Supportive Outreach Programs and Events

Virtual Supportive Outreach via Zoom
Summer 2020 Programming and Events Coming Soon

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Supportive groups
Trans Support Outreach Group

This open and non-structured space has been established for W&M students who identify as questioning, transgender, non-binary, gender queer, gender-nonconforming and are interested in connecting with others with similar identities/shared experiences.  The goal of this group is to offer an affirming space in which students can experience a sense of community and connection and where students can address potential unsupportive family/academic/social environment related issues, and receive and/or offer supportive feedback, validation, and information. Issues addressed will be determined based on the interest of participants. Contact Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, for more information. 

Previously Offered One Time and Drop-in Workshops, Events, and Programs

Transitions: A Virtual Space for Seniors to Process the Impact of COVID-19: Join the William & Mary Counseling Center, Office of Health Promotion, and Cohen Career Center for a virtual gathering reserved for Seniors to process the many impacts of COVID-19 on their final semester at W&M and life after graduation.

Going the Distance: Healthy Relationships During-AND Long After!-the Pandemic: Join the Haven, Center for Student Diversity, Counseling Center, and Health Promotion to learn tips and techniques to manage your relationships and increase nourishing connections with family, friends, and intimate partners. REGISTER AT:  

Cope: This 1-hour workshop is aimed at brainstorming coping strategies and creating a personal plan to manage your daily stress.  Meetings will include psycho-education on adaptive coping strategies, experiential exercises, and group discussions.

LGBT+Mental Health Panel: This panel, hosted in collaboration with Rainbow Coalition, will be a time to explore questions asked by students regarding how best to cope with COVID-19 related stressors as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Panelists Josh DeSilva, Emily Estrada, and Heike Mitchell will field questions and will open it up for questions from the audience. Attendees will receive a list of resources following the event.

Introduction to Beating the Blues: This 50-minute weekly drop-in workshop will focus on helping participants understand depression and its symptoms as well as learn more about the resources available to assist with managing the symptoms. There will be opportunity to work together to 1) better understand symptoms of depression, 2) become more aware of how thoughts and behaviors impact symptoms of depression, and 3) identifying 1 or 2 steps to assist with moving forward to better manage symptoms of depression.

Previously Offered Mini Series: Topics Include Anxiety and Emotional Space

Introduction to Managing Anxiety: This multi-part workshop creates the opportunity to connect with others who also experience anxiety; learn about anxiety and its impact; understand connections between anxious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; increase skills to manage anxiety; and create a personalized plan for addressing anxiety.

Making Space for Emotions: Making space for emotions is difficult during the best of times. The virus situation we are all managing makes validating and making space for feelings that much harder.  This workshop will take up the question of how to healthily experience feelings of sadness, pain, frustration, and authentic joy during times of crisis. We will also brainstorm strategies together of how best to make time for self-care. Sharing of personal experiences will be encouraged but is not required for participation.

Previously Offered Virtual Supportive Outreach Groups - Drop-in 1 or more times

Virtual Coffee HourJoin us each Friday morning for a Virtual Coffee Hour with the William & Mary Counseling Center via Zoom. Social distancing has disrupted many people’s social connections and contributed to an increased sense of isolation.  In response, it is important to foster a sense of belongingness and connection. We can use technology to boost belongingness and connection despite being physically isolated. Connect with other W&M students, chat about your experiences, learn new coping strategies, and embrace wellness in a supportive environment. BYOC (Bring your own Coffee or Tea). 

Weekday Support GroupIt’s more important than ever to stay connected to others since the campus closure, shift to online learning, and social distancing may have left students feeling disoriented and disconnected from their W&M community. This weekly virtual support group offers a safe, accepting space for W&M students to receive/provide social support with peers, discuss current stressors, exchange coping strategies, improve self-care, and share about mutual experiences and feelings. 

Weekday Support Group for Gradaute Students: Grad Gab: Being a graduate student is challenging enough without the addition of a global pandemic. The William & Mary Counseling Center is pleased to offer a weekly virtual support gathering reserved for graduate students to seek and provide support to each other during a time of uncertainty and social isolation. 

Previously Offered Workshops

Introduction to Understanding Self and Others: This multi-part supportive workshop will explore the stages of interpersonal relationships, consider cultural influences in interpersonal communication, identify strategies and skills for forming and developing interpersonal relationships, and address how to manage interpersonal relationship challenges. It is an opportunity to begin to have a better sense of self in relations to others.

Relaxation for Stress Management: This dynamic mulit-part workshop is an introduction to ways of combating stress and anxiety by activating the body’s natural relaxation response.  It is designed to allow participants to learn about and practice various types of relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training and guided imagery.

Resilience Toolbox: This set of 30-minute workshops will include topics like "Find Your Resilience," "Use Your Resilience," and "Maintain Your Resilience."  Attend one or more for the full benefit of discovering your capacity to effectively meet and/or recover from the challenges in academics, personal life, and other important aspects of your life.