Student Counseling Services offers a series of workshops throughout the academic year. Workshops address such topics as procrastination, stress management, the imposter syndrome, work inhibition, public speaking, parenting and more. Our workshops calendar is listed below, followed by descriptions and detatils of each workshop.
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Current Workshop Schedule





Raise the Room
January 30
Room 9207

Racial Microaggressions
February 24
Room 9205



To register for any of these workshops, please stop by the Wellness Center in Room 6422 to fill out an application. Be prepared to present your student I.D. with current validation sticker.  For more information, call our outreach number at (212) 817-8731 and leave a voice message. Your call will be returned promptly.


Are you feeling stressed?  Overwhelmed? Does it feel like you’re always somewhere else, ruminating about the past or worrying about the future?  Are you engaging in behaviors to manage stress that you would like to change?
Mindfulness is a practice of learning to attend to the present moment with more acceptance.  It is a systematic way of slowing down, observing one’s reactions, and relating to experiences with greater ease and compassion.  Mindfulness has been shown to enhance well-being by reducing the impact of stress and helping people cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression.  In addition, mindfulness can be applied to managing urges and cravings to use substances or other problematic behaviors such as self-injury and over-eating.

Holistic Stress Reductions for Finals Season and the Holidays

In this workshop you’ll learn simple yet effective techniques for reducing stress, anxiety, and overwhelm from a whole-body perspective. We’ll look at how sleep, diet, time management, self-care, communication, and meditation and breathing practices can help improve mood and calm your nervous system. You’ll come away with easy tools to implement in daily life and to help you get through the holidays and finals season with a little (or a lot) more peace of mind.

Raise the Room: Harnessing the Power of Participant-Centered Facilitation

This workshop will help graduate students learn how to effectively engage with the students they teach and the audiences they encounter during workshops, conferences and presentations. While recognizing that diversity exists in the audience is a crucial first step, all too often that is where the commitment to equity ends. This workshop will build and improve upon graduate students’ knowledge of how to “raise the room” through carefully facilitated engagements, so that we are promoting the underlying values of equity in each and every interaction. This session will help participants share and learn from each other, modeling the inclusive practices that can help us all honor and include everyone. Graduate students will walk away with a toolbox full of ideas that they can immediately implement in their next engagement!

How Do I Respond: Navigating and Coping with Racial Microaggressions in Graduate Education

This workshop will focus on providing a safe space for participants to examine racial microaggressions that have occurred while in graduate school and to identify and develop strategies to address ongoing interpersonal discrimination. A combination of lecture and experiential exercises will be utilized to facilitate this discussion. Participants can expect to develop a deeper understanding of racial microaggressions and microintervention strategies for addressing them.

Taming The Anxious Mind

Learn about the practice of mindfulness meditation and how to use it to cultivate a relaxed, focused state of mind. We will practice some techniques together. All are welcome.

How To Cope Through Challenging Times

The clinical staff at The Student Counseling Service are well aware of the ongoing and persistent stressors impacting our student population. In response to these cumulative stressors, we are offering this workshop.  

Our current sociopolitical culture may be causing us to feel overwhelming emotions that leave us at a loss for how to care for ourselves. Often, with increased stressors and witnessing traumatic material in our daily lives and through the media, we may feel waves of intense emotions that are difficult to manage. This may be especially the case for those of us who have experienced trauma. This workshop will focus on practical techniques and strategies to enhance self-compassion and self-care during this difficult time. Participants will learn about the impact of trauma on our sense of safety and wellbeing and learn more effective ways to manage intense emotions and foster self-care.

Getting What You Need From Your Advisor

Does your advisor seem to be avoiding you? Are your advisor’s expectations of you unclear or unrealistic? Is your advisor really the best fit for you? Your relationship with your advisor is vital to your success and well-being in grad school. This workshop will address: how to choose an advisor, how to build and maintain a working relationship with your advisor and what to do when problems occur.

The Imposter Syndrome

Do you often feel like a fraud, faking your way through graduate school, just waiting for your true inadequacies to be exposed for all to see?  Enduring and sometimes overwhelming feelings of fraudulence are central to psychological experience known as The Imposter Phenomenon.  In this interactive workshop, we will discuss The Imposter Phenomenon, and work to help students develop strategies to combat this often crippling experience.

When Writing Never Gets Done: Completing Your Paper, Thesis or Dissertation

Writers often avoid actual writing. They may labor with the mechanics and practicalities of writing or they may struggle against hidden dread of what their written product will look like once it hits the printed page. Some writers may doubt whether they possess the knowledge to write authoritatively. Often they avoid writing altogether fearing exposure. This workshop will explore the reasons for avoidance and inhibition in writing. With the help of the audience (Bring your scenarios!), real life examples, workable insights and solutions will be presented.

Time Management & Goal Setting Stategies For Graduate Students

This workshop will Provide you with an overview of principles for effective learning and time management based on the most up to date research. It will teach you how to apply these strategies in order to maximize study time, improve information retention.

Positive Parenting: Using Improved Communication To Set Limits

Are you frustrated that communication patterns with your children have become negative and/or unproductive?  This workshop will help you develop the skills to be more effective with less stress, moving towards healthier and more positive interactions.

Acclimate to New York

We invite anyone who identifies as an international student and who seeks support and connection to Acclimate to New York, a workshop for international students. This workshop is designed to meet the needs of international students who are interested in working together to address some of the common difficulties facing them such as: adapting to a new culture, making new friends, learning a new language, and meeting the demands of academic life.

Stress and Perfectionism

Where does your stress live? In your shoulders? In your impatience with loved ones? In between you and a good night of sleep? This workshop will provide strategies to help you identify and manage the unavoidable stress of graduate student life. Ways of moderating perfectionism, a common contributor to stress in grad students, will be addressed.

Procrastination and Your Dissertation

Are you an ingenious procrastinator? Do you spend your time working "around" your dissertation rather than working on it? Are you a more obvious procrastinator - emailing, social networking, surfing the net, watching reality TV when you should get down to the business of writing? Feeling guilty, hopeless and helpless? You are not alone. Join us as we identify the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to procrastination and discuss the techniques that will get you moving towards, rather than against, graduation!