Workshops & Outreach

Classroom workshop

Workshops

The Counseling Center offers workshops and trainings open to the university community. Members of our staff are available to present programs on a wide variety of topics to TU student organizations, classes, university departments, faculty & staff, and offices that serve TU students. Counseling Center staff are also available to be part of panel discussions that involve issues related to relationships, stress, families, the college experience, dealing with difficult issues, grief and loss, etc by request.

Additionally, the Counseling Center Peer Education Programs offer a variety of peer-led workshops related to general mental health, body image, mental health in diverse communities and drug and alcohol use.

Requesting an Outreach Program

Guidelines

  • Outreach programs are only for TU students or faculty and staff who serve TU students.
  • Please give us at least three weeks advance notice for all presentation requests.
  • Please select from the list of outreach programs below.
  • You must have a minimum of 10 audience participants for each presentation.
  • If we cannot fulfill your request, we will try to connect you with alternative resources.

To arrange for a program, please complete our Program Request FormInterested in requesting an alcohol or other drug workshop? Please complete this specific ATOD Program Request Form through the ATOD Prevention Center.

Please remember to contact the Counseling Center a minimum of three weeks before the approximate date of the program you are requesting to ensure our availability.

Outreach Programs

In this 50-minute presentation, attendees will learn all about the various ways in which anxiety impacts college students. This includes learning about the difference between normal, everyday anxiety and anxiety disorders; being able to identify symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks; and learning about how to cope (and help others cope) with a panic attack or other anxiety symptoms.

This workshop discusses and defines body image and unattainable body ideals in our society as well as introduces the concept of body neutrality. Body neutrality is an approach used to improve body dissatisfaction. Instead of focusing on either body negativity or positivity, it encourages a neutral stance to help individuals challenge negative self-talk in an attainable and sustainable way. Participants will learn skills to help them begin incorporating body neutrality into your everyday lives.

Resident Advisors (RAs) and other student leaders can experience stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue at heightened levels.  This 60 minute interactive and discussion-based workshop provides education and support around stress and burnout.  Topics discussed include learning to identify signs of burnout and compassion fatigue, learning healthy ways to set and maintain boundaries, and understanding how to implement self-care across a variety of dimensions of one’s life.

Invite one of our clinicians to speak on your respective panel about mental health. In the Outreach Request Form, please specify the topic of focus you would like us to address. 

Conversations About Conversations is an interactive 60-minute presentation that introduces strategies and concrete resources to help students communicate more honestly, assertively, and effectively in their various relationships. This workshop will normalize that having vulnerable and assertive conversations is not easy, and oftentimes a skill that has to be taught and practiced. This presentation aims to deepen students’ understanding of their own communication styles and/or conflict avoidance patterns and increase skills for addressing conflict in an effective, culturally-congruent way with family, friends, and roommates. Students will leave this workshop with a handout of interactive prompts and resources to continue their growth and development in this area.

A brief 5-minute video that names common stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and provides suggestions for how to manage those stressors in a healthy and adaptive way.

Depression 101 provides a starting point and a foundation for talking about, and learning about, depression. It reviews different signs and symptoms of how depression may manifest in our everyday lives, which should help us better recognize when we, or family and friends, might be depressed. It also discusses common causes of depression, treatments for depression, and provides additional learning resources.

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the various Counseling Center services, how to schedule an appointment, what to expect when meeting with a counselor, and the wide array of services offered by the Counseling Center.

The grief and grieving program walks viewers through a series of short videos that help explain the process of grieving. It guides students through several components of grieving, including experiencing grief, social responses, guilt and self-blame, coping and more. Whether your grief is new or old, this program can help you learn more about what it means to be grieving, and how you can take steps to work through this difficult experience.

During this pandemic, many of us find ourselves needing to set boundaries with people in our lives. Maybe you’re living in close quarters with others, or trying to navigate tricky communication online. In this presentation, we discuss what healthy boundaries look like, and bring you strategies for creating boundaries, managing conflicts and more.

Invite one of our clinicians to your class, club meetings, staff meeting, etc. to share about Counseling Center services, as well as discuss general college mental health. 

This is not a formal presentation. 

This presentation provides an introduction to polyamory and ethical non-monogamy, the practice of intimate relationships with more than one person. In this presentation we cover basic information about polyamory, common misconceptions, some important considerations about polyamorous relationships, and where to get more information.

This presentation will provide an overview of mindfulness meditation, highlighting some of the benefits of engaging in it, and explaining how to begin a practice of meditation. Listeners will participate in a brief meditation, and will also learn ways to engage in mindfulness on an everyday basis. Additional mindfulness meditation resources in the TU community and beyond will be shared.

This option is for non-clinical consultations only. 

Discussing mental health can be challenging to navigate. This non-clinical outreach consultation is for campus partners or students who are planning an event that is focused on or related to mental health. This consultation can be utilized for feedback regarding your mental health-focused content. Additionally, this consultation can be used if the content to be discussed could be potentially triggering, trauma-inducing, or have an unintended negative impact on the audience. 

Consultations are typically around 30 minutes, and held either virtually or at the Counseling Center. 

A short presentation about the psychological and biological bases of procrastination — with two life hacks at the end to help students stop procrastinating today.

This is a general presentation focused on self-care that emphasizes student reflection and solution-focused action planning. It is adaptable to use with a variety of student groups and can be abbreviated as needed.

This presentation explains how learning challenges can impact positive self-esteem, stress, and anxiety for students. In addition, this presentation explains the difference between stress and anxiety as well as some common reasons why students who learn and think differently may experience more stress and anxiety than their peers. Lastly, this presentation provides an example of a helpful cognitive therapy technique that students can use to help them successfully complete future challenging academic tasks with more confidence.

Stress eating (also known as emotional eating) can happen for many people at various high pressure points during the semester. It can be overwhelming to try managing the behavior but this presentation begins to provide small steps on how someone can identify if they engage with stress eating and some tips on how to manage it.

Presentation includes prompts for self-reflection followed by guided practice of several types of relaxation exercises. Suggested scripts are included in an attached document and could be read or recorded for play during the presentation; or other scripts could be substituted. The entire presentation including all the types of practice could be done in less than an hour, and could easily be shortened by adjusting the time spent on practice.

This workshop is intended for TU Faculty seeking ways to support students in the midst of multiple pandemics (COVID-19 & racial injustices) and in the aftermath of violence within our community. The presentation outlines potential reactions to the prolonged pandemic and traumatic events, identifies signs and symptoms of distress with suggestions on how to approach distressed students and refer them to appropriate campus resources. This program also offers tips on maintaining appropriate boundaries with struggling students. 

The Counseling Center will table at your respective event and provide resources, as well as be available to answer the questions of your event participants. 

This presentation is intended for TU faculty and staff seeking ways to support students in the midst of COVID-19 and the racial turmoil within our country. The PowerPoint outlines potential reactions to COVID-19 and racial trauma, identifies specific ways that faculty and staff can connect with students through online media, and highlights the importance of self-care for faculty and staff as they seek to support their students.

Help reduce victim blaming! Survivors of trauma, including sexual assault, can feel confused and frustrated about their reactions. They often blame themselves for what are, in fact, perfectly normal mind-body responses to trauma. This workshop can help to dismantle victim blaming as well as reduce feelings of guilt and shame among survivors.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? If you've ever asked yourself that question, look no further! This presentation is aimed at providing an overview of the basic principles of CBT and includes practical examples that can be implemented in day to day life. Enjoy!

Follow-up Survey

Following completion of the workshop or program, the Counseling Center asks you to participate in a brief survey. Please complete this survey after every workshop you attend.

Student Loss or Campus Tragedy

If your department or organization has recently experienced the loss of a student or a campus tragedy, please email the . Staff will contact you to discuss how best to support your needs.