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Drop-in Workshop Information

The services outlined on this page are specific to the Tampa campus. Please visit the websites for USF St. Petersburg Wellness Center and USF Sarasota-Manatee Counseling & Wellness Center for campus-specific services.

The USF Counseling Center is facilitating two types of virtual, psycho-educational, drop-in sessions focused on helping students to thrive: Skill-Based Workshops and Chat & ConnectThese 60-minute sessions are described below and are offered daily, Monday through Friday, beginning August 23rd, 20211 until December 9th, 2021. You're welcome to join us as many times as you'd like!

Online drop-in sessions are psycho-educational and supportive in nature, but do not provide mental health treatment. If you would like to speak with a counselor, call us (813) 974-2831. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact 9-1-1, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8225, or an emergency mental health service in your local community.

You will not need to pre-register or RSVP for the drop-in sessions, but you will be required to use your USF email account to join the MS Teams meeting. As a result, your name will be visible to other participants. Participants may be removed from the workshop for engaging in verbal abuse/harassment, or exhibiting offensive or inappropriate content, at the facilitators’ discretion.

Note that the workshop will not be conducted after 15 minutes if no students are in attendance that day, so students may not be admitted from the lobby if they arrive after 15 minutes.

Please click on the link in each of the descriptions at the appointed time and you will be able to join the workshop. Return as many times as you like. Click here for a PDF version of the information outlined below.


Skill-Based Workshops

 Online Drop-in Workshops are flexible and accessible ways to learn coping skills and share experiences with peers, without the need for semester-long commitment. Click on each session title for the flyer, and the bit.ly link to join at the listed day and time. 

Mindfulness Meditation

A workshop that focuses on practicing multiple skills to reduce anxiety and focus on staying grounded. This series will allow participants to practice the following skills: Mindful Breathing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Body Scans, and 5-Senses grounding techniques.

 

MOVE Foward Series

Do you have difficulty managing the stress, anxiety, depression, or interpersonal relationships in your life? This dynamic rotating 3-week seminar is a crash course in teaching reliance skills to make the most out of your time at USF and in counseling. These skills will help you be more present with your experiences, learn how to let go of unnecessary thoughts and feelings, clarify your values, and take action to move towards a valued and better life.

Join all three sessions to build upon the skills learned or drop-in as needed!

Tuesday, 11am- 12pm, with Luke Zabel, M.A., LMHC

Session 1 – Mindfulness: Aug. 24th; Sep. 14th; Oct. 5th; Nov. 16th; Dec. 7th
Session 2 – Openness: Aug. 31st; Sep. 21st; Oct. 12th; Nov. 2nd; Nov 23rd
Session 3 – Values & Engagement: Sep. 7th, Sep. 28th; Oct. 19th; Nov. 9th; Nov. 30th
Join us at: https://bit.ly/Tue11amMOVE

Wednesday, 3-4pm, with Janet Said, M.S., LMFT

Session 1 – Mindfulness: Aug. 25th; Sep. 15th; Oct. 6th; Nov. 17th; Dec. 8th
Session 2 – Openness: Sep. 1st; Sep. 22nd; Oct. 13th; Nov. 3rd; Nov. 24th
Session 3 – Values & Engagement: Sep. 8th; Sep. 29th; Oct. 20th; Nov 10th; Dec. 1st

Join us at: bit.ly/Wed3pmMOVE

 

Let’s Get it On: Relationship & Sexual Wellness

Let’s face it, no one got a great lesson when it came to sex and relationships. Between fairy tales and reality TV, we’re all a bit confused when it comes to knowing how to get what we want (or even what we want). This open-discussion workshop series is for anyone who could use some guidance to learn what you want and skills to navigate the barriers that might be stopping you from getting there.

Join all three sessions to build upon the skills learned or drop-in as needed!

Wednesday 2-3pm, with Dani Rosenkrantz, Ph.D. & Katrina Scraimbolo, M.A.

Session 1 – Relationship Health: Aug. 25th; Sep. 15th; Oct. 6th; Nov. 17th; Dec. 8th
Session 2 –Sexual Wellness: Sep.1st; Sep. 22nd; Oct. 13th; Nov. 3rd; Nov 24th
Session 3 – Open Discussion: Sep. 8th; Sep. 29th; Oct. 20th; Nov 10th; Dec. 1st

Join us at: bit.ly/Wed2pmLOVE 

 

Magic of the Middle Path

A workshop that focuses on ways to cope with strong emotions, and taking care of ourselves in order to prevent getting pulled away from our desired directions in life. Discover the magic of the middle path!

Thursday, 11am-12pm, with Kathleen DiMattia, Psy.D. & Kirstin Tally, B.S.W., M.Ed. at: bit.ly/Thu11amDBT

 

Back to Basics: Support Beyond the Bubble

Worried about bursting your COVID-19 bubble and embarking on the new normal? This 2-part workshop will provide skills to manage anxiety, navigate social anxiety, and process any and all worries about returning to campus.

Join both sessions to build upon the skills learned or drop-in as needed!

Friday, 1-2pm, with Jenny Dutil, M.S.Ed. & Molly Dawkins, B.S.

Session 1 – Skills & Strategies: Aug. 27th; Sep. 10th; Sep. 24th; Oct. 8th; Oct. 22nd; Nov. 5th; Nov. 19th
Session 2 –Open Discussion: Sep. 3rd; Sep. 17th; Oct. 1st; Oct. 15th; Oct. 29th
Join us at: bit.ly/Fri1pmBTB

 

Relaxed Body, Calm Mind

Join us from the comfort of your own space for a holistic Hatha Yoga-based workshop to improve mood and regulate stress. Using a combination of gentle physical poses, breathing and relaxation techniques, you can get more connected and balanced within the body and mind. Open to all students, no yoga experience necessary.

Friday, 2-3pm with Hege Riise, Ph.D., RYT200® at: bit.ly/Fri2pmYoga

 

The Struggle is Real: Coping Beyond Addiction

This workshop offers support to those who cope with stress by drinking, using substances, shopping, seeking intimate hookups, or playing video games to an extent that causes disruption in daily life. The workshop will provide strategies to manage addictive behavior and learn healthy coping alternatives.

Friday, 3-4pm with Amber Wakeman, M.A., LMHC, MCAP at: bit.ly/Fri3pmCopeBeyond 


Chat & Connect

Come join us to Chat & Connect about specific topics, experiences, and identities. These spaces are designed to offer support and resources that are specific to your lived experiences, without the need for semester-long commitment. They are psychoeducational and supportive in nature, though do not provide mental health treatment. You will not need to pre-register or RSVP for these, but you will be required to use your USF email account to join the Teams meeting. As a result, your name will be visible to other participants. Call us at 813-974-2831 or visit our home page if you have any questions or for meeting links.

Empowerment

A support space designed as a healing, empowering, and safe place for students who have experienced interpersonal trauma as an adult or as a child (e.g., emotional, physical or sexual abuse; unwanted sexual experiences or sexual assault; abusive relationships; bullying, etc.). Students will find support as they practice increasing self-compassion, setting boundaries, and understanding how their experiences have impacted their relationships, emotions, thinking, and everyday functioning.

 

Building Strength in Remembrance

Are you grieving the death of a loved one or anticipating the loss of someone terminally ill? Have you experienced loss in other ways such as loss of relationship, divorce, loss to addiction, etc.? This support space will assist students in coping with the bereavement experience, creating comfortable ways to discuss their feelings and making new ways to honor their relationships.