Volunteer Opportunities

Stressbusters provides student volunteers opportunity to learn stress reduction and help the university community

You may have seen Stressbusters at community events around campus, or maybe you’ve even benefitted from their services. Stressbusters is a health initiative of the Habif Health and Wellness Center with a mission to “help WashU students, staff and faculty rediscover relaxation.” The group sets up at campus events and provides free five-minute backrubs and wellness information administered by trained student volunteers.

The program is currently recruiting new student volunteers for the Fall 2016 semester. Training will be conducted this Saturday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Danforth University Center (students must apply online through portfolio/WUGO first). During the workshop student volunteers will be trained by a licensed massage therapist on “the basics of stress, muscle tension and relaxation, and how to provide simple, low-intensity Swedish backrub techniques to a person’s shoulders, arms, back and neck.” Student volunteers will also learn communication skills and become familiar with campus wellness resources. In addition to the training session student volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of three events each the semester (60-minute shift per event).

Stressbuster Student Volunteer Training

  • Apply by 5:00 p.m. on Friday via portfolio/WUGO (search “Stressbusters” and find application under “Forms”)
  • TIME: Saturday, September 17th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Danforth University Center, room 276