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 Retreat


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.

Saturday,  April 5, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Von Cannon, located in the Bryan Center

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


This workshop will not be held during Spring 2014.  
Please check back in the Fall semester.


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

This is the retreat version of our popular Worrying Well workshop.  For those of you who worry about committing to a 4-week workshop, we've created this single day retreat!

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 workshop explores the mechanisms and types of procrastination in your own life.

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. 

This workshop is not being held at this time. Please check back later for more offerings.


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.  Playing with the language of "falling" and the implications of this mindset, 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?"   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. 

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.   

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.

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.

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.

Healing for My Soul

Turning Wounds Into Wisdom

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

Weekly on Wednesdays, Feb 5 - March 26
5:15pm to 6:30pm
Room 203 Flowers Building

(no meeting during Spring Break/Dinner Served on Final Date (March 26)

Koru 2.0: Advancing Mindfully

Stressed? Can You Relate


Emotional Rescue

  • Do you try to make sure that you don’t “get emotional”?
  • Ever notice how stress just leaves you feeling EXHAUSTED?