Outreach and Workshops

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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.

Trevor Jones, LMSW
3 part workshop at The Construct

Drawing inspiration from the Maker Movement, this workshop seeks collaboration with students to develop personal use technologies to promote better health outcomes. 

Participants will learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. We will make precise instruments to measure physiological activity to support desired changes toward managing stress in the body. Interested students do not need to be enrolled in services with the counseling center.

Jaime Castillo, Ph.D, LMHC and Graduate Trainee
Friday, 1-2 p.m. (Oct. 8, 15, 22)

Tuesdays, 1-2p.m. (Nov. 2, 9, 16)

This 3 part workshop is designed to help students be introduced to the process of understanding their stress/anxiety, increase their connection with other students, and learn and implement ways of coping in the here and now. This workshop is also perfect for students who want support on managing their stress/anxiety though may be unsure about seeking individual or group therapy. This workshop is also perfect for students who are seeking a therapeutic space to learn some therapy tips during the crunch times of the semester. Like any start-up, The Therapy Start-Up we know there is a healthy amount of uncertainty AND the infinite possibility of growth!

Lisa Rizzo, LCSW and Toni Gauthier, LCSWR
Thursdays, 4-4:45 p.m. 
Sept. 23 - Nov. 18

Improved sleep can have a beneficial impact on your mental, physical and overall well-being, including your academic success, memory, and athletic performance. This virtual drop-in workshop is aimed to help RIT students enhance their quality of sleep, while also providing connection and support for those who are experiencing sleep issues.

Sara Hirst, Psy.D. and Friends 
Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Virtual)

If you have ADHD, or think you might - these workshops are for you.  Each week, we’ll come together for real talk on practical, neurodivergent strategies for successfully navigating attention problems in college. Focus, motivation, forgetfulness, disorganization, moodiness, daytime sleepiness - if you experience it, we’ll cover it. The workshop topics vary by week, so check out Campus Groups to pick the weeks/topics that are right for you. Or, come to all of them for the connection and support of other people who understand that the struggle is real! The workshops are all drop-in and virtual, so come as you are when you need it! We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

Shannon McCormick, LMSW, CASAC
Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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+.

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

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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.

Isabel Chandler, LMHC and Odessa Despot, PsyD.
Fridays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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.

Upcoming Events

Faculty and Staff Training

Counseling and Psychological Services hosts a leading national model in the training of faculty and staff on student mental prevention and early intervention strategies. Contact us for more information on training opportunities.