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. Workshops will be held online through Zoom, unless otherwise noted. 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).

Anxiety Management Skills Workshop

The Anxiety 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 Management Skills Workshop will be offered on Thursdays 10-11am on February 9, 16, 23 and March 2. The workshops will take place on Zoom. Register here.

Come to any or all of the workshops!

Contacts: DeVonna Jacobs, Psy.D. & Jerimi Vindua

description of Anxiety Workshops

Emotional Adulting Workshops

Emotional Adulting Workshops

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 emotional 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.

The Emotional Adulting workshops will take place on Mondays from 5:30-5:55pm on Zoom. Register here.

Contacts: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C & Joseph Ocran

Imposter Phenomenon Workshops

Imposter Phenomenon Workshops

This 1.5-hour workshop will offer the chance to build insight into the Imposter Phenomenon (IP). Participants will learn about the factors that lead us to feel like imposters, (including cultural and family messages), develop a better understanding of their own experience of IP, and learn how to resist imposter feelings. The workshop ultimately aims to provide skills to combat IP and increase feelings of empowerment. The workshop includes both presenting information and space for personal reflection.

The Imposter Phenomenon Workshop will be offered three times in Spring 2023: Feel free to come to any of the below dates.

  • First workshop: Thursday, February 23 from 6-7:30pm. In person on the Homewood campus Register here.
  • Second workshop: Tuesday, March 28 from 1-2:30pm on Zoom. Register here.
  • Third workshop: Monday, April 24 from 3-4:30pm on Zoom. Register here.

Contact: Morgan Christie, Ph.D.

Introduction to Meditation for Graduate Students

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.

Registration link will be added soon!

Contact: Karen Taylor, LCSW-C

KORU Mindfulness Workshop

KORU Mindfulness Workshops

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 Workshop will be offered twice in the Spring 2023 semester.

  • Round 1 of KORU – Mondays 3:30-4:45pm from February 20 through March 13. This will be on Zoom. Register here.
  • Round 1 of KORU – Tuesdays 3:30-4:45pm from April 4 through April 25. This will take place in person in the CDI Lounge (Center for Diversity and Inclusion). Register here.

Contacts: RaiNesha Miller, Ph.D. & William Nation, Ph.D.

(KORU) Drop-in Mindfulness Sessions

Drop-in Mindfulness Workshops

Stop by for a drop-in mindfulness session to practice core mindfulness skills with other students and staff. Students who have previously taken the KORU Mindfulness program may find these skills familiar – anyone wanting to learn more about the KORU Mindfulness Program and also come to learn more! Location: Ralph O’Connor Recreation Center, Program Room D. No registration needed, just drop by!

  • Friday, February 24, 12-1pm. Led by Dr. RaiNesha Miller (Counseling Center).
  • Friday, March 3, 12-1pm. Led by Cara McNamara (Public Health Advising).
  • Friday, April 7, 12-1pm. Led by Molly Hutchison (Center for Health Promotion & Well-Being).
  • Friday, May 5, 12-1pm. Led by Dr. Susan Han (Counseling Center).

Contact: Susan Han, Ph.D.

MORE THAN PERFECT: Understanding Your Inner Critic and Perfectionism

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 be offered twice in the Spring 2023 semester.

  • Round 1 Thursdays, February 16 and 23 from 5-6:30pm on Zoom. Register here.
  • Round 2 Tuesdays, March 7 and 14 from 5-6:30pm on Zoom. Register here.

Contacts: RaiNesha Miller, Ph.D. & Tanisha Pelham

Regulating Emotions: Skills Workshops

Regulating Emotions: a Skills Workshop series

The Emotion Regulation Series is a brief skills workshop series. The series comes in four parts, while it is not mandatory to join all four, it is highly recommended! This four part workshop uses the principles of the evidence-based therapy modality Dialectical behavioral Therapy to bring awareness of how emotional dysregulation can happen in your day-to-day life, and skills to regulate and be present with emotional distress. Topics include mindfulness skills, understanding the function of emotions, the Wise Mind, and practicing wise mind in reality. Each week will focus on a different topic.

The Regulating Emotions Workshop will be offered twice in the Spring 2023 semester.

  • Round 1 – Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 4-5pm on Zoom. Register here.
  • Round 2 – Tuesdays March 28, April 4, 11, and 18 from 4-5pm on Zoom. Register here.

All are welcome!

Contacts: Wenjui “Maggie” Hsu & Sophie Schuyler

Mindful Yoga

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 2023, 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.

Other Additional Resources

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 Program

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. In this 1-1.5 hour training, you will learn to notice the signs of suicide, practice active listening through role play, and then learn the resources for an effective referral.
QPR is a suicide prevention program listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

To request a QPR training for your department or office, please complete this form.