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Programs and Workshops

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University Counseling Services offers a wide variety of workshops, programs, trainings, and special events throughout the year. Programs are designed to promote a supportive campus community and to boost your coping, stress management, and interpersonal skills, so that that you be confident and successful in all areas of your life. 

Check out what we have going on this Fall 2018!!!

 

1) 8-week Mindful life coaching series

Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of being where your feet are.  It is the skill of focusing intentionally in the present moment and accepting it without judgment.  In this series, you will learn how to reduce your stress and worry, and how to improve your overall well-being and quality of life.   This eight-week series helps you to feel more centered and calm, and gives you the skills to manage life's challenges in a more effective way! 

Benefits of Mindfulness:
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Increased life satisfaction
- Increased productivity and concentration
- Improved relationships
- Increased emotional management
- Increased compassion for self and for others
- Increased patience
- Increased critical thinking

Choose one section below for Spring 2019:

Workshop#1: Mondays: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - SECTION FILLED

Workshop #2: Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Workshop #3: Thursdays: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop #5:  STAFF and FACULTY only -  Mondays 11:30-1pm  

 All mindfulness sessions are FREE!!!

Please contact:  zackd1@southernct.edu or xatsem1@southernct.edu  for more information or to join!

For additional Information and supplemental course materials click here.  

 

2)  Calm body...calm mind

Join this weekly session with complementary and alternative treatments that help you reduce anxiety through ear acupuncture, aromatherapy, breathing and grounding techniques. Group members will learn skills to help them gain control over anxiety symptoms. Especially useful for those who use substances like alcohol or marijuana to manage their anxiety.  Wednesdays 4:45-6: Contact:  bonyaie1@southernct.edu for more information.

3)  Life Hacks Workshops

This fun, interactive, and welcoming 5 session workshop series covers effective skills and strategies for managing stress, improving performance, making healthier choices, controlling problematic thoughts, and communicating more effectively.  All are welcome.

Starts 2/6/19 and will be held every Wednesday from 2-3pm in Engleman Hall Room B 219.  (Counseling Center main office). Contact Nick Pinkerton for more info.  Pinkertonn1@southernct.edu

 4) Pet Therapy

Every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 in the Student Center Atrium (outside the ballroom on the 3rd floor).  Come and relax with our furry friends from Pet Partners!  They are sure to bring a smile to your face and make you feel more calm and happy!

The first visit will be Thursday, January 31st at 3:30 pm.  Contact xatsem1@southernct.edu for more information. 

 5)  Free friday yoga

Join counselor and yoga instructor, Denise Zack, at the Fitness Center for a FREE yoga class.  The class is a vinyasa flow style with calming music, mindfulness, and a focus on reducing anxiety and depression symptoms.  It is a great way to decompress from the busy week!  Just show up with comfy clothes and your ID to sign in. Mats and blocks are provided.  All levels welcome.  First class fall 2018 is Friday, January 25, 2019 from 12:05-1:05pm.  

 

6)  Campus Connect

Campus Connect provides gatekeepers with state-of-the-art training which addresses more than just statistics and facts about suicide. Through the use of experiential exercises and frank discussion about gatekeepers' own fears, Campus Connect prepares gatekeepers for the anxiety-provoking situation of interacting with a suicidal student and allows gatekeepers to overcome the obstacles that often leave a student in crisis feeling misunderstood, judged, invalidated, and dismissed. Through connection, Campus Connect gatekeepers can assuage the feelings of isolation of a suicidal student and allow the student to more fully benefit from referral and connection to professional resources.

Designed specifically for a college/university community, Campus Connect is an experiential training focused on enhancing gatekeepers' knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. Beyond increasing gatekeepers' knowledge about students in a suicidal crisis, emphasis is placed on developing empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts. Moreover, through increased awareness of their own emotional reactions, Campus Connect gatekeepers are able to more effectively respond to students' emotional needs and increase the likelihood of a meaningful connection with appropriate professional resources. In addition to enhanced ability in responding to students in a suicidal crisis, the skills learned in Campus Connect training will enable gatekeepers to respond caringly and effectively to students experiencing a wide range of emotional crises.

Gatekeeper Training

Campus Connect is a three-hour, interactive training program designed for use with a wide variety of campus personnel (e.g., faculty, residence life staff, academic advisors, health center staff, etc.). A Campus Connect gatekeeper training session includes:

  • Review of college student suicide statistics and facts
  • Discussion of suicide myths and warning signs
  • Instruction on how to ask students if they are thinking about suicide and how to refer students to mental health professionals
  • Review of effective communication and relationship-building skills
  • Discussion of typical emotional reactions experienced both by students in crisis and responding gatekeepers
  • Participation in four experiential exercises
  • Participation in a guided group role play Contact the Counseling Center to schedule a training for your group.
  • The program and time frame and can be tailored to meet your needs of your group.

Call to set up a training for your group, class or organization!  contact allene1@southernct.edu for more information

6) CUSTOM PROGRAMS

If you would like us to help you develop a specific program for your club or group, please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Denise Zack, at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the planned program.

Sample Custom Programs:

  • Mindfulness and Stress Management
  • Managing Anxiety and/or Depression
  • Healthy Communication
  • Self -Care and Wellness
  • Meditation Training for Stress Relief
  • etc....