Cougars Care Workshops

The Cougars Care workshop series runs every fall semester and provides mental health and well-being training that students can use to help themselves and others. This series is open to all students and provides information on various mental health topics. It is ideal for any students seeking to learn how to support themselves and their friends while also building their résumé and leadership skills. Any student who completes at least four of our Cougars Care workshops receives an official certificate of completion. We are also proud to partner with the APU Department of Psychology to provide SONA credits for workshop attendance.

Registration is now open for the 2023-24 Academic year! Click the link below to sign up for email reminders about program updates, or scroll to your desired workshop to register today!

Cougars Care Interest List

If you have questions, contact us at or (626) 815-2109.

Recognizing a Friend in Need

Friday, October 13, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Ronald 109 or Zoom

Students will learn how to best care for themselves and others through the tools shared in this workshop! Participants will learn ways to recognize, respond, refer, and report students in distress and will have the opportunity to practice effective tools to help them gently share their concern with others when they know a friend is hurting. Students will hear about important campus resources that will provide care and support during challenging experiences.

Becoming a Better Listener

Friday, October 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Ronald 109 or Zoom

In this workshop, students learn about active listening, effective attending behaviors, techniques for listening well, and ways to provide empathic support to others. Students have the opportunity to self-reflect and identify ways they hope to strengthen their current relationships through healthy communication and listening.

Coping with Sadness and Depression

Friday, October 27, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Ronald 109 or Zoom

Students in this workshop learn about student experiences and mental health trends on APU’s campus. Specific strategies to effectively combat sadness and depression are discussed to help participants improve their mood, balance their thoughts, and change their behaviors for the better. Students also learn about campus resources designed to support them through difficult times.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Friday, November 3, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Ronald 109 or Zoom

In this workshop, students learn about the different types of anxiety, and ways students experience anxiety within the university setting. Students have the opportunity to learn three important tools to improve their ability to cope well with anxiety: grounding exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and decatastrophizing. Students leave feeling more equipped to navigate stress and anxiety in healthy ways.

Solving Conflicts and Improving Relationships

Friday, November 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Ronald 109 or Zoom

Students in this workshop learn about the qualities of a healthy relationship and ways to establish healthy relationships. They also learn to identify the basic tenets of assertive communication and ways to implement assertive communication to connect well with those they care about. Students also learn about healthy conflict mediation and ways to reach a compromise when conflict arises. Students leave feeling well prepared to deepen their friendships and other relationships.

Setting Goals and Managing Time Wisely

Friday, November 17, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Ronald 109 or Zoom

In this workshop, students learn the myths and facts about time management, and have the opportunity to engage with two effective time management tools designed to help them thrive as APU students. They also learn to identify ways to prioritize their values and set specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely goals to help them succeed.

Inclusion and Accomodation

Please note, APU is committed to creating an inclusive environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you have a disability and require a disability-related accommodation, please contact the UCC by 1 week before the event to begin the conversation or request an accommodation.

Promotional Resources

If you are a staff or faculty member, or otherwise wish to promote these workshops, we welcome your help! Please click the following link to access our promotional slide and handout.

Cougars Care Promotional Package Fall 2023
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