2016-2017 Group Outreaches
Offered Tuesdays from noon-1pm CHP 221 (maximum 14 students)
The mindfulness group will discuss what is mindfulness, how to practice mindfulness, and the value of the practice. Each session will include an experiential component wherein students will engage in practicing: mindfulness of breathing, mindfulness of emotions, mindfulness of thinking, and body scans over the course of six weeks.
Emotional Emancipation Circle (EEC)
Offered every Fourth Wednesday of each month 5-7pm (except for December); located in Keck Hospital Cardinal Conference Room
The purpose of the Emotional Emancipation Circles is to have a safe space to share truths of how persons of African-descent have internalized the lie of Black inferiority and/or dealt with expressions of others’ and society’s belief in Black inferiority. The manifestation of this belief can appear in various ways as health science graduate and medical students, including feeling like an imposter in comparison to your peers, trying to disprove the belief that Black people are unintelligent and lazy, holding a negative body image, incessant comparison to non-Black peers, feeling as if you have to represent your racial group at all times, and many more experiences that will be identified and explored within the circle. EECs are a collaboration between the Community Healing Network and the Association of Black Psychologists.
Racial Healing Circle
Offered every Second Wednesday of each month 5-7pm; located in Norris Library East Conference Room
The monthly Racial Healing Circle will create a space for USC health sciences students to connect, share, and support one another during this season of our country’s uncertainty and distress. These monthly circles will foster an atmosphere of increased awareness and understanding among students of diverse racial backgrounds on our campus. Often these conversations are experienced as creating more divides between people than understanding among one another. The hope for this circle is to create a safe space for HSC students to share their personal truth on the topic while making room to hear from other students.
More about Mindfulness at ECSHC
In an effort to promote wellness, the Eric Cohen Student Health Counseling Department has implemented mindfulness as part of a group outreach for the benefit of our student population. Mindful awareness has been shown to improve one’s ability to lower stress (note that lower stress is linked with better physical health), improve focus, to slow down cortical rhythms (which is linked to mental health), improve awareness and performance, and has benefits for sleep. It involves paying attention to the present, with acceptance, without judgment. It invites us to stop, breathe, observe, and connect with our inner experience.
Dr. Brinell Anderson heads this outreach program and works with the academic programs at HSC to coordinate the delivery of mindfulness group seminars at a convenient location and time for students. If you would like to participate in group mindfulness seminars, please call the ECSHC to find out if there is one scheduled. If there isn’t, please contact your academic program administrators and inform them that you would like them to work with Dr. Anderson to set up a time and place for these group seminars.