FREE CAPS Workshops

I am excited to inform you that Counseling and Psychological Services is offering several FREE Workshops that are available to all students.

First, we have expanded our Mindfulness Meditation Practice Sessions, so that we are offering them four times a week.  Mindfulness is an excellent skill for stress reduction, pain management, and reduction of negative emotional states.  Sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 am.  And Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm. 

Second, we are offering a workshop addressing academic success.  It is titled PACE: Positive Academic Change and Exploration.  This workshop will help participants explore their attitude about academics and identify ways to overcome obstacles to personal academic success.  This could be an excellent recommendation for anybody who seeks to improve their academic performance and especially those on academic probation.  It meets on Tuesdays at 1 pm.

Third, we are offering Self-Care for Peak Performance.  This workshop will help participants explore stress management techniques to maintain their stress at a level that will enhance their performance.  This workshop will take place on Wednesdays from 1-2pm, Sept 4-Oct 16.

Last,  we are offering a Body-Esteem Boot Camp on Thursdays 9/19-10/24 from 3-4:30 pm.  Here is what the facilitator would like you to know about it.  “CAPS will be offering a free 6-week workshop series to increase positive body image: BODY ESTEEM BOOT CAMP (BEBC)! This series was originally created by Dr. Katie Cougevan at UC Davis Counseling and Psychological Services.  I facilitated this series at UC Davis, and with her permission I offered this series at California State University, Northridge.  It was a great success on both campuses.  Thus, I am excited to share it now with IU students!    Here is a snapshot of the series: Each week, I will present a topic that I use as a springboard to generate hopefully an active, thoughtful discussion intermixed with experiential exercises.  Some examples include: Week 2 we will learn ways to be critical media viewers and week 4, we will practice mindfulness of our body, thoughts, and feelings through visualization, mindful eating. etc.  I have found that this space can be an excellent starting point for students to explore their relationship with self and others and for some, when appropriate, a nice entry way to an interpersonal process-oriented therapy group like Nourish: The Body and the Self also offered at CAPS and co-facilitated by Andrea Maltese, LCSW and me. “  Ideally a student will commit to participate in all six workshops in order to maximize benefit from the series and to build connections with participants given there tends to be a cohort of students who attend all sessions.  However, students may certainly drop in for any week.  This series is open to all genders and both undergrads and grad students.   Topics by Week: Week 1: Defining Body Esteem Week 2: Talk Back to Media Week 3: Defining Ourselves: Family and Cultural Perceptions Week 4: Mindfulness: Increasing Awareness

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