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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.

Spring 23 Wellbeing Workshops

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


Get it Together: 1/18 | 2-4pm | KCPC
Art Journaling: 1/23 | 10:15-11am | CSW Classroom
HRT: 1/23 | 12:15-1pm | CSW Classroom
Coffee & Conversation: 1/24 | 4-5pm | Multicultural Community Space
How to Make a Weekly Schedule: 1/24 | 12-1pm | CSW Classroom
Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: 1/25 | 4-5pm | Zoom
How to Create a Budget: 1/26 | 12-1pm | CSW Classroom
Coffee & Conversation: 1/31 | 4-5pm | Multicultural Community Space


Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: 2/1 | 4-5pm | Zoom
Looking at the Big Picture – How AOD Use Impacts Mental Health: 2/2 | 3-4pm | CSW Classroom
Coffee & Conversation: 2/7 | 4-5pm | Multicultural Community Space
Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: 2/8 | 4-5pm | Zoom
HRT: 2/9 | 12:15-1pm | CSW Classroom
MAPS: 2/13 | 2-4pm | CSW Classroom
Coffee & Conversation: 2/14 | 4-5pm | Multicultural Community Space
Art Journaling: 2/15 | 3-3:45pm | CSW Classroom
Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: 2/15 | 4-5pm | Zoom
HRT: 2/21 | 5:15-6pm | Zoom
Setting SMART Financial Goals: 2/21 | 12-1pm | CSW Classroom
Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: 2/22 | 4-5pm | Zoom
How to Make a Weekly Schedule: 2/24 | 12-1pm | CSW Classroom


Facing and Embracing Challenge: 3/1 | 3-4pm | Zoom
Surviving and Thriving with ADHD: 3/1 | 4-5pm | Zoom
HRT: 3/6 | 12:15-1pm | CSW Classroom
Looking at the Big Picture – How AOD Use Impacts Mental Health: 3/7/22 | 12-1 pm | CSW Classroom
HRT: 3/21 | 12:15-1pm | CSW Classroom
Life after Graduation: 3/24 | 3-4pm | CSW Classroom
Art Journaling: 3/28 | 1:15-2pm | CSW Classroom
Life after Graduation: 3/31 | 3-4pm | CSW Classroom


MAPS (Mental Health Awareness and Prevention of Suicide): 4/4 | 2-4pm | CSW Classroom
Life after Graduation: 4/7 | 3-4pm | CSW Classroom
HRT: 4/11 | 12:15-1pm | CSW Classroom
Life after Graduation: 4/14 | 3-4pm | CSW Classroom

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.


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  from 4:00-5:00pm. This year, the meetings will be hybrid. Students are welcome to attend in the CSW Classroom or join by Zoom.

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


Wellbeing Workshop Descriptions

Art Journaling

Journaling offers a chance to slow down and creatively express the thoughts and feeling that get stuck in our bodies. Participants will be provided with prompts and supplies to journal either through written or artistic expression. No prior artistic or journalistic talent is required! Students will also have the opportunity to discuss the experience of journaling at the end of each session.

Coffee & Conversation

A casual event for students to interact with each other through stimulating conversations ranging from simple fun questions to though provoking one from conversation cards. Creating deep and meaningful connections with coffee/light snacks; the goal is to provide a space for connection and wellbeing throughout the week.Every Tuesday for four weeks (1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14), from 4-5pm.

Overdose Prevention & NARCAN Training

The pandemic has had a profound impact on many of us and nowhere is it clearer than in the number of deaths by overdose. During the 12-month span ending in May 2021, the United States experienced over 100,000 deaths by overdose. The largest number of overdose deaths since they have been recorded. Many of these overdose deaths were unknowingly caused by drugs laced with fentanyl. Davidson County’s Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist, Kaitlynn Jackson, will present a comprehensive look at the opioid epidemic in Tennessee and provide critical training on signals to look for and how to use the overdose reversal agent Narcan. After the training, each participant will receive a free Narcan kit.

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.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Minds

Juggling school, work, a social life, and personal wellness can be challenging during busy semesters. One way to avoid burnout and exhaustion is to manage expectations and protect your needs early on. This workshop will focus on setting healthy boundaries and establishing self-care routines as a busy student.

Host Responsibility Training (HRT)

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 Create a Budget

Attendees learn practical skills for assessing their current budget, income and expenses, and ways to create a functional budget.

How to Make a Weekly Schedule

New to time management? Looking to modify your current planner? Want to organize your schedule but not sure where to start? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Managing your time can help you focus, accomplish goals, meet academic deadlines, and reduce stress. This workshop will provide fundamental skills to help organize your time and tasks.

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.

Life After Graduation

As college begins to end and you near the last stages of your program you may begin to wonder, what’s next? What do I do from here? How do I navigate the next chapter of life. While some people have a plan, others may not and feel overwhelmed or unprepared for what is next. In this weekly series we will discuss leaving college and being prepared for life after you graduate.
Every Friday for four weeks (3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14) from 3-4pm.

Looking at the Big Picture: How alcohol and marijuana use can impact mental health

Anxious after a night of drinking? According to USA TODAY, you may have ‘hangxiety’ or the feeling of anxiety or sadness that can follow an evening of heavy drinking or marijuana use. Research shows that even one night of drinking or cannabis use can impact mental health. The symptoms include increased worry, heart rate, and anxiety along with general distress. This workshop will share strategies that focus on prevention and practical solutions when experiencing these symptoms.

MAPS (Mental Health Awareness and Prevention of Suicide)

MAPS (Mental Health Awareness & Prevention of Suicide) training introduces gatekeepers to the basic statistics, facts, and warning signs of suicide, as well as providing direct instruction on how to best facilitate referrals to trained professionals. From that grounding of basic knowledge and skills, this training will enhance gatekeepers’ ability to establish a more meaningful and positive relationship with individuals in crisis.

Setting SMART Financial Goals

Attendees will learn what SMART goals are and how to set them to be successful financially.

Time Management Essentials

Learn practical techniques and strategies to manage your academic, personal, and/or social calendars.

*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 Mindfulness

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.

*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.

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