Workshops and Groups

Virtual Workshops & Groups

CAMHS offers a wonderful array of virtual programs for students to promote mental wellbeing every semester. Participation in one of our many online groups or workshops provides a confidential, safe and supportive space to discuss your concerns and learn coping skills with others who may have similar challenges. Any of these programs can help you change and reach personal goals, foster stress management skills, and alleviate feelings of alienation and loneliness. The number of sessions varies in frequency depending on group format. Be sure to email the group leader to express your interest and they will get back to you.

What’s the difference in group formats?

NOTE: CAMHS workshops and groups are open to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students who pay the Student Health Fee (SHF), which is required for the majority of students. If you have a question about eligibility, please call patient registration (617-495-5795).

If you are interested in a specific group, please email the group leader with any questions and include your student ID.

Be sure to check the CAMHS calendar for the most current schedule.

We can also customize a workshop for a Harvard undergraduate or graduate program. Contact CAMHS Community Engagement Specialist: Tara Cousineau, PhD. tcousineau@huhs.harvard.edu

Workshops & Groups Menu

Asian International Student Support Group

Want to connect with other Asian international students during this challenging time? We have space for you to talk about wrapping up the semester, transitioning to the next step, dealing with social distancing/isolation, and also sharing coping strategies and resources. 

This is a group that runs on Wednesdays, through Zoom. Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

Please contact Wenhui Yang, LMHC for more information at wyang@huhs.harvard.edu and to receive a Zoom invitation. 

Wenhui Yang, LMHC

Wenhui Yang

COURAGE for SOC

This is a 4-week workshop series designed to encourage and support values-based living using culturally supportive interventions and techniques based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Attendees will learn affirming coping skills to assist in navigating differences and difficulties. 

For more information contact Stephanie Dos Santos at sdossantos@huhs.harvard.edu.

Stephanie Dos Santos, LICSW

Stephanie Black

CPR for Mental Wellbeing

C O U R A G E | P R E S E N C E | R E S I L I E N C E

Learn skills to hardwire happiness, grow inner strengths, and lead from your heart.

Ever feel overwhelmed? That failure is not an option? Can’t catch a break? Or you just want some peace of mind and to enjoy student life? Learn new skills to retrain your brain for optimal wellbeing withTara Cousineau, Ph.D. tcousineau@huhs.harvard.edu.

Join all or one session or hop in at any time over the semester. You are more likely to experience the benefits by attending all 4 sessions. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

Tara Cousineau, Ph.D.

Tara Cousineau

Empower: Food and Body Workshop

Do you often feel that your emotions and thoughts about food and body are beyond your control right now? Are you looking for more effective ways to support your relationship with food and body? This 4-session workshop series introduces you to food and body image skills.  

  • Week 1: Fueling Your Body 
  • Week 2: Social Media 
  • Week 3: Movement & Exercise
  • Week 4: Food and Body Talk with Friends & Family

Feel free to attend one session or as many workshops as you need. Please join us the way it makes you feel comfortable, either anonymously or with name/video.

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

For more information and to receive the Zoom link please email Meg Steffey Schrier at mschrier@huhs.harvard.edu or Dr. Nyssa Boardman at nboardman@huhs.harvard.edu, or call 617-495-2042 or 617-495-2068.

Nyssa Boardman, PsyD

Nyssa Boardman

Graduate Students Group

This group provides a safe and confidential space in which to share your experience and concerns related to being a graduate student.

Themes discussed include managing stress, balancing work and self-care, attending to relationships, navigating difficult conversations, getting unstuck, managing perfectionism and the internal critic, imposter syndrome, and fostering resilience.  

The group is intended to provide members with support, affirmation, and interpersonal learning, while also providing some skills and strategies to enhance well-being. Limited to 10 members. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

For more information contact Frances Turnbull, Ed.D. at fturnbull@huhs.harvard.edu.

Frances Turnbull, Ed.D.

Frances Turnbull

Grieving Together

This is a process-oriented therapy group for any registered Harvard student who is grieving a loss such as a death of a parent, relative, friend, colleague, or similar type of loss. This could be a death for any reason be it a chronic condition, COVID, suicide, or any other cause. This may be a recent loss or an old loss that is affecting you at this time.  

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

To ask questions or register, please email Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW at mallisan@huhs.harvard.edu

Marla Allisan, JD, LICSW

Marla Allison

International Managing Emotions

Do you often feel that your emotions, thoughts, and actions are beyond your control? Are you looking for more effective ways to manage or reduce anxiety, depression, anger, or stress? This workshop introduces CBT and DBT skills such as:

  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Learning acceptance
  • Engaging in opposite action
  • Utilizing problem solving
  • Structure and routines
  • Reducing automatic negative thoughts

Students located around the globe are encouraged to participate. Join for one session or attend as many workshops as you need. Skills will be repeated throughout the semester and reviewed at the beginning of each meeting. Group discussion will focus on using the skills to increase effective coping and building resiliency. A secure Zoom link will be sent to registered students. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

For more information contact Dr. Rue Wilson: rwilson@huhs.harvard.edu Please include your student ID with your email.

Rue Wilson, Ed.D.

Rue Wilson

International Students Support Group

The International Student Support Group is brought to you by Counseling and Mental Health Services and provides a safe space for international students to come to share their experiences and concerns, find support, and learn skills and strategies to help them manage in a time of uncertainty and change. The group will be led in a drop-in format and does not require students to commit to the entire series. Students can attend as their schedules allow. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

For more information please contact Kevin Wehmhoefer at kwehmhoefer@huhs.harvard.edu.

Kevin Wehmhoefer, LICSW

Kevin Wehmhoefer

Koru Mindfulness

Koru Mindfulness® is an evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and resiliency to college students and other young adults. You will learn several skills, including meditation, breathing exercises, guided imagery, the body scan, and more. Each of these skills is designed to help you manage stress and enrich your life. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

Click the link to register: https://wellness.huhs.harvard.edu/koru-mindfulness

Thursdays with Tara Cousineau, Ph.D. & Fridays with Kevin Wehmhoefer, LICSW

Tara Cousineau Kevin Wehmhoefer

Overcome Perfectionism Through Self-Compassion

What is the difference between perfectionism and striving for excellence? How much fear and anxiety is rooted in believing that you are never doing enough or not worthy enough? You are not alone. Learn how you can befriend your inner critic, build shame resilience, cultivate kinder self-talk, and resist the forces of a “rating and ranking” culture. Each week explores one of ten skills in overcoming perfectionism. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

Join for one session or hop in at any time. You are more likely to experience the benefits by attending all sessions. Show up & sign in, or call ahead: 617-495-2042 or email Tara Cousineau, Ph.D. tcousineau@huhs.harvard.edu.

Tara Cousineau, Ph.D.

Tara Cousineau

Student of Color Mindfulness, Healing, Self-Care Workshop Group

Welcome to the Students of Color Mindfulness, Healing, and Self-Care Workshop Group.

The group will focus on holding space to build and share meditative practices and self-care techniques that foster healing for students of color. Participants will practice cognitive mindfulness-based stress reduction skills to reduce anxiety, depression, fear, worry, and panic. Given that the emphasis of the group is holistic, intentional wellness, participants will experience additional tools such as texts to digest the affirmation and promotion of self-love, joy, and positivity; tools that are rooted in countering the racial injustice narratives we experience in our everyday realities. Graduate and undergraduate students of color are welcome. I look forward to seeing you soon! 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

Please contact Carmen Cruz, LICSW ccruz@huhs.harvard.edu if you have questions.

Carmen Cruz, LICSW

Carmen Cruz

The Recovery Support Group

This is a safe and confidential space to be with like-minded students seeking to gain coping strategies to help them remain substance-free during this time of virtual learning. The group is a psycho-educational support group for undergraduate and graduate students seeking support for abstinence from alcohol and other drugs by fostering success in academic, social, and personal areas of life. There is no time requirement for length of abstinence, just a desire to remain free of substances. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

For more information or to schedule a group screening contact Janet Lawrence, LICSW at jlawrence@huhs.harvard.edu

Janet Lawrence, LICSW, LADC1

Janet Lawrence

Transcend

This is a confidential support and psycho-education group for graduate and undergraduate students who identify anywhere on the transgender spectrum. This group provides a safe and affirming space to build community, share experiences, gain information, and work on social skills as related to socially transitioning. 

Popular topics include: coming out, name and pronoun changes, family issues, medical and non-medical interventions, physical and mental health, dating, and finding community. 

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

For more information contact Addie Wyman-Battalen @ awymanbattalen@huhs.harvard.edu.

Addie Wyman-Battalen, Ph.D.

Addie Wyman-Battalen

Women's Queer Group

This is a confidential support group open to undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ Women interested in a safe space to discuss sexuality, relationships, family, health, academics, and more. Queer and questioning Women of Color are especially encouraged to check things out. Interested students are invited to discuss the group in person.

Check the CAMHS calendar for current listings or contact the group leader for more information about a schedule.

Please schedule by email or phone with Marin Smith, LICSW: msmith@huhs.harvard.edu.

Marin Smith, LICSW

Marin Smith