What are Workshops?

Come learn more about common mental health concerns and engage in some meaningful change. In each workshop, you will learn tangible coping skills and strategies to take home and try out. Come reduce your stress, learn to mindfully relax, develop self care strategies, and find ways to increase social connection.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Stress Less

*This is a drop-in workshop; sign up is not required, but is encouraged for planning purposes
Locations and Dates:
Sept 10 - SSA 14.265
Oct 2 - SSB 3.107
Nov 5 - SSA 14.245
Dec 5 - Res. Hall North Multipurpose Room (2nd floor)
4-5PM for all offerings

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It’s no secret that college life is stressful. Whether it’s balancing class with work and internships, trying to navigate new relationships, or feeling unsure about the future, it’s easy for stress to creep into the picture. Come to our Stress Less Workshop and learn valuable strategies to feel more prepared when stress enters the scene. In this workshop you will 1.) learn more about the origin and purpose of stress, 2.) be able to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy stress, and 3.) learn a variety of tips and tricks for managing stress in a healthy, realistic way.

Learning to Let Go: Tips for Overcoming Perfectionism

*This is a drop-in workshop; sign up is not required, but is encouraged for planning purposes
Sept 24, 4-5 PM; SSA 14.245
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Webster’s dictionary defines perfectionism as “a disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable.” Perfectionism exists in many forms in our society, and often times it is even highly-glorified. Perfectionism often seems like a positive trait to have, but in reality it is unrealistic and can be extremely damaging to mental health. This workshop will 1.) help students to differentiate between healthy goal-setting and unhealthy perfectionism 2.) discuss the negative impact that perfectionism has on mental health 3.) demonstrate how perfectionism can actually pull you further away from your goals 4.) provide strategies for reducing perfectionistic behaviors.

Tackling Loneliless and Social Isolation

*This is a drop-in workshop; sign up is not required, but is encouraged for planning purposes
Oct 16, 4-5PM; SSA 14.245
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When we picture what being in college is like, we often visualize having many friends, a constantly packed social calendar and a companion for every meal. It’s also common to desire just one or two close relationships in college. No matter what kind of social expectations you have for your time at UTD, making meaningful connections in college can be a challenge. Over time, feelings of loneliness can become very discouraging and painful which can certainly impact mental health in negative ways. In fact, research has shown that social support can help reduce the effects of depression, anxiety and other health concerns. This 1 hour workshop will dive deeper into the topic of loneliness, discussing ways it can impact your mental health and strategies you can take to combat it.

Sleep and Self Care

*This is a drop-in workshop; sign up is not required, but is encouraged for planning purposes
Nov 19, 4-5PM; SSA 14.245
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College life is often fast-paced, chaotic, and overwhelming. Many times students struggle with finding time to sleep and take care of their needs. Other times, students desperately want to sleep but struggle with falling and/or staying asleep. In this 1 hour workshop, you will learn why sleep is essential for mental wellness and strategies for improving your sleep hygiene. You will also learn about self-care and gain practical strategies for incorporating it into your daily routine.

Home for the Holidays:Preparing for Time at Home

*This is a drop-in workshop; sign up is not required, but is encouraged for planning purposes
Dec 11, 4-5PM; Location TBA
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Heading home for winter break can be exciting, but it can also cause distress. You may be returning to a home environment that is stressful or harmful. You may feel sad to lose the independence you’ve found at UTD. You might even be returning home for the first time since a relative or friend has passed away. It’s also very possible that you are unable to go home this winter break, which may lead to many difficult emotions. It’s normal to have mixed feelings about heading home for the holidays. This 1 hour workshop will provide information and strategies to help you cope with a variety of experiences and emotions over the winter break.