Wellness Training Certificate Programs are small group trainings led by CAPS clinicians. Trauma prevention and resiliency training programs can be arranged by request and customized according to specific needs. Contact rsvp@caps.ucla.edu to request a training or workshop.

For Internships, Fellowships and Practicum, please visit Graduate Training Programs.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized certificate training on providing help to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

This 8-hour interactive training provides comprehensive introduction to risk factors and warning signs to a spectrum of mental health problems and crises, notably depression, anxiety, substance misuse, and psychosis.

Those who complete the course learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Separate trainings are held for students and for faculty/staff at various times throughout the academic year.


QPR: Suicide Prevention Training

This workshop offers training and practice in suicide prevention skills, utilizing the nationally recognized QPR (“Question, Persuade & Refer”) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper approach. QPR skills carry CPR’s life-saving potential.

The Gatekeeper training includes:

  • Helping participants to identify risk and protective factors for suicide;
  • How to intervene with individuals at risk for suicide;
  • Practice in the QPR skills of questioning, persuading and referring suicidal individuals
  • How to contribute to the suicide prevention gatekeeper safety net before, during and after a crisis.


Responding to Distressed & Distressing Students

Faculty and staff play a critical role in a student’s university experience and are in a position to become aware of a student in distress. This workshop will help you understand the components of this central role: identifying, responding to and referring distressed students. Participants learn to respond effectively to specific types of distressing behaviors to minimize classroom disruption while assisting the student with appropriate resources. Discussion will include:

  • Helping staff and faculty to proactively identify distress of various types (anxiety,
    depression, mania, psychosis, alcohol and drug abuse, suicidality, dangerousness to others);
  • How to respond to distressing students, consulting with and referring students to CAPS and/or the Consultation & Response Team (CRT).


Wellness Workshops By Request

Wellness Workshops are available by request to student groups and other campus organizations. We require at least 3 weeks notice for workshop requests.  

Below are some common Wellness Workshop topics:

    • Achieving Academic Success
    • Achieving School/Life Balance
    • Art of Sleeping: ABC's of Zzz's
    • Boosting Test Performance
    • Essentials of Time Management
    • Public Speaking Confidence
    • Procrastination and Perfectionism
    • Stress Less