Issue 4: August 2018

Feature Article

The Power of Vulnerability: Brene Brown

This amazing talk explores our human ability to give in, let go, and be seen. In this witty and moving TED discussion, researcher Brene Brown give insight into the power of vulnerability in our everyday lives and why it is so hard to let our guard down. 


Our Commitment to Multicultural Counseling and Inclusivity

Occasionally, we will share articles that our staff is reading to engage students in discussion. This month, we came across a powerful article on mental health across college campuses for students of color that was featured in the Boston Globe. What do you think about this article? Can you relate to what is being discussed? If so, we’d love to hear from you as part of our continued effort to work towards a resolution to this issue. Email us bcc@brandeis.edu


Current Programming

Below are the current groups being offered at the BCC. If interested in any of the following groups, please email the leader directly. 

Skills for Anxiety and Depression (CBT, BA, and Mindfulness) - Section 1

  • Weekly commitment is required. Open enrollment is available until the group is full. For admission to the group, email group leader directly.
  • Meets from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Group room 1 at the BCC on Wednesdays, beginning June 6. 
  • Leader: Rachael Pucillo (rpucillo@brandeis.edu)

Skills for Anxiety and Depression (CBT, BA, and Mindfulness) - Section 2

  • Weekly commitment is required. Open enrollment is available until the group is full. For admission to the group, email group leader directly.
  • Meets from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in Group room 1 at the BCC on Mondays, beginning June 4. 
  • Leader: Dennis (dtyrell@brandeis.edu) and Aaron (aekaplan@brandeis.edu)

Stay Connected Lunch Group

  • Casual “bring your own” lunch group designed to help students stay connected to others through the summer. Resources will be given for campus and local area activities.
  • Meets from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in the BCC conference room starting Monday, June 11
  • Leader: Carrie (ceichmann@brandeis.edu) and Rachael (rpucillo@brandeis.edu)
  • This group is drop-in but feel free to email Carrie or Rachael with questions. 

Graduate Student Support (Stress Management)

  • Weekly commitment is required. Open enrollment is available until the group is full. For admission to the group, email group leader directly.
  • Meets from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Group room 1 at the BCC on Mondays, beginning June 4. 
  • Leader: Aaron Kaplan (aekaplan@brandeis.edu)

Workshops

  • No workshops are scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Resilience, Information, Skills, and Experiences (RISE)

The BCC is excited to present the RISE Pre-Orientation program!

Starting college is exciting, but it is also a big transition full of new experiences and challenges. RISE is a pre-orientation program for students who would benefit from learning skills to help them thrive in college, supporting their mental wellbeing and academic success.

This program is designed for students who have previously experienced depression and/or anxiety. Students will work in small groups with faculty and clinicians from the counseling center. Learning is primarily experiential with discussions and hands-on opportunities to practice skills. In the evenings during pre-orientation, the group will participate in fun, relaxing activities, such as a picnic along the Charles River, mindfulness practices, making stress kits and watching a movie.

We will focus on skills for coping with and bouncing back from stress, and strategies for preventing stress by using effective study, test taking, time management and goal setting techniques. We will also work on strategies to navigate the social side of college life, connect with resources throughout the university, and develop strategies to support your own wellbeing. Unique to this program, students will continue meeting as a group once a week throughout the semester to support each other, continue to learn new skills, and practice the skills they learned in the pre-orientation program.

For questions about the RISE pre-orientation program, contact Joy Von Steiger (jvonst@brandeis.edu). Applications can be found on the Brandeis Orientation website