Our Workshop Philosophy
Our workshops aim to improve behavioral, psychological and social health, as research affirms that a healthy mind is the foundation of a student's ability to perform well academically.
We emphasize interactive experience as it allows participants to engage emotionally and relationally, as well as intellectually. That's in contrast to a didactic (lecture) model of education in which a presenter talks and attendees receive the content presented. To succeed, the interactive format requires participants to actively interact with each other and take some (mild) emotional risks.
The length for each workshop listed is an ideal amount of time — we can adapt content for a shorter or longer presentation based on your needs and the needs of your participants.
Please call us if you have any questions or would like to talk about a particular topic before selecting a workshop below and submitting a request.
Workshops support SPSCC Core Theme 3 – Learning and Engagement.
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A recent study in 2019 showed that while 56% of college students reported fair or poor mental health, only 13% utilized on-campus counseling since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop aims to create a conversation around barriers to accessing mental health for community college students, and address the stigma around help-seeking behaviors. By normalizing the conversation around mental health awareness and naming and deconstructing the internalized judgments about mental health, participants can broaden the horizons of accessing mental health services and resources on campus.
Mental state predicts students’ ability to perform academically. Mental illness such as depression results in lower GPA and a two-fold increase in rate of drop-out. In contrast mental health (“flourishing”) is protective of academic performance even for students suffering from a mental disorder. Depression is also prevalent at SPSCC with an estimated 20% (833 students) currently experiencing severe symptoms. This presentation will increase knowledge regarding the relationship between student mental health and the academic mission. It will also introduce opportunities to leverage existing SPSCC resources to protect and improve mental health.
Stress can "trigger" our minds causing suffering long after a stressor has passed. We replay the event or anticipate future incidents again and again and each time re-experience fear, hurt, anger, self-doubt or regret. Students’ thoughts are pulled away from school work and emotions are continually reactivated which make it hard to sit quietly and study. In this workshop we’ll learn ways to de-trigger your brain in-order to stay healthy despite being surrounded by stressors. These techniques have been passed-on for centuries and validated by science as effective. Participants will see results in real time using biofeedback technology.
Counseling/psychotherapy is one of the most studied treatments in history. It’s very effective for a range of emotional difficulties. In fact, across the research literature therapy has shown to be more effective than medication for the treatment of depression and anxiety. Participants will learn what to expect from our services, how to access our services, how therapy supports academic success and myths that unfortunately prevent some students from using Counseling Services.
Faculty & staff play a critical role in maintaining student safety by identifying students at-risk and motivating them toward the Counseling Service. Consider these estimates for SPSCC full-time enrolled students to get a sense of student need.
- 11% (458 students) experienced suicidal thoughts in the last year.
- 5% (208) made a suicide plan.
- 1% (42) attempted to end their lives.
- The majority of our students with a mental health condition didn’t seek any treatment.
Participants will learn to recognize warning signs, practice conversational techniques that minimize defensiveness and motivate help-seeking. Attendees will also learn about Counseling Services.
Why is it so stressful to take a test? Is this workshop participants will identify some of the underlying causes of text anxiety and learn practical strategies for reducing feelings of text anxiety Participants will also learn the causes of the dreaded experience of “going blank” during a test they prepared well for and what to do in during a test to reduce this.
Mindfulness is a buzzword and seems to be the cure-all for everything right now. In this presentation participants will learn what mindfulness really is, it’s origins in our culture, and have the opportunity to learn several mindfulness practices. These strategies can reduce stress/anxiety and lead to an increase in calm, focused attention and increased feelings of well-being. Mindfulness is a tool that can help with studies and everyday life.
We all procrastinate. But this habit can create stress and negative self-image. In this workshop participants will discover their procrastination style and how to turn that style into a strength.
Call or email one of the counselors to talk about your needs and the needs of your students. We can create a customized presentation to fit a variety of needs such as a particular study skill, mental health topic or interpersonal relationship skill-building (for example group norms and formation, conflict management). Let's talk about what might be possible.