REACH Program

Designed for GW faculty and staff, the Raise Up GW REACH program seeks to build student Resilience by promoting Engagement with and Access to Campus Health and well-being resources. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to engage in workshops that will provide information about student well-being trends, availability of services, and how to make appropriate referrals to those services.


The REACH program has concluded fo the 2020-2021 academic year and will resume in Fall 2021. We would like to extend our gratitude to the faculty and staff who took part during Spring 2021 for their dedication to student well-being!

Recordings of Spring 2021 workshops are available below. If there is a topic related to student well-being that you would like to see in the fall, or if you have any other questions regarding REACH, please email [email protected]


Supporting Students Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

This session provides an overview of GW's COVID-19 response during this unprecedented pandemic. This session will outline the safety protocols in place to keep the community healthy, requirements for faculty, staff, and students, and provide an inside look into GW's success. Participants will also be introduced to the GW CARE Team and the types of support they provide to students affected by COVID-19.

Presented by the DSA Student Support and CARE Team.

  • Participants will gain insight into GW's COVID-19 response, how the DSA Student Support and CARE Team is keeping the community healthy and safe, and what support the team provides for students directly affected by COVID-19.
  • Participants will learn about what academic support the CARE Team provides to students and expectations for faculty/staff.


Helping Distressed or Distressing Students, Part I: A Guide for Faculty and Staff

This session aims to assist participants in responding to distressed or distressing students, as all members of the GW community play a central role in student help-seeking efforts. Participants will learn to specifically distinguish between students struggling with the following: anxiety, depression, suicidality, poor contact with reality, substance abuse, eating disorders, or those who may present as aggressive or violent.

Presented by Counseling & Psychological Services. ​​

  • Participants will gain an increased awareness about student mental health concerns and learn about the important role they can play in responding to those concerns.
  • Participants will gain tips and strategies for effectively responding to student mental health concerns.
  • Participants will learn about appropriate resources that assist students with their mental health concerns, as well as guidelines on how to make referrals to CAPS.


Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care: Processing Space for Staff and Faculty

In this training, the Office of Advocacy and Support will lay the foundation for practices in trauma-informed care in any work setting. The session will include a discussion of trauma at the individual and community levels as well as the impact of secondary trauma on staff and faculty.

Presented by the Office of Advocacy & Support, Division of Safety & Facilities.

  • Participants will be able to define and understand concepts such as intergenerational trauma, the neurobiology of trauma, the behavioral consequences of trauma, and the six major principles of Trauma-Informed Care.
  • Participants will obtain trauma-informed interviewing techniques and supportive tactics.
  • Participants will have space to reflect on their own trauma responses and its impact on their work.


Mindfulness for Self-Empowerment

Learn the basics of mindfulness and why it is so important from a neurological perspective. Then explore the power of your mind to steer you on a path away from destructive thoughts that rattle the nervous system and toward a path of presence, acceptance, and peace, even amidst life's many challenges. Feel empowered to begin or deepen your mindfulness practice through breath, body, and concentration exercises.

Presented by Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health.

  • Participants will be able to define and describe what mindfulness is and how to build an accessible practice into their day-to-day schedule.
  • Participants will apply and practice mindfulness activities to gain confidence in using mindfulness to support their well-being.


Faith, Trust, & Respect: Fighting Food Insecurity at GW

This session addresses the issue of food insecurity among GW students. The session will raise participants' awareness of the services and resources in place to help members of the GW community who are food-insecure, especially how individuals may sign up to access The Store, GW's food pantry, and how faculty and staff can get involved.

Presented by The GW Store.

  • Participants will learn about food insecurity on global, national, local, and campus levels.
  • Participants will learn about how food insecurity impacts members of the GW community.
  • Participants will learn about resources to help students with food insecurity.
  • Participants will learn about volunteer opportunities and how they can support The Store.