Workshops & Support Spaces

This page will be updated as additional Workshops & Support Spaces become available.  


Spring 2022 Workshops & Support Spaces


DreamND Support Space

This is a bi-weekly gathering for Notre Dame students who are concerned about their own or a family member's immigration status. The group will provide a safe space to discuss topics related to personal immigration concerns and/or other issues among peers with this shared identity.  The group will focus on support and strategies to enhance your mental health and your Notre Dame experience.

Dates: This meets every other Monday from 5:15 - 6:30    (Dates include:  1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25)

Facilitators: Chris Conway, Ph.D. & Nayely Gonzalez, M.S. Ed.

Please contact the Office of Student Enrichment or the DreamND newsletter for the link to sign-up to attend.


International Student Coffee Hour 

A collaboration initiative of UCC and ISSA (International Student and Scholar Affairs)

This monthly event is specifically tailored to ND international students. We will focus on one topic relevant to international students each month. Check the schedule below to see the specific topics/times this semester. 

The event will start with a casual social gathering with dinner being provided, and followed by a brief workshop from a guest speaker for some of the topics, as well as storytelling from panelists such as international ambassadors (senior international students), sharing their own experience and helpful tips. The event will also create a supportive space for all the attendances to share their experiences and support one another. This is a great place for international students to build connections with other fellow international students and extend social network on campus!

Start date:  TBD  - (original start date of January 19 has been canceled) 

Start time and Location: TBD

Schedule for 2022 Spring semester:

TBD  Please check back soon for schedule listings 

No sign-up is needed! We are just happy to see you at the time of the event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 612-636-9701.


Men's Support Space

A meeting space for men to seek and share support by discussing thoughts and feelings related to the challenges of being a male student at Notre Dame.  Facilitators will address topics such as relationships, intimacy, identifying and expressing feelings, and asking for help, but the main focus will be on allowing participants to direct the discussion towards issues that are most important to them.

Facilitators: Jim Hurst, Ph.D. and Ricardo Cornejo, M.S.

This will meet biweekly on Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:15 pm 

Start date: February 1

Location: Universality - Room 314, UCC - 3rd Floor Saint Liam all 

No sign-up is needed!


Introduction to Mindfulness-Bases Skills for Handling Stressful Thoughts & Feelings

Do you spend too much time trying to control your thoughts and feelings, or trying to "Just be happy"? Cultural messages suggest that we should be happy all the time, missing the full range of emotions that humans experience, including anxiety and painful emotions from time to time.  Avoid unnecessary suffering by learning to relate to your thoughts and feelings in a radically different way, freeing yourself to focus more on what really matters. This workshop will introduce you to mindfulness/acceptance-based skills that can help you live better. 

Facilitator: Peter Barnes, Ph.D.

Dates: This workshop will be held on:

Fridays - 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Dates: January 21, February 4 & 18, March 4 & 18  

Fridays - 3:30 - 4:30 pm Dates: January 28, February 11 & 25, March 25    

Location: Saint Liam  Conference Room (Saint Liam Hall - 3rd Floor -Room 307) 

No sign-up is needed!


Ongoing Practice of Mindfulness-Bases Skills for Handling Stressful Thoughts & Feelings (*for students who have already completed the Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Skills workshop)

Ongoing practice for those who have attended the 1-session intro workshop (see above). Content will vary from week to week. Attend as often as you would like. Practice mindfulness-based skills, such as defusion and willingness, ask questions, and explore how they relate to our values and how we can apply these practices in our daily lives

Facilitator: Peter Barnes, Ph.D.

Dates: This workshop will be held on:

Fridays - 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Dates: January 28, February 11 & 25, March 25

Fridays - 3:30 - 4:30 pm Dates: January 21, February 4 & 18, March 4 & 18    

Location: Saint Liam  Conference Room (Saint Liam Hall - 3rd Floor -Room 307) 

No sign-up is needed!


Students of Color / SOC@ND  

This is a place for students of color at Notre Dame to discuss feelings and thoughts about their experiences with peers in a safe, confidential space. 

Facilitator: Tiffany Russell. LCSW

This will meet Thursdays from 5:00 - 6:15 pm 

Start date/time/location: TBD

No sign-up is needed!


The Everybody Project 

Do you feel pressure from society, family, or peers to change the way you look? This 3- session body acceptance workshop supports students in directly challenging the cultural messages that appearance should fit within a narrow set of “ideals” that exclude diverse bodies based on race, gender, sexuality, and ability.

Facilitator:  Jordan Dolson, Ph.D.

Location: Saint Liam  Conference Room (Saint Liam Hall - 3rd Floor -Room 307) 

This will meet on Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Start date:TBD

No sign-up is needed!


The Basics of Emotions Workshop

Experiencing moments of distress and interested in learning new skills and when they will be most effective at reducing distress? This workshop presents DBT informed skills as well as a model for understanding our emotions in a single session workshop. In addition, this workshop will aim to provide information on what UCC groups or services may best address your needs while providing a framework that may allow you to better conceptualize your goals in therapy.

Facilitator:  Ricardo Cornejo, M.S.

Location: Saint Liam  Conference Room (Saint Liam Hall - 3rd Floor -Room 307) 

This will meet on Tuesdays from  3:00 - 4:00 pm  AND  Thursdays from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Start date: January 18 - March 10 

No sign-up is needed!


Rotating Workshop Series (see schedule below)

Facilitator: Peter Barnes. Ph.D., others (TBD)

Location: Saint Liam  Conference Room (Saint Liam Hall - 3rd Floor -Room 307) 

These will meet on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

  • January 13 - Perfectionism -- Dare to be Imperfect: Challenging the Tyranny of PerfectionisM

Perfectionism is pervasive on our campus. It can lead to a great deal of anxiety and distress. This workshop exposes maladaptive perfectionism and the dysfunctional assumptions underlying it, and introduces an alternative perspective that involves learning to embrace our imperfections.

  • January 20 - Self Compassion

Do you beat yourself up for inevitable mistakes, problems, and imperfections that come along with life? How is that working for you? You might assume that treating yourself harshly is necessary to motivate yourself. However, research shows the exact opposite. Harsh self-criticism (as opposed to compassionate, constructive criticism) results in a lot of unnecessary painful psychological distress. Self-compassion is a much more effective alternative. Learn what it is and how you can apply it to your life.

  • January 27 - Managing Social Anxiety and Navigating the Social Environment

Social anxiety is a normal part of the human experience. Learn some tools and strategies for how to manage it and prevent it from getting in the way of better social connections.