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Counseling and Psychological Services offering summer workshop series to faculty and staff


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is pleased to announce the availability of virtual skills workshops to a limited number of Clemson University faculty and staff this summer. Each workshop series will be five weeks in length, for 90 minutes each session. Classes are offered on Tuesday (10-11:30 a.m.), Wednesday (1-2:30 p.m.) and Thursday (3-4:30 p.m.) each week.

The first series — scheduled to start the week of May 31 — will focus on interpersonal relationships:

• Weeks 1-2 – Mindfulness: stress reduction skills that can be used at any time or place
• Weeks 3-5 – Interpersonal Effectiveness: Refresher on relating to others to provide confidence in navigating back to an interpersonal world after a time of isolation and distant relationships

The second series — scheduled to start the week of July 5 — will focus on dealing with difficult emotions:

• Weeks 1-3 – Emotional Regulation: Managing emotions and learning skills to help participants be the best versions of themselves in the face of difficult situations
• Weeks 4-5 – Distress Tolerance: Equipping participants with tools to increase the ability to tolerate distress and help live with grace

This is the second consecutive summer CAPS has offered courses based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to faculty and staff.

“Our classes were really successful in 2020,” said Dr. Birma Gainor, interim director of CAPS. “It was a really good experience not only for faculty and staff, but also for our providers.”

Classes are available on first-come, first-served basis and participants are able to sign up for either or both workshop series. To sign up, please contact Dr. Andrea Eaton at apeaton@clemson.edu.