Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Drop-In Workshops

We offer a number of free, drop-in-when-you-are-able workshops. No registration is necessary, no prior appointment is needed. Counseling and Consultation Service workshops are only open to students at The Ohio State University.

Sample of Our Daily Drop-In Workshops - will resume in Fall 2021

Food Exercise and Sleep Strategies for Mental Health 

A four part workshop series to help students learn strategies to use food for improvement of mental health.

This will include an overview of strategies, in addition to a sample food list, exercise and sleep strategies, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and address barriers to using food exercise and sleep strategies to improve mental health.

The rotating workshop topics include:

  • Food strategies to improve Depression

  • Food strategies to improve Anxiety

  • Food strategies to improve Focus

  • Exercise and sleep strategies for mental health 

The Art of Allowing: Letting Go of Perfectionism

This workshop will examine the differences between perfectionism, high/over-achieving, and healthy functioning. Presenters will also address the origins of perfectionism, risks of thoughts and behaviors tied to Perfectionism, and encourage a focus on process versus outcome, providing strategies individuals can use to set healthy goals. Participants are able to ask questions of and elicit feedback from the facilitators. This workshop will benefit anyone who sees perfectionistic traits in themselves and wants to explore the importance of this concept in their life.

Connecting and Belonging during Covid

Many of us are having trouble connecting to others and managing stress during COVID and social distancing. This workshop is intended to introduce distress tolerance skills to manage stress related to social isolation from COVID. We’ll also explore interpersonal effectiveness skills to assist in building connections and identify resources for additional support.

Building Mastery

A four part workshop series (come to one, some or all!) to help students increase skills to manage stress, the drama of relationship conflict, feeling out of control or constant crisis! The rotating workshop topics include:

  • Mindfulness - Skills to allow you to be present in the moment and reduce anxiety and judgment
  • Distress Tolerance - Strategies to problem solve feelings of crisis without making the situation worse
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness - Tools to develop effective communication and boundary setting in romantic, professional and other types of relationships
  • Emotion Regulation - Reducing intensity and duration of painful emotions 

Students will leave this workshop with skills to more confidently use to manage distress in their lives.

Beating Anxiety

Anxiety is a common physiological reaction to college life that almost all students experience during their time at Ohio State. This weekly seminar is designed to help students 1) understand what anxiety is from a biopsychosocial perspective, 2) describe the ways in which our thoughts and feelings respond to the internal sense of anxiety, and 3) discuss the ways in which we can reduce our anxiety in terms of how to take care of our bodies, emotions, and thinking habits. When you leave this seminar you should have a strong foundation on how to manage your own anxiety and what steps you need to take in order to feel better.

Creativity and Connection

Creativity and Connection is a place to distress and have fun! During this weekly drop-in workshop, you will have an hour dedicated to hands-on creativity and art expression. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art expression positively impacts mental health and creates a healing process which provides a space to nonverbally communicate thoughts and feelings. This workshop aims to promote self-care, self-understanding and personal growth. No artistic experience necessary - come as you are!

Psychiatry Workshop: Talk to the Psychiatrist
Title: Medications for Mental health: Myths and Facts

Via OSUCarmen Zoom
Facilitated by CCS Psychiatrists

Psychiatric Medications, when combined with counseling and healthy lifestyle habits, can help students with variety of mental health concerns.
This is an ideal program to attend if you are considering or not sure about taking medications for mental health treatment.

By attending these workshops students can:
1. Get a better idea of how medication can help or hinder students succeed in college; and common myths and facts related to medications for mental health treatment.
2. Understand common medications, and potential side effects when taking medications for mental health
3. Understand various types of mental health treatment settings/programs available to students.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Harry Warner at warner.221@osu.edu or 614-292-5766. Requests made one week in advance of the workshop will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

*Please note, our workshops are being conducted by staff of Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service. They are facilitated with the understanding that the facilitators and CCS are not engaged in rendering psychological services. If expert assistance is needed, the services of a competent professional should be sought. These workshops are not a psychotherapy treatment group. In addition, these workshops may not address all personal concerns. If you experience significant changes in mood or feel that you may require further assistance, please contact CCS at 614-292-5766. In case of an emergency, please contact your nearest emergency service. If you experience significant distress at the time of one of these workshops, please notify the presenter.