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This page serves as a central resource for health and wellness programs.  The programs listed and linked to here are either directly facilitated by Health & Counseling professional staff members, sponsored or co-sponsored by the Health & Counseling department, or address wellness-related topics that are likely to be of interest to students.

wellness series for gold

Several years ago, Health & Counseling bega a series of workshops on various health-related topics as part the GOLD leadership program.  On the GOLD web site, you can find a complete list of all programs in this series, callled Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (choose "Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds" from the "Series" search option at left).  We also try to keep the the list below up-to-date, but you will need to register on the GOLD site.

OCTOBER 

Drinker's Ed 
Monday, October 20, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
Humans are social beings...if you choose to socialize with alcohol, make sure you've thought about the effects this may have. This workshop will teach you how to get what you want from your experiences with alcohol and avoid any nasty pitfalls.
Instructor: Sarah Covell - Class of '81, Alcohol and Other Drug Programs Coordinator

Building Your Stress Toolbox
Friday, October 24, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
In this interactive session, you will identify a variety of strategies, or "tools," for managing stress. These will include cognitive strategies, breathing techniques, relaxation skills, and more. 
Instructor: Dr. Beth Cholette - Clinical Director, Student Health & Counseling

Cultivating Happiness 
Friday, October 24, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
This session will review some basic happiness theory and research with the primary focus on developing various techniques that can be used to nurture a fun positive outlook on life. 
Instructor: Dr. Gene Griffing - Staff Psychologist, Student Health & Counseling

How's Your Sleep? 
Tuesday, October 28, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
The lack of sleep, or insomnia, is a common complaint among students. Healthy sleep improves the memory, lifts the mood and boosts energy levels for both men and women. This workshop will teach you about healthy sleep and how to get more of it!
Instructor: Deb Penoyer - Nurse Manager, Health & Counseling

Stress Management
Friday, October 31, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
Explore the basic techniques of stress management and alternative therapies for coping with your stress. Guided imagery, breathing exercises, and progressive relaxation are all included, so DRESS COMFORTABLY, and be ready to de-compress for a little while. 
Instructor: Katherine Mejira - Graduate Counseling Intern, Health & Counseling

NOVEMBER

Safe Zone Training
Tuesday, November 4, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | College Union Room 322/323
This program is designed to develop a deeper awareness of and comfort level with sexual diversity, along with ways individuals can be supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals. Personal ideas and assumptions related to GLBT topics will be addressed in an interactive format with ideas and reactions being openly discussed, along with ways to address sexual oppression.
Instructor: Dr. Alex Carlo - Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center

Stress and Your Health 
Wednesday, November 5, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | GOLD Leadership Center
This seminar will explore the mind/body links as they apply to specific physical illnesses and anxiety states. Learn more about the relationship between anxiety/stress and physical symptoms of illness and clinical disease syndromes. Recognition of specific syndromes and intervention strategies will be discussed.
Instructor: Dr. Steven Radi - Medical Director, Lauderdale Center for Student Health & Counseling

Self-Hypnosis
Thursday, November 6, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | GOLD Leadership Center
This is an experiential session designed to introduce students to the relaxation technique of self-hypnosis. Along with some of the techniques used to facilitate deep relaxation and resources to help them develop their own self-hypnosis regiment, myths regarding hypnosis will be dispelled.
Instructor: Johnathon Huston - Graduate Counseling Intern, Health & Counseling

DECEMBER 

Resilience: How to Thrive (Not Just Survive) 
Tuesday, December 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | GOLD Leadership Center
Daily stressors take their toll and can make you feel depleted. How do you replenish your physical, mental, and emotional strength? There are certain things you can do to increase your resilience, which will help you bounce, not break, when challenges come your way.
Instructor: Laura Swanson - Counselor, Health & Counseling

Stress Management 
Tuesday, December 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
Explore the basic techniques of stress management and alternative therapies for coping with your stress. Guided imagery, breathing exercises, and progressive relaxation are all included, so DRESS COMFORTABLY, and be ready to de-compress for a little while. 
Instructor: GOLD Leader Mentor Staff

Stress Management
Monday, December 8, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | College Union Hunt Room
Explore the basic techniques of stress management and alternative therapies for coping with your stress. Guided imagery, breathing exercises, and progressive relaxation are all included, so DRESS COMFORTABLY, and be ready to de-compress for a little while. 

FEBRUARY 

Just Breathe!
Monday, February 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | College Union Hunt Room
Inhale and Exhale--learn helpful stress reduction breathing techniques that you can use in everyday life. We will also be exploring therapeutic pressure points on the body that can be used to release tension. Take an hour for yourself to come and explore, relax, and de-stress.
Instructor: Heather DiFino - Career Counselor, Office of Career Development

How's Your Sleep
Tuesday, February 3, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
The lack of sleep, or insomnia, is a common complaint among students. Healthy sleep improves the memory, lifts the mood and boosts energy levels for both men and women. This workshop will teach you about healthy sleep and how to get more of it!
Instructor: Deb Penoyer - Nurse Manager, Health & Counseling

Leadership in Health Care
Wednesday, February 4, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Gold Leadership Center
This session will explore ways in which individuals can impact the lives of their families, friends and community by promoting healthy life habits.
Instructor: Dr. Steven Radi - Medical Director, Lauderdale Center for Student Health & Counseling


Mind Over Mood: Change Your Thoughts to Decrease Stress
Monday, February 9, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | College Union 319
This session will help you to recognize common thought patterns which serve to worsen stress as well as to increase anxiety. Using an example from your own recent experience, you will practice to both recognizing and disputing your negative thoughts.
Instructor: Sarah Covell - Class of '81, Alcohol and Other Drug Programs Coordinator

Express yourself to Ex-Stress Yourself
Thursday, February 12, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Gold Leadership Center
This workshop will incorporate meditation with a simple art project. Participants will learn about how art can be a valuable tool for stress-relief by experiencing firsthand the calming effects of coloring mandalas.
Instructor: Laura Swanson - Counselor, Health & Counseling

Safe Zone Training 
Friday, February 13, 2:30 – 4:00 pm | College Union 319
This program is designed to develop a deeper awareness of and comfort level with sexual diversity, along with ways individuals can be supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals. Personal ideas and assumptions related to GLBT topics will be addressed in an interactive format with ideas and reactions being openly discussed, along with ways to address sexual oppression.
Instructor: Dr. Alex Carlo - Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center

Stress Management 
Tuesday, February 17, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
Explore the basic techniques of stress management and alternative therapies for coping with your stress. Guided imagery, breathing exercises, and progressive relaxation are all included, so DRESS COMFORTABLY, and be ready to de-compress for a little while. 
Instructor: Dana Minton - Health Educator, Lauderdale Center for Student Health & Counseling

Breathing & Meditation: Simple Techniques for Relaxation
Monday, February 23, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." - Buddha. In this session, you will practice relaxing your body and mind through simple tools such as special breathing techniques and mantra meditation.
Instructor: Melinda DuBois - Administrative Director, Health & Counseling

MARCH

Healthy Relationships 
Wednesday, March 4, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | College Union 319
How do you keep the lines of communication open so that you can maintain strong, honest, and respectful relationships? What are signs of an unhealthy relationship? Learn about ways to foster happiness in your relationships and what to do if relationships are unhealthy.
Instructor: Laura Swanson - Counselor, Health & Counseling

Building Your Stress Toolbox: 10 Techniques for Managing Stress 
Thursday, March 5, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
In this interactive session, you will identify a variety of strategies, or "tools," for managing stress. These will include cognitive strategies, breathing techniques, relaxation skills, and more.
Instructor: Dr. Beth Cholette - Clinical Director, Student Health & Counseling

Cultivating Happiness
Tuesday, March 10, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
This session will review some basic happiness theory and research with the primary focus on developing various techniques that can be used to nurture a fun positive outlook on life. 
Instructor: Dr. Gene Griffing - Staff Psychologist, Student Health & Counseling

Introduction to Yoga
Wednesday, March 25, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | College Union Hunt Room
Learn how yoga can reduce stress, help with sleep, and improve your overall well-being. We will be practicing some simple yoga exercises so dress in comfortable clothing that will allow you to move
Instructor: Melinda DuBois - Administrative Director, Health & Counseling

APRIL 

Using Your Personality Type: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Monday, April 6, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | GOLD Leadership Center
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a premier tool to help you understand yourself and how your personality relates to your work and communication styles, and eventually your leadership style. The majority of the workshop will be spent verifying your four-letter Type with exercises, followed by a discussion on how we function at work and communication with others. Key information for developing leaders! Completion of the MBTI Form M questionnaire is required prior to the workshop. You will receive instructions on how to access Form M one week prior to the workshop. Class size limited to 20.
Instructor: Dr. Alex Carlo - Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center

Self-Hypnosis 
Monday, April 13, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
This is an experiential session designed to introduce students to the relaxation technique of self-hypnosis. Along with some of the techniques used to facilitate deep relaxation and resources to help them develop their own self-hypnosis regiment, myths regarding hypnosis will be dispelled.
Instructor: Dr. Gene Griffing - Staff Psychologist, Student Health & Counseling

Stress Management
Monday, April 13, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
Explore the basic techniques of stress management and alternative therapies for coping with your stress. Guided imagery, breathing exercises, and progressive relaxation are all included, so DRESS COMFORTABLY, and be ready to de-compress for a little while. 
Instructor: Dana Minton - Health Educator, Lauderdale Center for Student Health & Counseling

Stress Management
Wednesday, April 15, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
Explore the basic techniques of stress management and alternative therapies for coping with your stress. Guided imagery, breathing exercises, and progressive relaxation are all included, so DRESS COMFORTABLY, and be ready to de-compress for a little while. 
Instructor: Dana Minton - Health Educator, Lauderdale Center for Student Health & Counseling


other GOLD programs

Additional professional outreach programs offered by Health & Counseling staff members for GOLD are listed below when available.

 

SEPTEMBER 


Listening Skills 
Tuesday, September 9, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Room 322/323
What makes someone a "good listener?" Think of their characteristics. What can prevent someone from listening carefully? This workshop will examine listening skills and offer ways to improve them. 
Instructor: Dr. Gene Griffing - Staff Psychologist, Student Health & Counseling

Listening Skills 
Tuesday, September 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Room 322/323
What makes someone a "good listener?" Think of their characteristics. What can prevent someone from listening carefully? This workshop will examine listening skills and offer ways to improve them. 
Instructor: Dr. Beth Cholette - Clinical Director, Student Health & Counseling

Study Skills & Test Anxiety 
Monday, September 29, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
This session focuses on learning styles and study skills. You will learn skills for managing your time and ways to increase your motivation. You will practice specific memory strategies as well as learn various ways to manage test anxiety.
Instructor: Dr. Alex Carlo - Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center

OCTOBER 

Listening Skills 
Wednesday, October 1, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
What makes someone a "good listener?" Think of their characteristics. What can prevent someone from listening carefully? This workshop will examine listening skills and offer ways to improve them. 
Instructor: Dr. Gene Griffing - Staff Psychologist, Student Health & Counseling

JANUARY 

Listening Skills 
Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm | GOLD Leadership Center, MacVittie College Union, Room 114
What makes someone a "good listener?" Think of their characteristics. What can prevent someone from listening carefully? This workshop will examine listening skills and offer ways to improve them.
Instructor: Dr. Beth Cholette - Clinical Director, Student Health & Counseling

Safe Zone

The Safe Zone program attempts to increase awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity, while providing a resource network for individuals with questions or concerns related to sexuality.  Safe Zone trainings are held regularly throughout each semester; the full schedule can be found here.