Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service


Drop-in Workshop Offerings

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. 

Art Space: Creativity for the Body, Mind, and Soul 

Mondays 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Nosker House Lima Room 

Art Space is a place to destress and explore ways to use creativity to encourage emotional regulation…..while having fun!  During this weekly virtual drop-in workshop, you will have time dedicated to exploring creativity through artistic 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! 

Beating Anxiety 

Thursdays 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm 

Click here to register or join  

Feeling Anxious? Finding it difficult to focus? Noticing muscle tension or headaches? The presentation will help you understand the cause and common symptoms of anxiety and assist you in managing the barriers anxiety presents to your academic, social, and emotional success. 


Workshops by Request

Please fill out this form to request any of the workshops listed below for your group, class, or organization and we will connect with you to discuss options for facilitation. These workshops will return to a weekly, drop-in format in fall 2023.

Building Connection 

In this 3 part workshop, students will gain skills to build and nurture healthy relationships in their lives. The skills and insights gained during these sessions will be relevant for friendships, romantic relationships, and/or family relationships. Students do not need to start at week 1 and may join any week. 

Week 1: The Foundation: Students will take time to cultivate self-awareness around their values, interests, and strengths. 

Week 2: Building and Maintenance: Students will learn how to apply information around attachment, communication, and conflict management styles to maintain healthy relationships.    

Week 3: Repairs or Remodeling: Students will learn skills for managing break-ups, breakdowns, and reconciliations of relationships if they occur. 

Write Mind 

This workshop will explore the potential mental health benefits of creative writing and allow time for participants to engage in their own reading and writing. Participants will be provided with examples of brief written works related to emotional wellness (which could include song lyrics, poetry, flash fiction, etc.) and optional writing prompt ideas based on those works. Prompts will incorporate coping strategies such as mindfulness, the “miracle question,” gratitude, and processing of thoughts and emotions. Participants may share their work if they choose, reflect on the process, and ask questions from the facilitators. This workshop will benefit anyone who is interested in using writing as a wellness strategy, regardless of writing experience or favorite genres. 

Focus Forward  

Maintaining motivation, attention and focus can be incredibly difficult in the collegiate world. Managing burnout, social and professional connections, and academic and career goals can get overwhelming! In this workshop we aim to engage in discussion as to why focus, attention and motivation can be so difficult, and to provide some skills, strategies and tips. We’ll cover goal setting, time management, self-care and additional resources should you feel that further support would be helpful. We aim to validate, normalize and support students in navigating competing priorities and goals by equipping you with the skills to succeed academically, mentally and socially. 

Building Mastery 

Building Mastery: Skills for a Drama Free Life, is 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 in crisis! 

  • Week 1 focuses on Mindfulness: skills to allow you to be present in the moment and reduce anxiety and judgment. 
  • Week 2 focuses on Distress Tolerance: strategies to problem solve feelings of crisis without making the situation worse. 
  • Week 3 focuses on Interpersonal Effectiveness: tools to develop effective communication and boundary setting in various relationships. 
  • Week 4 focuses on Emotion Regulation: skills to reduce intensity and duration of painful emotions.   

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. 

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

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

Food and Sleep Strategies for Mental Health

Facilitated by: Ryan Patel DO, FAPA and Evita Singh MD

A four part workshop series to help students learn strategies to use food and sleep for improvement of mental health.This will include an overview of strategies, in addition to a sample food list, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and address barriers to using food and sleep strategies to improve mental health.

Mental Health Navigation 

This workshop is designed for emerging student leaders who are interested in helping their peers navigate the many mental health and well-being resources available at Ohio State. First, students will discuss ways to think about the origins of mental health concerns. Then, an overview of resources will be provided. Lastly, participants will learn how to create a positive mental health plan that can be taught to others.   


If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Harry Warner at 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.