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University Health Services

Wellness Presentations

Our trained staff and peer leaders are available to give presentations on a variety of health topics to help encourage a healthier campus community.

We give presentations to groups of six people or more. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance. We'll contact you within two business days after you make your request.

Presentation List

Contraceptive Talk: Discussion of current birth control and emergency contraceptive options, how to access, their effectiveness, talking with a partner and how to choose one that’s right for you. Interactive elements can be added per group interest and format accommodations. 

Length: Adjustable to fit your needs

Sex in a Fishbowl: Interactive safer sex and relationship communication program with Q&A session in which students anonymously place questions into a bowl for the presenter to answer. This presentation creates a safe place for students to ask questions about sex, sexuality and other tough subjects without the fear of embarrassment.

Length: Adjustable to fit your needs

Take the Risky out of Frisky: An interactive presentation facilitated by Changing Carolina Peer Leaders and Healthy Campus Initiatives Sexual Health staff. Through group dialogue and self-reflection, we provide students with medically accurate information on sexual health, including methods of protection and contraception, STIs and HIV, getting tested and tips for relationship communication and risk reduction. Students will leave with knowledge of campus and surrounding community resources and information to set the stage for capacity building.

Length: 50 minutes, can be expanded pending group size and need.

UofSC offers educational programs and training for students and employees who wish to learn more about sexual assault and violence intervention and prevention. 

Gamecocks Stand Up: Participants are presented with an array of intervention strategies to utilize in their everyday lives and will engage in a group discussion about overcoming personal and societal barriers to bystander intervention. Information about on and off-campus resources will be provided.

Length: 50 – 75 minutes.

Healthy Relationships, Communication, and Consent: In addition to covering consent and healthy relationship characteristics, it also covers warning signs of unhealthy relationships, definitions of the three types of interpersonal violence (sexual assault, relationship/intimate partner violence, and stalking), the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault, and resources on campus for interpersonal violence survivors.

Length: 50 – 75 minutes

How to Support a Survivor: Participants will be taught the impact of interpersonal violence (this can include sexual assault, relationship/intimate partner violence, or stalking/harassment), how to implement strategies to support and assist survivors, and resources on and off-campus for survivors.

Length: 1 hour

LGBTQ+ and IPV: Participants will explore the impact of interpersonal violence within the LGBTQ+ community. Beyond giving a foundational understanding of interpersonal violence, addressing sex vs gender identity, and the statistics surrounding IPV in this community, participants look at the intersectionality of identities and the barriers that prevent the LGBTQ+ community from accessing resources. This presentation is designed for students, faculty, and staff in “helping professions” such as social work, education, counseling, and medical fields; however the content is important for anyone who is interested, as best practices for helping professionals, continuing education, and developing relationships with community partners are addressed.

Length: 1 – 2 hours; can be tailored to meet class/organization needs

Feeding Minds: Food Insecurity Awareness Training: Food insecurity is a lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable nutritious food, and it's happening right here at USC. This training is a collaboration between University Health Services and the Leadership and Service Center. It will highlight awareness of food insecurity among college students, ways to identify, respond and refer to on and off campus resources available for food insecurity relief. 

Length: 1 hour 

Body Project: Do you want increased self-confidence to feel more comfortable in your body? The Body Project is a conversation about body image and the influences of cultural and social interactions. This small group is a two-part workshop led by the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders designed to encourage the spread of body positivity and allow women on campus to move toward self-confidence and self-fulfillment. Begin to make healthy choices because you love your body!

Note: The workshop consists of two-hour to two-and-a-half hour segments with a group size of up to five students. The Body Project is currently a female-only program.

Length: Two 2 – 2.5 hour sessions

Gamecocks Stand Up: Participants are presented with an array of intervention strategies to utilize in their everyday lives and will engage in a group discussion about overcoming personal and societal barriers to bystander intervention. Information about on and off-campus resources will be provided.

Length: 50 – 75 minutes

Stress Management: This presentation will allow students to reflect on how they currently manage their stress and how they can adopt new strategies to cope with stress, including supportive self-care practices. Participants will have a chance to discuss the differences between the types of stress we experience, how to combat burnout, and learn how mindfulness can support us during difficult times. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about campus resources that can support them with managing stress.

Length: 50 minutes   


The Resiliency Project: This project was developed to help people recognize or advance their resiliency. Participants will have the opportunity to explore who they are, how they relate to the world, and how they typically deal with the curve balls life throws their way. Participants will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills to help manage these stressors. Our hope is that participants will begin to develop confidence in their ability to bounce back, fail forward, and weather the storms of life.

Length: 60 or 75 Minutes


The Mental Health Ambassador Session: Research has shown that personal storytelling plays a crucial role in suicide prevention by reducing the stigma of discussing challenges we all face with our mental health. Each Mental Health Ambassador has a unique personal story about their experiences with mental health and/or mental illness, and chooses to share their experience to normalize asking for support when it is needed. Mental Health Ambassadors are trained to provide information about healthy coping skills and local resources that support everyone’s wellbeing--not just those in crisis. The presentation includes the ambassador’s personal mental health story and a review of mental health support resources available on campus.

  • Participants will gain a better understanding about how emotional distress can affect overall wellbeing
  • Participants will learn about recovery and wellness pathways
  • Participants will learn about the mental health resources available to them at UofSC

Length: 30 minutes


Mindfulness 101: Mindfulness has been shown to have many positive effects on both physical and mental health. This presentation is designed for students, faculty, and staff who would like to learn about the basics of mindfulness and meditation. Participants will learn what mindfulness is, what the difference is between mindfulness and meditation, the attitudes that lay the foundation for mindfulness, and have opportunities to engage in mindfulness activities. Participants will also learn about the mediation space, C.A.L.M. Oasis, located in the Center for Health and Well-Being and the various mindfulness offerings.

Length: 50 minutes


Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (for department or student organization): Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training will: 1) Teach participants the warning signs of a suicidal person and early signs of depression, 2) Assist participants in gaining confidence in how to respond, and 3) Educate participants about the resources available at the University of South Carolina Participants are not expected to be a mental health professional. This is the why we use the word “gatekeeper” because they are invaluable to assisting a struggling person in getting the help they need.

Length: 2 – 2.5 hours


Understanding Mental Health: This workshop is designed for students to learn how to recognize when a friend or someone they know is in psychological distress, how to effectively address these concerns, and make effective referrals to university resources.

Length: 30 and 60 minute options

Gamecocks LiveWell Overview:

This brief presentation, great for inclusion in departmental
meetings, highlights the programs and services available to all University of South Carolina faculty and staff offered by the Gamecocks LiveWell office.

Length: 15 – 30 minutes; can be tailored to meet department needs

Intimate Partner Violence Information Session: SAVIP staff deliver this training which covers 

basic education on intimate partner violence (also known as domestic violence or relationship/dating violence), risk factors for increase in harm, lethality assessment and how to support and assist intimate partner violence survivors.

Length: 1.5 – 2 hours hours

Maximizing Your Health and Wellness Benefits: This presentation highlights all of the wellness benefits available to USC faculty/staff as a part of the State Health Plan and the Gamecocks LiveWell office. Learn about the benefits that you may not have been aware of and how to take advantage of many free resources.

Length: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Nutrition 101: Healthy Eating Basics: During this interactive workshop, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Choose My Plate will be discussed. These resources will help participants assess their current nutrition and eating habits and make healthier choices. Healthy cooking techniques and healthy choices when dining out will be discussed. Resources will be provided to each participant.

Length: 45 minutes

Recognizing and Responding to Distress in College Students: This workshop is designed for faculty and staff members to recognize signs of psychological distress in students and how to effectively address your concerns with individuals and make effective referrals to university resources.

Length: 30 and 60 minute options


SAVIP Services & Survivor Support: This course provides an in-depth overview of how to support an interpersonal violence survivor from the moment they disclose through whatever process the survivor chooses. The course will cover resources and options offered to survivors and an overview of processes associated with a survivor’s options. Participants will leave with an understanding of how interpersonal violence impacts all types of people and how to most effectively support a survivor.

Length: 2 hours

Stress Management 101: Work-Life Balance:  Treat your group to an hour of learning easy techniques for relaxing body and mind – indulge in learning basic techniques for guided imagery & visualization, deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation. You will walk away (on a cloud!) with stress management tips, ideas for relaxation and renewed energy that you can incorporate into your daily life.

Length: 1 hour

Support Zone Mental Health Training for Faculty/Staff: This is a 120 minute comprehensive training that includes suicide prevention, instruction on how to recognize and respond to signs of distress in students. The goal of this training is to engage faculty as mental health allies and help them learn the basic components of suicide prevention, enhance knowledge of campus mental health resources, and rapid assessment and referral of students in distress. Participants will learn how to intervene at the mild, moderate, and severe levels of distress and how to refer students to the appropriate. This presentation can also be requested as a two-day format.

Length: 2 hours or 2 days (1 hr/ each day)

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