|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||March 2, 2018|
University of California, Santa Barbara
PA-13: Wellness Program
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Campus Sustainability Coordinator, TGIF Grants Manager
Office of Sustainability
Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:
Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all staff?:
Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all faculty?:
A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s), including information to support each affirmative response above :
UCSB has two separate wellness programs available to all students, Student Health and Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS).
UCSB’s Student Health promotes physical and psychological well-being, offers healthcare services that treat illnesses, and enables students to have a healthy and successful University experience. The mental health team helps students get their emotional needs met through assessment, treatment, and connection to various campus and community services/providers. Student Health provides social work services, treatment and/or counseling through the Alcohol and Drug Program , psychiatric services, and nutrition and eating disorder support.
Here is information from the CAPS website:
CAPS is committed to providing timely, culturally appropriate, and effective mental health services to our diverse UCSB student body, as well as professional consultation to faculty, staff, and families. All registered students are eligible for services at CAPS. When help is needed in sorting out a personal concern, CAPS is a resource for learning new skills in building self-confidence, relating to others, reducing stress, solving problems, and identifying options.
Additionally, CAPS fits the description for a wellness program because it has held a Wellness Seminar Series in previous quarters, including a series in Winter 2018. The goal of these seminars to teach students skills to manage stress, increase self-compassion and mindfulness, and strengthen relationships. The Mental Health Peer Program (MHPP) run through CAPS also provides students with various wellbeing services. These include drop-in peer counseling, massage and egg chairs, and the School Anxiety Program.
For staff and faculty, UCSB has The Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) to support wellness. ASAP counselors promote the emotional health and well-being of academic personnel, faculty, staff, and eligible family members in a confidential, cost-free setting. ASAP offers a variety of services that fall under the following categories: consultation, counseling, threat assessment and management, and psychological wellness education.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Asset Map for the Healthy Campus Network (HCN)
The asset map is an aggregation of the key wellness resources on campus. Each resource is organized by who it is of service to - students, staff, faculty, and/or community. The asset map acts as a centralized resource in which campus information, networks, resources, and services are grouped together for ease and usability. The following is the complete list of resources on campus, categorized by who the program and/or service is available to. Further information can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yaxln9ea
UCSB Healthy Campus Network Steering Committee
The UCSB Healthy Campus Network Steering Committee will promote a wellness movement to make our campus the healthiest place in America to work, learn, and live. UCSB HCN will provide coordination and publicity to healthy campus programs currently in place while innovating new solutions. It will consider all aspects of the environmental, financial, physical, professional, social, emotional, psychological, and cultural wellness of our community members in order to initiate and sustain continual improvements in campus health. HCN was launched through the UC Global Food Initiative and established in 2017 alongside the creation of similar committees at all ten UC campuses. Additional information can be found here: http://food.ucsb.edu/about/committees/HCNSteeringComm
UCSB HCN is made up of a variety of sub-committees that create and implement projects and campaigns to promote wellness for students, staff, and faculty. A total of eighteen projects have been funded so far.
- Environmental Health: This sub-committee aims to promote a healthy campus environment that supports students, staff, and faculty learning, working and living on all campus properties.
- Financial Health: This sub-committee aims to increase financial literacy and financial health related education across the campus for staff, faculty, and students.
- Longevity: This sub-committee aims to sustain and grow the work of the Healthy Campus Network after the sunsetting of the UC GFI
Psychological and Cultural Health: This sub-committee aims to enhance connection to others, belonging, and sense of community in order to promote the sustained well-being of students, faculty, and staff. By promoting public social spaces, supporting cultural diversity awareness, and strengthening communication the subcommittee strives to make UCSB the healthiest place to work, learn, and live.
- Physical Health: This sub-committee aims to create a culture on the UCSB campus such that healthy living is a central part of daily life for staff, faculty, and students. The Physical Health Sub-committee will focus on food choices, physical activity, and overall fitness.
- Professional and Academic Health: This sub-committee aims to support a community of thriving faculty, staff, and student Gauchos who are engaged in their professions, careers, and academics. We will do this by utilizing and reinvigorating existing resources and programming ideas, and creating new ones where needed.
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