Outreach Workshops & Programs

The Counseling Center offers a variety of workshops each semester focused on developing skills or exploring topics that help students to Be Well. Do Well. And Live Well. Workshops are designed to address common concerns and help students develop skills that can enhance their well-being and reduce their stress.

All workshops are offered free to all JHU students and students do not need to be clients at the Counseling Center to participate. Due to the ongoing pandemic, workshops will be held online through Zoom. These workshops will share information about mental health and wellness, but they are not a substitute for mental health treatment.

Below is a list of workshops that are being offered this semester. Students may also contact the Counseling Center with questions or for more specific information (call 410-516-8278 or email counselingcenter@jhu.edu).


















Experience the possibilities that unfold through the practice of mindfulness and meditation. The KORU Mindfulness Workshop is a 4-week series of 75-minute sessions that teach mindfulness practices that help to decrease stress and increase your satisfaction in daily life. Each session is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind. If you are feeling pressured and stressed, or just are interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you!

The KORU Mindfulness Workshops will take place in the Interfaith Center on

Contact: Susan Han, Ph.D.

The Anxiety & Stress Management Skills Workshop

This workshop aims to teach you skills and develop tools to better manage your anxiety and stress. You will learn theories about the development of anxiety and how to cope with it. This will include exposure to relaxation exercises, mindfulness practices, and cognitive restructuring. You will receive weekly materials, which when compiled, create a workbook, full of tools and exercises that will be useful throughout your life. The workshop is a 4-week series of 60-minute sessions.

The Anxiety & Stress Management Workshops will take place on Thursdays from 1-2:30pm on February 10, 17, 24, and March 3. Register here.

Contacts: Avery Morrison, M.A. & Fatuma Dzilala, M.A.

INTRODUCTION to MEDITATION for Graduate Students

MEETING THE WORD WITH CLARITY AND COMPASSION: An Introduction To Mindfulness Meditation For Grad Students

This four-week workshop will offer perspectives and practices of Mindfulness Meditation with the intention of promoting sustainable and nourishing engagement with difficult realities. Through talks, experiential practice, and reflection, participants will learn how a Mindfulness Meditation practice can support the ability to meet the sufferings of the world with clarity and compassion instead of overwhelm or burnout.

Each of the sessions will consist of a talk, guided practice, and question and answer/discussion period. Each week will focus on different aspects of a mindfulness meditation practice, including awareness of breath and body, cultivating compassion, working with difficult emotions, and bringing mindfulness into every day life.

This Mindfulness Workshop will take place on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:30 pm, February 23 through March 16. Register here.

Contact: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C

MORE THAN PERFECT: Understanding Your Inner Critic and Perfectionism

This two-part workshop uses the principles of an evidence-based therapy modality and examples from the Disney and Pixar movies Encanto and Inside Out to bring greater understanding to the complicated and often conflicting ways different parts of our internal world function. There will be a particular focus on self-criticism and perfectionist tendencies as well as practices to help find a more harmonious way of relating to them. This 2-part workshop is open to any JHU student interested in learning more about themselves and releasing some of the internal and external pressures they might feel to be perfect. Familiarity with Encanto and Inside Out strongly recommended but not required!

The workshops will take place on Wednesday, March 3rd and 10th from 7:30-8:45pm over Zoom (link provided upon registration). Register with your JHED ID here.

Contact: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C & RaiNesha Miller, Ph.D.



Emotional Adulting is a brief, drop-in skills group designed to help you work with your emotions from a space of compassion, awareness, non-judgment, and curiosity. The skills taught in this group, which are generally drawn from mindfulness and trauma symptom management practices, are beneficial for our general well-being as well for helping to manage distress related to depression, anxiety, trauma, and other experiences. Each week will focus on a different practice and the curriculum will repeat. Come to all eight sessions, come to one, or pick and choose depending on your interest and schedule. Topics include Grounding, the Window of Tolerance, Containment, and Calm Place Imagery.

Emotional Adulting will meet on Mondays from 5:30-5:55pm. Register using your JHU email here.

Contacts: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C & Rohit Agrawal, M.A.

Friday International Coffee Break

For Students from Cross-/Bi-cultural Backgrounds and International Students

A time for you to take a break in your time zone and chat with Dr. Susan Han from the Counseling Center. Learn about JHU resources, discuss tips for academic success and well-being, talk about personal experiences, positive or not-so-positive, or just drop-in to say Hi.

Where: Click here to sign up for the week you plan to show up

When: 11am-12:30 pm (EST) on Fridays during the semester

Who: JHU students (Staff and faculty are also welcomed to consult regarding working with international students)

*Friday International Coffee Break is for students who:

  • Wish to consult
  • Just want to chat with or without specific topics in mind
  • Just need a little consultation
  • Don’t feel they have urgent concerns or need mental health treatment

Mindful Yoga

What could be a better break in your hectic week than gentle yoga and a chance to ground yourself and simply just BE in the present moment? Join other students and yoga instructor Nila Berger E-RYT for this rejuvenating break! No prior yoga experience and no special attire is necessary. Classes are FREE.

During Spring 2022, Mindful Yoga will be offered on Wednesdays from 5-6 pm in the Ralph O’Connor Recreation Center – MPR B. Log into the portal or get the Rec App (in the Apple store or Google Play store) to see the full calendar of events.

Understanding Procrastination

The 15-minute Understanding Procrastination video workshop walks you through the processes underlying procrastination and suggests concrete changes you can make to get things done! Start to get things done now by watching this video.

Additional Outreach Programs

Outreach is about increasing college student mental health awareness through prevention, awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Through various outreach programs, the Counseling Center is able to connect with the larger JHU community and ultimately strengthen a campus atmosphere that is conducive to the well-being, personal growth, and psychological health of all students.

To this end, the Counseling Center staff provides presentations and programs to various groups on campus on topics related to mental health and wellness. Topics might include: coping with stress, time management, suicide prevention, dealing with anxiety, developing a growth mindset, resilience, managing emotions, bouncing back from failure, developing a balanced lifestyle, handling transitions, healthy relationships, body image, and many more. If you are interested in a program or workshop for your group, please contact the Counseling Center at counselingcenter@jhu.edu or call 410-516-8278.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

Learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to intervene effectively to refer someone to help. Question, Persuade and Refer are 3 simple steps everyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. To request a QPR training for your department or office, please contact Counseling Center at counselingcenter@jhu.edu or call 410-516-8278.

The Counseling Center staff provides workshops to various groups on campus on topics related to mental health and wellness. Topics might include: coping with stress, time management, dealing with anxiety, developing a growth mindset, how to be resilient, managing emotions, bouncing back from failure, developing a balanced lifestyle, handling transitions, healthy relationships, body image and many more. If you are interested in a program or workshop for your group, please call the Counseling Center at 410-516-8278.