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Skill-building Workshops

For details on our other events, check out our Event Calendar page. 

The Center for Student Wellbeing provides a variety of workshops throughout the year. We are also glad to accept requests submitted by student organizations, staff, and faculty. Presentations are offered at the Center or in a variety of on campus settings and are faciliated by CSW staff and our peer educators.

To request services, please complete our program request form.  Please note that the CSW requires a minimum of two weeks notice to consider requests. All requests will be screened by a CSW staff member within 2-3 business days of the initial request. Approval of requests are contingent upon scheduling, availability of staff and type of request submitted.

Please see our in-house workshop schedules below.

Fall 2021 Wellbeing Workshops

More information about these workshops can be found at the bottom of the page

Links to recorded workshops:

Recorded Graduate/Professional Student and Faculty/Staff Host Responsibility Training:

In order to access the HRT recording you will log on to your Brightspace account and self-enroll in the Center for Student Wellbeing Course. Once you are there click on CSW Workshop Recording, and you will find the Host Responsibility Training recording. When you have watched the recording, it will be marked as completed.


September Workshops

October Workshops

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2-3pm
    • Facing and Embracing Challenge (CSW Classroom)

November Workshops

December Workshops

Writers’ Accountability Group

Graduate and professional students have an opportunity to support each other through the writing process by attending regular Writers’ Accountability Group (WAG) meetings during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Each meeting is facilitated by a CSW coach. Members will meet approximately monthly for one-hour sessions, sharing goals and accountability-not text. Longer write-ins offers participants a committed writing time and space. Participants should be actively writing and able to commit to regular attendance.

Please email to register


Surviving & Thriving with ADHD and other Executive Function Concerns

Representatives from the CSW and UCC will facilitate a weekly workshop for students to actively engage in skill-building to improve work completion, time management, and organization and practice cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions. This workshop series will focus on strategies for improving work completion, time management, and organization, as well as touching on cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions. A verified diagnosis of ADHD is not required for this workshop; any interested student is welcome! No referral is necessary and attendance is not mandatory, although you will get the most benefit if you make a commitment to attend all sessions in the series.  If you have previously participated in Surviving and Thriving with ADHD, you are invited to attend again, as it can be beneficial to hear the information more than one time.

Workshop Location & Time: All meetings take place on Wednesdays, by Zoom, from 4:00-5:00pm

September 1 – What is ADHD?
An overview of ADHD and executive function. Useful for students diagnosed young, students recently diagnosed, as well as students wondering if they have ADHD.

September 8 & 15 – Time and Task Management #1 & #2
Discover time and task management systems that will help reduce your stress and help you get work done. Ideally, students will be able to attend both weeks.

September 22- Drop-in Consultation

September 29- TLCS (Therapeutic Lifestyle Choices)

Learn more about the value of exercise, sleep, and routine in managing symptoms of ADHD

October 6- Mindfulness & ADHD
Mindfulness and ADHD go together like… No, really, they do! Come find out why and practice.

October 13: No meeting (Fall Break October 14,15)

October 20 – ADHD and Academic Work
Academic skills related to managing attention in the context of academic work.

October 27- Drop-in Consultation

*Please reach out to Frances Niarhos ( or Samantha York ( for more information about this workshop.

Wellbeing Workshop Descriptions

*Cultivating Wellbeing

Cultivating Wellbeing focuses on the interdependent relationship of wellness dimensions that can ultimately lead students, over a period of time, to a consistently healthy lifestyle. Students will have the opportunity to explore social wellness, occupational wellness, intellectual wellness, emotional wellness, physical wellness, and spiritual wellness. Throughout the session, students will also self-reflect on how they currently cultivate habits of each of the wellness dimensions, and they will engage in an activity to see where their wellbeing stands. Ultimately, students will become more aware of how they can nurture various relationships, become more accountable for financial decisions, recognize whether or not career ambitions are personally satisfying, face adversity and challenges head on, implement healthy exercise and dietary habits, improve sleep quality, and examine their values, ethics, and core beliefs.

Host Responsibility Training

Host Responsibility Training is provided by the Center for Student Wellbeing. This alcohol and other drug education presentation will prepare hosts to have safe and successful events through the discussion of Tennessee State Law, Vanderbilt Policy, and DUI prevention strategies.  The presentation is approximately 30 minutes in length and is required annually for hosts of events where alcohol is present.

How to Student 

Our How to Student workshops (Time Management, Learning Strategies, Ask the Professor, Finals Prep) are designed to assist students who may be having difficulties with classes, wish to improve grade point averages, or who would simply like to enhance study techniques for university work. While these workshops are very helpful to students who are experiencing academic difficulties, including balancing hectic schedules, they are also beneficial to anyone who wishes to become a more efficient learner.

*Imposter Syndrome

This workshop will be an introduction to Imposter Syndrome. Students will learn definitions, identifying characteristics, and first-step responses. Referrals will be provided for students seeking further support.

*Introduction to Mindfulnes

Do you ever find your thoughts wandering to your never-ending to do list and five minutes later to that time two weeks ago when you said something embarrassing?  Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, and non-judgmentally in a present moment. Students will become more knowledgeable about mindfulness practices, the science of and research related to mindfulness, exercises that foster a deeper understanding of mindfulness, and relaxation techniques to use when faced with stress. Students will be challenged to think on their own about how to integrate what they learned from the session into their day-to-day life.

Resilience 101

Resilience 101 focuses on the development and application of real-world skills that students can use during times of challenge and personal growth. Students will learn what resilience is, be given the opportunity to begin crafting a personal narrative that demonstrates their ability to thrive, and examine resilience-based strategies and skills. The central themes of these skills will revolve around internal and external gratitude as well as developing meaningful relationships. Ultimately, this session will encourage students to develop and engage in practices, routines, and habits that heighten how they feel, encourage a positive state of mind, and help them successfully navigate difficult situations to ensure they are getting the most out of their experience at Vanderbilt University.

Financial Wellbeing

Are you aware of how much money you spent on dining out last month?  Do you understand your personal relationship to money? Will your refund check last throughout the semester? Have you started saving for the future? These are all questions college students should be thinking about. College is a time for new experiences and personal growth, and that includes developing strong financial habits. The CSW wants to help ensure you’re prepared to make smart financial decisions during and after your time at Vanderbilt. Students will have the opportunity to assess personal relationships with money and how that impacts financial behaviors,  identify connections between mental and financial wellbeing, analyze current spending and saving habits, and become more aware of ways to apply budgeting and money-saving concepts.

Finding Stillness in Turbulent Times

During this presentation you will learn strategies for coping in challenging times, resources to connect to both on and off campus, and mindfulness practices to find inner stillness.


*Indicates workshops are not part of our current schedule but are available upon request.