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Programs and Workshops

Man walking across campusUniversity 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. 

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.

JOIN ONE OF FIVE mindful life coaching workshop series STARTING late September 2017:

 

  • Workshop #1 Mondays: 11:00am - 12:30pm
  • Workshop #2 Tuesdays: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Workshop #3 Tuesdays: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Workshop #4 Thursdays:  10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Workshop #5 Fridays: 10:00am – 11:30am
All mindfulness sessions are FREE!!!

Mindful Life coaching Workshop Series

What is mindfulness and how can it help you?  Simply put, mindfulness is that practice of being where your feet are.  It is the skill of focusing intentionally in the present moment and accepting it without judgment.  It teaches you how to take better care of yourself and participate fully in improving your overall well-being and quality of life.   Here at SCSU, we offer an eight-week mindfulness workshop series each semester.   Our goal is to help you get yourself into a more centered and mindful place, and to see the benefits that mindfulness can bring to your life.

Benefits of Mindfulness:
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Increased life satisfaction
- Increased productivity and concentration
- Improved relationships—personally and professionally
- Increased emotional regulation
- Increased cognitive insight
- Increased compassion for self and for others
- Increased patience
- Increased critical thinking

Please contact:  zackd1@southernct.edu or mercadon1@southernct.edu  for more information or to join!

For additional Information and supplemental course materials click here.  

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.

Introduction

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 timeframe and can be tailored to meet your needs of your group.