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Request a Workshop or HCC Participation in Your Event

The Health and Counseling Center (HCC) offers a variety of interactive workshops to provide students with the information and skills that they need to make healthy and success-oriented decisions. Workshops can be customized to fit audience interests or needs, and additional topics can be addressed upon request.

The HCC can also participate in your upcoming event to help educate students on a variety of health and wellness topics.

Students can also interview HCC staff to inform a class project or initiative.

Request a Workshop, HCC Participation in Your Event, or an Interview with HCC Staff
(2 weeks advance notice required)

If you require counselor support and/or facilitation in response to a critical incident please contact Dr. Anand Desai.

For life-threatening Emergencies, dial 911 or call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.

Our Workshops

counseling services

If you require counselor support and/or facilitation in response to a critical incident please contact Dr. Anand Desai.

The Counseling Services staff at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center is available to speak on a variety of mental health related topics to your residence halls, classrooms, student groups, athletic teams, and other campus departments. We have licensed psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and supervised counselors in training with broad knowledge of mental health-related issues relevant to DU community members. These include topics such as: suicide prevention, body image and eating disorders, adjustment issues, issues concerning students of marginalized identities (e.g, LGBTQIA, international students, students of color) mood issues, substance use concerns and other mental health concerns. Outreach can be customized to fit audience requests and needs. Additional topics can be addressed upon request.

STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH

Success, Not Stress (50 minutes)
Has stress got you down? This workshop will help students understand what we know about stress, how it manifests in our bodies, and how we can work to improve how we respond and manage stress productively and positively.

Campus Connect (90-180 minutes)
Designed specifically for a college/university community, Campus Connect is an experiential training focused on enhancing gatekeepers' knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. Beyond increasing gatekeepers' knowledge about students in a suicidal crisis, emphasis is placed on developing emphatic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts.

Navigating Life in the United States as an International Student (60 minutes)
Life in the United States as an international student can be challenging, and it can be overwhelming to understand social norms and get accustomed to life outside of your country. This interactive workshop is geared towards helping international students at DU navigate life in the United States, by normalizing and sharing experiences, and helping students understand day-to-day life interactions with other people, on and off campus.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (90 minutes)
Have you ever found yourself advocating for another person to commit to a positive change in their life only to find they argue against it? Alternatively, you may have decided to help by acting as a supportive listener but the person in-need seems to just talk themselves into the very behavior that's ultimately harming them. In this workshop you'll be introduced to a style of conversation that's in the "middle ground" between these two alternatives and which research has demonstrated to be highly effective in producing lasting behavioral change. A key assumption behind this approach is that people are more likely to be persuaded by what they hear themselves say than compelling arguments made by others. If you would like refine your ability to elicit such "change talk" then please join us!

Gender Violence

Intervene: DU (75 minutes)
Learn how to take action in harmful or risky situations. Intervene: DU includes a video and discussion about topics relevant to DU students, and how they can be active bystanders in situations including high risk alcohol and other drug use, mental and emotional health, hazing, racial bias, and gender violence. This workshop is recommended as an introduction to active bystander intervention.

Deconstructing Gender Violence (90 minutes)
During their time in college, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 16 men will report experiencing gender violence. We know that these numbers are higher for folks who are part of the LGBTQ community, identify as gender nonconforming, or are part of historically oppressed communities. In this workshop we will define 'what is gender violence?', discuss the impact perpetration has on a community, and review strategies for being an active bystander. Attendees will be able to practice their skills and reflect on their own values.

Support a Survivor (90 minutes)
When someone you know and care about is hurt, it can be challenging to know how to respond in the moment. This training will give you information on how to best support a survivors' healing and connect them with resources.

Trauma Informed Leadership (60-90 minutes)
Based on data from DU's Climate Surveys, we know that students at our events and in our organizations may likely identify as a survivor of gender-based violence. Are your teams, programs, and organizations inclusive and supportive for these students? Utilizing components of trauma informed care, the Trauma Informed Leadership Training is adapted to the DU setting and gives you the awareness and skills you need about the impact of trauma, how to support a survivor, and how you can make your programs, teams, and organizations more inclusive for folks with a trauma survivor identity. This program can be adapted to suit your audience (student, staff, faculty, etc).

Medical Services

The Medical team at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center is available to speak on a variety of medical topics to your residence hall, classrooms, sorority/fraternity, or student groups. We have board certified medical providers with broad knowledge of issues relevant to DU students including STI's, contraceptive options, LGBTQIA and transgender health concerns, travel health, vaccinations, and various other medical and mental health issues. Presentations/workshops can be customized to fit audience interests or needs, and additional topics can be addressed upon request.

Sexual health

Sexual Health Trivia (90 minutes)
In this interactive workshop, participants can compete in teams to answer a variety of sexual health questions. Our trivia workshop covers topics such as anatomy, STIs, birth control contraception, sex positivity, transgender health, and much more! Request this workshop for your group or organization to become a "sexpert" and test your sexual health knowledge in a fun and educational way!

Our Outreach Topics

Alcohol

Knowing how much alcohol is in one standard drink is helpful to moderate your drinking. See how good you are at pouring out one beer, glass of wine, or mixed drink. Learn about blood alcohol concentration and moderation techniques with this fun activity!

gender violence

Consent Jenga- Who doesn't like giant Jenga? At this activity, come play a not-so-typical game of giant Jenga. When you pull out a block, it will have a question or a fact about consent written on it. Answer the question or respond to the prompt in order to place your block and continue the game.

Consent Wheel– Step right up and spin the wheel! Participants will spin the question wheel and answer the question it lands on. These questions can be about consent, or tailored to suit the topic of the event.

Healthy Relationship Qualities– What does a healthy relationship look like to you? And not just a romantic one – a work, family, or friend relationship is important to think about too! Participants will write down a quality on a post it, and stick it to the board in the appropriate place.

High Risk-Low Risk: Cornhole Spectrum- At this yard game, students can form teams to play the yard game "bags" or cornhole. Each team will take turns having a member toss the bean bag, trying to get a hole-in-one. Based on where the bag lands, the student/team will have to select a high/low risk behavior to write on a card that corresponds to the bag's location on the spectrum. The student team will need to explain why the behavior or situation is high/low risk, and how they could ensure they have consent.

Kissing Booth– How do you talk to your partner about what you want? You don't just go in for the kiss, you need to talk about boundaries, preferences, and consent. At this activity, participants will share one or more ways they can phrase their question or wants with their partner ("How do you feel about foreplay?" "What is our safe word?" "I'm going to get STI tested today. Do you want to come with?") in exchange for a Hershey "kiss."

Medical Services

The Medical team at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center is available to speak on a variety of medical topics to your residence hall, classrooms, sorority/fraternity, or student groups. We have board certified medical providers with broad knowledge of issues relevant to DU students including STI's, contraceptive options, LGBTQIA and transgender health concerns, travel health, vaccinations, and various other medical and mental health issues. Outreach can be customized to fit audience interests or needs, and additional topics can be addressed upon request.

Mental Health

Need tips to help de-stress? Mental health outreach can provide resources and support around promoting positive mental health, tips to manage stress, and knowledge of warning signs of someone in crisis.

Mental health screenings can also be delivered with advanced notice. This is a fun way to talk about building skills to thrive.

Sexual Health

Think you know the correct way to put on a condom? Test your sexual health knowledge and grab some safer sex supplies from our sexual health outreach. This is a fun way to provide safer sex supplies across campus and learn how you can be sexually healthy!