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Scheduled Programs

CAPS is will be offering some scheduled programs on various topics this semester. Please see options below.  You can attend by following the designated webex link posted.  If you have any questions please contact CAPS at 765-494-6995 and ask to speak with Jennifer Walsh, the Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation. Please also consider Purdue’s Wellness Programs that also provides presentations about well-being topics relevant to students.

 Upcoming Programs

 

Is What I'm Feeling Grief?

Monday, March 29th, from 2-3pm

Monday, April 19th, from 2-3pm

Link to join: https://purdue-restricted.webex.com/meet/chin62

Hosted by Laurie Chin, B.A. and Chris Magnante, M.A.

Feeling anxious? Stressed? Are you feeling these things more than usual? Times are strange. Things are changing quickly and often. We have lost a lot of what we used to call normal. Let’s examine these feelings. Could they be grief? This hour will focus on preconceived notions about grief, the stages of grief, ways in which we can cope with grief, and cultural considerations related to the grief experience. Please join CAPS on 3/29  and 4/19 from 2-3pm to explore how the experience of grief and loss can show up during the time of COVID.

 

Stress Survival Kit

Tuesday, April 13th, from 5-6pm

Thursday, April 22nd, from 5-6pm

Thursday April 29th, from 5-6pm

Hosted by Andrea Gerke, Psy.D., HSPP

Link to join: https://purdue-restricted.webex.com/meet/acgerke

 

Thursday, April 15th, from 5-6pm

Wednesday, April 21st, from 6-7pm

Hosted by Jennifer Walsh, M.A., LMHC

Link to join: https://purdue-restricted.webex.com/meet/walsh56

 

Tuesday, April 27th, from 7-8pm

Hosted by Jerry Mattern, M.S.W., LCSW

Link to join: https://purdue-restricted.webex.com/meet/jmattern

The Stress Survival Kit is a fast-paced, 1-session workshop intended to help increase your understanding and knowledge about stress and anxiety management.  The goal is to provide you with some skills to recognize and manage symptoms you may be experiencing. This session will review information about stress and anxiety, including how they present in your body, affect your wellbeing, and even affect your relationships. During the workshop, you will learn about a number of relaxation strategies and even practice some in session. These tools may be helpful in helping you navigate stress that is common within the last few weeks of the semester. 

 

Past Programs

Events in Support of Mental Health Action Week - PSG

CAPS has partnered with Purdue Student Government to offer events supporting their MHAW week initiative. Below are events hosted or attended by CAPS and open to any student. 

Virtual Student-Faculty Mental Health Town Hall

Monday, March 1st, from 6-7:30pm

CAPS clinicians Maime Butler, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate and Naz Zerka, M.S.W. will joining this event.

Zoom Meeting ID: 937 1138 5700

From PSG - "Join PSG for a virtual Town Hall to allow moderated, Q&A style dialogue about campus mental health resources, shared chellenges from this past year, and solutions moving forward." 

 

Engaging in Difficult Dialogues: Discussion on Race, Racism, and Social Unrest

Tuesday, March 2nd, from 4-5pm

Hosted by Dr. Theresa Nutten and Dr. Andrea Gerke

Link to join: https://purdue-restricted.webex.com/meet/tnutten

Please Join CAPS on  Tuesday, March 2nd from 4-5pm for a circle discussion opportunity where students can learn skills and practice engaging in difficult dialogues around race and racism.  This hour will focus on understanding basic techniques of communication and how white privilege and nuances of cross-racial dynamics may affect the discussion. We will review common terms, demonstrate through role play, and offer opportunities to practice with other students. These skills may increase confidence and lessen some anxiety about approaching these conversations.

 

Mission Mindfulness – The Secret Weapon for Midterms

Wednesday, March 3rd, from 4-5pm

Hosted by Dr. Nancy Badger, Dr. Donna Lazarick, and Laura Wagner

Link to join: https://purdue-restricted.webex.com/meet/dlazaric

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join us on March 3rd at 4pm for an hour of mindfulness exercises aimed at helping you feel more energized, focused, and ready to tackle exams.  This hour will include guided imagery meditations, grounding exercises, and other practical tips to help you succeed on tests and minimize anxiety.

 

Engaging in Difficult Dialogues: How to Talk to Professors about Personal Matters

Thursday, March 4th, from 4-5pm

Hosted by Dr. Gerke and Jennifer Walsh

Link to join: https://purdue-restricted.webex.com/meet/walsh56

Please Join CAPS on  Thursday, March 4th from 4-5pm for a discussion opportunity where students can learn skills and practice engaging in difficult discussions/conflicts that might come up when talking with a professor.  This hour will focus on understanding basic techniques of communication that will help you feel more interpersonally effective. We will discuss factors that sometimes impede approaching others, including cultural differences in communication. Skills will be demonstrated through role play and there will be opportunities to practice with other students. These skills may increase confidence and lessen some anxiety about approaching these conversations.

 

Events in Support of Mental Health Action Week - PGSG

CAPS has also partnered with Purdue Graduate Student Government to offer events supporting their MHAW week initiatives.

Cultural Centers Panel

Tuesday, March 2nd, from 3-5pm

RSVP: tiny.cc/mhaw_cc

CAPS clinicians Maime Butler, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate and Luis Balcazar, M.S.W., LCSW will joining this event.

From PGSG: "Panel discussion featuring cultural centers: NAECC, AAARC, BCC with their CAPS liaisons on the impacts of COVID-19 on underrepresented populations, mental health & wellbeing, and how the Centers are working in response."

 

CAPS Topic-Focused Drop-In Sessions

Wednesday, March 3rd, from 5-8pm

RSVP for these sessions via link: tiny.cc/caps_sessions

For questions contact pgsg.life@gmail.com

CAPS is offering Purdue graduate students the opportunity to talk and ask questions about several topics Wednesday evening in an easy-going, drop-in virtual space.  See below for topic areas:

Imposter Syndrome  5-5:30pm led by Jamie Zalasin, Ph.D

Advisor Conflict         5:30-6pm led by Andrew Zaitsoff, Ph.D

COVID-19                   6-6:30pm led by Bethany Foerg, M.A., LMFT

Relational Conerns    6:30-7pm led by Andrea Gerke, Psy.D, HSPP

Work-Life Balance     7-7:30pm led by Natalie Cohen, MA, NCC, LMHC

Racism and Sexism   7:30-8pm led by Naz Zerka, M.S.W

 

 Additional Upcoming Events

Mental Healthcare & the Black Community

Conversations on Black Health & Wellness: It's Where the Healing Resides

Tuesday, March 9th, 7pm

Register for event: tinyurl.com/mhcbc

This event is presented by the Purdue BCC, co-sponsored by Pulsis and features CAPS therapist and Black student liaison Maime Butler, M.A., Ph.D. candidate

This is a virtual panel discussion on mental health issues in the Black community including race related stress and mental trauma, healing, navigating mental healthcare spaces in the mainstream, Afrocentric interventions, and much more. One of the goals of this event is to provide a safe space for people to learn about the more inclusive services offered by providers within the Black community and how they differ from the traditionally Eurocentric mental health services we see offered most often. The panelists will end the event with a Q & A with audience members.

The panelists are Maime Butler, Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology, CAPS staff therapist, and Black student liaison; Dr. David Rollock, Professor of Psychological Sciences, Clinical Psychology; and Meredith Stravers, Co-Founder of The Truth & Titus Collective. Each panelist will give a 10–15-minute presentation followed by a discussion among the panelists based on the audience's questions. This event is open to anyone who wants to attend.