Outreach Topics Offered


A Good Nights Sleep
This one hour interactive program gives students a multitude of information on the benefits of proper sleep along with an understanding of the cognitive deficits that occur without proper sleep. Individual assessment and tips to improve sleep are included.

Alcohol & Substance Use
These one hour programs center around alcohol and substance use topics relevant to students. A range of topics are offered. Please provide specific topic preferences in the comments field when requesting an outreach program.

Body Image
This one hour program will explore the impact of advertising and media messages on womens body image. It explores cultural ideals and the myth of attainable perfection and how these contribute to body (and self) dissatisfaction and can lead to disordered eating attitudes and behaviors. Strategies for developing and maintaining a positive and healthy body image will be emphasized.

Depression, Suicide, Anxiety, and SAD
This one hour interactive program will provide education about Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, and SAD and can be customized to focus on any one or combination of these topics. The program discusses symptoms, risk factors, prevalence rates, and how to help those affected.

Eating Disorders
This one hour interactive program gives students a multitude of information on eating disorders. The program begins with a discussion of the medias influence then transitions to a look at types of eating disorders, their symptoms, and consequences. The program gives tips for healing negative body image and promoting positive body image as well as how to talk to a friend about their eating disorder or seek help for your own eating disorder.

Exam Cram
This one hour interactive program will provide education about optimal preparation for examinations and why optimal preparation is important. The program focuses on planning how to study, what to study, and ways to maintain appropriate self-care during the stressful times of exam weeks. The program will provide some basic test taking tips and cramming methods.

Friendship Building
This one hour program will provide education about friendship building on college campuses, the importance of healthy relationships to our functioning, basic friend-making skills, basic effective communication skills, and recognizing and combating loneliness.

Healthy Relationships
This one hour program will provide education about friendship building on college campuses, the importance of healthy relationships to our functioning, basic friend-making skills, basic effective communication skills, and recognizing and combating loneliness.

How to Talk So Your Professor Will Listen
This one hour interactive program will provide education about reasons to approach an instructor and ways in which one can successfully interact with the instructor. The program also provides information on how to prepare for a meeting with an instructor and how classroom preparation and behavior influence the professors opinion of and attitude towards students.

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
This one hour interactive program will help students understand their learning and intelligence styles and how this information can be used to increase their study efficiency by utilizing methods individualized by style.

Making Connections
Adjusting to university life can be very stressful for first-year students. This interactive workshop discusses some of the common issues first-year students face in adjusting to college life and promotes a dialogue that centers on connecting to peers and getting involved on campus. Information regarding campus resources will be provided.

Male Sexual Assault
This program will look at the seldom discussed topic of male sexual assault. Although men may have some of the same feelings and reactions to sexual assault as women, this program will show how men also have unique responses. This program will also discuss others issues regarding male sexuality such as male consent to sex and supporting males who have been sexually assaulted.

Mastering Your Memory
This one hour interactive program gives students a multitude of tactics to help remember information. Students discuss mnemonics, acronyms, rhythms, and other techniques that help to make memorizing information easier.

Note Taking: Your Memory on Paper
This one hour interactive program gives students several methods to take effective notes. Students will learn how to organize notes in a meaningful manner. Finally, the workshop will address ways to utilize class notes more frequently to aid in understanding and retention of the course material.

Online Relationships
This one hour interactive program will provide education about online relationships. The program will facilitate a discussion on the pros and cons of online relationships. The program will also discuss the basics of safety and security of online relationships. Finally, the program will provide a component that promotes the maintenance of in-person healthy relationships.

Overcoming Test Anxiety
This one hour interactive program gives students several tactics to help overcome test anxiety. Students discuss preparation, stress management, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral tips to help make test taking easier.

QPR
In the United States, a person commits suicide every 15 minutes and suicide remains the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. The QPR program will help students recognize the warning signs of suicide and teach the QPR method (Question, Persuade, Refer) of suicide prevention. It will also relay common myths and misconceptions about suicide.

Relationship Screening
This one hour interactive program will provide education about dating, healthy and unhealthy components of relationships, how to know when to leave an unhealthy relationship, tips for healthy relationships, daters rights, and sexual rights, as well as precautions related to online dating.

Self-Injury
This program will give a brief overview of self-injurious behavior: definition, incidence and prevalence rates at GVSU as well as nationally, risk factors, theories about why people engage in this behavior, and how to help.

Sex in the Fishbowl
This highly interactive program allows students to discuss issues and their experiences of relationships, dating, love, and sex. From these issues and discussion the facilitators help students examine issues of healthy relationships, communication, and safe sexual practices. This program runs from one to two hours, depending on audience.

Sexual Assault
This program will provide valuable information and resources in the area of sexual assault as well as explore the effects that rape has on the individual and those who care about them. The seminar will also have an open dialogue about the concept of rape culture and challenging social assumptions.

Stress Management
This one hour interactive program will provide education about stressors and stress management - more specifically the consequences of stress, common stressors that exist in college life, and a basic stepwise approach to self-care and stress management techniques.

Study Smarter Not Harder
This one hour interactive program will provide education about optimal study techniques. Part of this program will focus on ways to improve participants' study habits and techniques. The 5 Ws of study strategies will also be covered along with multiple specific strategies designed to reduce time spent studying while increasing information retention.

Surviving a Relationship Breakup
This one hour interactive program will provide education about common reactions and feelings when a romantic relationship ends, common stages involved in recovering from a loss, and self-help strategies to manage the pain and help oneself recover.

Ten Traps of Studying
This one hour interactive program will provide education about ten common studying pitfalls and errors. The workshop will help the student increase their study efficiency.

Time Management
This one hour interactive program will provide education about time management. The program begins with an exercise demonstrating how all the hours in a standard week are accounted for. The program highlights the basic principles of time management and goal setting strategies. The program ends with a discussion of ways to overcome procrastination.

Transitioning Home for the Holidays
The program will consist of information concerning the common stressors of transitioning home for the holidays, self-help strategies to manage holiday stress, and discussion concerning students personal experiences or stressors regarding transitioning to the home environment. Approximately 45-60 minutes in length.

Transitioning from College to the Work World/Graduate School
The program will consist of information concerning the common stressors of transitioning from college, self-help strategies to manage stress, and discussion concerning students personal experiences or stressors regarding transitioning from GVSU to the working world or graduate school.

Transitioning Home for the Summer
The program will consist of information concerning the common stressors of transitioning home for the summer, self-help strategies to manage stress, and discussion concerning students personal experiences or stressors regarding transitioning to the home environment. Approximately 45-60 minutes in length.

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