All faculty and staff are invited to register for REACH sessions.
REACH Incentive Program:
We will be offering six different REACH workshops throughout the Spring 2024 semester. Attending these trainings will teach you the skills to confidently and effectively work with students in crisis and refer them to the appropriate support. As part of our thank you for supporting student wellbeing, we are offering an incentive program to participants.
Our Student Wellbeing Champions
If you attend 4, 5, or 6 REACH sessions this semester, you will receive a "Student Wellbeing Champion" certificate and a catered lunch with other champions.
Our Student Wellbeing Advocates
If you attend 3 REACH sessions this semester, you will receive a mini prize box with wellbeing swag.
Our Student Wellbeing Allies
If you attend 2 REACH sessions, you will receive a Raise Up GW sticker.
Our Student Wellbeing Supporters
If you attend 1 REACH session, you will receive our appreciation!
We know many GW faculty/staff have attended REACH sessions in the past, so we made an effort to create innovative sessions for this semester. We will still be repeating a few sessions, so if you've attended one of those in the past and you want that to count towards the incentive program, email [email protected].
Upcoming Spring 2024 REACH Sessions:
This session offers a space for faculty and staff to learn more about the CARE team, and how CARE referrals are assigned for further support and outreach. Participants in this session will be able to learn more about the various campus partners in the CARE team, and work together to creatively develop support strategies for commonly received CARE referrals. Presented by Student Support.
- Intervening with Students of Concern: A Discussion with Faculty & Staff
This session involves an interactive discussion about how to intervene when students are in distress. Building on last semester's REACH presentation (newcomers welcome as well!), we will do a review of basic helping skills for members of the GW community. We will then discuss specific situations you have encountered or imagine encountering, processing how to handle these to best support our students while also taking care of yourself. Please bring with you examples of difficult situations you have experienced or anticipated, to share with the group. Presented by Counseling & Psychological Services.
Wednesday, February 7th 12-1pm
Wednesday, March 6th 12-1pm
Wednesday, April 10th 12-1pm
- QPR: Suicide Prevention Training
Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Presented by Counseling & Psychological Services & Student Support.
Thursday, February 1st 12-1pm
Thursday, February 29th 12-1pm
Thursday, March 28th 12-1pm
Thursday, April 25th 12-1pm
- Responding to Disclosures: Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Communication
This workshop will provide participants with practical tools and resources for responding to disclosures of violence and abuse in trauma-informed, survivor-centered ways. The purpose of this training is to help community members feel prepared to receive and respond to disclosures in ways that empower survivors and provide them with accurate, essential information about options for accessing justice and healing, as defined by the survivor. Presented by the Office of Advocacy & Support.
Thursday, February 15th 12-1pm
Thursday, March 21st 12-1pm
Tuesday, April 16th 12-1pm
- Title IX: Building Communities of Support
This training will offer a refresher on Title IX policies and practices at GW, with a focus on how faculty and staff members can support those who have been impacted by sexual harassment and contribute to cultures of consent. Presented by the Title IX office.
Wednesday, February 21st 12-1pm
Wednesday, March 20th 12-1pm
Wednesday, April 17th 12-1pm
- How to Support Military-Affiliated Students in Higher Education
This session aims to equip educators and support staff with an understanding of the challenges faced by military and veteran students. Participants will gain valuable knowledge on VA benefits to ensure a smoother academic transition for military-affiliated students, fostering an inclusive environment that promotes their success in higher education. Presented by the Military & Veteran Services.
Tuesday, February 13th 12-1pm
Tuesday, March 5th 12-1pm
Thursday, April 11th 12-1pm
Additional University Resources for Faculty & Staff
- Instructional Core Workshops
The Instructional Core, a part of Libraries & Academic Innovation, provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for instructors in search of teaching solutions. If you need feedback on assignment or syllabus design, advice on teaching methods, or ideas for new activities, consider booking a consultation with the Instructional Core. All sessions are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
- The GW Writing Center
The GW Writing Center’s services are not only for students. They offer specialized support and resources for faculty members including class visits and special consultations to help faculty plan written assignments for the semester. Visit the University Writing Program's Faculty Resources page for guidance on designing writing courses, utilizing librarian partnerships and hiring student workers for writing-intensive classes.