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

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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Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Host: Jacquie Compagnoni

This group uses playing games and other hands-on activities to help practice cognitive skills that can be applied to real-world situations. These games and activities focus on areas of time management, improving organization and problem-solving skills, supporting social interactions, understanding your thinking styles, increasing big-picture thinking, and more. Students will receive support and resource information on how to address problem areas and how to continue to improve cognitive skills.

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. 
Mosaic Center

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).

Host: Odessa Despot, PsyD
Fridays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Al Davis Room (SAU 1300)

Real Talk is an in-person series co-hosted by therapist Odessa Despot, and MCAS students Natalia Campbell, Saranya Dadi, and Alexander Joseph-Silva. Real Talk topics pull from current trends and news, social media hot topics, and sharing personal stories among students identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We talk about all kinds of relevant and personal matters affecting BIPOC students: family/upbringing, pandemic life, Black culture & experiences, racial identity and awareness, academic stress, relationships/dating, social justice, mental health and well-being, coping, and self-care. Real Talk is a place for ALANA/BIPOC peer-to-peer support so please join our community!

For more information, contact oddycc@rit.edu

Upcoming Events

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.