TRAUMA RESPONSE: Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) Presentations

The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) staff offer educational programming to all members of the campus community. In addition to counseling and advocacy services, OVA offers presentations on all of our topic areas and how to support people who may be impacted by difficult life disruptive events.  OVA topic areas included, but are not limited to: physical assault, hazing, bias motivated incidents, grief and loss, discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault and stalking.

Specific presentations* offered by (OVA) include:  

 What does OVA offer: Overview of OVA services

  • How can we support you and how to refer people to OVA
  • Approximate time: 20 minutes
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 Supporting Survivors: How to help a friend/student facing a difficult life disruptive event aka How to respond to someone who discloses a trauma

  • The positive impacts of trauma informed support and how it can help a survivor heal
  • Tips on responding to someone after a traumatic or life disrupting event
  • Approximate time: 30-60 minutes, depending on if you want practice scenarios

 Impact of Trauma and the Healing Process

  • Information on what people may experience physically, emotionally and cognitively in the aftermath of a traumatic event
  • Presentation geared towards people already involved in a helping role or for a class discussing trauma
  • Approximate time: 75 minutes

 Grief and Loss

  • An overview of grief and loss, including how to support people who have had recent loss
  • We do not recommend this training for groups of people who have immediately lost someone in their affiliated group.  Please see below for resources on responseimmediately after a loss within a group, department, residence hall etc.
  • Approximate time: 45 minutes

Other types of presentations* by OVA:

There are times when groups of people may be impacted by the loss of a member of the CU community.  These circumstances can be very painful and we all have our ways of navigating grief and loss.  If anyone affiliated with the University would like to have a time for people to gather and hear about campus and community resources, OVA staff, in partnership with CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), can facilitate or be present for these group sessions.

*These presentations will be tailored to meet the needs of specific audiences. We can attend a class, staff meetings, student group meetings, community events or any format that meets needs.  Please contact the Office of Victim Assistance at 303-492-8855 or to discuss your needs and schedule a presentation.

Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC) Programs:

The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance is committed to preventing and eliminating discrimination and harassment based on race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Community Equity

  • All incoming students to CU-Boulder complete an online version of this training.
  • This workshop covers the university policy on discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. Students, staff or faculty learn about the range of behaviors included, discuss scenarios, practice skills for addressing behaviors, and learn about reporting options.
  • Suitable for any group size.
  • Length 1.5 hours

Effective Bystander Intervention

  • All incoming students receive this training during Fall Welcome.
  • This is a multi-session education and skill-building program to train students in bystander intervention. We explore factors that promote or prevent helping behavior and practice skills for intervening effectively.
  • In partnership with other programs, we offer subsequent trainings for effectively intervening in a variety of situations. Booster sessions include:
    • Bystander skills in the classroom (discrimination and harassment)
    • Bystander skills for sexual assault prevention (intimate partner abuse included)
    • Bystander skills for graduate students (inside and outside of the classroom)
  • Suitable for any group size.
  • Length: 1 – 1.5 hours

What is Gender Violence Anyway?

  • In this interactive, discussion-based session, participants learn and discuss what gender violence includes, prevalence, characteristics of perpetrators, and risk factors associated with the college environment. Students discuss challenges that they face and different situations they may encounter.
  • Who: Suitable for smaller groups (up to 40 students); adaptable for large groups.
  • Length: 1 hour – 1.5 hours

For more information or to request a program from OIEC:

Health Promotions Programs:

Health Promotions is the public health division of Wardenburg Health Center.  Their program aims to foster a community that promotes students’ health and well-being.

With Pleasure: A Conversation about Sex and Relationships

  • A workshop that explores issues related to healthy relationships and sexuality. Information on sexual health, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) is included. Discussion focuses on stigma related to sexuality and STI’s along with the roles of negotiation and consent as they relate to relationships and sexual behavior.
  • Who: Suitable for smaller to midsize groups (up to 40 students); adaptable for large groups. Length: 1 – 1.5 hours

Sleep To Learn

  • This program covers the weird science of sleep, and the hidden impact of sleep on everything from mood and learning to sex drive. It can be difficult for students to get enough rest because of all the competing demands we face. This program includes tips and strategies to help college students get restful and restorative sleep.
  • Who: Suitable for small and large groups Length: 1 hour

The Haven

  • Stress reduction workshops that include free, brief chair massages, aromatherapy, stress assessments, and materials about stress-relieving techniques. Student staff will engage in brief 1-on-1 conversations with students to help them identify their sources of stress, discover useful relaxation techniques, and incorporate regular relaxation into their daily lives.
  • Who: Suitable for small or large groups (up to 70 students). Length: up to 2 Hours

The following presentations are available on a case-by-case basis:

The After After After Party

  • This highly interactive, peer-led program will give students an opportunity to talk openly about their experiences with someone needing help around drinking, to consider their own motivation for drinking, and to develop and practice skills for identifying high-risk situations and options for effectively intervening.
  • Who: Suitable for smaller groups (up to 40 students); adaptable for large groups. Length: 2 versions: 30 minutes or 1 hour

Health Equity: Unnatural Causes

  • During the session we will watch and discuss the documentary, Unnatural Causes, which was produced by California Newsreel.  It explores how population health is shaped by the social and economic conditions in which we are born, live, work, and play. Through information and research, participants examine more deeply what it means to improve the health of our community.
  • Who: Suitable for small or large groups. Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

How to Request: Professors, Instructors, Residence Life, academic and Student Affairs departments, and student groups can request a presentation. Student audiences generally have priority, and many of these presentations are designed for a college audience. If you would like more information about any of these presentations and how they can be adjusted to meet your needs, feel free to call (303) 492-2937 or stop by our office, UMC 411.

To request a presentation, please complete the Program Request Form and submit the completed form to UMC 411 or to

Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis and preferably will be submitted at least two weeks prior to the intended presentation.