Educational Programs

Educational Programs

About Our Educational Programming 

  • All of our programs are created and presented by Wellness Educator/Counselors, interns and trained SPIN, ECM and SAFE Peer Educators  
  • Each program is designed based on the needs of the audience and include lecture, discussion, videos and/or experiential learning
  • Programs generally run for 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Programs can be presented in residence halls, sorority/fraternity houses, classrooms, staff/student trainings, conferences, workshops 
  • Our programs and services are only available to the University of New Hampshire community 

Programs Available 

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Programs

The following programs are presented by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Educator/Counselor and/or students involved with the SAFE peer education program.

  • Women and Alcohol (and other drugs)
    Alcohol (and other drugs) can affect women differently than their male counterparts. This can make some situations more risky for women. Learn about the differences, and ways to reduce risk while still having fun. Lots of conversation and discussion in this very enlightening program.
  • What's That Drug?
    An interactive program designed to educate about different drugs, including non-prescription and prescription medications, illicit drugs and even supplements.
  • Cultural Perspective on Alcohol
    How is alcohol used in other countries? How is it involved in religion, rituals and rites? Does the U.S. have a bigger drinking problem because of the drinking age? These and other questions will be explored as we look at how alcohol is used around the world and on our campus.
  • Here's Looking at UNH
    Does UNH deserve its Princeton Review ranking of 11th top party school. UNH data and even student opinion says NO! Come air your thoughts as we take a look at the real UNH.
  • The Drinking Game
    A fun, interactive game that looks at alcohol and other drug facts, new research and thought provoking questions. It combines education and fun as teams compete for the top prize.
  • Helping a Friend
    Most of us will know someone with a drinking problem at some point in our lives. Research supports that it will often happen in college. What can you do to help? Tips, tricks and techniques to help a friend or loved one.
  • Up in Smoke
    What is the buzz about marijuana? Is it widely used? What are the advantages and risks to using marijuana and what does the current research say?
  • Where Do You Stand?
    This is a fun and interactive program that looks at where we all stand regarding alcohol and other drug issues, on campus and in life!
  • Becoming a Former Smoker
    Learn about what kind of smoker you are, techniques to quit, and different services offered through the UNH Health Services. Receive a quit kit and some information on meditation. Can be a helpful program for "social smokers" (those who only smoke when drinking or around others who smoke) and for friends and family members too.
  • Vodka Bulls, Jager Bombs, and Four Loko: What's the Problem?
    Informational presentation on the dangers of mixing alcohol and caffeine energy drinks. This program includes a brief overview of the evolution of energy drinks, industry marketing, caffeine content of specific energy drinks and the growing concerns for new products that contain both alcohol and caffeine like “Four Loko”.
  • Design Your Own Program
    Don't see a topic or program that fits your needs? We can meet wtih you to discuss your ideas to design a program that is tailored to your audience and goals. 

Nutrition and Body Image Programs

These programs are presented by the Nutrition Educator, Interns and students involved in the Students Promoting Information about Nutrition (SPIN) and the Eating Concerns Mentors (ECMs).

  • Design Your Own Program with Our Nutrition Educator
    Our Nutrition Educator and Body Image Specialist, Maria Caplan MS, RD is available for presentations on a variety of topics. Maria specializes in nutrition for the mind, body, and spirit with an emphasis on mindfulness and mindful eating. She also teaches a health at every size curriculum, and focuses all her programs and educations away from weight as a health goal and instead emphasizes holistic health and nutrition encompassing all aspects of the wellness wheel. Maria is available for request on a variety of topics including body image, eating concerns, mindul eating, nutrition, fitness and much more.   

  • Healthy Dorm Living with the SPIN Peer Educators

    This program focuses on the struggles that first year students may have with nutrition. Topics that are covered in this program include healthy eating tips, snack ideas, how to make smoothies, ways to keep physically fit, and debunking myths, such as the "freshman 15." Our SPIN peer educators will work with you to tailor this program to meet your specific needs. NOTE: We will provide education materials but any food items MUST be bought by group/person requesting the program.

  • The Body Project with the Eating Concerns Mentors 

    • This program focuses on the pressures college students may endure related to body image, eating concerns and the way in which mass media perpetuate these issues. Students will learn how to challenge media ideals, fat talk statements among peer groups, increase their confidence, and overall decrease their chances of obtaining an eating disorder. This program is an evidence based program that is presented nationally at college campuses. 

    • The program will be facilitated by our Eating Conerns Mentors (ECMs) and is offered in two different formats:
           1) 1 hour session that meet once a week for 4 weeks. This is recommended for all female groups that meet regularly, such as teams, clubs, suitemates/roommates.
           2) 90 minute, one time program. This format is recommended for mixed gender groups who may not necessarily come into contact with each other on a regular basis, such as residence halls, classes, special events.

Sexuality, Sexual Health, and Gender Identity Programs

These programs are presented by our Wellness Educator/Counselor and interns. 

  • Contraceptive Choices
    Students will learn, through a hands-on program, about all available methods of contraception.
  • Women's Sexual Health
    Students will learn the basics of what to expect in an annual exam, including having a pap smear and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing, and doing a breast self-exam.
  • Men's Sexual Health
    Students will learn about the importance of being seen for regular exams, including STI testing and Testicular self-exam.
  • Safer Sex
    This interactive program gives students opportunities to learning about sexual safety, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention, sexual decision-making, and sexual self-care.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
    This program is about the basics of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
  • Divine Sexuality
    Students will learn about what they think, believe, feel, and have been taught about sex and sexuality through completing their own sexuality lifeline.
  • Gender Identity (Transgender Issues)
    Video presentations utilizing "Transamazon: A Gender Queer Journey" will initiate a program exploring gender identity and expression.
  • Men's Issues
    This program will explore what it means to be a man in American culture, including issues of friendship, fathers, sexuality, homophobia, relationships, communication, and more.
  • Relationships
    This program will help students explore the kinds of relationships (friendships, dating, intimate partners, etc) that they want to develop and nourish in their lives.
  • Design Your Own Program
    Don't see a topic or program that fits your needs? We can meet wtih you to discuss your ideas to design a program that is tailored to your audience and goals.

Wellness Programs

These programs are presented by Wellness Educators/Counselors and interns.

  • Massage
    This program is an interactive experience. Students learn how to do self massage on their heads, hands and feet as well as learn how to massage others.  They are introduced to various techniques that enhance the massage and also learn the benefits of it. Please have students bring a pillow for a more comfortable experience.
  • Mandalas and Coloring Therapy
    Engaging in a creative process will initiate relaxation because of it meditative qualities.  Research indicates that it can help a person become more focused and even suggests that it may help with cognitive functioning.  By coloring and mandala making, students are taught practical stress management techniques as well as experience the power of metaphoric expression.
  • Financial Management
    Many college students have minimal skills in managing their money and debt. The CASH (Create a Savings Habit) program gives an excellent overview of budgeting, saving, credit card debt and money management.
  • Basic Meditation
    Students are introduced to the basic concepts of meditation and will learn to relax and revitalize. This introductory program will teach students two approaches to meditation, ultimately helping them to let go of tension, and generate new energy. Students will be provided with additional resources and ways in which to incorporate these skills into everyday life. Please have students come dressed comfortably, with loose fitting clothes.
  • Photography from Within
    Using photographs and images, students will have an opportunity to explore their personal strengths and challenges metaphorically. Images and discussion will help students to identify these concepts, as well as ways in which to balance their lives using their unique skills and talents.
  • Spiritual Health and Its Connection to Wellness
    What is your philosophy of life? What standards and ethics do you live by and how did you come to live by them? What does faith and spirituality mean to you? Self knowledge and understanding around these concepts contributes to wellness and balance in our lives. Through imagery, meditation and discussion students will have the opportunity to explore their personal beliefs. This program helps students examine the standards in which they live by, as well as learn about, and develop understanding and acceptance for others.
  • Write Your Own Prescription for Stress
    Using expressive writing and meditation techniques, students will reflect upon their stress and identify ways that they can relax and take time for themselves on a daily basis.  Education regarding the Wellness Wheel/holistic health and wellness is provided.
  • Design Your Own Program
    Don't see a topic or program that fits your needs? We can meet with you to discuss your ideas to design a program that is tailored to your audience and goals.

Party Kits

  • Sleep Party Kit
    Package includes educational material on how to get a better night's sleep and all the materials needed to have each participant create their own aromatherapy filled eye pillow.
  • Coloring Party Kit
    Package includes educational material on Expressive Arts Therapy and how engaging in a creative activity, like coloring, can reduce stress and foster a state of relaxation.  Kit includes pre-drawn mandalas/designs.  Just add art supplies and some relaxing music.

Design Your Own Program

Our staff is always looking to run new programs! If you have a program/topical idea in mind we can sit down with you to discuss your ideas and design a program that is tailored to your specific audience and goals. We suggest that you give us at least 2-3 weeks to make this happen. This timeframe includes time to meet with you individually.

Professional Trainings and Consultations 

Our staff can meet with you to provide training or consultation. Areas include, but are not limited to ATOD, eating concerns, stress mangement, wellness and information sessions about Health Services.  

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