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What’s the difference between group therapy and attending a workshop?

Workshops are offered in partnership with campus providers and are held in locations across campus. Students do not need referrals to attend workshops, and they do not become part of your treatment records at the UCC.

These workshops are designed to provide a supportive, safe space for Vanderbilt students to discuss challenges adjusting to the pandemic and academic year, build connections, and support each other in developing healthy coping skills during this difficult time. These workshops are not a substitute for individual/group psychotherapy or mental health treatment for students who would benefit from those services. We strongly encourage students to seek out additional services to provide support and are happy to discuss outside resources and how to be connected to them. Please also note Urgent Care and Drop-in Consultation as additional resources.

UCC Workshops

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop

The Self-Compassion Workshop is a 3-week workshop series in which students will learn about the concept of self-compassion and how to practically incorporate it into their daily lives. This series is designed to help students become less self-critical and respond to their daily struggles with kindness and compassion, rather than judgment and criticism. Each workshop in the series will integrate psychoeducation, hands-on exercises, and interactive discussions to help each member develop strategies and ways of thinking that will serve to increase their overall level of self-compassion and well-being. This group is open to both undergrad and graduate students.

Register Here > First Series (please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings)

September 24th:   2pm – 3:30pm
October 1st:               2pm – 3:30pm
October 8th:           2pm – 3:30pm

Register Here > Second Series (please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings)

October 22nd:       2pm – 3:30pm
October 29th:          2pm – 3:30pm
November 5th:       2pm – 3:30pm

Request from workshop facilitators:
Given that the workshop will be presented in three sessions and that the material will build on the skills learned the previous week, we ask that participants make a commitment to attending all three sessions, sequentially.

Grieving While Social Distancing: No Time for Goodbyes

Every other week on Wednesdays – Starts September 23rd: 10:30am – 12:00pm > REGISTER HERE

Grieving While Social Distancing: No Time for Goodbyes is a support workshop for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved-one during the coronavirus pandemic.
The workshop provides a supportive platform where students can explore, process, and learn new ways of coping with the complications of grieving amid social distancing protocols.

Melanin Matters @ VU: A Workshop Series for Black Students

Fall 2020: Tuesdays: 3pm – 4:30pm

Melanin Matters @ VU  is an initiative dedicated to creating a safe, brave, and affirming space for Black-identified students to discuss topics such as: navigating student life as a Black student at a PWI, validating and unpacking experiences of microaggressions and racialized trauma, celebrating Black pride and uplifting Black excellence, stress management and self-care, and learning coping skills for imposter syndrome. Registration via Zoom is required for participation.

September 15th: Anchoring Down While Black: Surviving & Thriving at Vandy
September 29th: Keeping It Real-ish?: Imposter Syndrome, Let’s Talk About It
October 13th: In Living Color: Let’s Talk About Internalized Racism & Oppression
October 27th: I’m Rooting for Everybody Black!: Let’s Celebrate Black Excellence
November 10th: Keep That Same Energy: Let’s Talk Social Justice
December 1st: The Wrap-Up: Self-Care & Winning at Finals

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Every other week on Tuesdays – Starts on September 15th: 3pm – 4:30pm

  • Undergraduate, Graduate, & Professional Students – REGISTER HERE
    The purpose of the group is to provide a space for students to navigate difficult conversations around social justice issues, politics, and COVID-19. Group will provide the space for both processing these conversations, creating skills to increase interpersonal effectiveness and practicing how to have these conversations.

Navigating Distress as a VU International Student

How to access:  Registration is available in advance for each session.
September 25th: 12pm – 1pmFamily Matters: Negotiating Difficult Conversations and Mental Health Stigma
October 28th: 4pm – 5pmSelf-care & Healthy Boundaries
November 17th: 12pm – 1pmTaking Advantage of Student Care Network Resources
December 14th: 3pm – 4pmPreparing for Winter Break as an International Student

Navigating Grief/Loss Concerns amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

A workshop for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students that will include psychoeducation regarding grief/loss concerns and navigating COVID-19 distress and shelter-in-place orders.

When: Monday, September 7th: 11am – 12pm
How to access: Zoom Meeting sign-up

Power Talks: Being an Anti-Racist Ally

Weekly Workshop – Wednesdays, 1:30pm – 3pm

A space to confidentially connect with other students who identify as anti-racist allies and share experiences, share resources, and empower and uplift each other with support as we discuss topics such as systemic issues, understanding experiences of power, privilege, and oppression, and navigating the conflicting values of family and friends.

If interested, please contact ruth.howard@Vanderbilt.Edu to schedule a brief informational meeting.

UCC Drop-In Consultations

Weekly open space that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with UCC counselors. Counselors can provide solutions and referrals to other campus and off campus resources. Appointments are first-come, first-serve, and students may be in the zoom waiting room for up to 15 minutes. Please select a link to join a Drop-in Consultation Zoom Meeting.

Surviving & Thriving with ADHD and other Executive Function Concerns

  • Wednesday, 4pm – 5pm – Please search “ADHD” in AnchorLink for the Zoom information

September 16th & 23rd – 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.

October 7th- Mindfulness
Mindfulness and ADHD go together like… No, really, they do! Come find out why and practice.

October 21st – ADHD and Academic Work
Academic skills related to managing attention in the context of academic work.

November 4th – TLCs (therapeutic lifestyle choices)
Learn more about the value of exercise, sleep, and routine in managing symptoms of ADHD.

December 2nd – Prep for Finals

9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18- Drop-in for accountability, check-in

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



This workshop series is designed to promote expert performance by exploring common issues impacting graduate and professional students and postdocs. During each session, we will briefly cover theory and research on the topic and provide a space for attendees to discuss their related experiences and to gain support and consultation.

When: Fridays, 12pm – 1pm

September 18th – Session 1: Perfectionism and “Imposter Syndrome”
September 25th – Session 2: Motivation, Mindset & Effective Goal Setting
October 9th – Session 3: Performing under Pressure, Fighting Procrastination & Increasing Efficiency
October 30th – Session 4: Managing Conflict and Relationships
November 13th –  Session 5: Finding Work/Life Balance

Please note: We cap the registration at 20 people to enable more dialogue and conversation around the subject by participants. This is a critical piece of session as it is always helpful to know you are not the only one struggling with these topics and hear how others are managing. You are not required to speak but it may be helpful in making sure your concerns are addressed. We do not record these sessions for confidentiality reasons.

Zoom link will be sent via email to those who register via Calendly (link below) at least 24 hours before the session.
For sign up links, please visit: Graduate Life Coach Programming, Fall 2020