Coping Skills Workshops


  • 1:30 - 3 p.m.
  • SC 280
  • Every Wednesday
    • September 23
    • September 30
    • October 7
    • October 14
    • October 21
    • October 28
    • November 4
    • November 11
    • November 18
    • November 25
    • December 2
    • December 9
    • December 16
    • December 23
    • December 30

Just show up! It is free and you can attend at any point in the semester.


Counseling & Psychological Services Center | 801-626-6406

Everyone experiences stressful times, and most people struggle with difficult thoughts or feelings from time to time. Attend this workshop series to find ways to take committed action to create a rich and meaningful life, learn skills to accept what you can't control, and have difficult thoughts and feelings be less of a barrier along the way. Some group discussion and group activities will take place, and the focus of these workshops will be on helping individuals find new ways to accomplish goals related to their values.

Students often find that coping strategies that worked well in the past no longer work for a variety of reasons. If that is the case, this group can help them learn new, adaptive, and values-consistent coping strategies. All students are welcome, and students with mental health diagnoses may find it very beneficial.

Students are welcome to join at any time!

Workshop Schedule & Descriptions

1:30-2:45 p.m.
    Round #1   Round #1 Round #2
1. Introduction to the Matrix Jan. 26   Jan. 29 March 19
2. Defusion Feb. 2   Feb. 5 March 26
3. Mindfulness Feb. 9   Feb. 12 April 2
4. Acceptance Feb. 23   Feb. 19 April 9
5. Values March 2   Feb. 26 April 16
6. Committed Action March 16   March 5 April 23

Session Descriptions

ACT Matrix

Using videos and activities, we’ll introduce important Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) concepts and practice applying them to examples from group members. This session will benefit anyone interested in participating in all 6 workshop sessions, as well as those who are having a hard time understanding their own patterns of behavior and how they get stuck.


This session will introduce how the way you think impacts your overall well-being. We’ll teach different ways to respond to thoughts that can help you disconnect from unhelpful internal messages. This session will benefit anyone who gets pushed around by negative self-talk.


This session will provide an overview of ways to help you focus on the present moment and of the importance of mindfulness. Specific skills will be taught and practiced. This session will particularly benefit anyone who is anxious or depressed and spends much of their time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.


Acceptance of difficult experience can be hard to do, but can produce meaningful results. We’ll watch and discuss a video on the topic, and you’ll have the opportunity to identify thoughts or experiences you tend to push away so that you can learn new ways to practice non-judgmental acceptance of experience. This session will benefit anyone who struggles to accept the painful experience that life brings, or those who wish to understand more about why it is impossible to be happy all the time.


This session will focus on exploration of values, or what matters to you in life, using activities and reflection. This information will be used in session 6 on committed action. This session will benefit anyone who feels stuck, or who is uncertain about who they are and what they want out of life.

Committed Action

Committed action is the ability to engage in value-driven behavior even in the face of unwanted thoughts or experience. In this session, you will use what you have learned about your values to explore behavior patterns that get in the way of committed action, and find new ways to engage in committed action. This session will benefit anyone interested in learning to develop new, more adaptive ways of coping with stressors.

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