Programs and Training

Health Promotion & Well-Being staff offer a number of opportunities for learning in groups on a variety of topics. Below are a list of workshops and trainings (often called “programs”) that are conveniently packaged for you to select from. If you have an idea for something different, please reach out directly to a staff member or to [email protected] and staff will be delighted to creatively plan an evidence-based and engaging event with you. Please also consult Hopkins Groups or sign up for This Week in Well-Being to stay up to date all the Health & Well-Being happenings. 

Bystander Intervention Training

The Bystander Intervention Training (BIT) program teaches students about gender-based violence, consent, and bystander intervention skills. Upon completion of BIT, students will know how to safely intervene in situations that could immediately lead to violence and how to interrupt a culture that is permissive to gender violence. Students will acquire intervention tools to use in situations that seem risky in order to become effective and active bystanders. The BIT program discusses topics including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, survivor empathy, and consent. BIT is taught peer-to-peer in two 2.5-hour sessions to all new undergraduate student. Students must attend both sessions in full to complete BIT. 

A brief refresher program for undergraduates and shorter graduate BIT program is also available. To request a BIT program for your group, email [email protected].   

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. MHFA has been shown to increase knowledge of mental health and mental illness, reduce stigma and increase empathy toward individuals with mental health challenges, and help participants learn mental health resources. There is a total of 8 hours of material, which can be offered in one day or across 2 half-day sessions. To request a training for your club, organization, or department, please contact Jacki Stone

Mindfulness Institute for Emerging Adults (Formerly Koru)

Experience the possibilities that unfold through the practice of mindfulness and meditation. The workshops are a 4-week series of 75-minute sessions that teach mindfulness practices that help to decrease stress and increase your satisfaction in daily life. Each session is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind. If you are feeling pressured and stressed, or are interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you! The workshop series are offered several times throughout the semester. 

Nutrition Workshops

Registered Dietitian and Health Educators provide practical skills around grocery shopping, meal preparation, eating in the dining halls, and fueling your body for performance, comfort, joy, and healing. 

Out of the Darkness Walk

Community Members from all JHU campuses are invited to get involved with and attend the annual Out of the Darkness Walk, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Learners are invited to spend a morning cultivating hope with other students, faculty and staff while moving their bodies and destigmatizing mental health concerns. In the weeks leading up to our event, there will be several related events designed to bring awareness to campus mental health resources and skill development. 


Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to intervene effectively to refer someone to help. Question, Persuade and Refer are 3 simple steps everyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is a suicide prevention program listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (click here to learn more about the QPR Institute). It is a 1.5-hour program that is offered to JHU students, staff and faculty. To request a QPR training for your club, organization, department or office, please complete this form. You can also find upcoming community trainings by visiting the mental health services website.

Sober Party Monitor Training

To be a Sober Party Monitor, fill out this form to get access to TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS). While TIPS training is currently paused as of November 2023, please fill out the form to be notified when sessions resume.

Study Breaks with Dogs

Study breaks with dogs are easy, low commitment and high reward for anyone having a “ruff” week. Scheduled regularly on both East Baltimore and Homewood Campuses, learners are invited to come and give our furry visitors some pets and pick up some well-being resources. Visit our Hopkins Groups page to find the a study break that fits best with your schedule. 

Transcendental Meditation® Course

Also known as TM, the Transcendental Meditation program is a simple and effortless way that students can learn to meditate. Practiced twice daily for about 20 minutes, this method of meditation has strong cognitive, emotional, and physiological outcomes.  This 8-week series allows students to learn TM with a certified teacher in community with other Hopkins students at no cost to them.  This program is offered twice annually, once per semester and has an application process since spots are limited. This program is made possible by the generous gift of JHU alum John Dills.