Workshops AND GROUPS 


Parkland Mental Health Counselors are providing free 60-minute workshops designed to provide information/understanding and coping skills focused on common issues facing you in college and in life. Attend in person or online (access link via workshop title). FREE PIZZA

All workshops are from 1 – 2 pm 

Where: U140 and online via Microsoft Teams (click title for link)


Choosing Group Counseling:

There are many benefits to group counseling, it is especially unique in the validation and connections formed when you feel seen and heard by your peers. (for more information check out this brief article by the American Psychological Association: Understanding Group Therapy) The Counseling Support Center offers several topic-specific groups throughout the academic year. Fall 2022 groups are as follows:

Rhythm is Life: Drumming for Your Health

When we drum together, we share our individuality and create community. We fight isolation and loneliness. Drumming also helps us heal our whole selves. It can boost our immune system, raise our mood, and release emotional trauma, anxiety and stress; deeply relaxing us while feeding our energy. And… it's fun! Join us for Drum Circles twice a month. No experience necessary & drums provided!  

When: Thursdays 1 – 2, (1/26, 2/16, 3/2, 3/23, 4/6, 4/27, 5/4)      Where: U140

The Mindful Way

Life/growth/change can be exhausting.

We all must learn how to offer ourselves moments of calm.

For it is those moments of calm that help us to keep moving forward.

"Research studies from all over the world show that the daily practice of mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our lives, improves the quality of life, and enhances our relationships. By allowing us to...recognize and let go of habitual, automatic reactions to everyday events." (p. 26 The Mindful Way Workbook by Teasale, Williams and Segal) 

The Mindful Way group will focus on increasing participants' knowledge of 1) common pitfalls that result in increased emotional distress, 2) how mindfulness can help reduce emotional distress and 3) skills and practices to incorporate into our everyday lives to help improve our overall mental well-being.

This in-person group will be held over the course of 8 weeks.

The group will be facilitated by Katie Schacht, counselor at Parkland College, and is open to all Parkland students. The workbook we will be using for the group will be provided free of charge to all participants.

If you are interested in participating in the group, please email Katie at, no later than February 17, and indicate which group works for your schedule.

(Group 1) Mondays, 12-1pm, on the following dates: 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17

(Group 2) Tuesdays, 1-2pm, on the following dates: 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18

Katie will then send a follow-up email with more information about the group.