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Counseling Center Presentations

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11-11-20 Finding Our Lost Motivation in a Virtual COVID World
Liz Sodaro, MS, LPC and Counseling Center Staff

Are you burnt out from schoolwork? Is living life virtually getting old? Does the rest of the semester seem daunting? You aren’t alone; many of us are experiencing low motivation and procrastination. Join the Counseling Center as we discuss what’s behind motivation loss and explore new ways to build resiliency and cope during these challenging times. 
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11-5-20 Under One Roof: Good Communication Skills and Healthy Boundaries for Parents and Students

Yvette Knox, Liz Sodaro, MS, LPC, and Bernadette Ramsden, LSW

Did you struggle during spring and summer 2020 while sheltering in place with your son or daughter back at home? At times, did tensions flare? How were spaces shared throughout the house? Did respect fly out the window? Get a jump start preparing for your kid’s return home for the holidays and a better experience for everyone. Join us for this helpful session to learn new skills for your whole family to live more effectively under one roof.
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11-4-20 Managing Election Stress: Vote for Emotional Wellness
Allison Deckinga (Counseling Center Graduate Intern) and Liz Sodaro, MS, LPC

Do you notice that you are increasingly frustrated or irritable when thinking about the election? Are you feeling on edge and having trouble managing your stress? You are not alone. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll share self-care tips and coping skills to manage election stress and strategies for managing relationships where political views may differ.
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10-28-20 Under One Roof: Healthy Communications & Boundaries in Family Relationships
Jayde Brejc and Rachel Maluta (Counseling Center Graduate Interns) & Giselle Delgado and Natalie Discher (PEACE Team Peer Educators)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. As you prepare to return home for the holidays next month, join us for an informative discussion exploring healthy and unhealthy family relationships -- what they look like, red flags and warning signs of an unhealthy relationship including domestic violence, and the importance of coping skills and self-care practices to heal. Explore effective communication skills and setting boundaries within your relationships. Learn why individuals may stay in abusive relationships. Understand the importance of mental health and its role in helping to heal.
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10-21-20 Keeping Your College Student Healthy in Mind, Body & Spirit
Yvette Knox and Liz Sodaro, MS, LPC

Whether heading to college for the first time or returning to school as a seasoned student, taking care of one’s self in mind, body, and spirit can help college students make the most of their Benedictine University experience. With the right tools and encouragement, your student will adjust to their new environment successfully, become an effective learner, expand their support network with new friends and roommates, and enjoy new experiences. Join us for this beneficial session to learn more about how you can support and encourage your student as they adjust to these changes.!
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10-14-20 Stress Management and Anxiety During COVID Times
Yara Daoud, Graduate Intern

It’s understandable to feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed especially right now. Between online classes, moving back to campus, and getting used to life during a pandemic, how are you managing your stress this semester? Join us to talk about tips to tackle stress & anxiety (including testing anxiety) and get the stress monster off your back!
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10-7-20 Service & Emotional Support Animals: How Animals Help Us Manage Our Emotions
Jayde Brejc and Allison Deckinga, Graduate Interns

Join us for an exciting discussion on Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, the benefits of having pets, and how our furry friends can help us therapeutically. This can include anxiety, grief, stress, trauma, and other obstacles. We would LOVE to see your furry friend if you have one and are willing to share! We will be featuring our own!
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9-23-20 Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Jayde Brejc and Allison Deckinga, Graduate Interns

Join us in a discussion on suicide awareness regarding recent data, how to understand the warning signs, and how to best support yourself or a loved one contemplating suicide. We’re here to answer any questions you might have and to offer resources for hotlines and additional sources.
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9-16-20 The First 30 Days After College Drop Off: Adjusting & Coping for Parents and Students
Yvette Knox and Liz Sodaro, MS, LPC

You and your son/daughter are adjusting to a new normal. You may be feeling a range of emotions during this time of change, especially during a global pandemic. Join us for an informative session on how to adjust and cope during the first 30 days after college drop off. Get ideas and resources for how both you and your son/daughter can make it through this transition growing and thriving.
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9-16-20 Counseling Center FAQs
Jayde Brejc and Allison Deckinga, Graduate Interns

Have you ever wondered what it’s like when a student schedules an appointment at our Counseling Center? How do we meet for a session during virtual campus? What can you expect if you schedule an appointment? Is it free? Is it confidential? Is there paperwork? Stop by this session and we’ll answer these questions and many others to demystify the Counseling Center, how it works, and how you can benefit from our services. Learn more about how counseling can offer you support, collaboration, empowerment, skill building.
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8-5-20 The Importance of Mental Health Care During COVID-19
Liz Sodaro, MS

We are living through a global pandemic that has thrown our world into a tailspin. Besides focusing on physical health, now, more than ever before, we must give attention to our mental health. Join us as we explore mental health red flags, helpful suggestions for taking control of your self-care, and how the Counseling Center can support you. Learn about the warning signs for anxiety and depression. Explore easy tasks to incorporate into life to improve your outlook and re-gain some control in your daily life.
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7-15-20 The Counseling Center - Common Questions Answered
Liz Sodaro, MS

Have you ever wondered what it’s like when a student schedules an appointment at our Counseling Center? How do we meet for a session during virtual campus? Watch this this presentation and we’ll answer these questions and many others to demystify the Counseling Center, how it works, and how you can benefit from our services. Learn how we can offer support, collaboration, empowerment, and skill building.
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7-1-20 Loneliness & Reconnection
Liz Sodaro, MS

After sheltering in place for 3 months due to the coronavirus, many of us may feel lonely, disconnected from our friends, or have the “corona blues.” This presentation explains how connections and relationships help our physical and mental wellbeing. We also share tips and ideas on defeating loneliness and reconnecting safely on your own timetable.
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6-17-20 Managing Anxiety, Stress & Self-Care Tips
Sarah Reszke, Graduate Intern

It’s understandable to feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed right now. Between the global pandemic, world events, too much family time, or starting summer school, you may be on anxiety overload. Watch this session for tips and techniques to tackle your anxiety and learn about the importance of self-care as a secret weapon against stress.;
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5-6-20 How Pets Help Us Manage Anxiety & Stress
Sarah Reszke, Graduate Intern

Join us for a virtual pet meet and group with students, faculty and staff and learn how our pets help us reduce stress and anxiety. Enjoy some shared emotional support and fun during the last week of school.
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4-29-20 Managing Stress & Test Anxiety
Sarah Reszke, Graduate Intern

This year’s spring semester has been different than any other time at school. Deadlines for class projects and assignments are approaching as well as virtual finals. It’s understandable to feel stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed especially right now. Stop by this session for tips and techniques to tackle your anxiety and get the stress monster off your back.
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4-22-20 Grief & Loss of the Student Experience
Sarah Reszke, Graduate Intern

Our world changed unexpectedly 5 weeks ago from COVID-19. Students may be experiencing a sense of loss of their college experience. They are back at home with family and may miss their independence, privacy, time spent with friends, or their classroom experience. Seniors who envisioned themselves collecting diplomas at commencement have a milestone postponed. Student athletes and teams who trained hard for their sport caught an unexpected end to their season. Feeling sad or having trouble adjusting are expected and understandable feelings of grief. Let’s explore them and find positive ways to cope and build resiliency skills.
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4-15-20 Motivation: Why We Lose It & How To Find It
Robyn Hunsucker & Sarah Reszke, Graduate Interns

Life is crazy right now. We all need a little help to stay focused. Join us for tips and talk on how to manage our time and efforts to get back our motivation.
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4-8-20 Wellness Round Table & Self-Care
Sarah Reszke, Graduate Intern

Learn some important wellness and self-care tips as you adjust to virtual campus this spring.
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Counseling Center

Liz Sodaro
Interim Assistant Director
esodaro@ben.edu