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Red Watch Band Training


 Red Watch Band Training at NU

Health Promotion & Wellness offers Northwestern students the opportunity to participate in Red Watch Band Bystander Intervention Training. Originally developed by Stonybrook University and implemented at NU in 2010, this two hour training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and intervene effectively in an alcohol-related medical emergency. Join the nearly 2,000 NU students who have completed Red Watch Band training!

Training Curriculum

Red Watch Band consists of knowledge and skills training on:

  • Addressing barriers to intervention
  • The progressive effects of alcohol on the body
  • The outward or behavioral signs of alcohol overdose
  • Strategies for intervention with a person who needs medical attention due to alcohol overdose
  • Strategies for intervention with a person who is highly intoxicated but not in need of medical attention
  • Review of the NU Responsible Action Protocol
  • Small group discussions to apply skills to different scenarios

Each training workshop runs two hours and is provided at no charge to Northwestern students. Trainings will accommodate a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 students in order to promote dialogue and ensure a timely conclusion to this two hour training.


We have implemented an extensive assessment plan to evaluate the Red Watch Band Training. All participants will be asked to complete:

  • A web-based pre-test prior to attending training
  • A paper evaluation at the conclusion of training
  • A web-based follow-up six months after attending training
  • One year after attending training, a select number of participants will be invited into focus groups to gather qualitative data


Please use the link below to see the Fall 2013 training dates and to register for a session:

Contact Information

For questions regarding scheduling, registration, training availability and certificates of completion, please contact:

Meredith Smith 847.467.3632

For media inquiries or curriculum questions, please contact:

Lisa Currie 847.491.7168
Angela Mitchell 847.491.1370