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 over 1,500 NU students who have completed the training!
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.
Scenario discussions are incorporated to allow students to apply their intervention skills. These can be tailored somewhat to meet the unique needs of your student group but will cover a range of likely scenarios.
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
Red Watch Band trainings for spring quarter 2013 are now full. Thank you for your interest, and please check back in September for additional trainings.
For questions regarding scheduling, registration, training availability and certificates of completion, please contact:
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