CAPS Workshops By Request

CAPS clinicians facilitate and customize workshops in a collaborative way to fit the need and interests of the community. To request a workshop, please complete the Outreach Request Form. Please submit the form at least 2 weeks in advance to allow for staffing and preparation. If you would like to join an existing group/workshop, go to the groups/workshops page.

Diversity DialoguesDiversity Dialogues provides a safe and supportive space to explore and discuss the relationship between mental health and the experiences that marginalized or underrepresented communities encounter. Discussions will also include the role of privilege as it pertains to one’s identities and ways to build community.
Eating & Body Image ConcernsEating and body image concerns affect diverse communities and student groups on campus. Our workshops are rooted in an understanding of intersectionality and social justice, seeing how eating concerns can affect everyone regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, and size. Example topics emotional eating or body image and specific spaces for underrepresented communities (people who identify as male or masc, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color).
Helping A Friend/StudentCreating a caring community at Penn often begins with meaningful conversations that help people feel listened to and valued. This workshop is an introduction to active listening and referral skills that can aid in connecting with others and providing resources for additional support. This workshop can be adapted for faculty/staff or students.
Imposter SyndromeImposter syndrome refers to a pattern of thinking when people doubt their accomplishments and fear that they will be found out as “frauds.” Imposter syndrome affects at least 70% of people during their lives. This workshop will explain more about what imposter syndrome is, present strategies to combat it, and provide space to discuss how imposter syndrome impacts you and your peers at Penn.
Mindfulness 101Mindfulness practice helps you bring a nonjudgmental attitude to your present moment experiences, which can lead to increased self-awareness, acceptance, and a reduction in the stress response. Mindfulness 101 is an informational and experiential workshop that includes an introduction to mindfulness, a guided meditation exercise, and resources for further practice.
Sexual Assault/TraumaBased on trauma-informed care, these workshops center around conversations on intimacy, boundaries, safety, and trauma within relationships. Examples topics include communicating consent, healthy/positive sexuality, and healthy relationships. CAPS also provides safe spaces for individuals who identify as survivors to come together, find community, and cultivate pathways towards healing. To learn more about our Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention Team, go to STTOP page.
Stress Management/Self-CareCollege/graduate school can be a very stressful time in one’s life and it may be difficult to manage the many academic, social, and emotional demands. Stress is a normal response to experiences that feel overwhelming. However, when stress goes unmanaged, it can lead to distress in one’s life. This workshop will focus on recognizing signs of stress, identifying coping strategies and forms of self-care, and when and where to seek help when needed.
Stressors Affecting Underrepresented GroupsThis workshop explores the impact of stress and the unique barriers people within marginalized or underrepresented communities face. The workshop will also discuss ways to manage stress, cultivate strengths, and identify resources.
Supporting First Generation Low Income (FGLI) StudentsThe First Generation Low Income (FGLI) community on our campus is a diverse, vibrant community that is inherently resilient, yet faces unique concerns that can affect well-being. These concerns may be rooted in familial, societal, and systemic-based stressors and can have a direct impact on mental health. Workshops will focus on the complexities being first gen and/or coming from a low-income background, and what this means for navigating Penn, higher education, and personal and professional life.
Supporting International StudentsInternational students at Penn represent more than 130 countries. Their diverse cultural/linguistic/educational backgrounds, in addition to immigration status, shape their experiences at Penn. These workshops focus on supporting international students in their process of adjusting to Penn/Philadelphia/U.S., helping them connect with the campus community and resources, and providing useful skills for wellness and academic success.
Stress Less With YogaPrimarily experiential, with some didactic elements, this trauma-informed workshop will focus on gentle yoga and mindful movement practices (including yoga postures, breathing and relaxation), in order to improve focus, relieve stress, and enhance overall wellbeing. Workshops can involve yoga mats or chairs, depending on the space and resources available.
Other WorkshopIf you have not found what you are looking for, please select “Other” on our Outreach Request Form and fill out a brief description.