• Health Promotion Events

    Ongoing Programs

    During the academic year, Wellness and Health Promotion offers programs Monday through Friday, free to all New School students. Unless otherwise noted, appointments are unnecessary; just drop in. Some programs, such as HIV testing on Mondays, are offered via community partners, and SHS has no control over their schedules. If you wish to confirm a program, please call SHS at 212.229.1671.

    These times, dates, and locations are valid for the spring 2015 semester. 

    Events are canceled during the summer months and on days when the university is closed.



    Afternoons by appointment
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor

    Learn how easy it is to go from feeling anxious, tense, or fearful to feeling focused, calm, and confident using biofeedback breathing techniques. Biofeedback measures your body's stress levels through a sensor attached to your earlobe. It gives you feedback on the levels of stress you carry in your body by measuring the rhythm of your heart and your autonomic nervous system response. Through computer-guided feedback, you learn to let go of stress in your body and become aware of the emotional states and patterns of thought that lead to stress in the first place. For more information, email or call 212.229.1671, option 1, to schedule an appointment.

    Free, Confidential HIV Testing

    3:00–4:30 p.m.
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor

    The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC) and The New School provide free, confidential HIV testing. No appointment is necessary; testing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The supply of HIV testing kits may be limited. Bring a friend; this service is open to anyone, not just the New School community. Note: No testing is offered when the university is closed.


    Auricular Acupuncture

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor

    Receive a 30-minute, five-point ear acupuncture protocol that can release stress and promote body detoxification. Come once, come twice, come every week; no commitment is required.


    Tabling and Acupressure

    2:45-3:45 p.m.
    University Center, lobby

    Release stress and enhance your sense of well-being with ear acupressure. The procedure takes only three minutes and involves a small metallic bead that can be left on the ear for up to three days. Come once, come twice, come every week; no commitment is required.


    Mindfulness Practice

    9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
    Mindfulness Practice is a private 30-minute session in which you learn to use mindfulness techniques to solve problems and manage stress. Sessions are adapted to your unique needs and experiences and offer an open and safe environment in which to ask questions and solve problems in your practice. For more information, email To schedule an appointment, call 212.229.1671, option 1.

    Eight-Week Art Therapy Group

    6:30-8:00 p.m.
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    Love to create? Miss making art for fun or self-discovery? Dread critiques? Take part in an eight-week journey of uninhibited and non-judgmental creative expression. Learn about yourself and your peers through art making. Take part in something bigger than yourself. Must be able to commit to eight-week sessions and be a matriculated New School student who has paid the Health Services fee. This group caps at 8 participants. Questions? Interested? Contact the New School’s resident art therapist, Kate McIntosh, to schedule a phone conversation or meeting:


    Drop-In Art Therapy Studio

    Drop-In Open Art Therapy Studio

    Fridays, 3:00-4:30 p.m., January - May, no group 1/16, 1/23, 2/20, 3/13, 4/17, 5/15
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    Finish off your week with creativity! Join The New School’s resident art therapist, Kate McIntosh, select weeks for 90 minutes of uninhibited, non-judgmental and self-directed art for fun, relaxation, and bliss. Don’t have 90 minutes? Come for 30. Come once, come twice, or join us weekly. No commitment is required and art materials are free. A valid New School ID is required. Any questions, please contact Kate McIntosh at