• Events and Counseling Groups

    During the academic year, Counseling Services and Wellness and Health Promotion (WHP) offer groups and programs Monday through Friday. All of the WHP programs are free and open to all New School students, though some require screening.

    Unless otherwise noted, appointments are not necessary; just drop in. Some programs, such as HIV testing on Mondays, are offered through community partners, and SHS has no control over their schedules. Events are canceled during the summer months and on days when the university is closed. If you wish to confirm a program, please call SHS at 212.229.1671 or check for updates on NarwhalNation

    These times, dates, and locations are valid for the fall 2019 semester. All of the weekly groups and programs take place at Student Health Services, 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, and will be held through December 13, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

    A few groups do not have a day or time set yet. Check back on this site or on NarwhalNation in a few weeks for updates.

    • Acupuncture

      Acupuncture at The New School is based on a five-point ear acupuncture protocol that can release stress and promote body detoxification. Come check out the healing powers of this traditional Chinese medicine. Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

      The following Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.:

      • September 10, 2019
      • October 8, 2019
      • November 12, 2019
      • December 10, 2019



      Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group

      A skills-based group whose members learn about mindfulness, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

      • Weekly starting September 9, 2019 (screening required), Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
        Lead: Vanessa McGann
        Contact Vanessa McGann, PhD, to schedule a screening.

      Eating and the Body

      A small group that helps participants improve their awareness of hunger and satiety and relate to food in a healthier way.

      • Weekly starting September 9, 2019 (screening required), Mondays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
        Lead: Ruchi Amin, LCSW
        Contact aminr@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.

      Gender Venting

      A biweekly group for trans and gender-nonconforming people to get together and talk about gender and identity and enjoy a space away from cisnormativity and judgment.

      • Biweekly drop-in on the following Fridays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.: August 30, September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, November 22, December 6, and December 20, in room 513 of the Social Justice Hub, fifth floor of the University Center
        Contact wellness@newschool.edu for more information.

      Graduate Student Women's Mindfulness Group

      A group offering a supportive atmosphere in which women graduate students can discuss challenges, celebrations, and complexities related to life in graduate school. Topics include academics, cross-cultural issues, mindfulness, stress management, body image and self-presentation, dating, and healthy relationships.

      • Weekly drop-in group, Thursdays, 5:10-6:00 p.m., beginning September 9
        Lead: Shefalika Gandhi, LCSW
        Contact gandhis@newschool.edu for more information.

      HIV Testing

      The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC) and The New School provide rapid oral, free, and confidential HIV testing. The supply of HIV testing kits may be limited. Bring a friend; this service is free, drop-in, and open to everyone, not just the New School community. 

      • Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

      International Students Survival Group

      Find connection and community far away from home. All international students are welcome to come and discuss friendships, communication, culture, and adjusting to school and NYC.

      • Weekly drop-in group, Mondays, 5:00-6:00 p.m., starting September 9, 2019
        Lead: Shinhee Han, PhD
        Contact hans@newschool.edu for more information.

      Low-Stress Art Mondays

      Destress with creativity! Participate in a drop-in art studio offering free art supplies and a strong sense of community.

      • Weekly starting September 9, 2019, Mondays, 7:45-8:45 p.m.

      Pet Therapy

      Relax and destress with a gentle four-legged friend.

      Drop in on the following days:

      • September 9, 2019
      • September 23, 2019
      • September 30, 2019
      • October 7, 2019
      • October 21, 2019
      • November 4, 2019
      • November 18, 2019
      • December 2, 2019
      • December 9, 2019

      Trans Group

      All trans*, genderqueer, and nonbinary students with expansive gender identities are welcome. Sharing our experiences, we'll enhance our connection to our vital selves while we strengthen our sense of community. Prescreening required.

      Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., starting September 9, 2019

      Womxn of Color Group

      Process-oriented group for self-identified womxn of color. Cis, trans, nonbinary, and femme students are all welcome!

      •  Weekly (screening required), Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
          Contact Alycia Scott, PsyD, at ascott@newschool.edu to schedule a screening.