Outreach Workshops & Programs

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The Counseling Center offers a variety of programs and workshops focused on developing skills or exploring topics that help students to Be Well. Do Well. And Live Well. All workshops are offered free of charge to Homewood and Peabody undergraduate and graduate students.

Friday International Student Coffee Break

A time for you to take a break and chat with Dr. Hou from the Counseling Center over a free cup of coffee or tea. Learn about campus resources, discuss tips for academic success and well-being, talk about personal experiences—positive or not-so-positive. Or just stop by to say Hi, you don’t need to have a particular topic in mind. Feel free to come on your own or bring a friend along with you.

Time: Fridays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Date: Beginning mid-October through finals week (except University holidays)

Who: Students from Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Whiting School of

Engineering, Peabody Conservatory, and Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med

Where: Homewood campus, find Dr. Hou at the Daily Grind – Brody Learning Commons

Contact: Look for BE WELL, DO WELL, LIVE WELL sign to locate Dr. Hou at the Daily

Grind Brody. Or email Dr. J.M. Hou (jhou15@jhu.edu) to secure a spot in advance.

Friday International Student Coffee Break IS for international students who:

  • Wish to chat with Dr. Hou individually or as a small group.
  • Don’t feel they need to go to the Counseling Center.
  • Just need a little consultation.
  • Are not currently in counseling at the Counseling Center.


  1. If Dr. Hou is speaking with someone, please do not disturb him and wait for your turn. You may also email Dr.Hou to secure a spot for next week.
  2. If you do not find Dr. Hou, he may be speaking with someone in private. Please wait until Dr. Hou returns to the Daily Grind Brody.
  3. If you want ongoing consultation, counseling, and/or are experiencing intense emotional distress, please contact the Counseling Center (tel:410-516-8278) immediately for professional assistance.

Strive to Thrive Workshop

Learn skills to help you get out of your head and into your life. Focus on bringing your choices and actions in line with your values. This 3-week workshop can help you better manage your thoughts and emotions and LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE!

Fall Semester Schedule:

Thursdays from 5:00-6:00pm Sept. 21, Sept. 28, and Oct. 5

Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm Sept 27, Oct. 4 and Oct. 11

Fridays from 3:00pm-4:00pm Sept. 29, Oct. 6, and Oct. 13

Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1

Thursdays from 5:00-6:00pm Oct. 26, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9



Mindful Living Workshop

This workshop is a 4 week series of 75 minute sessions which offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life. Each class is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind and help you be more present in your daily life. 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! Pre-registration is required and students need to be able to attend all 4 sessions.

Fall 2017 Schedule

Fridays from 1:00-2:15 pm Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13

Thursdays from 5:00-6:15p Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16

Fridays from 1:00-2:15 pm Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, and Nov. 17




The Anxiety and Stress Management Workshop

The Anxiety and Stress Management 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 be provided weekly materials which will allow the creation of your own workbook, full of tools and exercises that will be useful throughout your life. The workshop is a 4-week series of 90 minute sessions. Pre-registration is required and students need to be able to attend all 4 sessions.

Fall Semester Schedule:

Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, and 12/1.

Please sign-up for the time/dates that work for you. Sign-up closes 24 hours before the start of the first session.

Sign up



IMPROVE: Coping Skills for Managing Distress

Do your emotional reactions feel overwhelming at times, increasing your stress and making it hard for you to cope? Learn emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills that can help you feel more in control. This workshop includes information that will help you to better understand your emotions, how they can be beneficial and how to keep them from taking over your life. This workshop is a 3 week series of 90-minute sessions.

Fall Semester Schedule:

Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov 16.

Please sign-up for the time/dates that work for you



Yoga as Healing

8 Week Mind/Body Yoga Workshop for Survivors of Trauma

Experiences of trauma can result in feeling cut off from parts of yourself. Yoga practice can help you reconnect with the disconnected and challenging aspects of yourself and help you gain a sense of mastery over the sensations and feelings that are experienced internally. As a result, you can feel calmer and more grounded.

Each Yoga as Healing session will focus on an intentional theme, encompass various restorative yoga postures, and most importantly facilitate healing off of the yoga mat, in your daily life.

Tuesday evenings from 5-6:30pm for 8 weeks beginning on Sept. 19. Sessions will be facilitated by a Counseling Center staff member and Nila Berger, E-RYT, a certified trauma-informed yoga instructor.

NO prior yoga experience or special attire are necessary. Mats will be provided.

Pre-screening for the Fall Yoga as Healing sessions are being scheduled now at the Counseling Center. For more information and to register, call the Counseling Center at 410-516-8278.


Drop-In Mindfulness and Meditation Group

Take a break in your week to practice mindfulness and meditation with other students who are using this practice to reduce their stress and be more present in their day to day lives. Students who have some experience with mindfulness meditation practice are welcome.

Mondays March 6th – May 1st (no group on March 20th) from 4:00 – 5:00pm at the Counseling Center

No sign-up is necessary.

FREE Mindful Yoga

Take a break in your week!

This class will combine yoga postures, breathing techniques, mindful practices & meditation to help decrease stress & anxiety, increase concentration & improve mental, emotional & physical well-being.

Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 PM

Mattin Center SDS Room

September 7th – December 14th .

PLEASE NOTE: Class will NOT be held on Oct. 26 and Nov. 23.


No special attire or yoga experience necessary.

Yoga mats will be provided or bring your own.

Open to all Homewood & Peabody Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Yoga Instructor: Nila Mechali Berger, E-RYT200

Sponsored by the Counseling Center with support from the Dean of Students Office


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.

QPR Gatekeeper Training’s for Homewood Staff and Faculty


FALL Training’s

Friday September 15th from 10:30-noon, Sherwood Room, Levering Hall

Thursday October 12th from 9:00-10:30am, Sherwood Room, Levering Hall

Sign-up on-line to attend a QPR training.

Request a QPR training for your department.

Understanding Procrastination

Procrastination increases STRESS!

This 15 minute video, walks you through the processes underlying procrastination and suggests concrete changes you can make to get things done, sooner rather than later. Start NOW to overcome the habit of putting off until tomorrow what you can do today!

Watch the ‘Understanding Procrastination’ video.

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Request a Workshop or Program for Your Group

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 fill out the

Outreach Program Request Form

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Counseling Center’s outreach programs, please contact Dr. Christine Conway at cconway9@jhu.edu or 410-516-8278.