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Wellness Workshops and Events

The Counseling and Mental Health Center offers a wide variety of services and programs to meet students’ mental health needs. The services listed below are free workshops and events intended to provide valuable life skills.

While these wellness workshops and events are often led by a licensed mental health professional, and students may certainly find them to be therapeutic, they are not considered formal therapy. Any student can attend the programs listed below regardless of whether they are receiving other services at CMHC. Some options are one-time events, some are drop-in based, and others are brief series requiring prior enrollment.

We hope to expand these offerings over time and are interested in student feedback about what kinds of topics or events would be of most interest. Please click here to submit your suggestions for wellness events or series you would like to see offered.

Wellness Workshops and Events

Spring 2022
Referrals for Spring groups and workshops will open on Monday, January 10th.

Fridays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. CST

2/4 - 5/6

Mike Andorka and Carolyn Miles

Virtual


Skills for coping with anxiety and depressive symptoms.

In this four-session workshop series, participants learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidenced based treatment for managing anxiety and depression. Students will review ACT concepts and skills including:

  • managing thoughts and feelings,
  • mindfulness,
  • cognitive defusion techniques,
  • and commitment to goal-directed behavior.

ACT uses metaphors and storytelling to provide education on ACT principles. This workshop is interactive, and participants will be asked to practice what is learned in their daily lives.

The series is primarily informational with brief group discussions about the skills. Participants are asked to attend the workshop series for 4 weeks in a row. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the workshop at any time of the semester.

This is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not have to be a CMHC client to enroll.

Wednesdays, 5 to 6 p.m. CST

1/18 - 5/6

Louis Haling

Virtual


In this one-session workshop, CMHC staff will guide you through the process of finding a counselor outside of UT. If you are considering therapy but are unsure whether it’s for you, don’t know how to pay for counseling or are wondering how to find the right counselor, this workshop can help. Participants will learn the basics of accessing mental health care in the community, including:

  • Why people see counselors
  • How to use your insurance for mental health care
  • Low-cost counseling options
  • Searching for, selecting, and contacting counselors

This is not a therapy group, and you do not have to be a CMHC client to enroll.

Tuesdays, 12:30 to 2 p.m. CST

2/1 - 4/12

Laura Sandoval-Sweeney

CMHC - SSB 5th floor


Tools and concepts for becoming a better friend to yourself.

In this five-session workshop series, participants work to unlearn tendencies toward self-harshness and perfectionism which feed into challenges such as depression, social anxiety and low self-worth. The workshop is designed to help participants improve their relationships with themselves by finding a healthier balance between self-kindness and self-accountability. Participants can expect to learn about mindfulness meditation and to engage in experiential practice during sessions.

The series is primarily informational with brief group discussions about the concepts and skills introduced. Participants are asked to attend the workshop for five weeks in a row. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the workshop at any time of the semester.

This is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not have to be a CMHC client to enroll.

Mondays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CST

1/31 - 5/2

Abby Simpson

Virtual


Skills for navigating stress and overwhelming emotions.

This four-session workshop allows participants to learn concepts and skills for:

  • managing emotions that feel out of control,
  • increasing your ability to relax
  • dealing with painful thoughts and feelings,
  • and improving relationships with others.

The series is primarily informational with brief group discussions about the skills. Participants are asked to attend the workshop series for 4 weeks in a row. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the workshop at any time of the semester.

This is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not have to be a CMHC client to enroll.

Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m. CST

1/31 - 5/2 (not meeting during Spring Break OR on 3/28)

Jennifer Barnoud, Registered Dietitian

Tentatively hybrid (accessible virtually and in person at SSB room G1.104)


This free, educational workshop series is facilitated by Jennifer Barnoud, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with University Health Services. Participants will learn evidence-based answers to nutrition-related questions and concerns commonly experienced by students. Participants will also learn when it is appropriate to seek more specialized care to help with making changes to eating behaviors. Rotating topics will include:

Meal Planning, Grocery Shopping, Cooking

  • How to meet nutritional guidelines in a way that fits into students’ lives as Healthyhorns
  • Managing these tasks when also juggling a busy schedule

Nutrition for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Emotional Eating

  • Common triggers for emotional eating
  • Evidence-based strategies to reduce and prevent emotional eating
  • How students can develop a personalized plan to address their specific eating concerns

Intuitive and Mindful Eating

Students can choose to attend one or more topics at any time of the semester.

This is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not have to be a CMHC client or UHS patient to enroll. This workshop series is primarily informational with brief group discussions about the skills.

Fridays, 1 to 2 p.m. CST

2/4 - 4/29

Joey Hannah

Virtual


Skills for managing your emotional well-being during graduate school.

Please note this workshop section is only for graduate students.

In this free 4-session workshop series, participants learn concepts and skills for:

  • regulating emotions when they feel out of control,
  • communication skills for building healthy relationships,
  • managing time, sleep, and energy (includes mindfulness skills),
  • and having a healthier relationship with your emotions and acting on your values.

This workshop series is primarily informational with brief group discussions about the skills. Participants are asked to attend the workshop series for 4 weeks in a row. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the workshop at any time of the semester.

Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1/18 - 5/3

Geeti Mahajan

Virtual


Join us for this virtual mindful meditation group, which begins with gentle, mindful movement, followed by guided meditation, and ends with discussion to process the experience and offer support.

The group is open to students, faculty and staff with any level of meditation experience. Participants can join the session at any time as late arrivals or early departures are accommodated.

Please note, this is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not need to be a CMHC client to enroll. Participants can join at any time during the semester. The facilitator will email you instructions for the Zoom prior to the upcoming session. Be sure to sign up in advance.

For questions or more information - Contact Geeti Mahajan.



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