Peer Wellness Coaching

Centered around the seven aspects of wellbeing (health, meaning, safety, connection, growth, achievement, and resiliency), peer wellness coaching is an opportunity to reflect on your wellbeing and go after your goals in a collaborative, supportive environment. The program is based on the belief that each person is an expert on their own wellbeing and that when coached, you will be able to determine what is best for you.

Our peer wellness coaches are all NASPA-certified Peer Educators and have completed extensive training in wellness coaching principles, motivational interviewing, campus resources, suicide prevention, and mindfulness. Each Wellness Circle is led by two peer coaches and open to all UW-Madison students.

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Wellness Circles

Wellness Circles meet once a week for four weeks at various times and spaces around campus. Locations include the Nicholas Recreation Center, 445 Henry Mall, Engineering Campus, and the WARF. There is also a virtual option. Each meeting will include mindfulness practice, a mini-lesson on wellbeing, reflection time, discussion, wellness coaching, and goal setting for the following week.

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Dates* Registration opens
Session 1 October 11 – November 1 September 13
Session 2 November 8 – December 6 October 11

*Sessions begin and end during the weeks listed. For example, a Wellness Circle that meets on Wednesdays during Session 1 will begin on October 13 and end November 3.

What is wellness coaching?

Wellness coaching is…

  • A program focused on holistic health
  • Available to students via self-referral or through referral from a campus partner
  • Based on students’ strengths and interests
  • Focused on solutions and goals
  • Focused on a participant’s autonomy to choose and complete goals
  • Centered around the Seven Aspects of Wellbeing: health, meaning, connection, safety, achievement, resiliency, growth
  • Uses principles of motivational interviewing, goal setting, stages of change theory, positive psychology, appreciative inquiry, nonviolent communication, social cognitive theory, mindfulness, and self-determination theory
  • Based on the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation’s internationally-renowned and sought-after curriculum

Wellness coaching is not…

  • Intended to address severe mental health concerns
  • Built to assess, diagnose, or treat mental health conditions
  • If you are looking for clinical mental health support, please visit University Health Services

Ground Rules

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Signing up

You must pre-register for Wellness Circles on services.recwell.wisc.edu. Use the menu on the left side of the page to choose Wellbeing > Peer Wellness Coaching to choose the session that you’d like to join.

Registration will open four weeks in advance of the Monday in a given session, no matter which day of the week a given option will occur on. Registration will close two days prior to the start of each session.

For peer wellness coaching sessions, you may cancel your registration online up until the time that registration closes (two days prior to the start of each session).

How to cancel your registration

  1. Go to services.recwell.wisc.edu
  2. Click Log In in the top right corner of the page and log in using your NetID or Guest credentials.
  3. Once logged in, click your name in the top right corner of the page and select Profile from the drop-down menu.
  4. From the menu on the left side of the page, click Wellbeing.
  5. Find the Peer Wellness Coaching session registration you’d like to cancel. Click the three dots on the right side of the class listing, select Cancel Registration, and follow the on-screen prompts.

Attendance

Students are encouraged to attend all four wellness coaching meetings that occur in the 4-week session in order to gain the most benefit from attending the program. At minimum, students should attend three of four wellness coaching meetings in the session.

In order to protect students’ privacy and to keep group dynamics consistent, students must attend the peer wellness coaching session (date/time/location) that they originally signed up for and cannot attend makeup meetings at a different date/time/location if they miss a week’s meeting. It is up to the student who missed the meeting to review that week’s materials and come prepared for discussion of that topic the following week. If a student has any questions on discussion material due to a missed session, they are encouraged to speak to their peer wellness coach in-person at the following meeting.

No-shows/late cancellation

Spots in the peer wellness coaching program are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Because there are limited spots available in this program, we ask that students put in a sincere effort to attend all of the peer wellness coaching meetings in their session, at minimum three out of four sessions. If a student expects to miss a peer wellness coaching meeting, they should email wellbeing@recwell.wisc.edu at least one hour before the meeting time as a courtesy to the peer wellness coaching staff. Although peer wellness coaching is a free service for students at UW-Madison, if a student misses more than one meeting in a given session, or if the student misses sessions without advanced notice via email, the student may incur a $10 no-show/late cancellation fee applied to their Rec Well student account. Exceptions will be made in emergency/urgent situations or if the program does not feel like the right fit for a student; those exceptions will be made and evaluated by Rec Well staff on a case-by-case basis.

Inclusive spaces

All are welcome in this space, and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.

We offer opportunities for all people to exchange ideas, share experiences, and achieve personal fulfillment. This pursuit of wellness is a right afforded to everyone, regardless of identity or ability. We have a collective responsibility to foster a culture of mutual respect, courteous interactions, and equal opportunities. Through our programs, services, facilities, and staff, we are committed to cultivating and upholding an inclusive environment in which we celebrate the differences of every member of our community.

1:1 Peer Coaching

We plan to offer 1:1 peer coaching starting spring 2022.

Become a Coach

Applications for the peer wellness coach position open each spring semester and students are hired for the next fall. The next round of applications will open spring of 2022 on the Student Jobs website. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students preparing for or pursuing professions in any type of healthcare or health sector are encouraged to apply, but students from all educational backgrounds are welcome.