CAPS Workshops

24/7 phone consultation

Call us 24/7 (607-255-5155) to consult with Cornell Health. When we're closed, you can speak with a mental health professional from our on-call service, ProtoCall.

Free online workshops to help you thrive 

Cornell Health counselors facilitate psycho-educational drop-in workshops focused on helping students develop skills to thrive. 

Workshops are ...

  • Led by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) counselors and psychologists
  • Designed for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; open to all Cornell community members
  • Offered on a drop-in basis by Zoom
  • Free!

Workshops are designed to provide skills to assist with coping. Workshops do not provide mental health treatment. If you would like to speak with a counselor, please call us (24/7) at 607-255-5155


To participate in a workshop, please register using the link(s) below. You will then receive the Zoom meeting link by email. (Registration stays open up to the workshop start time.)

Go Easy on Yourself to Get Hard Things Done: A Workshop on Self-Compassion

Tuesdays: 8/29, 9/26, 10/24, 11/28, 3:30-4:30 pm
Register for the Self-Compassion workshop
Facilitator: Sheila Singh, PhD

In this workshop, we will discuss why we are self-critical, why that approach often backfires, and how to be kinder and more compassionate with yourself in order to do better and feel better.

The Perfection of Imperfection: Why and How to Lean In to Chilling Out

Tuesdays: 9/12, 10/10, 11/7, 12/5, 3:30-4:30 pm
Register for the Perfection of Imperfection workshop
Facilitator: Sheila Singh, PhD

In this workshop, we will focus on what perfectionism is, how it may show up in your life, the damage it can do, and some strategies for keeping it in check.

Drink Limits, Understanding BAC

Wednesdays: 9/20 and 11/1 / 4:00-5:00 pm
Register for the Drink Limits, Understanding BAC workshop
Facilitator: Linda Stout, MSEd, CASAC

There's a real science around blood alcohol concentration. How many standard alcoholic drinks you can have and enjoy feeling buzzed without getting a hangover, rebound depression or anxiety, vomiting, sleep disturbance, blackout or poisoning, really depends on your weight and pacing. Any of us might enjoy a big piece of chocolate cake and not worry about the size of it, but the right "dose" matters with alcohol. A petite person, say under 115 pounds, will be intoxicated from only 2 standard drinks in a rapid pre-game, but a bigger person might merely feel slightly buzzed. In this confidential workshop, you can ask questions, listeners' videos will be off, and you do not need to include your full name. This workshop will be offered once a month.

Cannabis, Considerations for University Students

Wednesdays: 9/6, 9/27, 10/18, 11/8, 12/6 , 4:00-5:00 pm
Register for the Cannabis workshop on 9/6 through 11/8
Register for the Cannabis workshop on December 6
Facilitator: Linda Stout, MSEd, CASAC

Learn more about cannabis and if you choose to use it, safer use of it.

Practical Strategies: Navigating Anxiety at Cornell University

Wednesdays: 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 3:30-4:30 pm
Register for the Practical Strategies for Navigating Anxiety at Cornell workshop
Facilitator: Lex Enrico Santí, LCSW

Discover practical strategies and support services available at Cornell University to navigate anxiety and unlock your full potential. This workshop provides a safe, bias-free environment where students can explore neurobiology insights and concentrate on real-world interventions. Join us for engaging discussions, interactive exercises, and collaborative activities that delve into anxiety's roots. From mindfulness techniques to evidence-based interventions, you'll develop concrete skills to manage anxiety's impact effectively.

Tobacco and Vaping Cessation

Wednesdays: 9/13, 10/4, 10/25, 11/15, 12/13, 4:00-5:00 pm
Register for the Tobacco and Vaping Cessation workshop
Facilitator: Linda Stout, MSEd, CASAC

Although smoking has decreased since high rates in the 1960s, cigarette smoking is the top preventable cause of death. Most people who smoke, vape or use tobacco products say that they want to quit, and most smokers who try to quit aren’t using all the tools they can. There are new findings about what helps with tobacco cessation, including behavioral strategies (counseling, apps, text lines and games) and medications.

Mindfulness and Meditation for Anxiety

Thursdays: 9/7, 11/2, 12/7, 3:30-4:30 pm
Thursday: 10/5, 12:00-1:00 pm

Register for the Mindfulness workshop on September 7 at 3:30 pm
Register for the Mindfulness workshop on October 5 at 12:00 pm
Register for the Mindfulness workshop on November 2 at 3:30 pm
Register for the Mindfulness workshop on December 7 at 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Joy Mushabac, LCSW-R

Regular mindfulness practice and mindful meditation has been proven to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression while improving attention, clarity, concentration, and calm. Instead of being on “autopilot,” the skill of mindfulness is characterized by openness, attentiveness, and receptivity. This workshop will give you a taste of both mindfulness and meditation practice.

The Neuroscience of Stress and Rest

Thursday, October 19, 3:30-4:30 pm
Register for the Neuroscience of Stress and Rest workshop on October 19
Facilitator: Kate Evans, LMHC

In this workshop learn to understand the basic biological processes happening in your brain and body during times of stress, anxiety and states of fight, flight or freeze. Also, learn hands on and actionable ways you can wire your brain for increased states of calm, rest and play on a day to day basis.