Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Workshops and Discussions

CAPS offers a variety of programs and workshops geared toward students' every day life experiences, covering a variety of topics related to student development and personal growth. These programs and workshops all have in common a commitment to providing students the knowledge and variety of life skills important for surviving and thriving here at Duke and beyond.

While most workshops will be held at CAPS, we will often partner with other offices or groups on campus to serve as many of the Duke University communities as possible.  At times, therefore, some of our workshops will be offered in locations around campus. All workshops are offered free of charge to undergraduate, graduate and professional Duke students.

CAPS is happy to announce our workshops for the Spring 2014 semester!!!  Keep checking back, as we will be adding more workshops on these and other topics as the semester unfolds.


KORU: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

A koru, the spiral shape of the unfurling fern frond, is the natural representation of the balance between perpetual growth and stability.
 This workshop series offers skills in Mindfulness and Meditation, which offer the type of growth symbolized by the koru.  Beyond simply decreasing your stress, this course offers approaches and skills to help you find more satisfaction in your daily life.

Koru 2.0: Advancing Mindfully

For students who have completed Koru, the introductory course.
Remember when you finished Koru and your teachers told you to join another class to continue to build your mindfulness muscle? Well, here’s your chance! Koru 2.0 is the next level of mindfulness training, helping you to advance further your skills in mindfulness and meditation, developing further your innate wisdom and resilience

Koru Retreats

Koru Retreat: Half Day Mindfulness Experience
Duke Counseling and Psychological Services

Please join us for a half-day mindfulness and meditation retreat. The day will include practice with meditation, yoga, and mind/body skills for relaxation and wellness. The retreat is open both to novices and people with more experience. It is an opportunity to reconnect to yourself at a time of year that is often hectic, and apply skills that can enhance your immune system, concentration, energy, and your ability to enjoy daily life.

One Breath - Exploring Mental Health through Yoga

Worrying Well

Un-hooking from Disruptive Stress and Living More Fully

We all worry from time to time.  Worrying reflects that there are things in life that we care about, and the emotion of worry reminds us to pay attention to those things and take care of them.  However, when worry becomes pervasive, taking more of our time and energy, it gets in the way of us living our lives fully---and we don't even enjoy the things in our life we actually care about in the first place.  Not only can this lead to a number of psychological problems, it keeps us hooked onto the worry while life passes by.

Putting Off Procrastination Until Later

Sometimes, procrastination is simply a matter of self-discipline. Most of the time, it’s a lot more complicated than that. Would you believe it has less to do with the task you’re postponing and more to do with things like your life aspirations, your excitement about potential, and even perfectionism?  This 2-part workshop explores the mechanisms and types of procrastination in your own life, providing you with some opportunities to practice insights and strategies between sessions.

Control Issues


Stress is a normal reaction to the demands of college life, whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, or professionals school student.  Nevertheless, having an inaccurate understanding of what stress is can lead to poor management of stress, and this can lead to a lot of problems that can keep you from reaching your academic and professional potential.

How to BE in LOVE Series

This workshop series addresses the common issues and questions facing students involved or interested in romantic relationships.  While the emphasis will be on romance in U.S. culture, we will also invite discussion on the cultural influences represented by the diversity of students who attend.  We'll also incorporate the implications of sexual orientation on the issues and concepts being introduced.  Students are invited (and encouraged) to attend the entire series, but you are free to attend just the ones you find more applicable to your life or your curiosity. 

Anxiety Busters

Stress from academics, social pressures, and other concerns can leave you feeling overwhelmed and disconnected. Especially in high-stress periods, it's often difficult to set aside time for yourself.

In the Company of My Brothers

The purpose of the group is to create a space for black men to be authentic and embrace brotherhood.

Thursdays from February 12 - March 26, 2015
at CMA from 7pm – 8pm


The focus of this group will be on 1) affirmation of cultural identity and heritage. 2) collaboration and leadership. 3) personal integrity and community transformation. 4) personal accountability and responsibility for community good.

For Questions about these programs, contact Dr.  Mazella Fuller at (919) 660-1000.

In the Company of My Sisters

In The Company of My Sisters will be a space for Black Women to feel empowered and confident, to be authentic and flourish, to embrace their culture and feel fabulous, to honor the space as sacred and as a gift to themselves! affirm, validate and create community

Monday's - February 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16 and 23rd

From: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Room: 217 Page

Confidence, Competence, and Connection for International Students

The C3 workshop series offer Duke international students to learn stress management skills, strategies for successful job interviews, emotion regulation skills, and effective interpersonal skills. Through this 4-week program series, international students will have an increased sense of confidence, competence and connection.

THRIVE: Optimizing the Body and Brain Connection

Shift out of anxiety!

Bridge the connection between body and mind!

Create pathways for emotional balance!

The body and brain are powerful resources in our experience of feeling happier, calmer, and more energized, but under stress they can feel like the enemy. Anxiety has both a strong somatic (bodily) and cognitive component that can be transformed into a resource.  In this 4 session workshop we will examine the effects of chronic stress, help you understand how your nervous system interacts with your relationships and the environment, and give you tools to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and maximize your ability to flourish!

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm
March 19th, 26th, April 2, 9th

CAPS Seminar Room (217 Page Building)


Mixed 101

Creating a space to explore mixed race identity.

  • Have you ever felt forced to choose between your racial identities?
  • Do you enjoy the flexibility of more than one cultural perspective?
  • Do you feel like you do not completely fit into monoracial groups?
  • Do you seek a space where you can bring your full self?

CAPS is offering a weekly group for Duke students who identity as mixed or multiracial (parents of different racial backgrounds). The group is intended as a space for mixed students to dialogue and explore their mixed race identity. Each week we will have a different theme guiding us:

  • Who are we? Our stories of heritage, family, and identity
  • How do others see us? Internal experiences vs. external perception
  • Where do we fit? Navigating in a monoracial world
  • Where do we go from here? Activism, advocacy, and resources

The Many Faces of Grief

A 4-session discussion group offering a supportive space to reflect on feelings of grief and loss, developing skills for coping and honoring loved ones.

This will offer:
• A time to gather in a supportive space
• To reflect on your feelings of grief and loss
• Share memories of your loved ones
• Develop skills for coping with grief and loss
• Honoring and creating rituals

Wednesday’s - March 4, 11, 18 and 25th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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For Questions about this program, contact us at (919) 660-1000.