The Student Support and Advocacy Center offers a variety of program and workshop options to Mason Students, Faculty and Staff. Topics include active bystander, sexual and interpersonal violence, students in distress and substance use.
If you would like to request a training for your class, office or student organization, please complete our Program Request Form. Please keep in mind SSAC Staff will only be able to present to groups virtually at this time.
AnyOne Can Bystander Training
Participants learn strategies and techniques to increase proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. (50-60 minutes)
Patriot Pantry Overview
This training will introduce the topic of food insecurity at Mason. The training will provide information on supporting and connecting students who experience food insecurity to the Patriot Pantry. (30-40 minutes)
Healthy Boundaries and gmU
Setting healthy boundaries is an important aspect of self-care and key to a healthy relationship with yourself and others especially for college students. In order to establish boundaries, we need to be clear with others about who we are, what we want, our beliefs and values, and our limits. We also need to understand and respect other people’s boundaries too. This workshop will explore boundary types, tools to set and practice boundaries, and resources for when someone doesn’t respect boundaries especially as they apply to college students. This presentation is facilitated by professional staff and/or Relationship Peer Leaders and can be tailored for 50-90 minutes depending on the needs of the requester.
Healthy Relationship Celebration
This presentation celebrates the fact that everyone deserves to have healthy relationships and as a community, we don’t always spend time talking about what that looks like. This workshop will give students the tools to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationship characteristics. Students will explore boundary setting, healthy communication, and consent. These skills are important for all relationships including platonic, romantic, sexual, familial, professional, and personal relationships. This presentation is facilitated by professional staff and/or Relationship Peer Leaders and can be tailored for 50-90 minutes depending on the needs of the requester.
Sexual and Interpersonal Violence
Supporting Survivors and Responding to Disclosures: Faculty and Staff Training
Our faculty and staff are sometimes the first people to be made aware of a student’s experiences around sexual and interpersonal violence. This training will prepare Mason faculty and staff to respond to disclosures from student survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence including how to handle a disclosure, how to properly report, and resource options including confidential and private resources. This workshop is facilitated by a professional staff member can be tailored for 30-90 minutes depending on the needs of the requester.
Supporting Survivors and Responding to Disclosures: Student Training
Did you know that an empathetic and informed response to a disclosure of sexual and interpersonal violence can make a huge difference in how a student survivor access resources and healing? This training will prepare Mason students to empathically responded to disclosures from student survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence including how to handle a disclosure and resource options. A key component of this workshop is learning about the resources for the student survivor as well as how to practice self-care when supporting someone going through a difficult time. This training will also give students several ideas of how to get involved to eradicate sexual and interpersonal violence. This workshop is facilitated by a professional staff member and/or Relationship Peer Leader and can be tailored for 30-90 minutes depending on the needs of the requester.
Survivor Advocacy/Support at Your Event
Request a confidential survivor advocate from the Student Support and Advocacy Center to come to our event. This advocate can assist with a variety of needs including listening and responding to survivor disclosures, offer support to secondary survivors, and offering resources. This can be helpful if you are hosting an event where content may be triggering or difficult for student survivors to engage with the topic. Please note, once submitting a request, you will be contacted by an advocate to discuss your event.
Students in Distress
Referring Students in Distress (Faculty/Staff Only)
Learn how to identify and support students in distress, as well as how to refer them to SSAC and other resources. (20-30 minutes)
Student Support and Advocacy General Overview
Learn about all content areas of SSAC and resources available to GMU students. (20-30 minutes)
What's the Buzz
This presentation uses activities, games, and facilitated discussion to explore information on serving size, blood alcohol level, and high-risk drinking. (50-60 minutes)
Recovery Ally Workshop
This workshop is designed to present participants with the tools, skills and resources to support those in recovery from alcohol and/or other drugs. (90-120 minutes)