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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 March 17th, 2021 until August 6, 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 20 minutes if no students are in attendance that day, so students may not be admitted from the lobby if they arrive after 20 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.


New workshop!

Back to Basics: Support Beyond the Bubble

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


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. 

 

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!

Monday 1-2pm, with Luke Zabel, M.A., LMHC

  • Session 1 – Mindfulness: May 17th; Jun 14th; Jul 12th; Aug 2nd
  • Session 2 – Openness: May 24th; Jun 21st; Jul 19th
  • Session 3 – Values & Engagement: Jun 7th; Jun 28th; Jul 26th
  • Join us at: bit.ly/Mon1pmMOVE

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.


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.

 

Entre Familia (Among Family)

No hay mal que por bien no venga. With the bad, there can come some good. This space provides a unique affirming space for LatinX students. Members will gain and provide support to one another while sharing parts of their stories, struggles, and accomplishments as they work towards graduation. Students will have a chance to connect to peers on the following experiences: self-identity, cultural values, academics/career concerns, family conflict, forming and maintaining relationships, etc.

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.

Our Voices 

Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) students at predominately white institutions often experience unique challenges that require unique support. This space aims to offer a sense of community, support, validation, empowerment, and resources for BIPOC experiencing challenges in their academic, professional, and personal endeavors. Topics discussed in the space include, but are not limited to: issues related to race/culture/ethnicity, identity development, family, social relationships, power, oppression (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other –isms), mental health (e.g., anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, trauma etc.), and related resources.

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.