The RCPD is launching a new signature program designed for students with psychiatric conditions in mind. An increase in students self-identifying with anxiety related conditions, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions has highlighted the need for a program to help students navigating the academic environment with psychiatric conditions. The PEER (Promoting Education & Emotional Resilience) Program seeks to empower students to learn about their mental health, develop positive coping skills, and successfully maneuver barriers they face.
These 8-weekly psychoeducation workshops will help students develop resiliency skills utilizing techniques derived from evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical Behavior (DBT), and Acceptance & Commitment (ACT) therapies, Mindfulness and Resiliency training in collaboration with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) and Counseling And Psychiatric Services (CAPS). Each weekly class will contain different skill development opportunities in topics such as: acceptance of one’s diagnosis, executive functioning, cognitive reframing, mindfulness, stress reduction, resilience training, and emotion regulation. Participants will develop skills to aid in daily functioning, develop emotion regulation and resiliency skills, learn techniques to improve mental wellbeing, and increase feelings of inclusion by being a part of a shared community.
PEER participants will also have a dedicated practical application support group for additional discussion and community building. This group will allow students to discuss what they learned in the weekly psychoeducation workshops and how they apply it in their own lives in an informal, supportive environment.
- January 28, 2021 to March 18, 2021: Weekly psychoeducation workshops will take place on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm
- February 1, 2021 to March 22, 2021: Weekly practical application support groups will take place Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm
Participants are expected to commit to all eight weeks of the program, approximately 2 hours per week.
Contact Shelby Gombosi or your RCPD Specialist with questions.