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Coping With College

Managing Emotions & Maximizing Wellness
Friday, September 28
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10:00-11:30 a.m.

MCAD Counseling and Support Group

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Do you feel stressed, anxious, lonely, or isolated? Do you want to express yourself better and build relationships? Do you want to make changes but are not sure how to do so? These are common experiences for many students.

The MCAD Counseling and Wellness Office invites you to join them in a safe and confidential setting for a three-module series to learn about managing stress, regulating the highs and lows, and navigating relationships.

Coping skills, or coping strategies, help us learn to deal with and manage painful or strong feelings. The goal of this group is to create a safe space to learn how to manage them more effectively. In this group, you will learn some proactive coping strategies to help deal with problems as they arise and to have the necessary skills to help you through stressful times. We will also identify and strengthen your internal resources. We will learn strategies that will help you better manage the stress of being a college student as well as an opportunity to connect with other students facing similar issues. 

The group will be a combination of mindfulness activities (calm breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery), psycho-education (teaching of a skill) and processing (discussion and conversation) about how we are implementing these skills. 

If you find it hard to cope or are having trouble coping with the changing nature of college, this group is for you!

Don't wait to sign up! Space is limited!

There are two groups available (choose one option):

  • September 26, 2018
    • Every Wednesday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, room M206
    • Facilitator: Hanin Barb, M.S.Ed., LPCC, NCC
    • Co-facilitator: TBA
  • September 28, 2018
    • Every Frida, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, room M206
    • Facilitator: Hanin Barb, M.S.Ed., LPCC, NCC
    • Co-facilitator: TBA

Series One : Coping with stress without making it worse.

  • Helping to be effective in RESPONDING rather than REACTING to life situations.
  • Looking to our past to make plans for our future. 
  • Replacing unhealthy coping behaviors. 
  • Helping soothe our emotions. 
  • Increasing options.

Series Two: Navigating and changing our relationship with feelings. 

  • Identifying our feelings and understand the process by which they happen.
  • Accepting feeling and trying to understand their message. 
  • Learning to “hold” feelings mindfully to reduce suffering. 
  • Learning to decrease emotional vulnerabilities through effective self-care skills and scheduling positive experiences.

Series Three: Building confidence and maintaining healthy relationship with others. 

  • Learning to have a relationship with yourself and building your own self-respect.
  • Learning to get your wants and needs met more reliably, to say no, to set boundaries with others, and to negotiate when needed. 
  • Learning to treat other with care, interest, and validation.

E-mail Hanin at if you are interested by September 14th! If you have any more questions or concerns, email Beth at