Workshops & Support Spaces

UCC WELLNESS WORKSHOPS & SUPPORT SPACES

The UCC is happy to offer a number of virtual and in-person Drop-in Workshops and Support Spaces to support our students.
 
Please see below to learn more about current offerings and how to participate. You are welcome to join as many workshops and support spaces as you’d like throughout the academic year.
 
 

Drop-In Support Spaces

Support Spaces are drop-in in nature and open to any interested University of Pittsburgh student. No registration required!

Self-Care in Social Justice Workshop: Advocating for Reproductive Health

Self-care is an integral component of all social justice work and student activists aren’t afforded space to relax, vent, and heal. Come join us for this workshop to learn ways to engage in self-care practices while advocating for reproductive health. Another reason self-care is so crucial to social justice work is because student activists who are fighting for change are exposing themselves to trauma which can impact their mental health.
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  • Thursdays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Wellness Center, Room 204
  • Please note: Workshop is cancelled on October 6th.

No registration required!

First Year Support Space

The transition to college is a unique experience that can often come with many stressors. This drop-in workshop will provide students with the space to explore aspects of being a first-year student, and to develop solutions and skills on navigating this new time. Some examples of what we will focus on include developing study skills, making friends in college, managing schedules, navigating campus, self-care and more!

  • Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Wellness Center - Room 204

No registration required!


 

UCC Wellness Workshops

UCC Virtual Workshops utilize Zoom Video Conferencing. To access the virtual space, students must register using their Pitt email. Please download Zoom prior to joining a virtual workshop. All virtual workshops will be locked after 15 minutes.

Academic Performance Skills

Academic performance is a common concern among college students. This informational workshop aims to teach students skills and strategies for enhancing their academic performance on a consistent basis. Topics of discussion include managing academic stressors, dealing with procrastination, performance/test anxiety.

Workshop Dates:

  • September 15th at 3pm
  • October 6th at 3pm
  • October 20th at 3pm
  • November 3rd at 3pm
  • November 17th at 3pm
  • December 1st at 3pm
  • December 15th at 3pm

Click here to register!

Building Resilience

Join this workshop on understanding and recognizing the impact of trauma on individuals and how to build resilience in the face of life's challenges. Through this workshop, individuals will be empowered to learn more about their how trauma can inform people's lives. Participants will learn about coping skills and resources that can assist them or others live their life with hope and resilience.
 
Workshop dates:

  • November 16th at 10am
  • November 30th at 10am
  • December 14th at 10am

Click here to register!

Calming Your Thoughts

Our thoughts can directly impact our emotions and behaviors, so it can be helpful to learn how to identify, reframe and cope with unhelpful thoughts. This workshop is designed to help students learn the skills to do just that!

Workshop Dates:

  • October 5th at 4pm
  • October 19th at 4pm
  • November 2nd at 4pm
  • November 16th at 4pm
  • November 30th at 4pm
  • December 14th at 4pm

Click here to register!

Coping in College

College can be stressful at times. This workshop aims to help students cope with the demands of college and/or graduate school. Students will gain a basic understanding of how the body responds to stress and begin developing a coping toolbox.

Workshop dates:

  • September 9th at 1pm
  • September 23rd at 1pm
  • October 7th at 1pm
  • October 21st at 1pm
  • November 4th at 1pm
  • November 18th at 1pm
  • December 2nd at 1pm
  • December 16th at 1pm

Click here to register!

Creative Healing: A Social Justice Art Collaboration

A collaboration between the Center for Creativity and University Counseling Center, Creative Healing invites Pitt makers to explore, create, and connect around topics of social justice and healing through creative expression and dialogue.

Sessions meet Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. in C4C: The Workshop (in the University Store on Fifth), October 5th - November 16th, 2022. Works created have the opportunity to be featured throughout campus.

DBT Workshop: Core Mindfulness

This workshop will explore developing mindfulness skills which help us focus attention on the present moment, noticing both what is going on within ourselves and what is going on outside of ourselves and become and stay centered. Mindfulness as a practice has now become widespread, and teaches us how to observe and experience our reality as it is, to be less judgmental, and to live in the moment with effectiveness. It allows us to focus on experiencing our reality as it without trying to change it, and to help us form an intimate connection with our environments and those around us. Lastly, practicing mindfulness can help us develop a sense of freedom.

Workshop dates:

  • September 15th at 1pm
  • October 14th at 1pm
  • November 10th at 1pm

Click here to register!

DBT Workshop: Distress Tolerance

This workshop will focus on developing distress tolerance which teaches us how to tolerate and survive situations without making things worse.  These skills teach us how to accept and enter into a situation that maybe not be a situation we hoped for or wanted.  In particularly, distress tolerance enables us to tolerate painful events, urges, and emotions when we cannot make things better right away.  The skills permit us to accept a situation or an event when it is not one we like.

Workshop dates:

  • October 7th at 1pm
  • November 3rd at 1pm
  • December 8th at 1pm

Click here to register!

DBT Workshop: Emotion Regulation

This workshop will explore emotional regulation skills that center around enhancing (not perfecting!) control of our emotions.  By learning emotion regulation skills we can have more control, and perhaps learn to modulate, our emotions and emotional experiences.  The goal of emotion regulation is to learn or increase our understanding of emotions in general and help us understand, identify and describe our own emotions.  In addition, these skills help us to reduce the intensity of painful or unwanted emotions (e.g., anxiety, anger, sadness), and to change situations that prompt painful or unwanted emotions. Lastly, we can learn to reduce our vulnerability to becoming extremely or painfully emotional, and to increase motional resilience – all while learning to accept ongoing emotions, particularly when what we are feeling is extreme.

Workshop dates:

  • September 22nd at 1pm
  • October 21st at 1pm
  • November 17th at 1pm

Click here to register!

DBT Workshop: Interpersonal Effectiveness

This workshop will focus on developing interpersonal effectiveness which skills help us maintain and improve relationships both with people whom we are close and with strangers.  Interpersonal effectiveness teaches us how to deal with conflict situations, to ask for what we want and need, and to say no to unwanted requests and demands – all in ways that maintains our own self-respect and others’ liking and respect for us.

Workshop dates:

  • September 29th at 1pm
  • October 28th at 1pm
  • December 1st at 1pm

Click here to register!

For anyBODY & everyBODY

In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to explore their feelings about their body in a supportive and inclusive environment. We will spend time discussing various cultural, social, and familial factors contributing to body image concerns and explore these influences. Experiential exercises will also be used to help students examine and live according to their values.

Workshop dates:

  • September 9th at 2pm
  • September 23rd at 2pm
  • October 7th at 2pm
  • October 21st at 2pm
  • November 4th at 2pm
  • November 18th at 2pm
  • December 2nd at 2pm
  • December 16th at 2pm

Click here to register!

Healthy Relationships & Communication

Relationships can impact our overall well-being in a number of ways. In this workshop, student will learn about qualities of healthy relationships and strategies for building them with friends, family members, classmates, and partners. Additionally, students will learn effective communication strategies to maintain and grow relationships.

Workshop dates:

  • September 8th at 2pm
  • September 22nd at 2pm
  • October 6th at 2pm - cancelled!
  • October 20th at 2pm
  • November 3rd at 2pm
  • November 17th at 2pm
  • December 1st at 2pm
  • November 15th at 2pm

Click here to register!

Making Connections (C4C X UCC)

Come down to the Center for Creativity Workshop and explore, create, and connect with others, including a University Counseling Center counselor and maker.

Grab your latest project (or start one for the first time!) and join us to cultivate your creative outlet.  We’ll work on and share our projects, while discussing broader themes of self-expression, self-care, and wellness.

No reservation necessary!

  • Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm

Click here for more information!

Pobody's Nerfect

Striving for perfectionism is an endless task that can be very distressing and impact your well-being. The goal is progress, not perfection! This workshop will focus on cultivating flexibility around expectations and developing a healthy pursuit of excellence.
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Workshop dates:

  • September 21st at 2pm
  • October 5th at 2pm
  • October 19th at 2pm
  • November 2nd at 2pm
  • November 16th at 2pm
  • November 30th at 2pm
  • December 14th at 2pm

Click to register here!

Racial Wellness

Racial trauma (or race-based traumatic stress) is the result of racism and discrimination. It includes psychological, physical, and emotional harm that is caused by witnessing or experiencing racism and discrimination. This workshop will explore the connection between the mind, body and spirit and a holistic approach to wellness through the four bodies (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual). Promoting a sense of holistic wellness reminds us of our full humanity and helps us move from racial trauma to racial healing.

Workshop dates:

  • September 9th at 11am
  • September 20th at 11am
  • October 4th at 11am
  • October 18th at 11am
  • November 1st at 11am
  • November 15th at 11am
  • November 29th at 11am
  • December 13th at 11am

Click here to register!

Self-Care 101

Taking care of yourself in meaningful ways is important to help you navigate the demands of college life. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to explore ways to engage in self-nourishing activities that enhance their well-being.

Workshop dates:

  • September 21st at 2pm
  • October 5th at 2pm
  • October 19th at 2pm
  • November 2nd at 2pm
  • November 16th at 2pm
  • November 30th at 2pm
  • December 14th at 2pm

Click here to register!

Stress Management

Stress is an inevitable part of college life, but that doesn't mean you can’t thrive! In fact, some stress can be beneficial to us. Join us for this interactive workshop to learn ways to navigate and manage your stress levels and make stress work for you! 

Workshop dates:

  • September 8th at 11am
  • September 22nd at 11am
  • October 6th at 11am
  • October 20th at 11am
  • November 3rd at 11am
  • November 17th at 11am
  • December 1st at 11am
  • November 15th at 11am

Click here to register!

Understanding & Managing Anxiety

This workshop is designed to teach students about the function and common symptoms of anxiety. Additionally, students will learn strategies on how to manage their anxiety, including cognitive strategies, distraction techniques and self-care.

Workshop dates:

  • September 13th at 1pm
  • September 27th at 1pm
  • October 11th at 1pm
  • October 25th at 1pm
  • November 8th at 1pm
  • November 22nd at 1pm
  • December 6th at 1pm

Click here to register!


 

Peer-led Workshops

PantherWELL Peer Support Group: Coping with Reproductive Health Rights

Lack of access to reproductive health care can result in negative mental health outcomes including: increased anxiety, lower self-esteem, depression, anger and rage, panic attacks, trauma, guilt, and shame. This peer support group co-facilitated by PantherWELL Peer Health Educators and UCC Staff Clinicians will provide an opportunity for students to seek support who may be directly impacted by the Supreme Court’s ruling and/or advocating for reproductive health.
 

  • Mondays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Wellness Center, Room 204

 
No registration required!


 

Self-Paced Workshop

Be sure to check back for information on self-paced workshops!