Upcoming Groups and Workshops
The Counseling Center is proud to offer stress reduction groups and academic success workshops.
Academic Success Workshops
Good study skills are a necessary component of academic success at Lehman College. We are offering four different workshops to help a student navigate through some of the pitfalls that can impede their success. These workshops provide students with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to improve their study and test taking skills, improve motivation and reduce their anxiety related to academic stress. We will offer a series of workshops on Time Management, Procrastination and the Myth of Perfection, Exam Success, and Lehman G.P.S. These workshops will be offered every Wednesday at 3:30pm beginning on September 19th, the same workshop will be repeated on Saturday at noon. For the full schedule click here. For information about our complete Academic Support Services, including workshops and individual sessions please click here.
Stress Reduction Groups
In a stress reduction group students meet together with a counselor to address personal issues and concerns. Students learn to support each other through personal discussion and interaction. They give each other feedback and assist each other by sharing personal experience. Most of the learning in support groups occurs by what students share. The role of the group facilitator is to assist in the discussion by creating a safe and supportive environment, providing feedback, and facilitating interaction. Support groups are 60 minutes per session and meet once a week usually from 4 to 6 weeks. Support groups require that the facilitator meet with the students prior to its beginning. Once the group members are chosen, some support groups will not accept new members, other groups are open and accept new members weekly.
Are your social relationships not satisfying? Do you feel pulled in many directions by your family? Are you having difficulty negotiating your role as Wife? Husband? Child? Parent? and Student? You are not alone. Many college students feel overwhelmed at times balancing the needs of their family, romantic relationships, friends and academic pursuits. This group will help you understand the roles you play in your family and other relationships. You will learn how to negotiate your roles so that your needs can be met. We will discuss how culture and gender effect the expectations others have for you. You will learn how to communicate with family, partners and friends more effectively. Group is open and runs Mondays at 1pm. *new time*
Keeping Your Cool
Do you get upset or angry quickly? Do your friends always tell you to “slow your roll?” Do you feel like no one understands you? Do you think that everything would be great if only others would act as you want them to? Learn how to see yourself with clarity and compassion as you grow and change; shedding the skin of your former, no longer useful self. In this group you will learn four types of unique skills: mindfulness (how to be in the present non-judgmentally), interpersonal effectiveness (how to communicate with others), emotion regulation (understanding how you feel) and distress tolerance (coping with stress).These skills will help you reduce behaviors that get in the way of both your relationships and your own emotional health. This open group runs Tuesdays at 4pm beginning February 26. Join at any time but attending weekly is recommended.
Wired for Joy (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy)
When we experience stress, discomfort, or pain—physical or emotional—our ways of thinking about it often make the situation worse: “This is just my luck!” “I’ll never succeed.” “I can’t believe he would do this to me!” Mindfulness means being present with what is actually happening in the moment, while letting go of our biased interpretations or judgments. The results? A new outlook and experience of life! MBSR has been clinically shown to help reduce stress and cope with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and anger. Among its many benefits are an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, and improved self-esteem. MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) combines the benefits of MBSR with the power of cognitive therapy to identify and break the cycles of unhelpful way or thinking. You can attend all sessions of Wired for Joy (MBCT) or drop in on one for a taste of mindfulness practices. We recommend that you attend all 8 MBCT workshops to help counteract or prevent depression and anxiety. Wired for Joy (MBCT) will be offered Wednesdays at 11 am beginning February 27.
Dare to Dream (art therapy)
This group series is designed to use art to help you discover the road map to your future. Often art can be a gateway to undiscovered or unconscious beliefs and desires. Unlock the secret to your success by creating a Vision Board and use it to discover your priorities and the pathway to success. This is a 4-session group that begins after Spring Break and will be given Thursdays at 3pm April 11- May 2.
Need Help to Quit Tobacco?
Lehman College is tobacco free beginning July 2012. If you are a smoker or other tobacco user, you may want to use this time as an opportunity to quit. Tobacco is a highly addictive drug and attempts at sobriety from tobacco can lead to relapse. If you would like support in your efforts to quit, or want to know how or when to start your tobacco free lifestyle, come to our Success without Excess group on Thursdays at 3pm.
Here are a sample of groups done in the past. Let us know if you are interested in this group and it can be offered in the future.
Power of MeDo you wake up dreading the start of your day? Do you feel like you haven’t accomplished much? Do you want to improve your self-esteem and learn skills and strategies to deal with poor self esteem?If so, then this is the group for you. Here you will learn and discuss ways to improve your self-esteem by discovering effective tips and strategies to enhance how you view yourself.
College students often feel sad or down due to their stress level. Some say that they haven’t felt like themselves since starting college. Many realize it has been a long time since they’ve seen themselves truly smile. If this sounds like your experience, this group is the one for you. Learn the reasons for your mood change and gain the skills to reconnect with yourself. Learn how to smile again by re-engaging in the activities that brought you joy.
Relax and Renew
At the Relax and Renew workshops we will learn and practice time-tested practices for cultivating the internal calm in the face of external storms. Yoga, meditation, and guided relaxation techniques will help us explore our inner landscape and discover the sanctuary within.
This group will focus on the journey of being LGBTQ in college, as well as focusing on integrating an LGBTQ identity with other areas of life, such as work and family. In this group we will provide a safe place where we can ask questions, build confidence and deal with being true to yourself. Group is interactive and will explore issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, specifically coming out, transitioning, questioning, connecting with family and friends, and creating relationship as you learn to accept yourself as well as others.
Real Talk - Men
Want a place to keep it real? Want to talk about issues that affect your life? Real men have real problems– this confidential group is a place to discuss any issue that is taking up space. Or just come to hang and get things off your chest.
Real Talk - Women
Do you feel like no one understands what you are going through? Are there issues that you have that you feel only another women would understand? Real Talk for Women is a place to tell your story; find your voice; and acknowledge your strengths in a confidential, caring and supportive space.
Success Without Excess
Many college students experiment with drugs and alcohol. What can start as “social drinking” may lead to dependence or risky behavior (binge drinking, unwanted sex partners, and problems with family/friends). Learn to spot the warning signs of addiction and whether you can control your substance use. This group will help you be successful in school without using drugs/alcohol to excess. Group ran for 4 sessions from 2/28-3/21/13.
What? Me Worry?!?
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Depression
Shy No Longer
Last modified: Apr 8, 2013