Trainings

Discussing substances and mental well-being in higher education

Discussing substances and mental well-being in higher education -training is for universities’ guidance and teaching personnel. Training aims to strengthen participants’ skills to prevent substance use problems, support students’ mental well-being and to lower the threshold to voice the concern of these issues. Training provides practical tools to support guiding students and voicing concern.  

KUPLA project offers free trainings until the end of September 2020. For more information, contact education planner Emmi Lehtinen, emmi.lehtinen@ehyt.fi. This training is offered only in Finnish.

Discussing substances and mental well-being in higher education

First part of the training discusses statistical information and theory related to study ability, substances and mental well-being. In the second part participants will share experiences and discuss of different student guidance situations and discuss the theory for voicing concern.

“A very interesting set, I would have listened for more. Important information and concrete means for facing the student. It's very good that we had a training like this! I would need more of this."

“Discussion excercise done in pairs at the end of the training was the best part. Even asking of alcohol use turned out to be a hard task, despite the safe environment of the training."

Training will be held free of charge for the organizer and participants. Training can be held for groups of 10-25. Contact person for the university will be in charge of arranging premises for the training, marketing the training and participant sign-up.

Duration of training: 2 hours

 

Event trainings for student organization actives

You can create inclusive and diversity-conscious student culture by organizing diverse and attractive events that all students can participate easily and comfortably. 

Trainings  are for all who organize student events – those in charge of events in student unions or associations and student actives who are interested in event planning. The training is divided into four units that can be used alone or as a set.  

KUPLA project offers free trainings until the end of September 2020. For more information, contact education planner Emi Maeda, emi.maeda@ehyt.fi 

Event concept workshop

In this training we’ll think what makes an event concept good and brainstorm together completely new events. In the training participants will develop new event concepts by brainstorming together. Training also discusses why it might be sometimes difficult to get people to attend alcohol-free events.

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You can read more about the event ideas developed in trainings held in 2019: (only in Finnish)
Event ideas (in Finnish in Google Docs)
Mini ideas (in Finnish in Google Docs)

Duration of training: approx. 1,5h

"Checklist for event planning was a good tip!”
“Training gave me more enthusiasm for event organizing”

Event safety training

Event safety training discusses the safety of student events from the viewpoints of physical safety and social safety. Physical safety means here material effects that influence event safety, like premises, tools and preventing physical accidents. Social safety means things that create a feeling of safety in the event attendee, like rules, preventing harassment and bullying and safe space principles.

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Duration of training: approx. 1,5h

“I learned that even with small things and preparedness you can improve event safety greatly.”

Event communications training

Do parties or bingo nights exist, if nobody hears of them? What kind of things you should note in advertising your event for your target group and how event communications are a job for the whole event team? This training discusses communications as an essential part of event organizing: what is good event communication, how communication can lower the threshold to participate and what kind of things you should note in the communications plan of your event.

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Duration of training: approx. 1,5h

”I learned what event communication means, what’s a good event advertisement like and how you can improve your event marketing.”

Accessibility in event organizing

Student events should be accessible for all students. Because of this, an event organizer should think about the accessibility of their events for their target group – higher education students. This training discusses inclusivity and accessibility as enabling participation. Training gives ideas how to take different participants and their needs and wishes into account when organizing events for the whole community. The essence of the training is to note how an important role accessible student culture plays in supporting students’ well-being.

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Duration of training: approx. 1,5h

“I learned how to increase accessibility at sitsit and how to improve ways to reach out for event organizers.”

 
 

Tutor trainings

As a tutor, you make it possible for new students to feel like they are welcomed to the student community, and make getting to know other students easier. The feeling of belonging to a group and a community makes the beginning of studies easier and is a central factor in supporting study ability. This is why it’s important to think even before the new students arrive, what you can do as a tutor to support good atmosphere, feeling of belonging and how to note new students’ different life situations and expectations for student life.   

Tutor trainings and materials are meant for student tutors and those who train tutors. The training is designed as a set that starts from part 1 “Tutor’s role” and ends in part 6 “Role of substances in study communities”. There are 6 parts to the training and they can also be used as standalone trainings or you can mix, match and edit their contents. In addition to training material, you can use the Skillful tutor – Exercise book for student tutors to plan, execute and report tutoring.

KUPLA project offers free trainings until the end of September 2020. For more information, contact education planner Milla Ruuska, milla.ruuska@ehyt.fi 

Tutor’s role

This training discusses tutor’s own motives and goals for tutoring. After this training the tutor understands their own role and task in relation to new students. Tutor learns to perceive their own role and task in relation the various expectations of tutoring activities.

Slides (pptx)

Duration of training: approx. 60min

“It was good that we were able to review and think things related to tutoring in smaller groups.”

Planning tutoring activities

In this training the tutor learns to understand better how tutoring is goal-oriented. Tutor gets tools to plan goal-oriented tutoring. During the training we’ll learn why it is important to agree on common rules of the tutoring group. Tutor is introduced to reporting tutoring activities and what it means to the tutor and the group.

Slides (pptx)

Duration of training: approx. 60min

“I liked that the training sought to balance lecturing with group/pair work really evenly. It didn't feel at all like we were just passive listeners sitting on our seats. This was great!"

Tutor’s group guiding skills, group process and safe atmosphere

Training goes through different phases of group process and how to note them in tutoring activities. Tutor learns the meaning of a safe group and ways to build a safe atmosphere in a group. Tutor understands that guiding a group is a practicable skill. In this training tutor is provided with ways to plan familiarization exercises that suit all freshers.

Slides (pptx)

Duration of training: approx. 90min

“The most important and interesting thing was that how you create a feeling of safety in a group. I think it is really important that new students feel themselves welcome and safe in a new study environment.”

Acknowledging diversity and inclusiveness in tutoring

This training discusses stereotypes and one’s own prejudices. In this training the tutor learns how to plan inclusive activities and exercises that suit all freshers.

Slides (pptx)

Duration of training: approx. 75min

Study ability and mental well-being

This training discusses study ability and and the elements comprising study ability. Tutor understands why it is essential to talk about mental well-being and study ability in tutoring activities. After this training tutor knows how to discuss topics related to mental well-being. Tutor learns how to support their own coping ability and knows how to raise their concern of a new student. Tutor is given advice on how to guide a new student to get help when necessary.

Slides (pptx)

Duration of training: approx. 60min

“As a tutor I intend to keep in mind the importance of mental well-being in student life and promote mental well-being as well as I can. To stay alert and active as a tutor and help new students by eg. giving tips to stress management etc.”

Role of substances in study communities

In this training the tutor thinks about the role of substances in their own study community and understands why it is important to discuss substances while tutoring. In this training tutor learns how to note substance-related issues in tutoring activities. After this training the tutor knows how to raise the concern and guide a new student to get help.

Slides (pptx)

Duration of training: approx. 75min

“The amount of those who aren’t interested in student parties is surprisingly large, and they should be taken into consideration in tutoring activities. Role of alcohol is overemphasized in events, even if you don’t always notice it yourself.”