Mind-Body Workshops & Events

These events promote student wellness, particularly mental and emotional health and resiliency. They are intended to help enhance your academic, occupational, and interpersonal functioning.

All events are free and held in Room 336, Student Center unless noted otherwise.

All GRCC students and employees are invited to attend. No prior registration is required. Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140.

Download the complete list of Winter 2020 workshops here

Build Your Emotional Toolkit: The Core Skills of Mindfulness

Wednesday, Jan 29, 11 am-12 pm

Thursday, February 6, 1-2 pm

Tuesday, April 7, 10:30-11:30 am

Mindfulness is a state of focused attention to whatever is occurring in the present moment, without judgment. When practicing mindfulness, you will become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and senses by learning various techniques including every day, simple activities. Each session will focus on a brief overview of the core components and benefits of mindfulness practices, and will include simple activities for all levels of mindfulness participation. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Stacey Heisler, M.A., NCC, LPC, sheisler@grcc.edu

 

Build Your Emotional Toolkit: Distress Tolerance Skills: Responding More, Reacting Less

Monday, February 10, 3-4 pm

Tuesday, February 18, 1:30-2:30 pm

Thursday, March 26, 2:30-3:30 pm

Life can be quite disappointing: things happen that are not in our control leaving us with strong emotional reactions that overpower our decision-making in the short term and make the crisis even worse. Distress tolerance skills are essential for learning how to “react less, and respond more.” “Radical Acceptance” is a different way of responding to overwhelming situations that with practice, will build confidence and greater trust in yourself for managing life’s challenging experiences. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Stacey Heisler, M.A., NCC, LPC, sheisler@grcc.edu

 

Build Your Emotional Toolkit: Managing Our Emotions in Healthier Ways: A Tool for Practicing Self-Care

Wednesday, February 26, 10-11 am

Thursday, March 19, 1-2 pm

Learning to approach our emotions with curiosity and understanding can help us to accept emotions as important information or “data,” versus a negative aspect of ourselves to be rejected and discounted. In this workshop, we will introduce the Emotional/Reasonable/Wise Mind, and develop a plan for emotional wellness following the skill set of PLEASE Mastery. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Stacey Heisler, M.A., NCC, LPC, sheisler@grcc.edu

 

Build Your Emotional Toolkit: Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: A Tool for Building Relationships

Monday, March 9, 1:30-2:30 pm

Tuesday, March 31, 4:30pm-5:30 pm

Learning to live among others is required for our basic survival, but learning how to be in relationship to others is essential for our own emotional wellness. In this workshop, we will learn an effective tool for greater interpersonal effectiveness by following the principles of DEAR MAN (Describe, Express, Assert, Reinforce, stay Mindful, Appear confident, and Negotiate). Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Stacey Heisler, M.A., NCC, LPC, sheisler@grcc.edu

 

It’s a Match! Find Your Ideal Career

Tuesday, January 28, 10-11 am

Wednesday, February 12, 1-2 pm

Thursday, February 27, 3:30-4:30 pm

Monday, April 6, 11 am-12 pm

In this interactive workshop, students will learn the steps they can take to explore careers, decide on a career, and develop a career plan. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Erin Busscher, M.Ed., Global Career Development Facilitator, ebusscher@grcc.edu

 

How to Feel Happier

Wednesday, February 5, 1:30-2:30 pm

Thursday, February 20, 2:30-3:30 pm

Some may think that happiness depends on life circumstances or on being born with a cheerful disposition, but research shows we can boost our own happiness. Using simple practices, we can increase our positive experiences and emotions, and even “rewire” our brains for greater happiness. In this session, we’ll identify several happiness habits and share tips for practice. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Emily Nisley, Ph.D., LP, LPC, enisley@grcc.edu

 

Overcoming Depression

Tuesday, February 11, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Wednesday, March 25, 4-5 pm

Got the blues? This workshop will review various strategies for coping with the things in life that upset you and give you grief. Learn productive ways to express your sadness, overcome your hurts, and live a happier life. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Andre Fields, Ph.D., LLP, afields@grcc.edu

 

Managing Anxiety: Strategies for In & Out of the Classroom

Monday, February 24, 2-3 pm

Thursday, March 12, 3:30-4:30 pm

A recent national survey of community college counseling centers revealed anxiety as the number one presenting concern facing college students – in other words, you are not alone! Join us to learn the causes of anxiety, how to recognize symptoms and apply strategies for soothing the anxious mind and body. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Andre Fields, Ph.D., LLP, afields@grcc.edu

 

Mental Health Survival Skills

Tuesday, February 25, 12-1 pm

Wednesday, March 18, 1-2 pm

Wednesday, April 1, 2-3 pm

Thursday, April 16, 3-4 pm

College is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This workshop can help. You’ll learn several skills and strategies you can use right away to cope with stress, anxiety, and emotional pain, and to strengthen your ability to withstand and bounce back from hard times. Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Emily Nisley, Ph.D., LP, LPC

 

Mindfulness Meditation

18-Feb

TUE

11:30am-12 pm

White Hall 102 - Reading Room

17-Mar

TUE

11:30am-12 pm

White Hall 102 - Reading Room

14-Apr

TUE

11:30am-12 pm

White Hall 102 - Reading Room

Meditation can reduce stress, improve attention and concentration, increase feelings of connectedness, and may strengthen the immune system and improve stress-related physical and mental health conditions. Attend any of our biweekly meditation sessions in the Learning Center or monthly sessions in White Hall to learn how to meditate or build on previous meditation experience. Our practice will be secular (non-religious). Open to all GRCC students and employees. Free. Those in need of accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services in advance at (616) 234-4140. Facilitator: Emily Nisley, PhD, LP, LPC, enisley@grcc.edu

 

Jan. 20

Monday

12-12:30 pm

Learning Center 137

Fostering connectedness through loving-kindness meditation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Feb. 10

Monday

12-12:30 pm

Learning Center 137

Focusing & quieting the mind with mindful breathing meditation

Feb. 18

Tuesday

11:30 am-12 pm

White Hall 102

Focusing & quieting the mind with mindful breathing meditation

Feb. 24

Monday

12-12:30 pm

Learning Center 137

Body awareness & relaxation with body-scan meditation

Mar. 9

Monday

12-12:30 pm

Learning Center 137

Mindful eating meditation

Mar. 17

Tuesday

11:30 am-12 pm

White Hall 102

Soothing distress with self-compassion meditation

Mar. 23

Monday

12-12:30 pm

Learning Center 137

Soothing distress with self-compassion meditation

Apr. 6

Monday

12-12:30 pm

Learning Center 137

Meditation for cultivating gratitude

Apr. 14

Tuesday

11:30 am-12 pm

White Hall 102

Meditation for cultivating forgiveness

Apr. 20

Monday

12-12:30 pm

Learning Center 137

Lake Meditation: A guided visualization to promote stillness & calm

 

Contact

Questions? Email counseling@grcc.edu or call (616) 234-4130.