What is the Well-Being Academy?
The Academy provides a multi-level framework to support student wellness, which includes 1:1 and group coaching for undergraduate and graduate students and trainings on how to have respectful and helpful conversations about well-being issues.
Who are we?
Wolverine Wellness is a unit whose purpose is to foster personal and community well-being for U-M students.
Why is our Well-Being Academy “powered by motivational interviewing”?
Motivational interviewing (MI) is foundational to the work of the Well-Being Academy. It's about arranging conversations so people talk themselves into change based on their own values and interests. (Miller and Rollnick, 2013) This philosophy includes MI spirit, the component of which are:
- Compassion: have the best interest of your client at heart
- Absolute worth
- Autonomy support
- Accurate empathy
- Partnership: Collaboration instead of prescriptive
- Evocation: Pulling out student wisdom on themselves
MI also focuses on what seems a paradox: When a [student] feels accepted for who they are and what they do–no matter how unhealthy– it allows them the freedom to consider change rather than needing to defend against it. (Bill Miller)
We do our best to meet students where they are behaviorally, find out what their values and goals are, and should they want it, offer respectful assistance.
What trainings do we offer?
We provide a variety of trainings for student leaders, staff and faculty, as well as drop in sessions and supervision. Students are welcome to view pictures and read profiles of wellness coaches here at the bottom of the Wellness Coaching page.
Starting in January 2022, we'll partner with the School of Social Work and Dr. Daphne Watkins to offer the Young Black Men (YBMen) project.
Current trainings include:
- Level 1: Introduction to Well-Being Discussions and Resources (1-hour): This quick primer fits well into a department staff meeting for advisors, faculty and staff who see students for issues other than wellness, but well-being comes up in conversations. Free for UM employees.
- Level 2: Compassionate Conversations (2 hours): This session supports student well-being through respectful conversations that draw on student wisdom about themselves based on MI spirit. Check back for Fall 2022 dates! Free for UM employees.
- Level 3: Wellness Ambassador Training (8 hours over 4 weeks): A more in depth review that supports student well-being through knowledge and practices that promote well-being and provides strategies to manage respectful conversations with students that help them move toward their goals. This is also based on MI spirit. Cost for UM staff outside of UM Student Life. $100 per person for the 8-hours of training. Departmental trainings can be requested by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Level 4: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (20 hours over 4 weeks) offered in fall and winter: A comprehensive practice using MI spirit and foundational skills and strategies to help guide students through behavior change. Note that this training can be helpful to a variety of Student Life staff including counselors, organization advisors, medical staff, health educators, supervisors and more. Cost for UM staff outside of UM Student Life. $200 per person for the 20-hours of training. Departmental trainings can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
Fall 2022: Please only register if you can attend all of the training dates, as each day builds on prior sessions. All Fridays:
* September 2, 8:30-5 (Friday before Labor Day)
* September 9, 8:30-12:30
* September 16, 8:30-12:30
* September 23, 8:30-12:30
- Level 5: Wellness Coaching Training (12 hours over 4 weeks): Offered in fall and requires prior approval of UHS-W2 staff and submitted agreement signed by supervisor and person being trained.
- Level 6: Motivational Interviewing for people who have already completed the 20 hour Introduction to MI training: Free drop in sessions for those who have been to the 20-hour Introduction to MI training (1 hour monthly, call Wolverine Wellness @ 734-763-1320 to be added or removed from the monthly invitation).
- Supervision for those who have been to Introduction to MI training for a fee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Who conducts trainings:
Not sure which training would be most helpful? Contact the Well-Being Academy staff to consult on your needs: Amanda Reis (email@example.com), Jevon Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org), Marsha Benz (email@example.com).