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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

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  WORKSHOP IS FULL (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 WORKSHOP IS FULL (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 – 12pm > 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.

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.
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

PowerTalks is a confidential space for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in developing identities as anti-racist allies. In this 8 week workshop, students will connect, share experiences and resources, explore the impact of systems of power and privilege, and develop skills and strategies to begin disrupting oppression in empowered ways. This workshop honors that anti-racism work, particularly for white and white-passing individuals, will be a lifelong journey and encourages students to consider a commitment to being brave, reflective, and open to learning throughout the series.

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.

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: UCC Drop-in Consultations will not take place the week of Thanksgiving.

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 Concerns

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

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

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.

The Psychology of Peak Performance Workshop Series


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

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

Woke & Well: Navigating Social Justice Issues and Mental Health among Student Athletes

Workshop #1 – COMPLETED

Workshop #2 – We Can’t E-RACE this Issue: Exploring Social Justice Issues Related to Race among Student Athletes

October 28th –  Register Here

Workshop #3 – EveryBODY is Beautiful: Exploring Body Image among Student Athletes

November 11th – Register Here

Transfer Student Outreach

A space for undergraduate, graduate, and professional transfer students to connect around difficulties related to transferring to a new university in a remote environment. Connect with UCC facilitators and other students for support, psychoeducation, and self-care strategies.

When: Biweekly, Tuesdays,  4pm – 5pm
How to access: Zoom Meeting sign-up

October 27th – Self Care Strategies and Coping with loneliness, isolation, and stress
November 10th – Study Skills (bring in CSW)
November 17th – How to connect with others in a remote environment
December 1st – Ongoing support for adjusting to life at VU (OSCC Services/Campus Resources)