment

Time: 1 hour

Audience: Staff, Faculty, and TAs

Description: Everyone plays an important role in supporting student mental health and wellbeing. In this session, we will share how student well-being services and resources are operating in the current online environment and how to connect students to supports/resources they may need during these challenging times. 

There will also be an opportunity to connect with other members of the teaching and learning community and share ideas for embedding strategies that foster wellbeing in your online course design and delivery.

Wellness Resources

Time: 10-30 minutes

Audience: Students, Faculty, and TAs

Description: UBC has many resources to help support the health and wellness of students. Find out more about what is available and how to connect with these resources.

By the end of this session:

  • You will be able to name and understand the UBC resources that support student wellbeing
  • You will be able to identify how to connect with a resource to help yourself or a peer

Early Alert Orientation

Time: 50 minutes

Audience: Staff, Faculty, and TAs

Description: UBC strives to build a caring community, in which we all reach out and offer support when we notice signs of difficulty in others.

Early Alert helps facilitate this by helping staff, faculty and TA’s better support students who are facing difficulties that put their academic success at risk. This training is an introduction to the Early Alert program, and includes information about how to submit an Early Alert and how to access resources that will be useful when you are concerned about a student.

Start your online orientation and get introduced to the Early Alert program.

Early Alert for Advisors

Time: 2.5 hours

Audience: Student Advising and Support staff in Faculties & Specialize Student Support Offices

Description: The Early Alert (EA) Program allows student advising and support staff to clearly understand a student concern, and organize the most efficient reach-out. 

Using the online EA system can be made easy, and this session will help advisors and support staff to view the right information, and apply their expertise  to support a given student in the midst of academic and/or wellbeing challenges.  The session involves a combination of lecture, live demonstration, and hands-on practice.

Framing Conversations with Students in Distress

Time: 2 hours

Audience: Staff, Faculty, and TA’s

Description: This workshop will provide concrete strategies and tactics to better support students in distress.  Participants will learn how to identify, respond to, support, and refer students who are experiencing academic and wellbeing challenges. 

The session focuses on supporting students both in person and through an online learning environment.  A combination of lecture, discussion and case scenarios will help participants better understand their role, assert boundaries, and find help when they need it. 

Green Folder Orientation

Time: 20 minutes

Audience: Staff, Faculty, and TAs

Description: Helping students who experience academic and wellbeing challenges is often a part of our roles.  The Green Folder provides a concise and helpful way to quickly assess the urgency and type of students concerns, and refer them to the correct supports.