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The Office of Counseling Services offers a variety of psychoeducational workshops, groups, and trainings throughout the year!


Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Trainings

Question, Persuade, and Refer are 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  The mission of QPR is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.  The signs of crisis are all around us.  We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

  • Learn how to ask someone if they are thinking of suicide.
  • Learn how to support them and persuade them to get help.
  • Learn local and national referral resources.
  • 1 hour training hosted by two Clinical Counselors from the Office of Counseling Services.
  • Training materials and QPR certificate included.
  • RSVPs are required. Register for trainings via HPU Connect.
  • Spring 2023 QPR Dates:
    • Student In-Person Training, January 27th, 2023 1:00-2:00 pm
    • Student In-Person Training, February 10th, 2023 2:00-3:00 pm
    • Faculty and Staff Virtual Training, March 8th, 2023 9:00-10:00 am
    • Student, Faculty, and Staff In-Person Training, April 14th, 2023 12:00-1:00 pm RSVP HERE

Trauma-Informed Care Trainings for Faculty and Staff

What is trauma, and how does it affect our students? Faculty and Staff are invited to learn how to interact with students in a trauma-informed manner.

  • Describe and explain trauma and a traumatic event.
  • Understand the impacts of trauma on an individual.
  • Describe and explain the concept of trauma-informed care in a student-facing role.
  • Define and explain burnout and the associated symptoms one may experience.
  • Incorporate self-care to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue in student-facing roles.
  • Learn local resources to utilize further needs.
  • 1 hour training hosted by two Clinical Counselors from the Office of Counseling Services.
  • RSVPs are required. Register for trainings via HPU Connect.
  • Spring 2023 TIC Training Dates:
    • In-Person Training, January 20th, 2023 12:00-1:00 pm
    • Virtual Training, March 7th, 2023 9:00-10:00 am


Mental Health First Aid for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff will learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. MHFA requires 2 hours of asynchronous, virtual pre-work before attending the in-person training (access to virtual training will be made available upon registration).

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness.
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
  • How to interact with a person in crisis.
  • How to connect the person with help.
  • RSVPs are required and spots are limited. Register for training via HPU Connect. Lunch will be provided.
  • Spring 2023 MHFA Training Date:
    • In-person Training, May 11th, 2023 9:00 am – 4:00 pm RSVP HERE

Funding for this training was generously provided by Ellen Deal Whitlock (’76) in loving memory of Dorsey Crumpler Deal (’50) in support of our work toward mental health and wellness.


Spring 2023 Student Groups

Students may be referred to groups at triage or by established counselor through the Office of Counseling Services.

Call 336.888.6352 for more information.

Anxiety Toolbox

Anxiety Toolbox focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself.  The sessions include modules dedicated to: (1) understanding anxiety, (2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and (3) developing alternative responses to anxiety.  By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety.

Mondays at 3:30 pm

Mind Over Mat(ters)

Research shows that yoga reduces perceived stress and anxiety and improves physical and mental health. Yoga encourages one to relax, slow the breath, and focus on the present moment. In this trauma-informed yoga class led by two of our clinical counselors, students will connect breath, body, and movement through a vinyasa flow. Join us once a week to connect with others and learn the benefits that come with establishing a yoga practice. Whether you have never stepped on a mat or are a tried-and-true yogi, we welcome all levels! This group has ongoing open enrollment allowing students to join at any time during the semester. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours. Namasté.

Thursdays at 3:30 pm

Grow with Us: Healing through Nature

Grow with Us: Healing through Nature is a workshop focused on overall mental wellness. In this 4-week workshop, students will be provided with the opportunity to connect with nature to foster internal healing. If you love nature and want to work on loving yourself, come play in the dirt with Counseling Services!

Wednesdays at 3:30 pm

Grow with us


BE YOU in Relationships: Befriending and Embracing Your Own Unique Self in Relationships

BE YOU is a workshop that empowers, embraces, and guides you in celebrating your differences and learning to connect. Building skills focused on communication; health, hygiene, and safety; developing leisure activities; and using community resources.  With these skills you can enhance your daily living and you will be given opportunity to practice in daily routines.   The goal is to feel more confident in navigating effectively through the everyday connections in your life.  The workshop will be once a week, starting for four weeks (1 module per week). Depending on the outcome, review, and group participation; the group may continue for another round.  This workshop has ongoing open enrollment allowing students to join in during any module.  Let’s get connected!

Fridays at 1:00 pm

Mini DBT Skills Group

Our Mini DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) Skills Group is a 4-week workshop that allows students to build skills related to coping more effectively with difficult emotions, life distress, and relationship struggles. Skills related to mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance will be taught with the goal to feel more confident with your ability to cope with the stressors you may face throughout your college experience. The skills group will be once a week, starting for four weeks, with one skill taught per week. Depending on the outcome, review, and group participation; the group may continue for another round.  This workshop has ongoing open enrollment allowing students to join in during any module.

Thursdays at 1:00 pm

Grief and Loss Support Group

This group is open to all students who are grieving any type of significant loss (the death of a loved one, the loss of a pet, or even the end of a significant relationship). Grief can show up in many ways and this group provides an opportunity to learn more about how grief can show up for us after a loss and provide support through peer conversation and stress reduction activities. This group will offer opportunities to explore healing through creative measures, healing through nature, healing through movement, and memorializing the lost loved one.

Every Other Tuesday at 3:30 pm

Perfectly Imperfect: Connecting with your Compassionate-Self

In this 4-week workshop, students will increase their understanding of what self-compassion is and how it can be helpful when dealing with a variety of concerns or situations. Students will learn how to implement strategies to develop a mindset that is more centered around self-compassion and to begin a practice of self-compassion. By the end of this workshop, students will increase the capacity to give and receive compassion from others.

Tuesdays at 4:00 pm