Programs & Trainings

staff and students discussing at a fireside meeting

Programs are available for faculty and staff, Resident Assistants, fraternity and sorority leaders and chapters, Peer Advisers, and other interested student groups. These sessions are led by the professional staff and/or graduate interns from Health Promotion and Wellness, or WATCH peer health educators. Currently, our primary focus is on alcohol and other drug issues; other topics can be discussed.

If your group would benefit from a workshop on topics related to alcohol and other drugs, below are descriptions of several readily available programs which may meet your group’s needs. If you wish to determine which program is the best fit or you require a different focus, contact Angela Mitchell at 847.491.1370 or angela.mitchell@northwestern.edu or Kevin Meier, kevin.meier@northwestern.edu to discuss your options.

A minimum of two weeks advance notice, from the date you wish to hold your program, is expected for any request. 

To request a workshop or program and to discuss your unique needs, please go to the HPaW Program and Training Reqest Form.

Please be prepared with 2-3 possible dates and times. A HPaW staff member will contact you regarding your request within 3 business days.

Currently Available Programs

Drinking (or Drugging) Culture Close-Up

60-90 minutes, minimum 15 Participants

This program is designed for closer, intact student groups (greek organization, athletic team, etc.) and can help your group safely identify and discuss positive and negative perspectives, attitudes and impacts of drinking or other drug use. It will open the door for peer conversation about whether – and if so, how – to make adjustments in your drinking/drugging culture for the benefit of all. The discussion is facilitated with the use of an anonymous survey that is completed by members of the group prior to the program. You might be surprised at what your peers have to say!

CHOICES about Alcohol

90 minutes, 6-12 Participants

This skills-based program is designed to help you make informed and safer choices regarding alcohol so that drinking – your own or someone else's – does not cause harm. With the use of an interactive journal, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the role of drinking in your social life, review facts about how alcohol affects the body and mind, learn how to measure a standard drink, calculate your blood-alcohol content, identify common alcohol-related risks and learn ways to keep yourself and your friends out of harm's way. 

Red Watch Band Bystander Intervention Training

75-90 minutes, minimum 15 participants

Originally developed by Stony Brook University and implemented at NU in 2010, this peer led training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and intervene effectively in an alcohol-related medical emergency. Join the over 3,000 Northwestern students who have completed Red Watch Band training! 

Current Red Watch Band Training Schedule

Visit the HPaW Particiapnt Registration form to register for an upcoming training. Additional training dates are added throughout the year; check back regularly for the most current schedule.

Contact WATCH at WATCH@u.northwestern.edu with any questions or concerns. 

CARE Training Options

CARE staff and the SHAPE and MARS peer education groups offer trainings and workshops on sexual health and sexual violence prevention. You may request a program via the CARE website.