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Wellness Workshops and Events

The Counseling and Mental Health Center offers a wide variety of services and programs to meet students’ mental health needs. The services listed below are workshops and events intended to provide valuable life skills.

While these wellness workshops and events are often led by a licensed mental health professional, and students may certainly find them to be therapeutic, they are not considered formal therapy. Any student can attend the programs listed below regardless of whether they are receiving other services at CMHC. Some options are one-time events, some are drop-in based, and others are brief series requiring prior enrollment.

We hope to expand these offerings over time and are interested in student feedback about what kinds of topics or events would be of most interest. Please click here to submit your suggestions for wellness events or series you would like to see offered.


Emotional Wellness Workshops

how to deal workshop

How to Deal

Skills for riding the waves of life’s ups, downs, and overwhelming emotions.

In this 4-session workshop series, participants learn concepts and skills for:

  • tuning into thoughts and feelings in a less reactive way,
  • managing painful feelings,
  • regulating emotions when they feel out of control,
  • and enhancing relationships with self and others.

The workshop is interactive, and participants will be asked to practice what is learned in their daily lives. Participating requires you to enroll and commit to attending all 4 workshop modules, which can be completed in any order. This means you can start at any time of the semester!

After signing up, please pay attention to your email inbox for confirmation of your enrollment. Please note that this is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not need to be a CMHC client in order to enroll.

live like you mean it workshop

Live Like You Mean It

Skills for managing distress and living a more value-directed life.

In this 3-session workshop series, participants learn concepts and skills for:

  • relating to uncomfortable thoughts and feelings in a healthier, more accepting manner,
  • getting in closer touch with what matters most to you,
  • and acting on your values in the service of enhanced overall well-being.

The workshop is interactive, and participants will be asked to practice what is learned in their daily lives. Participating requires you to enroll and commit to attending all 3 workshop modules, which can be completed in any order. This means you can start at any time of the semester!

After signing up, please pay attention to your email inbox for confirmation of your enrollment. Please note that this is not a traditional therapy group, and you do not need to be a CMHC client in order to enroll.


Drop-In Meditation Group

midfulness meditation

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Tuesdays
12:15 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. 
SSB 5th floor
Drop In

Whether you've never meditated or have been practicing for years, the mindfulness meditation group can offer support for a new practice or an ongoing one. Chairs, cushions, and bolsters are all available to support you in sitting whichever way is most comfortable for you. We typically meditate for 25 minutes, take a break for any questions, and then continue meditating for the remainder of the time.

This drop-in group requires no registration and is open to all UT students, faculty, and staff. Simply show up on any Tuesdays, while classes are in session, that are convenient for you. Accommodations are made for late arrivals, so if you're running behind, please don't let that stop you from joining us.

If you have any questions, please contact Karl Chiang, PhD or Cary Tucker, RN, LCSW.

If you would like to learn meditation, please contact Karl or Cary and plan on arriving 15 minutes early.

Events


Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Date and location to be determined. The event is open to all UT-Austin students, faculty, and staff.

This event occurs on a Saturday morning every Fall and Spring semester from 9am to 12:30pm. The day consists of silent sitting meditation, yoga, walking meditation, guided meditation with visualization, and time at the end to process the experience. The Integrated Health staff facilitates this event.

Chairs, cushions, bolsters, and yoga mats are provided. No prior experience necessary. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.

Sign-up is requested. Please contact Cary Tucker, RN, LCSW to sign up for the retreat.





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