OPEN offers courses available to Northeastern community members primarily through Canvas. Students can self-enroll by clicking the links below. Faculty and staff can also import the modules to their own courses, available through Canvas Commons.

Alcohol Skills Training Program

The Alcohol Skills Training Program is a harm reduction educational program that explores the science behind alcohol and other drugs and offers risk reduction strategies for those making the decision to drink. In the training you will discuss the latest research on alcohol as it relates to college students. Some topics include: the BAR lab, alcohol’s effects on decision making, and signs of alcohol toxicity. 

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Up2Us: Foundations

Up2Us: Foundations is Northeastern’s foundational sexual violence prevention program required for all new, incoming students to the university. This course covers topics including consent and healthy sexual communication, warning signs of sexual violence, how to intervene to prevent sexual violence, and resources related to sexual violence.

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Up2Us: Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention is one of the most promising strategies we have for preventing sexual violence. In this training, you will learn to recognize situations that are potentially high-risk for violence and how to effectively intervene. The module also covers how alcohol can affect a person’s ability to give consent, resource options, and how to support survivors of sexual violence.

Note: This course is not the same as Up2Us: Foundations, which is required for incoming students in 2021. We recommend taking Up2Us: Foundations prior to taking Up2Us: Bystander Intervention.

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What to Do: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence as a Student Leader

Designed for student leaders, this course focuses on preventing and responding to incidents of sexual violence within student organizations. Participants learn campus resources available for support, reflect on organizational culture, and build skills to intervene and respond to allegations of sexual violence.  

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RESPOND: Trauma-Informed Response to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

If someone tells you that they have been impacted by sexual violence, you may be unsure or even feel unequipped to know what to say or do. In this training, you will learn how to offer support to someone making a disclosure in a trauma-informed, survivor-centered way. This training covers basics on the impacts of sexual trauma, information on why a compassionate response to disclosures is so important, step-by-step considerations for an effective response, and information on resources. 

Once you have completed the course, you can download a completion certificate that can be shared on LinkedIn or other social networks.

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Sexual Health 101

A brief module that explores the ways sexual health is a part of your overall wellness. This course covers information on sex, sexually transmitted infections, barrier methods, contraceptives, boundaries, and communication. The information and resources provided here can help you make healthy sexual choices now or in the future.

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Building Resilience Skills

According to Dr. Karen Reivich of the The Penn Resiliency Project, resilience is “having the ability to bounce back from adversity and the ability to grow from challenges.” Resilience is not something you have or don’t have, it’s a skill set which we all have the ability to build and grow. This course is designed to teach you skills to build resilience in light of these challenging times.

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How to Make Friends that Stick in College

We know that it can sometimes be challenging to find friendships that stick and feel a complete sense of belongingness. This brief course provides information about why friendships are important and offers research and strategies on how to find and build friendships that stick in college.

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