Specialized Workshops at a Glance

The Counseling Center offers specialized workshops to assist JMU students with a variety of goals, including: reducing anxiety symptoms, increasing coping strategies, managing stress, and improving self-care. These include a 3-part program (Anxiety Toolbox) and 1-part program (Cope 60). These free drop-in workshops offer numerous evidence-based strategies and interventions and are one of the quickest ways to reduce symptoms.

Anxiety Toolbox, Closure to Courage, & Cope 60

The Counseling Center specialized workshops meet for 50-60 minutes. They are structured workshops, similar to a classroom lecture. This is not a group counseling experience. You do not have to disclose personal information and process. This experience is similar to taking a course on decreasing anxiety and improving functioning. For many students who participate, they experience enough of a symptom reduction, they do not need additional clinical services. However, participants can discuss additional services with their facilitator. These programs are highly recommended as a quick and efficient way to reduce symptoms and feel better fast. Some of the program content is also available through our self-help resources.


Anxiety Toolbox: 

Offers one of the quickest ways to access evidence-based strategies and interventions to reduce anxiety symptoms. This series consists of three 50-minute structured workshops that build on the information shared in each part:

Part 1:
Assists with understanding your anxiety, introduces controlled breathing for slowing down and disrupting the experience of anxiety, and provides information to assist with healthy sleep.

Part 2:
Assists with understanding the situations and thoughts that can increase and maintain your anxiety, and provides an opportunity to practice a useful relaxation technique to reduce tension.

Part 3:
Introduces alternative ways to respond to your anxiety, and provides resources to create a personalized action plan for managing anxiety.

Anxiety Toolbox Workbook


Closure to Courage:

Offers tools and skills to help you cope, move forward, and thrive following the end of a relationship. This series consists of three 50-minute structured workshops each designed to teach different skills:

Part 1:
Assists with first steps by learning coping skills, strategies for re-establishing routines, and understanding the difficulties experienced after a breakup or relationship ends.

Part 2:
Allows you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, explore your values and needs to know what you want from the relationships in your life.

Part 3:
Delves into the context of relationships, exploring ways family, culture, and dating trends can all impact your relationship expectations and hopes. 

Closure to Courage Workbook


Cope 60

Offers the quickest way to learn evidence-based strategies and practice skills to reduce stress symptoms and increase relaxation. In this 60-minute workshop you'll practice and/or learn about:

- Breathing techniques to decrease stress and increase focus
- Muscle relaxation
- Strategies to recognize and challenge unhelpful thoughts
- Grounding techniques
- Stress management resources

Upcoming Specialized Workshop Schedule

Specialized Workshops (i.e., Anxiety Toolbox, Cope60) may be available upon request over the summer.

For questions regarding scheduled CC workshops, please contact Karla Kale at kalekl@jmu.edu.

The Fall 2024 workshop schedule is currently being planned. Please visit this page closer to the start of the Fall 2024 semester to view the upcoming workshop schedule. 

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Visit our Workshop Schedule to see even more workshops offered by the Counseling Center.

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