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Counseling Service December 2020 Offerings

The Vassar College Counseling Service will continue to provide support through the Fall  semester as our students transition to remote learning.  Please see the December 2020 offerings below.  Please feel free to contact the Counseling Service with any questions or concerns: 845-437-5700   counseling@vassar.edu 

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

Walk in Clinic (Consultation and Referral Assistance)

Between November 30th and December 18th, walk-in-clinic appointments will be offered between 10am-12pm and 1-3:30pm EST, Monday through Friday. Students can utilize the walk-in clinic for a 30 minute single session and are seen on a first come, first served basis. Students are encouraged to call 845-437-5700 earlier in a day to schedule a time to increase the likelihood of having an appointment slot.  During these single sessions, a staff therapist will provide support and strategies to help address student concerns, as well as referral assistance to identify local resources.

Intake appointments

Students who are on campus or in New York State and are seeking ongoing therapy can schedule a one hour intake appointment by calling 845-437-5700

GROUP SUPPORT

Students are welcome to attend all of the groups below.

Let’s Talk - 3-4pm EST, Monday-Friday daily

Are you experiencing stress due to a lack of motivation, time management, and papers piling up? Are the thoughts of senior thesis, graduation, and job hunting weighing you down? Or maybe you are experiencing challenges in relationships in your new environment, living away from campus. Let’s Talk is not counseling, but an opportunity to get support and brainstorm solutions to current challenges.  If you’d like a space to talk to a counselor and your peers and receive support, please contact us at 845-437-5700 or counseling@vassar.edu and we will send you the zoom link to our Let’s Talk support space. 

In Our Own Voice: Students of Color support space

Being a student of color brings about its own challenges to your experiences as a college student, particularly being on a predominately white campus and living in the current societal climate of unjust and unrest. This support space serves to continue to build community, engage in dialogue about what it means to be a student of color, and to find support amongst each other. This space invites students of color to unapologetically show up as their full authentic selves. Please join ALANA center and Counseling Service in this conversation support space. Contact ALANA center for zoom link.

Time: Wednesday 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 at 3:15- 4:15pm EST

Managing Anxiety Workshop

This workshop series will focus on developing psychological flexibility. We will identify unhelpful thinking and triggers. Participants will be able to explore specific strategies to help reduce their anxiety. Fridays from 3-3:45pm. Contact Lydia lkernan@vassar.edu for Zoom link

Motivation Enhancement

It can often feel like motivation comes and goes on its own leaving us feeling stuck. The goal of the Motivation Enhancement Workshop is to encourage people to feel empowered to make desired change. Whether you are a chronic procrastinator or seeking help making changes in your life, this workshop can help. We will explore topics such as stages of change, reducing ambivalence and developing a change plan. Fridays from 1-2pm. Contact Lydia lkernan@vassar.edu for Zoom link.

Ask the Counselor: Talking to parents about mental health (with ALANA Center)

Within marginalized and POC communities, mental health continues to be stigmatized and at times it is hard to know how to talk with parents and advocate for your mental health. Join the ALANA center and counseling service in discussion on how to provide psychoeducation about mental health to parents and at the same time continuing to learn ways of advocating for yourself and engaging in self-care. Contact ALANA center for zoom link

Time: Wednesday 11/18 at 6pm

Creative Offering

Please join us for time spent exploring a variety of creative outlets! We will offer a sequence of prompts to get your creative juices flowing. We hope that through the process of creative experimentation, we can invite a sense of curiosity, playfulness, easefulness, and a different way of navigating the virtual world together. Please have a pen/pencil and paper available, and/or a way to write/draw electronically. Facilitated by Billie Stultz and Ruby Solomon from the Vassar College Counseling Service.

https://vassar.zoom.us/j/95662415755

Time: Wednesday 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 3pm EST

Cultivating compassion for self and others

A mindful and meditative space focusing on the benefits of a compassion practice for general self-care and personal well-being. Through guided exercises, this training will help to cultivate a “non-judgmental approach” to thoughts and emotions, a connection to the present moment, and highlight the relationship of compassion to personal happiness in everyday life.

As the Dalai Lama points out, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Time: Monday 11/30, 12/7 and 12/14 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST

Contact Wayne Assing at waassing@vassar.edu or go to

Cultivating compassion link

Survivor Support Space (every other week)

SAVP and Counseling Service invites you to join them in this virtual gathering for student survivors of relationship abuse to provide ongoing support and education in a survivor-centered, non-judgemental setting. We will be meeting every other week and you are welcome to join any of the gatherings based on your availability.

Please fill out this RSVP form (https://forms.gle/m3UYdwhZhZshS2jp6) if you would like to attend on any of the dates listed: 

Time: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17    3-4pm EST

International Students Conversations (weekly)

OIS and the Counseling Service will provide you with a safe, supportive, and comfortable space to share about cultural concerns, the adjusting process, academic difficulties, language differences, stress, loneliness, friendships, romantic relationship concerns, and more.

Join us virtually in our weekly conversations (morning and evening offerings) to discuss, engage, power, build confidence and promote growth). Contact OIS for the zoom link.

Time: Tues evenings at 6pm EST and Thursday mornings at 8:30am EST

Grief and Loss Support Space

This virtual gathering space is for members of our community who are dealing with loss and grief--of a family member or friend, or more generally in this challenging time.  We offer this to hold a space:

  • To be with your emotions, thoughts, and reactions without judgement
  • To approach your grief without fear as part of what it means to be human
  • To explore practices and other supports to help you get through this

This offering is a collaboration across Counseling Service and Religious and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices

Time: Thursday December 10th, 3pm EST

If you are interested please RSVP by completing this form: https://forms.gle/kaUDU857wKjrcndJ8 so we can send you the zoom link. 

Navigating Accessibility at Vassar; A conversation

Are you worried about transitioning to a different environment and completing the semester remotely?

Are you feeling exhausted and burnt out?

Are you feeling isolated and disconnected?

Have you been trying to figure out how to maintain your well being with your mental health concerns?

Is navigating your disability particularly challenging in our current moment?

If so, feel free to listen or join in on a conversation with Matthew, Wendy, and members of VDC exploring the shift to 100% remote.

RSVP form: https://forms.gle/LBxrGKnVV1YEXRZy5

Time:  Wednesday, December 2nd at 3:30pm EST.

CRISIS SUPPORT 

24/7 Counselor on Call - call 845-437-7333 and request to speak to the counselor on call

Dutchess County Helpline

Call or text 845-485-9700.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Textline

Text GOT5 to 741741. Crisis Textline serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support, and information via a medium of people. Text messages are confidential, anonymous, and secure. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill.

Trevor Lifeline

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24.

  • TrevorLifeline
     866-488-7386. A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7.
  • TrevorText
     Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200. Available Monday through Friday between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT.

Wishing everyone a smooth end to the semester!

Warm wishes,
Counseling Staff