Outreach and Workshops

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Call: 585-475-3333
Text: 585-205-8333

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Counseling and Psychological Services staff conduct preventative programming throughout the academic year focused on the developmental needs of students to maximize the potential of their academic experience.

Educational outreach workshops and events include National Suicide Prevention Week, Depression Screening Day, sessions on mindfulness and managing stress, sleep improvement workshops, and more.

Outreach programs and workshops benefit students by:

  • Helping students to acquire new knowledge, skills, and behaviors
  • Encouraging positive and realistic self-appraisal
  • Fostering personal, academic, and career choices
  • Enhancing the ability to relate mutually and meaningfully with others
  • Increasing the capacity to engage in a personally satisfying and effective style of living

Our programs are responsive to sexual and relational orientation, gender identity, racial, cultural, disability, and ethnic diversity among students, and reach students who are less likely to make use of traditional counseling services.

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Workshops at Counseling and Psychological Services are offered at different points throughout the semester and consist of 3-5 sessions. Workshops are NOT a psychotherapy service and students do not need to be connected to Counseling and Psychological Services for treatment to attend. Workshops may be repeated throughout the semester and require no fee.

Hosts: Counseling and Psychological Graduate Level Counselors in Training

Do you struggle with anxiety like so many of us? Join this 3 session workshop (3 consecutive weeks) to learn more about the anxiety you experience and develop skills to help you to manage it. This Counseling and Psychological Services co-facilitated workshop has 3 modules dedicated to: 1) understanding anxiety, 2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and 3) developing alternative responses to anxiety. By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety. Interpreters are available upon request.

View full list of available dates/times in CampusGroups 
Note: This 60-minute workshop will be offered over 3 consecutive weeks. Please commit to attending all 3 sessions.

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Hosts: Lisa Rizzo, LCSW and Toni Gauthier, LCSWR
Thursdays, 4-4:45 p.m. 
Virtual, Zoom

Improved sleep can have a beneficial impact on your mental, physical, and overall well-being, including your academic success, memory, and athletic performance. Join us every Thursday for this virtual drop-in workshop aimed to help enhance your quality of sleep, while also providing connection and support with others who are experiencing sleep issues.

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Outreach Groups

Students are not required to be in treatment with Counseling and Psychological Services to participate. These groups are NOT psychotherapy groups and instead are supportive and educational. These opportunities are ongoing throughout the semester and there is no fee to participate.

Hosts: Joshua Dentley and Walter DeRouen
Fridays, 2-3 p.m. 
Virtual, Zoom

This semi-structured group approaches growth and healing from the basic premise that life is our greatest teacher, and invites men of color (MOC) to explore personal development as an adjunct to their academic pursuits. 

Students will focus on the exploration of personal and cultural history, evaluating and restructuring belief systems, and the pursuit of personal power. They will learn to draw valuable lessons from their diverse experiences as college students and work to integrate those lessons into their way of life—reshaping their narratives to reflect empowerment and success.

This is a safe space where students are welcomed and encouraged to explore issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and cultural trauma. Facilitators will offer prompts for reflection but participants are welcome to address whatever issue that is challenging them at moment. The group is facilitated by Joshua Dentley and Walter DeRouen—both mental health professionals and men of color—it is open to all students identifying as men of color (MOC).

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Shannon McCormick, LMSW, CASAC
Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
In-person, location provided upon registration

This group will be a semi-structured space facilitated by the Q Center embedded therapist with a focus on the emotional, social, and wellness needs of LGBTQIA+ / queer students. 

While this is not a formal therapy group, it is a safe and affirming space for those wanting to build community, give/receive support and connect with others’ shared experiences. Group topics and discussions will be generated by the needs of the group and are flexible but will likely address building community and identity development/ exploration. Open to all students identifying as LGBTQIA+.

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Odessa Despot PsyD, Isabel Chandler LMHC, and MCAS Staff
Thursdays, 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Virtual, Zoom

Real Talk is a virtual series co-hosted by students Lauren Thompkins, Aja Lecointe-Wilkinson, Saranya Dadi, Natalie Robinson, and Counseling and Psychological Services therapists Isabel Chandler and Odessa Despot. Real Talk is a CaPS + MCAS initiative and focuses on the impact of current trends and news, social media hot topics, intersectionality, self-care, and mental health & well-being for students. Students gain support and community in sharing their diverse experiences as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Open to all students identifying as ALANA and BIPOC.

For more information, contact oddycc@rit.edu 

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Isabel Chandler, LMHC and Odessa Despot, PsyD.

Students identifying as women of color (WOC) are invited to participate in a healing circle with co-facilitators, Odessa Despot and Isabel Chandler, mental health professionals from Counseling and Psychological Services, and visible women of color. Our healing circle is intended to be a safe place for women of color with intersecting identities to come together and explore identity trauma, healing, and wellness. Participants will receive a prompt each meeting (curious question, media, etc.) and be asked to reflect and discuss its personal relevance. Identity exploration as it pertains to race, ethnicity, and gender are key features of this group. The intention is to provide a space for connection, appreciation, and unity while we explore ourselves in the context of shared experiences as women of color. By the 5th session, the group will develop a collective action plan that reflects the needs and/or experiences of the group. This culmination could take the form of a personal or community initiative, project, form of media, or alternate form of connection. Open to all students identifying as Women of Color.

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Faculty and Staff Support

Counseling and Psychological Services clinical staff are available to faculty and staff for consultation while navigating student mental health needs, as well as debriefing to provide support following a critical incident. To request a consultation or debriefing, contact the Counseling and Psychological Services office. 

Clinical staff are also available to provide workshops and presentations to faculty and staff on various topics related to navigating college student mental health. Please request a program here and let us know how we might support you.