CSW offers well-being practices, skill-building workshops, drop-in coaching

The Center for Student Wellbeing aims to create a culture that supports the personal and academic success of students using an integrative, holistic framework. The CSW offers weekly well-being practices, skill-building workshops and drop-in coaching services.

Drop-in coaching is a great opportunity to meet with a CSW coach to discuss concerns impacting your well-being or academic success, including stress management, time management, organization skills or positive coping strategies.

Spring 2023 weekly well-being practices schedule

Weekly well-being practices and drop-in coaching will run until April 24. There will be no weekly well-being practices the week of March 13–17 (Vanderbilt’s spring break). Contact to arrange accommodations.


  • Meditation Monday, co-sponsored with Peabody OSEW, 1:15–1:45 p.m., CSW Meditation Room and online (Zoom link)
  • Drop-in coaching, 1–2 p.m., McGugin Tutoring Room 10


  • Vanderbilt Recovery Support meeting, noon–1 p.m., VRS Lounge
  • Drop-in coaching, noon–2 p.m., Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Resource Room
  • Law School drop-in coaching, 2–3 p.m., Law School Wellness Room
  • Graduate and professional student meditation, 3–3:30 p.m., Law School Wellness Room


  • Vanderbilt Recovery Support Pride meeting, noon–1 p.m., VRS Lounge (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month)
  • Drop-in coaching, noon–1 p.m., Blair School of Music, Room 2133
  • Drop-in coaching, 1–3 p.m., CSW Classroom


  • Drop-in coaching, 11 a.m.–noon, McGugin Tutoring Room 10
  • Drop-in coaching, 2–4 p.m., Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center Resource Room
  • Yoga, co-sponsored with BCC, 6–7 p.m., Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
  • Vanderbilt Recovery Support meeting, 8–9 p.m., VRS Lounge


  • Meditation, 10–10:30 a.m., CSW Meditation Room
  • Drop-in coaching, noon–2 p.m., Virtual (Zoom link)

Skill-building workshops

General well-being

  • Art Journaling offers a chance to slow down and creatively express the thoughts and feeling that get stuck in our bodies. Participants will be provided with prompts and supplies to journal either through written or artistic expression. No prior artistic or journalistic talent is required! Students also will have the opportunity to discuss the experience of journaling at the end of each session.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3–3:45 p.m., CSW Classroom
    • Tuesday, March 28, 1:15–2 p.m., CSW Classroom
  • Coffee and Conversation is a casual event for students to interact with each other through stimulating conversation ranging from simple, fun questions to thought-provoking ones prompted from conversation cards. Creating deep and meaningful connections with coffee/light snacks; the goal is to provide a space for connection and well-being throughout the week.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 31, 3–4 p.m., Multicultural Community Space
    • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 3–4 p.m., MCS
    • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3–4 p.m., MCS
  • MAPS (Mental Health Awareness and Prevention of Suicide) training introduces gatekeepers to the basic statistics, facts and warning signs of suicide, as well as providing direct instruction on how best to facilitate referrals to trained professionals. From that grounding of basic knowledge and skills, this training will enhance gatekeepers’ ability to establish a more meaningful and positive relationship with individuals in crisis.
    • Monday, Feb. 13, 2–4 p.m., CSW Classroom
  • Facing and Embracing Challenge
    • Wednesday, March 1, 3–4 p.m., Zoom
  • Life After Graduation – As college nears its end and you near the last stages of your program, you may begin to wonder, what’s next? What do I do from here? How do I navigate the next chapter of life? While some have a plan, others may not and feel overwhelmed or unprepared for what is next. In this weekly series, we will discuss leaving college and being prepared for life after you graduate.
    • Friday, March 24, 3–4 p.m., CSW Classroom
    • Friday, March 31, 3–4 p.m., CSW Classroom
    • Friday, April 7, 3–4 p.m., CSW Classroom
    • Friday, April 14, 3–4 p.m., CSW Classroom

Academic well-being

  • How to Make a Weekly Schedule

New to time management? Looking to modify your current planner? Want to organize your schedule but not sure where to start? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. Managing your time can help you focus, accomplish goals, meet academic deadlines and reduce stress. This workshop will provide fundamental skills to help organize your time and tasks.

  • Friday, Feb. 24, noon–1 p.m., CSW Classroom

Financial well-being

  • How to Create a Budget

Attendees learn practical skills for assessing their current budget, income and expenses and ways to create a functional budget.

  • Thursday, Jan. 26, noon–1 p.m., CSW Classroom


  • Setting SMART Financial Goals

Attendees will learn what SMART goals are and how to set them to be financially successful.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, noon–1 p.m., CSW Classroom

Alcohol and other drug use

  • Host Responsibility Training

This alcohol and other drug education presentation will prepare hosts to have safe and successful events through a discussion of Tennessee State Law, Vanderbilt policy and DUI prevention strategies. The presentation is approximately 30 minutes in length and is required annually for hosts of events where alcohol is present.

  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 12:15 – 1 p.m., CSW Classroom
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5:15–6 p.m., Zoom
  • Monday, March 6, 12:15–1 p.m., CSW Classroom
  • Tuesday, March 21, 12:15–1 p.m., CSW Classroom
  • Tuesday, April 11, 12:15–1 p.m., CSW Classroom


  • Looking at the Big Picture: How AOD Uses Impacts Mental Health

Anxious after a night of drinking? According to USA Today, you may have “hangxiety” or the feeling of anxiety or sadness that can follow an evening of heavy drinking or marijuana use. Research shows that even one night of drinking or cannabis use can impact mental health. The symptoms include increased worry, heart rate and anxiety along with general distress. This workshop will share strategies that focus on prevention and practical solutions when experiencing these symptoms.

  • Thursday, Feb. 2, 3–4 p.m., CSW Classroom
  • Tuesday, March 7, noon–1 p.m., CSW Classroom


  • Surviving and Thriving with ADHD and Other Executive Function Issues

This program places an emphasis on deepening understanding of what ADHD is and isn’t, as well as improving work completion, time management and organization while also touching on cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness interventions. Weekly workshops are for actively engaging in skill-building in these areas in a scaffolded, supportive environment.

Implementation Circles are about putting the skills to work. A verified diagnosis of ADHD is not required for this workshop; any interested student is welcome. The group will be meeting virtually on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., from Jan. 25 to March 8. Search ADHD on Anchor Link for the Zoom link.

For more information, please contact one of the following staff members:

Frances Niarhos:

Samantha York:

Vanessa Bell:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 25: What is ADHD?
  • Wednesday, Feb. 1: TLCS (Therapeutic Lifestyle Choices)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8 and 15: Time and Task Management
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22: Mindfulness and ADHD
  • Wednesday, March 1: ADHD and Academic Work
  • Wednesday, March 8: Closing Circle