Programs & Workshops

Programs & Workshops

Requested Programs and workshops: Each semester we receive requests from various GSU community members. Readily available presentations include:

Overview of Counseling and Testing Center Services

  • Stress Management
  • Managing Emotions
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Time Management
  • Study Skills
  • Mental Health 101
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Test Anxiety
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Trauma/Sexual Assault
  • Alcohol/Drug Education & Awareness
  • Relationships & Communication
  • Disordered Eating & Body Image concerns

We strive to make our presentations interactive as well as informative because we want you to enjoy receiving the information as much as we enjoy reaching out and sharing information with you.  Below you will find the program descriptions of some of our most commonly requested programs.

Mental Health 101
Creating a mentally healthy campus is everyone’s responsibility. The purpose of this module is to increase student’s awareness and decrease stigma around mental health issues. General information about mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, eating disorders, body image concerns, addiction, and substance use will be provided with a particular focus on how students can recognize symptoms of these conditions in themselves and others. Information about available campus resources will also be provided.

Format: Lecture & Interactive – multimedia powerpoint, class discussion
Expected Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase student’s general knowledge about mental health issues.
  • Increase student’s knowledge about specific campus resources designed to address mental health concerns.
  • Decrease stigma around mental health issues and seeking help.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness:
Nine percent of college student report seriously considering suicide at some point, however most suicidal students imagine that they are the only ones who have ever had this experience.  Few students know what to do for themselves or people they are concerned about in this situation.  The purpose of this module is to increase student’s awareness of signs of suicide and depression.  Information about available campus resources will also be provided.

Format: Lecture & Interactive – multimedia powerpoint, class discussion
Expected Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase awareness of signs and symptoms of suicide and depression.
  • Learn how to help or refer yourself or someone you are worried about.
  • Decrease stigma around mental health issues and seeking help.

Diversity
The purpose of this module is to increase student’s knowledge and awareness about multiple aspects of diversity and identity, how these play out in the student’s personal life and how this factors influence the world in which we live.

Format: Lecture & Interactive – primarily lecture with some exercises
Expected Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify primary and secondary dimensions of cultural identity in students’ lives.
  • Discuss impact of perceptions and stereotypes and moving beyond these.
  • Challenge student to identify opportunities to increase multiculturalism on campus.

Stress Management
Designed to educate students about stress and healthy ways of managing stress. Information will include: definition of stress, common sources of stress, effects of stress & how this may impact academic performance, healthy ways of managing stress and achieving balance. Depending upon time allotted, students may be led through one or more stress management activities (e.g., deep breathing, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation).

Format: Interactive Lecture & Experiential – multimedia powerpoint, in-class activities
Expected Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify physiological correlates of stress and their effects on the body.
  • Challenge students to identify personal warning signs of stress.
  • Practice coping skills for stress management and relaxation.

Time Management/Study Skills
Designed to emphasize the importance of time management, and increase student’s knowledge of effective time management skills. Students will be educated about time management strategies and how to implement these in their daily/weekly routine. Information about barriers to effective time management and minimizing procrastination will also be addressed. Academic study skills (e.g., note taking, study strategies, minimizing test anxiety) may also be addressed depending on time available.

Format: Lecture & Interactive – multimedia powerpoint, class discussion
Expected Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of effective time management.
  • Identify skills for improved time management, and possible problem time strategies.
  • Increase awareness of effective academic skills.

Conflict Resolution
Designed to educate students about a various aspects of conflict and conflict resolution including:  definitions of conflict, precipitating factors of conflict, how verbal and nonverbal cues impact conflict situations, cultural and societal messages about conflict and conflict resolution strategies. Depending upon the time allotted for the presentation, students may also have the opportunity to participate in an activity in which they learn about their personal conflict management style and how this influences their behavior in conflict situations.

Format: Lecture & Interactive – multimedia powerpoint, class discussion
Expected Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand multiple definitions and precipitating factors of conflict.
  • Challenge students to identify their own style of conflict management.
  • Increase awareness of cultural differences in approaches to conflict.

Programs tailored to Faculty and Staff
Although our primary focus is on students, we are also available to provide programming for faculty and staff. Some of the topics we’ve presented in the past include:

  • Stress Management
  • Managing Holiday Stress
  • Maintaining Professional Boundaries
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Time Management
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness

We have also created a program designed to help faculty and staff identify students who may be in distress. The description for this program is below.

Panther A.I.D (Assisting In Distress):
This is a unique program specifically designed to educate members of the University community about how to manage distressed and disruptive students.  We primarily provide this presentation to faculty and staff, but are also available to provide it to students.  In addition to providing information about warning signs and how to identity distressed or disruptive students, this workshop is designed to provide specific information about how to “intervene” and refer distressed/disruptive students to the appropriate campus resources.  For more information about this workshop, contact the Counseling & Testing Center.