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

 Reporting Options

  • What to expect when reporting to the police and/or the University
  • Session can be co-presented with staff in OIEC, see below
  • Approximate time: 30-40 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:


Community Health Programs:

Community Health is the public health division of Wardenburg Health Center.  Their program aims to foster a community that promotes students’ health and well-being. Community Health staff offer programs on gender violence prevention, and in partnership with OVA, offer gender violence education.

With Pleasure: A Conversation about Sex and Relationships

  • A workshop for students that explores issues related to healthy relationships and sexuality.  It includes basic information on sexual health, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). This session includes information on stigma related to sexuality and STI’s along with the roles of negotiation, coercion, and consent as they relate to relationships and sexual behavior. This session can be modified to emphasize specific content areas as desired by the group.
  • Who: Suitable for smaller groups (up to 40 students); adaptable for large groups.
  • Length: 1 – 1.5 hours

It’s Complicated

  • An interactive, discussion-based workshop for students that explores the difference between conflict and abuse.
  • Who: Suitable for smaller groups (up to 40 students); adaptable for large groups.
  • Length: 1 – 1.5 hours

 Sex You Want, Sex You Don’t Want 

  • In this interactive, discussion based session, participants explore the internal and external factors that both support and hinder sexual decision-making. Sexual agency and coercion are examined, and skills for improving communication and self-advocacy are introduced.
  • Who: Suitable for smaller groups (up to 40 students); adaptable for large groups.
  • Length: 1 hour

I Wish I'd Known

  • A session that helps students better understand key health issues that impact college students including stress, staying healthy, sexual health, sexual consent, how alcohol impacts sexual decision-making, and recognizing and responding to alcohol toxicity.
  • Suitable for smaller groups and adaptable for large groups.
  • Length: 1 hour – 1.5 hours

For more Community Health presentations or to book one: