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Personal/Professional Development Summer Workshop Series Offered by Counseling and Psychological Services for Faculty and Staff

Thank you for your interest in the personal/professional development workshop series planned for this Summer. In this COVID-19 summer, you have the opportunity to develop new skills and thrive amidst the changes. Offering this series in the summer allows for scheduling flexibility, people can devote the time and effort that is needed to acquire the skills. As you well know, learning anything new takes time, effort and practice. However, the practice is to be incorporated into your ordinary daily activities and relationships. As you practice the skills, you will begin to see improvements in your work and personal lives. We believe that the effects can be transformational!


Since the workshops occur in a virtual group setting, via a HIPAA complaint Zoom version, we will have the opportunity to both give and receive support as we all learn and practice together.


  1. Acquire skills to bring attention to and be fully present to the moment.
  2. Increase your understanding of the role of emotions, how emotions are a full-systems response and how to regulate them without suppressing them or denying them.
  3. Learn to face distress in daily living and survive it well!
  4. Learn to ask for what you want.
  5. Learn to interact more effectively with difficult students and colleagues
  1. Nine (9) weekly workshops of 2 hours in duration. You may choose from ONE of two options:
    • Wednesdays 3-5 p.m., beginning on June 10 through August 5
    • Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon, beginning June 12 through August 7
  2. The workshop content is progressive and it is important that you attend all sessions in order to obtain the most benefit. 
  3. Homework will be assigned and discussed.
  4. Workshop content covers four modules:
    • Mindfulness—simple practices that will allow you to be present to the moment
    • Emotion regulation—increase your understanding of emotions, experience them while remaining in charge of emotions, thoughts and actions 
    • Distress Tolerance—when distress is inevitable, learn to accept and make it through
    • Interpersonal effectiveness— learn basic communication skills to ask for what you want while keeping your self-respect, respecting others and maintaining relationships

Although this workshop series is not presented as psychotherapy, it will address skills in living and discussion of homework. CAPS workshop facilitators will adhere to confidentiality standards as defined by law for therapeutic contacts; however, the group participants, under the honor code, trust each other to keep the information within the group. No clinical records will be kept of the workshop discussions. The homework records will be retained by each participant. Personal growth requires some degree of self-disclosure. However, you are in charge of the extent and depth of how much you share. In fact, we ask that you self-disclose content that you feel comfortable sharing with others as you learn and practice the skills. In other words, we want your self-disclosure to be about ordinary things about yourself.


CAPS is offering this workshop series at NO COST to you. However, you will be required to purchase the book DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, Second Edition by Marsha M. Linehan (available for $25.99 from Amazon). This has all the handouts necessary for your practice.

  1. You will need a secure internet connection.

  2. You will need a device with a webcam (this can be a computer, a tablet or a smart phone), but we do need to see everyone. Everyone occasionally needs to pause their video, but we ask that you leave your video turned on as much as possible.

  3. You will need to participate from a private space. To assure your privacy and the privacy of fellow group members, it is vital that nobody else be in the room with you where they can see your screen or hear your speakers. Headphones are encouraged, but not required.

  4. Each week, we will e-mail you a link for the Zoom session. We will try to avoid changing that link so that you can use the same link each week, but we can’t guarantee this. Once all group members are in the room, we will close it for security reasons. 

  5. Please mute yourself as you enter the room. You are welcome to unmute and ask questions or respond at any time, but we do want to minimize electronic feedback that can occur if you leave your mic open. This can especially be a problem if you aren’t using headphones.

Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, please email Nick White at dempsew@clemson.edu. Feel free to ask questions at this same email address. Attendance is a must to benefit from the program. If your summer plans include your missing more than two consecutive weeks, this may not be the training for you. Since space is limited, be realistic about your availability. Sign-up deadline is June 9.