CAPS Workshops help ensure success and well-being

With fall quarter in full gear, CAPS is here to help with a variety of workshops to ensure your success and well-being at Northwestern. CAPS, the primary mental health service at Northwestern, is offering free workshops all quarter to help students develop life skills important for how to better concentrate and manage stress. For example, students are welcome to stop by the drop-in meditation sessions on Mondays to learn how to reduce physical and mental stress.

Each workshop varies in dates and times, so feel free to pass by any of the ones that match your schedule. Also, don’t worry if you missed the first session. Students are welcome into the second or third session of a workshop. To register, go to

Here’s a breakdown of this quarter’s workshops:

Introduction to Mindfulness

Mondays, 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.

Session I: September 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17

Session II: October 24, 31, November 7, 14

This four-part workshop introduces several mind-body self-regulatory skills to improve concentration and decrease reactivity to distressing thoughts and physical sensations.

Relaxation and Biofeedback

Mondays, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Session I: September 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17

Session II: October 24, 31, November 7, 14

In this four-part workshop, come learn relaxation techniques and observe the effects of biofeedback devices, which help control physical, emotional and mental activity for the betterment of health.

Drop-In Meditation

Mondays, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

September 26 - November 14

Learn how to reduce physical and mental stress through the art of meditation at this drop in clinic. No registration necessary.

Success Strategies

Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Session I: September 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20

Session II: October 27, Nov 3, 10, 17

This four-part workshop is a resource for students experiencing problems such as concentration difficulties, procrastination, feelings of anxiety, or other forms of distress in connection with personal or academic stressors.

Enhancing Attention Through Mindfulness

Fridays, 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Session I: September 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21

Session II: October 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18

In this workshop, students who struggle with distractibility, concentration, or completing work assignments will be introduced to several Mindful Awareness Practices that improve short-term memory, attention and concentration.

Sleep for Health and Performance

Friday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

October 28

Come to this interactive workshop to learn how sleep affects your learning, memory, performance, and overall health, and to acquire techniques to improve your sleep.

Peak Performance Training

Friday, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

November 18

Learn techniques, based on concentration and relaxation, to enhance your performance.  

Drop-In Stress Management Clinic

Mondays, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Thursdays, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Fridays, 11:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Now through December 9