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Outreach, Workshops, and Psychoeducational Programs

The PLU Counseling Center offers a wide range of programs and services to members of the PLU community.  The goals of our outreach efforts are to decrease stigma associated with mental health struggles, increase knowledge and skills, create opportunities for new and realistic behavior, foster interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, and encourage an overall healthier psychological functioning.

To request a workshop or presentation, or to invite us to participate at your event, please click on and complete this workshop request form.  Please submit requests at least 2-3 weeks prior to the program date to allow adequate time for scheduling and preparation.

Psychoeducational workshops are intended to provide information, skills and support.  These workshops are not a form of mental health treatment.  (See Disclaimer below.)

Orientation Sessions

Offered to individuals or groups who are members of the PLU community.  In this 15-30 minute session, a Counselor will present information about our services and how to access them.  Time can also be dedicated to identifying specific service needs of the group.

Group Facilitation

This service is for students, staff, and faculty who may need a professional who is trained in group dynamics to facilitate a group activity or process.  A Counselor may also be able to present on a topic of interest to the group in which they have knowledge or expertise.

Class Presentations

A Counselor can visit a class to inform students about our services or to present on a psychoeducational topic selected by the instructor (see list for possible topics).

  • Adjusting to Campus Life
  • Understanding and Managing Anxiety and Stress
  • Understanding and Managing Depression
  • Suicide Awareness and Education
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Healthy Eating and Body Image

  • Holidays: Stress and Coping
  • Leadership: Team Building, Team Conflict, and Communication
  • Understanding and Reducing Mental Health Stigma
  • Mindfulness
  • Overview of CHWS/Counseling Center Services

  • Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sleep
  • Time Management
  • Trauma Reactions and Coping

Workshops and Webinars

Members of the PLU community may request, and counselors may design and facilitate, one or a series of workshops/webinars to cover topics as listed above; or you may request an available workshop below.

These workshops are available via Zoom.  In-person workshops may be requested and/or considered, with safety protocols in place.

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Taming the Stress

In this interactive presentation, the facilitator engages in conversation with students focusing on the multiple and unique aspects of college life that can significantly influence overall well being and college success.  Best practices for wellness are identified and explored with students.  An interactive mindfulness meditation experience can be included as part of this program with extended time.

Run Time:  50 minutes
Audience:  Students

Overcoming Challenges

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In this interactive presentation, the facilitator engages in conversation with students focusing on the multiple and unique aspects of college life that can significantly influence overall well being and college success.  Best practices for wellness are identified and explored with students.  An interactive mindfulness meditation experience can be included as part of this program with extended time.

Run Time:  50 minutes
Audience:  Students, Faculty

Supporting Students Experiencing Suicide Ideation

In this interactive presentation, the facilitator engages in conversation with students focusing on the multiple and unique aspects of college life that can significantly influence overall well being and college success.  Best practices for wellness are identified and explored with students.  An interactive mindfulness meditation experience can be included as part of this program with extended time.

Run Time:  50 minutes
Audience:  RAs, RDs, Faculty, Staff

Breaking Out of Isolation

In this interactive presentation, the facilitator engages in conversation with students focusing on the multiple and unique aspects of college life that can significantly influence overall well being and college success.  Best practices for wellness are identified and explored with students.  An interactive mindfulness meditation experience can be included as part of this program with extended time.

Run Time:  50 minutes
Audience:  Students

Lifting the Blahs

In this interactive presentation, the facilitator engages in conversation with students focusing on the multiple and unique aspects of college life that can significantly influence overall well being and college success.  Best practices for wellness are identified and explored with students.  An interactive mindfulness meditation experience can be included as part of this program with extended time.

Run Time:  50 minutes
Audience:  Students

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In this interactive presentation, the facilitator engages in conversation with students focusing on the multiple and unique aspects of college life that can significantly influence overall well being and college success.  Best practices for wellness are identified and explored with students.  An interactive mindfulness meditation experience can be included as part of this program with extended time.

Run Time:  50 minutes
Audience:  Students

Disclaimer

The content of these videos and/or media workshops are for informational and educational purposes only.  Nothing provided in this format is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental disorder.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard in our video or workshop.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.  Pacific Lutheran University Counseling Health and Wellness Services (PLUCHWS) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned in a video or workshop.

Reliance on any information provided by PLUCHWS or by any person or professional appearing in our videos or workshops is solely at your own risk.  PLUCHWS is not liable for any advice or information provided on the site, all of which is provided on an “as-is” basis.  No warranties, either express or implied, are made on the information we provide.

Opinions and other statements expressed by third parties (including guest posts) are theirs alone, not opinions of PLUCHWS.  While PLUCHWS makes an effort to review certain content, its accuracy and completeness are not endorsed or guaranteed.