University of Rochester

Outreach, Special Programs and Consultation

University Counseling Center (UCC)
Outreach, Special Programs and Consultation

Stress and Adjustment to College

Change/Transitions
This program is designed to explore what types of things come up when we are facing changes, transitions, and saying goodbyes (i.e. graduation, study abroad, moving to a new dorm, etc.). It runs about 60 minutes and can be tailored to more specific groups of students as needed.

Self-Care and Academics
This program is designed to talk about the effects of stress on academics, and how effective self-care can improve academic performance for students. It runs about 30 minutes and can be tailored to more specific groups of students as needed.

Health and Academics
This program is specifically designed for international students and focuses on issues of stress and its effects on academic performance. We will discuss ways to handle physical and emotional stress as well as explore aspects of mental health (depression, suicide) that can be difficult to discuss in casual conversation. This program runs about 1 hour.

Stress Management
This workshop can be tailored to the needs of any group. It typically involves some brief education on stress and the role of stress in the life of a college student. Some self-assessment of the current and recent levels of stress can be included. Activities focused on decreasing stress will be offered and can include (but are not limited to): progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, breathing exercises, mindfulness and meditation exercises, etc.

Stress-free Zones
This traveling interactive exhibit includes several "stations" students can visit such as self-soothing toys/props, light therapy boxes, relaxation audio clips, and crayons to help manage stress and improve relaxation. Information about stress and stress management techniques is available. This exhibit is most appropriate for health fairs and other tabling events.

If only I had more time!
Hands-on exercises will allow students to identify how they spend their time, clarify their priorities, and organize time more efficiently.

Mindfulness 101
This program is designed to give students a crash course in mindfulness skills - strategies to reduce stress and anxiety and stay more present in the moment. It runs about 60 minutes and can be tailored to more specific groups of students as needed.

Adjustment to College (for First Generation College Students)
This program was designed specifically for 1st generation or non-traditional undergraduate college students. The aim is to provide these students with information about UCC services and to normalize counseling, and mental health difficulties. Common difficulties associated with adjustment to college, such as stress and time management, in addition to those experiences and feelings that may be specific to 1st generation students, are addressed. A mindfulness exercise is included to give students one example of how to cope with stress. This program runs about an hour if allowing for question and discussion time.