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Students Learn Strategies in Stress Workshop
Posted 11/06/2015 10:56AM
Just in time for National Stress Awareness Day this week, Forman School’s Psychologist, Dr. Barbara Tarkin, held a workshop Thursday, November 5th to discuss stress management tips. Students gathered after dinner and enjoyed snacks in a relaxing environment in these student lounge to answer the questions: what is stress, why do we feel it, and what can we do about it?

“A lot of students report significantly high levels of stress and worry about school, colleges, peer relationships, family issues, and more. Most of them do not necessarily need one-on-one counseling or therapy, but my thinking was to give them information and strategies for better management,” Tarkin said. “I talked about what stress is, how it affects us, and common sources of stress. I finished with some strategies that they can put in place to help manage their stress; everything from changes in diet to muscle relaxation techniques and deep breathing exercises.”

Tarkin referred to the format of the meeting as a "snack and yak" psychoeducational group, which she hopes to repeat once a month on a variety of topics. Before winter break in December, she plans to hold a “Managing Your Parents” session, which is “designed to give students some ideas and strategies for getting along better with family, particularly since they will be home for several weeks for the break,” she said. Tarkin also noted that she is open to feedback and topic suggestions from faculty, students, and parents at

Read more about Dr. Tarkin in her faculty bio here.


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