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Spring 2017 Kat Chats

January 24, 2017

Talking Your Friends Down From the Ledge

Ever had a friend who was struggling and wondered what you could do or say?  We’ve often been in this situation and felt helpless.  We want to help, but don’t know what to say, and we definitely don’t want to make things worse.  Join us for a conversation about these situations to generate strategies and resources to help you be a supportive friend.


 February 7, 2017

The Relationship of Self-Compassion, Level of Outness and Well-being among Transgender Individuals. Knowledge of Risk and Protective factors

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

~Jack Kornfield

Historically, the transgender community has endured discrimination, hatred, and negativity. They are often stigmatized, marginalized, and suffer from lack of community compassion. Social Support is a Protective Factor, and acceptance often takes place with familiarity. Creating a place where conversation and interaction can take place can facilitate growth and understanding. Join us for a conversation about how to manage risk and engage in protective factors.


 February 14, 2017

Healthy Relationships

Come join us for an informative (and timely) presentation on healthy relationships. This presentation will help you manage conflict, communicate, and identify love languages.

 February 21, 2017

Stress + Emotions = Feeling out of control?

Stressful situations can evoke feelings of anger or fear and at times both.  Sometimes the hardest part is allowing ourselves to experience those emotions in order to appropriately express and manage them.  In this Kat Chat, we’ll look at ways to recognize stress emotions, manage them and not be controlled by them, understand their relationship to depression and anxiety, and outline coping strategies for stress.

 March 7, 2017

Tackling Tricky Tasks

Panicking about projects, presentations, and other large assignments looming ahead in the semester? Do you find yourself procrastinating because you just don’t know how to start? Learn about strategies for tackling large projects and managing your time well so you can avoid those all-nighters and last minute rush to the finish line before a deadline.

 March 14, 2017

Staying Safe Over Spring Break:Alcohol 101

Learn about making safe and responsible decisions regarding alcohol use.  With St. Patrick’s Day and Spring Break in the weeks ahead, topics include how alcohol affects an individual’s health, performance, and decision-making abilities.  Abstaining and drinking in moderation, personal safety, and utilizing designated drivers will also be addressed.  Resources will be provided in the forms of community and counseling services resources for problem drinking, an information sheet about alcohols effects on the body, and a tally card that allows students to keep track of the number of drinks consumed when socializing.

 March 28, 2017

Words Have Power: No more sticks and stones

You’ve heard the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” but you’ve also probably been hurt by someone else’s words.  This presentation/discussion is intended to introduce the concept of ableist language, to increase our awareness of disability metaphors, to facilitate our thinking about how this language can be harmful, and to help us identify alternative words we can use to speak more clearly and intentionally.

April 4, 2017

Let’s Talk About Privilege

A discussion about privilege, intersectionality, and the ways in which it shapes our lives and how we relate with others. Exploring how our awareness of privilege can help create positive change and unity in the communities we live in.

Surviving Finals

It's almost finals week. Are you finding it difficult to control your stress, manage your time, and fight procrastination? If you answered yes to any of these, this presentation is for you!  We'll discuss ways to better understand your emotional needs and what's causing your stress. We'll explore ways to effectively manage your time so you don't have to become a hermit. We'll also discuss ways to fight against procrastination, even if it's productive procrastination; for example, you may not have written your 10-page paper, but your bathroom has never been cleaner! We can help with that.

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