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Our 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

Asian/Asian-American Student Support Workshop
Wednesday 3PM -4:30PM (Beginning February 10th)

This workshop provides a safe and affirming space for AAPI (Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, South Asian/Southeast Asian) identifying students who are looking for support, connection, and skills as they navigate experiences relating to their intersecting identities. This group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

If you have any questions, please contact Cayla Leung, M.A. at or Tamaki Silver, Psy.D. at


February 10th – Mental Health Stigma
February 24th – Expectations (School/Family/Personal)
March 10th – Feeling Asian Enough
March 24th – Racism in Asian Communities
April 7th – Imposter Syndrome/Perfectionism
April 21st – Self-Care
May 5th – Academic Concerns/Study Strategies

Black Girl Magic
Tuesdays 3:30PM -5PM

A workshop series that explores the lived experiences of black women-identified students.
Facilitators: Vanessa Bell, PhD; Jamye Hardy, EdD; Cassanora Lampley, EdD; Courtney Williams, PhD

February 9th – REGISTER HERE
February 23rd – REGISTER HERE
March 30th – REGISTER HERE
April 13th – REGISTER HERE

Clinical Hypnosis for Academic Anxiety
Tuesday 3PM – 4:30PM (Four-week series beginning March 30th)

Clinical hypnosis is a great way to help you engage in deep relaxation and tap into your mind’s natural resilience. Students will learn more about clinical hypnosis and how you can use it to reduce academic anxiety, tap into your love of learning, and increase your confidence in performing academic goals. Sessions will focus on hypnosis exercises and teaching you how to use hypnosis on your own.

How to access: REGISTER HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Developing Self-Compassion Workshop
Thursday 3PM – 4:30PM

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)

  • February 11th, February 18th, February 25th

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

  • March 4th, March 11th, March 18th

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

  • March 25th, April 1st, April 8th

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

  • April 15th, April 22nd, April 29th

Request from workshop facilitators: Please plan to attend the 3 sequential meetings.
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.

Snacks and Skills
Wednesdays 12-1pm (four-week series beginning March 17th)

Bring your favorite snack, we’ll bring our favorite skills. This four-week series workshop will help students navigate stress during the busiest times of the semester by learning and practicing new skills. Students are encouraged to attend all four sessions, but not required.


Spring 2021 Drop-In Consultation Hours

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.

The UCC has created the below-mentioned identity-specific Drop-In Consultations—with the understanding of the unique impact that issues such as systemic oppression, racialized trauma, police brutality, COVID-19 health disparities, and other identity-based experiences may have on the emotional wellness of Black, International, and/or LGBTQIA+ students. We hope that our identity-based Drop-In Consultations provide opportunities for our students with these historically minoritized identities, to receive brief support around these concerns in a more overtly affirming space. Black, International, and/or LGBTQIA+ students are always welcome to visit any Drop-In Consultation space, for any non-emergency concern—that’s connected to aspects of their identity, or not. Our Drop-In Consultation providers are happy and ready to be of service to the Vanderbilt student community. We look forward to supporting you!

Please Note: Drop-in Consultation hours will begin the week of January 25th.

The Zoom meetings for Drop-In Consultations will not be monitored beyond the dedicated hours for that specific Drop-In Consultation time. If you present to the Zoom meeting for a Drop-In Consultation beyond the dedicated hours for that particular Drop-In Consultation, we encourage you to either:
1) contact UCC Urgent Care at 615-322-2571 if you have an urgent need.
2) plan to attend the next available Drop-In Consultation space that best fits your needs.

Surviving & Thriving with ADHD and other Executive Function Issues
Wednesday 4PM – 5PM – Please search “ADHD” in AnchorLink for Zoom information

With an emphasis on deepening understanding of what ADHD is and isn’t, improving work completion, time management, and organization, while also touching on cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness interventions.
Weekly workshops: Actively engage in skill-building in these areas in a scaffolded, supportive environment.
Open Discussions: Ask questions about surviving and thriving with ADHD and other executive function issues, as well as follow up on skills from prior weeks. Bring your questions!

A verified diagnosis of ADHD is not required for this workshop; any interested student is welcome!

February 3rd –  What Is ADHD?
February 10th & 17th – Time & Task Management
February 24th – Open Discussion
March 3rd – Mindfulness & ADHD
March 10th – Open Discussion
March 17th – TLCs (Therapeutic Lifestyle Choices)
March 24th – Open Discussion
March 31st –  ADHD & Academic Work
April 7th –  Open Discussion
April 14th –  Working Session: Prep For Finals

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

The Psychology of Peak Performance Workshop Series
Friday 12PM – 1PM


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.

February 12th – Perfectionism and “Imposter Syndrome”
February 26th – Motivation, Mindset & Effective Goal Setting
March 12th – Managing Conflict and Relationships
March 26th – Performing under Pressure & Fighting Procrastination
April 9th – 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 the 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, Spring 2021