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.
Download the workshop application here.

Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule





When Writing Never Gets Done
Feb 6
Room 9204




Getting What You Need From Your Advisor
Mar 12
Room 9204

Mindfulness for Stress & Anxiety
Mar 23
Room C-205

The Imposter Syndrome
Apr 24
Room 9204


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.


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.


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.

Mindfulness for Stress & Anxiety
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.  

Join us for a workshop to learn the basic principles of mindfulness along with guided practices that can be easily incorporated in daily life.

When Writing Never Gets Done: Completing Your Paper, Thesis or Dissertation
With Karen E. Starr, Psy.D.
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.

Speaking With Confidence
Speaking Circle Workshops offer you a remarkable opportunity to improve your speaking skills--to become more confident, more eloquent, more clear-headed in all the speaking situations that you are likely to encounter in graduate school - speaking up in classes and seminars, giving talks, presenting your ideas to a professor.
The Speaking Circle approach is simple, though it has powerful psychological underpinnings. Within this comfortable frame, participants gain surprising confidence in their ability to think on their feet.  Participants report that Speaking Circles helped them to trust in their own voice, strengthen their self-confidence and dramatically reduce their anxiety.

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!