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.



A koru, the spiral shape of the unfurling fern frond, is the natural representation of the balance between perpetual growth and stability.

Mindfulness can help improve your ability to focus, enrich your life, and reduce stress. e retreat will include practice with meditation, yoga, and mind/body skills for relaxation and wellness.

Beginners and experienced meditators welcome!

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

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.

Koru 2.0: Advancing Mindfully

Stressed? Can You Relate


  • What, exactly, does stress do to me?
  • When does stress turn to distress?
  • How Do Relationships Impact Stress?

Express Yourself: Creative Arts and Connections

Step out for a time from the multiple stressors on campus. 

Step away from the masks you find yourself wearing in response to the masks you see on others. 

Take a break from trying to do everything perfectly and come play with art materials . 

Confidence, Competence, and Connection for International Students

The C3 workshop series offer Duke Chinese 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, Chinese 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.  Using innovative research , that appreciates the role of the bodily experience, we are able to illuminate the complex web that we call "anxiety" and modify it from an physiological and experiential basis. 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.


October 21, 28, and November 4, 11

12:00pm - 1:15pm

CAPS Seminar Room (217 Page Building)