Be REAL (REsilient Attitudes and Living) is a campus community program that promotes the well-being and resilience of youth and college students. The group 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 430 staff and 1,050 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 have started to offer the program to campuses nationwide. We conducted our first multi-campus training with six campuses in Winter 2022 which was well-received. In Winter 2023, we will launch the second Be REAL Facilitator Training to a multi-campus cohort. This training will bring together professionals working with students from colleges and universities across the country. Applications are now open for the Winter 2023 Facilitator Training. As part of the –second multi-campus training, we are offering more than a 50% discount on registration. Read below for details.