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VCCS Workshop Series

Workshops are more didactic in nature and allow participants to gain knowledge and skill sets related to a specific topic. Members will participate in activities and/or exercises to help them gain greater insight and/or practice new skills. Please see below for more information.

Please Note:  All workshops will be offered through telehealth on a secure video platform, for the purpose of maintaining the health and safety of our students and counselors.

Coping with Anxiety

Facitator: Lydia Kernan

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. Contact Lydia lkernan@vassar.edu for more information.

Self-Love

Facilitator: Shamima Akhter

Life brings many hurdles and challenges our way, and sometimes these obstacles trigger feelings of self-doubt and self-criticism. Through processing our thoughts and feelings, tipping the scale in an empowered and encouraging direction, and building confidence, we can strengthen our self-love, self-compassion, and self-esteem. If you are looking to practice self-compassion and self-love, please join us for this 3-session workshop. If interested, please contact Shamima sakhter@vassar.edu 

Motivation Enhancement

Facilitator: Lydia Kernan

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. Contact Lydia lkernan@vassar.edu for more information.

Healing through Written Word

Facilitator: Ruby Solomon

Bibliotherapy is the use of books/articles/poetry to help one make sense of their lives and envision change. This 6-week workshop series draws upon bibliotherapy to provide participants with the experience of using the written word (both reading and writing) as a tool for life reflection, self-understanding, validation, and skill building. Reading materials will be provided digitally for participants. Participants will:

  1. Gain conceptual knowledge about the role of the written word (literature, articles, poetry, etc.) in clarifying one’s own lived experience. 
  2. Gain experience reading provided material and discerning its applicability to one’s circumstances. 
  3. Experiment with different writing practices. 

Like many shared spaces in our lives, this workshop may provide therapeutic benefits, but keep in mind it is NOT a therapy group. Participants seeking therapeutic interventions will be referred to counseling service. This workshop will include a didactic component as well as space for participant contribution and discussion and is best suited for those who are curious about themselves and others and would like a space to learn and reflect amidst a community of peers. Please be aware that participants are expected to commit to the whole series to foster both individual and collective growth. If interested, please contact Ruby rsolomon@vassar.edu to schedule a pre-workshop meeting.