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: Mindfulness and Meditation Class

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 lead to the type of growth that is symbolized by the koru.  Beyond simply decreasing your stress, this course offers an approach for finding satisfaction in you daily life.

The course, consisting of 4 classes, is designed to help you learn mindfulness through the practice of specific skills that calm and focus your mind; and through the practice of meditation. If you are feeling pressured and stressed, or just interested in learning a new skill that can enrich your life, these classes are for you!

Series 1:
Mondays Sept 15, 22, 29, and Oct 6
Series 2:
Thursdays Oct 2, 9, 16,23
Series 3:
Tuesdays Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, and 11
1:30 -2:45pm


Due to the popularity of our Koru Mindfulness classes, we are setting up a new system for registration. We are starting a queue for everyone who wants to take Koru. Sign up here, and you will be notified as soon as there is a spot available for you in a Koru class. If the available time slot doesn't work for you, you'll stay in your place in the queue and be notified for the next spot. WARNING: Getting in the queue does not guarantee a class this semester, but we will do our very best to get as many students into a Koru Mindfulness class as we can.

Want to get in line to take Koru?

We'll contact you when there are spots available.

Mindfulness Yoga

Learn Skills for Managing Mood Through Balancing Your Body

In this Workshop you will learn:

  • Skills for energizing and elevating moods
  • Breathing techniques for calming the anxious mind
  • Simple yoga poses to dissolve physical tension and improve sleep
  • Meditations for increase self awareness and compassion
  • Tools for increasing connection to the mind, mood and body


Mondays, Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6
3:00 - 4:15pm

To make sure you get the most out of Mindfulness Yoga, participants are asked to commit to attendance at all 4 classes in the course. There is no charge.

The course will have a maximum of 12 participants, so registration is required.

Please Note:  These classes are only open to Duke Students, undergraduate and graduate.  They are not open to staff or faculty.  Because space is limited, registration is required for this workshop.


For any questions about the workshop, contact Yan Li at (919) 660-1000.

Worrying Well

Un-hooking from Disruptive Stress and Living More Fully

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. 

Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23,  30
6:30 – 8:00pm



Session 1: How to FALL in Love: This session explores the necessary ingredients of moving toward the experience of being in love, including recognizing when this can be happening.  Distinguishing between "falling in love" and other experiences that may seem like love at first, this session will explore questions such as "Is it love or infatuation? Why does it fade? What does it mean when it ends?   How can it keep going?"  We'll also explore some prerequisites to falling in love and how to cultivate them.   Whether you are in a relationship, hope to be in a relationship, or are trying to better understand a past relationship, this workshop helps you define what you may value in relationships and what the essence of intimacy is for you. 

Session 2: Good Relation Ships: This session explores some of the common stages of romantic relationships, focusing on those that are experienced as healthy and enriching.  Traits of positive relationships, including effective communication, relationship integrity, and trust will be introduced.

Session 3: Toxic Romance: This session introduces the common pitfalls that often doom relationships as well as helping students recognize when they may be in relationships that are toxic to them individually and threatening to their ability to mature into somebody that can engage in healthy and enriching romance and intimacy.  Gender dynamics and social norms will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the psychological and relational dynamics that are not only toxic, but often hard to get out of.   

Session 4: Breaking Up IS Hard to Do: This session explores the difficult process of moving through a romantic relationship break-up.  We'll introduce common stages of a break-up, highlighting ways that often result in feeling stuck in the "holding on" stage.  Most importantly, this relationship will help translate the painful experience of a break-up into elements to improve future relationships with one's Self and, potentially, with future partners.

Because space is limited, we ask that you pre-register for these workshops.

Open to all Duke students (or couples, provided that at least one partner is a currently enrolled Duke student).

For more information, email Gary Glass, or call 919-660-1000.

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.

Koru 2.0: Advancing Mindfully

Stressed? Can You Relate


Express Yourself: Creative Arts and Connections

Therapeutic Nature Walk

This workshop is based on the growing practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which incorporates mindfulness practice and spending time in nature.   Often students follow such a frenetic pace that they leave out time to reflect and simply be.   This program takes students for walks in nearby locations that allow access to nature.  Goals of the walking group will be to explore the benefits of silence, clear the mind of distractions, practice mindfulness/mediation in nature, focusing on the sounds of nature. Our spaces will be selected because they are conducive to contemplation, renewal, and restoration. 

The walks will take place at the Moss Garden and Garden of Peace...both located in the Asiatic Gardens of Duke.   Students will be asked to maintain a journal to facilitate the reflection and learning.  For more info, contact Dr. Mazella Fuller at 919-660-1000.

Mondays - Sept 8, 15, 22, 29  8:30am – 9:30