Several popular Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) workshops have been recorded and are now available on our website and YouTube channel. These workshops are like a class led by CAPS counselors. You’ll learn strategies you can use immediately to improve symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety, and to better manage problems that affect your academic success.
These workshops can help you make changes faster and, if you’re a CAPS client, use your individual counseling sessions more fully. They are not a substitute for treatment.
Each video lasts 30-45 minutes and is full of useful info and strategies you can start using today to create change. Grab a piece of paper and pen because each online workshop includes questions and activities for you to complete, so you can get the most out of them. Videos available are organized below by topic or you can view the YouTube playlist.
It can be tough to adjust to college life. Find out some of the reasons why you may be struggling and learn some coping techniques.
Running Time: 34 minutes
What is the difference between stress and anxiety? Learn what’s happening inside your body to cause the physical symptoms, emotions and behaviors that you want to change. Understanding what’s happening can help you feel more in control, and help you identify coping tools to manage what you feel.
Running Time: 40 minutes
How you think impacts how you feel. Explore how your thoughts impact your feelings (stress, anxiety, depression) and actions (procrastination, avoiding situations), and learn about common patterns of unhelpful thinking such as ‘all or nothing,’ ‘catastrophizing,’ and ‘jumping to conclusions’. This workshop will give you an introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of the most effective treatments for anxiety.
Running Time: 31 minutes
Learn how to become an educated consumer of the media and how to empower yourself.
Running Time: 37 minutes
Conflict in relationships is inevitable but there are healthy and not-so-healthy ways to do it. Learn about passive, aggressive, and assertive communication and positive communication techniques to try out.
Running Time: 32 minutes
An acute change is an event that occurs suddenly, unexpectedly, in an unexplained manner. Learn how to develop tools and skills to cope with the emotions these changes can lead to.
Running Time: 43 minutes
What is normal to feel right now? Learn five tips for managing your stress or anxiety and identify ways to start using them in your own life.
Running time: 36 minutes
Learn how quarantine and isolation could impact your emotional health and well-being. It will help you get familiar with resources and strategies that can help you cope with stress during this period and will also review mental health service offerings at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Running Time: 16 minutes
Spending less time around others is leading lots of people to feel more lonely, disconnected, unsatisfied, or down right now. Learn five strategies you can start using to change how you’re feeling and increase your emotional connections with others while still following COVID-19 precautions.
Running Time: 34 minutes
Everyone feels sad or overwhelmed sometimes. If you’ve been feeling depressed for two weeks or more, or if your mood is starting to interfere with your course work, your job performance, or your relationships, you may be experiencing some symptoms of depression. Learn some self-care strategies you can use to fight depression.
Running Time: 30 minutes
Explore and identify your own depressive cycle/symptoms
Question how the depressive cycle may be contributing to overall distress
Understand emotional control strategies
Discuss cognitive distortions and socratic questioning tools.
Running time: 36 minutes
Learn how to understand your own cycle of depression. Because it is a very unique and individualized experience, we want to be able to really question intentionally, how does that depressive experience pull us away from our values? Identifying your values can help you engage more with them. This video will help you understand what values are and how the depressive cycle may pull you away from your values. Explore and begin identifying your own depressive cycle/symptoms.
Running time: 30 minutes
Minority stress refers to the additional stress that members of marginalized groups experience because of the prejudice and discrimination they face. Learn tips for building coping skills and social support, along with other forms of resilience, to counteract the impact of this stress.
Running Time: 26 minutes
People procrastinate for many different reasons and figuring out what’s causing it can help you get un-stuck. You’ll also learn several strategies to reduce procrastination.
Running Time: 33 minutes
It’s not uncommon to have a poor night’s sleep from time to time, but what happens when this is a chronic problem? Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep is linked to many health challenges. Learn some ways you can make sleep a priority.
Running Time: 45 minutes
Did you know that moderate levels of stress are actually HELPFUL? Find out how to reduce your stress level to a more manageable level using coping and self-care strategies you can start using today.