Booking a Live V-A-R® Presentation

V-A-R®, Validate-Appreciate-Refer, is Active Minds’ everyday tool for everyday conversations. It’s about showing up for one another every day in meaningful ways.

Validate, Appreciate, Refer® are three easy-to-use steps that provide a path to listening and responding in a helpful way.

A conversation with you could make all the difference and prevent a crisis from developing later.

With V-A-R, Active Minds lets everyone know that someone doesn’t need to be in a crisis to seek help; you don’t have to be an expert to provide help; and help can come in many different forms. Being there for someone in a moment of need is what it’s all about.

What a Live Training will bring your community:

  1. Understand the meaning and usage of the V-A-R tool.
  2. Identify at least three “barriers” we may have in place that may impede our willingness to engage with someone about their struggles.
  3. Explore circumstances that may impact mental wellness among our peers, colleagues, students, employees, family, and friends.
  4. Engage with current trends in mental health, based on recent data.
  5. Discuss the value and importance of self-care as a critical component of mental health.
What does a V-A-R® presentation look like?


V-A-R® certification training

Validate-Appreciate-Refer (V-A-R®) is Active Minds’ simple, revolutionary tool that empowers people to have meaningful conversations with those around them. Through this training, participants will be equipped to actively listen and effectively respond when someone lets them know they are having a hard time. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be certified in V-A-R®. Find more information and register today through the Active Minds Zoom Events page for any of the upcoming sessions in 2023:

  • Wed., March 22nd at 12:00pm ET (for Administrators/Community At-Large) & 6:00pm ET (for Students)
  • Wed., May 24th at 12:00pm ET (for Administrators/Community At-Large) & 6:00pm ET (for Students)
  • Wed., September 13th at 12:00pm ET (for Administrators/Community At-Large) & 6:00pm ET (for Students)
  • Wed., October 18th at 12:00pm ET (for Administrators/Community At-Large) & 6:00pm ET (for Students)
  • Wed., December 6th at 12:00pm ET (for Administrators/Community At-Large) & 6:00pm ET (for Students)


Booking Information

Schedule a Presentation

To book a V-A-R trainer for your live presentation, please complete our interest form.


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“The trainer was outstanding and the program she presented resonated with both our students and the faculty. Very pleased with both the message and delivery about V-A-R and have heard so much positive feedback from our community about the assembly.”

Richard Curtis
Landon School


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