Workshops

Workshops

Workshops are offered at the Wellness Center and Student Groups/ Departments of the University can request workshops to take place around the campus.   Workshops are interactive presentations focused on building specific skills for a wide variety of topics.   Workshops are offered at various points in the semester and can be requested one month in advance for student groups/ departments.

Wellness workshops are drop in format, no appointment needed!   Registration is encouraged for “Express Your Stress”.   All Wellness Workshops are held in the Wellness Center, Nordenberg Hall unless otherwise stated.   All Workshops are 45 min-1 hour in length.


CLICK HERE  to go to Workshop Sign-Up.


Spring 2019 Workshops


Anxiety Management 101:           *** Starts Jan 24
(Thursdays @ 1pm)

The Anxiety Management 101 Workshop is a series of 4 classes.   The purpose is to teach skills for managing the physiological symptoms of anxiety, challenging anxious thoughts, and coping with test anxiety.   Students are not expected to share personal information, talk about their experiences of anxiety, or even share their name with other students in the room.   If what you’ve tried thus far hasn’t worked or you would like to learn new skills, it might be beneficial to give this workshop a try.


Bouncing Back:                               *** Starts Jan 22
(Tuesdays @ 4pm)

Every person has four options for dealing with any problem:

  1. accept the problem;
  2. tolerate the problem;
  3. change the situation; or
  4. stay miserable.

In this three-week workshop series, find out how to assess your unique strengths and skills, and harness them to persevere through the unique challenges facing students like you.   Join us at the University Counseling Center to learn how to face your feelings and work through the tough stuff, so you can get back to living your best life.


Brain Boosters:                            *** Starts Jan 24
(Thursdays @ 3pm)

Do you notice you struggle with focusing, procrastinating, and following through with goals and plans? If so, this four part series is the workshop for you. Topics will include specific strategies to increase attention, boost productivity, and practice better self-care and holistic health habits.


Express Your Stress:           
(1/29, 2/25, 3/25, 4/22) @ 3pm   –   Center for Creativity, University Bookstore Lower Level

Will be held at The Center for Creativity on the following dates:

  • January 29
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 22

Please visit https://www.creative.pitt.edu/our-programs for more information.


Financial Wellness: Coping with Financial Stress
(Tuesdays @ 2pm)

The Coping with Financial Stress Workshop aims to help students navigate their finances in a way that supports their overall well-being.   We will provide students with referrals to various tools and resources that can help them increase their financial knowledge and skills.   Students will be provided with the educational strategies to cope with economic stressors and to make informed decisions surrounding their finances during their time in school and beyond.

  • 2/12:   undergraduate students
  • 2/19:   graduate students
  • 3/5:     undergraduate students
  • 3/19    graduate students
  • 4/2:     undergraduate students
  • 4/16:   graduate students


Healthy Relationships and Communication:      *** Starts Feb 6
(Wednesdays @ 1pm)

Come learn about qualities of healthy relationships and strategies for building them with friends, family members, classmates, and partners.


Managing Test Anxiety:                  *** Starts Feb 25
(Mondays @ 3pm)

Offered around midterm and finals time focused on understanding the effects of stress around exams and learning effective coping strategies to manage it better.


Mindful Emotions:                           *** Starts Jan 25
(Fridays @ 10am)

The goal is to help provide students skills to help regulate emotions, tolerate stress, work on interpersonal skills and learn about goal setting.

Topics are listed below:

Week Dates Topic
#1 Jan 25 Setting Goals and Succeeding
#2 Feb 1 What is mindfulness and what is it all about?
#3 Feb 8 Managing intense emotions
#4 Feb 15 Acceptance for things outside of our control
#5 Feb 22 Awareness of our inner thoughts
#6 Mar 1 Understanding the Role of our Emotions
#7 Mar 8 Learning the language of feelings
#8 Mar 15 Increasing my Happiness
#9 Mar 22 Emotional Strength Training
#10 Mar 29 Get What you want
#11 Apr 5 Maintaining Healthy Relationships
#12 Apr 12 Learning to Ask for Help and to Say NO


Self-Care as Social Justice:               *** Starting Jan 17 (3rd Thursday of the month)
(Thursdays @ 7pm)    –    CCLD Office

As the late, great Audre Lorde said, “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation…”   College is hard enough on its own.   Adding micro-aggressions and invalidating experiences into the mix can make life miserable.   Join us at the CCLD each week for an hour of reflection and resistance.   Connect with like-minded peers as we discuss how to navigate challenging campus, community, national, and global cultures; & how we can take care of our physical, mental, and emotional selves when our environment is disaffirming.
Students of all identities are welcome to this workshop, though each week of the month will highlight the self-care needs of specific student groups:

  • 1st Thursdays: International students
  • 2nd Thursdays: Students with disabilities/chronic mental & physical health conditions
  • 3rd Thursdays: Students of color
  • 4th Thursdays: LGBTQIA2s+ students
  • 5th Thursdays (i.e., just January 31st): All students


Stumbling on Happiness
(Fridays @ 3pm)

Have you been seeking happiness but just can’t seem to find it?   If so, this workshop is for you! In this workshop, members will learn skills designed to help them embrace their lives more fully and experience the happiness they’re seeking.   Happiness is all around us, sometimes we just have to look for it!   So let us help you find it.   Topics include strengths, forgiveness, gratitude, hope and optimism, meaning and purpose, positive relationships, and positive communication.