Bring Be REAL to Your Campus


Be REAL (REsilient Attitudes and Living) is a group program that promotes the well-being and resilience of youth and college students. The program is grounded in mindfulness, self-compassion, cognitive-behavioral coping strategies, and neuroscience. Research on Be REAL has found that participating in the program can significantly improve a range of student well-being and mental health indicators. Learn more about Be REAL in the 2-minute video below.

Be REAL has been developed and evaluated by the University of Washington’s (UW) Center for Child & Family Well-Being (CCFW) and, in partnership with the UW Resilience Lab, expanded to staff and students on all three UW campuses. More than 300 staff and 800 students have participated in Be REAL. The program has been offered in several student settings such as in residential halls, as a course for credit, as part of a seminar for underrepresented students, and within student affinity groups. Learn more in this program brochure.

After successfully expanding the program to all three UW campuses, we are thrilled to share Be REAL with colleagues at other campuses. In winter 2022, we will launch the first Be REAL Facilitator Training as a multi-campus cohort. This training will bring together professionals working with students from a variety of campuses across the country. Applications are now open for the winter 2022 Facilitator Training . As part of the inaugural multi-campus training, we are offering more than a 50% discount on registration. Read below for details. 

Bring Be REAL to your campus!

Are you interested in offering a group program to students at your educational institution? Are you interested in incorporating practices that support student well-being in your work? Apply today to participate in the Be REAL Facilitator Training

Applications are due by December 10, 2021.

Please note: this training is for non-UW staff. If you are a UW staff member and wish to participate in our campus training, please email

Why Be REAL?

Our goal is to create a program that allows campuses to scale up programs to bolster student mental health and well-being. For this reason, Be REAL is designed to be delivered by non-clinicians (though clinicians are welcome too!). Additionally, the program blends mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral skills, as research has shown that programs combining these two areas are more supportive to student well-being than either one alone.

Be REAL is an outstanding program for campus professionals who want to support student well-being and contribute to cultivating a campus culture that centers well-being and resilience. A few reasons to bring Be REAL to your campus:

  • Research has shown that participation in the program can significantly improve student well-being and mental health across a range of indicators;
  • The program consistently receives outstanding feedback from students and staff who report that it is supportive to their well-being and inclusive of their cultural and personal beliefs;
  • Staff report that the program also provides them with tools to manage the stress of working in educational settings, especially in the ongoing COVID pandemic; 
  • Staff who participated in Be REAL training report feeling more competent in supporting students with the skills they gained from the program; and
  • The experiential training provides staff with everything needed to immediately launch a group, including a fully scripted manual and professionally developed resources to support a variety of student learning needs.   

Who should apply?

Be REAL is an excellent program for higher education staff from a range of roles engaging with students, including advisors, counselors, instructors, program managers, and more. Ideally, staff enrolling in this training will be permitted to participate and offer the program as part of their standard work hours. During the training, you will have space to brainstorm how Be REAL could be embedded in existing programs to support a culture of well-being and resilience on your campus.

Be Real Facilitator Training OverviewAbout the Facilitator Training

The Winter 2022 Facilitator Training will be offered online via Zoom. It has three parts: 1) the 7-week Be REAL Program; 2) the 3-day Facilitation Training; and 3) Individual Consultation Meeting.

1) The 7-week Immersion Program 

Our research and experience show that Be REAL is best delivered by staff who have participated in the same program as part of their own development, which is why we ask that instructors interested in bringing BeREAL to their campus participate in the full program as a way to familiarize themselves with the content and practices. Further, staff report that the time and space to focus on their well-being enhances their group facilitation and 1-1 work with students.

Be REAL is typically 6-weeks long, with 90-minute sessions each week. The Facilitator Training includes one additional session (90-minutes) at the beginning of the program for introducing the pedagogy, foundational concepts in the training, and group introductions. This portion of the training accounts for 10.5 hours.

2) The Facilitation Training

The Facilitation Training is offered after the Be REAL group ends. The training includes three four-hour sessions, as well as two hours of independent study and reflection. During the sessions, participants review how to facilitate key mindfulness practices, deliver cognitive behavioral skills, facilitate inquiry, and review considerations for cultivating inclusive environments for students. 

As part of the Facilitation Training, you will receive an electronic copy of the Be REAL manual and access to our facilitator webpage. The 180-page manual includes scripts for each session that you can use verbatim or adapt as needed for your students. You will also receive professionally developed materials to supplement your teaching, including:

  • 10 handouts (all handouts available in English and Spanish)
  • 6 weekly newsletters that align with the Be REAL program
  • 8 videos on key topics and content areas 
  • More than 20 guided audio practices (English and Spanish)
  • Templates for recruiting and registering students

This portion of the training accounts for 14.5 hours.

3) Consultation Meeting

At the individual consultation meeting, Be REAL Trainers hold individual consultation meetings with each participant to support the adaptation and implementation of Be REAL. This portion of the training accounts for 1 hour.

The three-part sequence accounts for 26 hours of professional training. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available. 

After completing the entire training series, participants are welcome to join the monthly Be REAL Community of Practice sessions. These drop-in sessions offer staff a space to exchange ideas in supporting well-being, as well as a space to reflect on their own practice and well-being. 

Winter 2022 Training Details


Below are the dates for the 7-week immersion program and the 3 part facilitation training. All training components will be delivered live, online via Zoom. 

7-week Immersion Program:
Fridays, 11:30am – 1:00pm PT
February 25 – April 8, 2022

3 Facilitation Trainings:
Fridays, 12:00pm – 3:00pm PT
April 22, April 29, and May 6

There will be 3 hours of small group/independent practice teaching during these three weeks. We will offer groups or you may do this on your own schedule.  

Registration Cost

The total cost for participating in the three-part Be REAL Facilitator Training is $1,850.00 USD per person. Registration includes:

  • Participation in the 7-week program
  • Participation in the 3-day facilitation training
  • A one-hour consultation meetings with Be REAL Trainers
  • Access and use of the Be REAL manual and above-mentioned program resources
  • Access to participate in the monthly Be REAL Community of Practice sessions

As part of the inaugural multi-site cohort, you are invited to participate in the training at $750.00 – less than half of the standard registration rate. Additionally, institutions enrolling 3 or more people will receive a 15% discount for a per person of $650.00.

At the end of the program, we will solicit your feedback via an online survey and invitation to a focus group to share feedback on how the training program can be improved. 

Meet the Trainers

Robyn and Megan have been co-leading the Be REAL Facilitator Training since 2019. They have led eight trainings for more than 75 staff members from all three UW campuses. They look forward to welcoming you into this next group. 

Robyn LongRobyn Long, Director of Programs and Training, Be REAL

Robyn leads CCFW’s partnerships, training, research, and program development for Be REAL. Alongside the CCFW team, she co-developed the program’s curriculum and has facilitated student and staff groups since its inception in 2017. Robyn has experience facilitating wellness and mindfulness-based programs in a variety of community and clinical settings in the US, Canada, India, and the Middle East. She has completed advanced yoga and meditation teacher training programs under the guidance of Sir TKV Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation in India, The New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens. Robyn is currently finishing her MSW at the UW. 

Megan Kennedy Ma Lmhc Cropped 1024x1024Megan Kennedy, Director of the UW Resilience Lab

Megan Kennedy is the Director of the UW Resilience Lab and Co-Chair of the UW Student Well-Being Collaborative. Kennedy’s focus at the UW is in leading strategic initiatives to support student mental health and well-being. She has facilitated Be REAL groups for staff and students since 2019. Kennedy believes that building systems to support high-quality wellness and educational programs requires teamwork at every level. From engaging community stakeholders in vision-setting to partnering with students, staff, and instructors – her approach to leadership centers collaborative relationships. A background in mental health counseling, Kennedy served as Clinical Director at Youth Eastside Services (Redmond, WA) before working at the UW.

Questions? Contact Robyn Long at 

Applications are due by December 10

Ready to engage in a program? Complete the online application here.