Wellness Education for Lifelong Learning (W.E.L.L)

Dickinson College and the Wellness Center are committed to providing the campus community with Wellness Education for Lifelong Learning (W.E.L.L.). W.E.L.L consists of various educational programs throughout the academic year that aim to protect, promote, and maintain health and wellbeing.  

Using a harm reduction model, Wellness Center staff are here to have interactive sessions with the campus community related to common issues facing college students such as: dating violence, alcohol and other drug use, domestic violence, sexual assault, consent and stalking, mental health, sleep, and overall well-being. 

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Submit an outreach form if your club or group is interested in having a member of the Wellness Center staff provide W.E.L.L educational outreach

Contact Info

Missy Taylor, PhDStaff Psychologist, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Prevention Education Coordinator
Theo NuginMaster Level Counselor, Trauma Prevention Education Coordinator




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Peer Education Programs

S.A.I.D Peer Educator (Safe and Inclusive Dickinson Peer educators) 

Interested in creating a campus wide culture of respect and inclusion? Get involved!  

Sign up to become a Peer educator. In this student group you will learn to provide peer education on consent, healthy relationships, healthy sexuality and how to support survivors. If you are interested in becoming a peer educator or would like more information on workshops and education for your club leaders or members, please stop by for information or to become a member. To become a S.A.I.D peer educator complete the application, once completed return to Theo Nugin (nugint@dickinson.edu) or drop off at the W.E.L.L office, HUB 1st Floor (inside Student Life) M-Th 8-4p.

2023-2024 S.A.I.D Peer Educators

Coming Soon!

Alcohol Peer Educator 

Peer educators serve as student leaders and role models with the primary goal of educating their peers about alcohol and related topics.  Peer Educators are paid by funding from the PA Liquor Control Board. They work collaboratively with Dr. Missy Taylor in implementing alcohol prevention programming. They also assist in survey administration, marketing, and tracking program feedback.  

2023-2024 Alcohol Peer Educators 

Coming Soon!

Wellness Center Spring 2024 Groups

2023-2024 Groups Coming Soon!

Here is an overview of the 2022-2023 Groups:

Note: Clinical Groups Require a Clinical Screening to Determine Appropriateness 

Please call the Wellness Center to schedule a group screening if you are interested in joining a Clinical Group

ACOA Group: A Group for Students Impacted by the Substance Abuse of Others   

Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 PM  

This group is for individuals that have been negatively impacted by growing up in an alcoholic and/or drug addicted family environment. Topics often discussed include understanding the impact of these family patterns, learning how to recognize and develop healthy relationships, and addressing negative beliefs about oneself.  

Theo Nugin and Missy Taylor  

Clinical, Closed (in-person at the Wellness Center)  

Alleviating Anxiety and Panic Workshop  

This is a one-time 50-minute drop-in group workshop which covers the signs and symptoms of anxiety, the difference between worry and anxiety, and the impact of anxiety and panic. The session is full of many different evidence-based ways to alleviate anxiety, as well as tips for overcoming Panic Attacks. This is a psychoeducational workshop. 

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 pm on Feb. 13th and April 3rd. 

Fridays at 12:30 –1:30 pm on Feb. 10th, March 31st, and April 28th. 

Nicole Lavertue ; Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center 

Building Balance: Skills for Managing Mood and Improving Well-being  

Mondays (11:30 am) and Fridays (3-4 pm), in person at the Wellness Center 

(start date anticipated as Mondays 2/27/23 and Fridays 3/3/23) 


This is a 4-week skills-based group for students who want to improve their ability to manage their mood, increase their ability to tolerate distress, learn ways to cope with stressors, improve their self-care, and learn skills to improve interpersonal relationships. Each session builds on the skills learned the week before, so attendance at all 4 sessions is requested. The 4-week course is packed with empirically supported ways to improve one’s overall well-being and manage distress. Registration and referral from CAPS is required. Participants are invited to share within the group at a level that is comfortable to them, however, the group is psychoeducational/skills instruction format, rather than process oriented.   

Nicole Lavertue  

Clinical, Closed, Registration and screening required.  

Chronic Medical Illness Support Group

Are you living with a chronic medical illness? Feeling overwhelmed or alone? Or just wanting to connect with others who know what you are going through? This “lunch and learn” style support group meets twice a month. It is meant to bring together students dealing with chronic medical illnesses in a safe space with a counselor and nurse practitioner to offer support, guidance, and structure for success both on and off campus. This is a drop-in group, so students are welcome to attend any or all sessions.  

Tuesdays from 12-1pm on 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, and 3/21  

Carrie Bowerman and Ashley Lebo 

In-person in the HUB side room 202 

RSVP on EngageD, or just drop in!

If you are interested in learning more, or if you have any questions, please reach out to the group facilitators:

Ashley Lebo, staff nurse practitioner: 717-245-1663 or lebocat@dickinson.edu

Carrie Bowerman, staff counselor: 717-245-1663 or bowermac@dickinson.edu

DBT-Informed Skills Group:  

Mondays 3:30-4:30 PM 

Thursdays 12:00-1:00 PM  

This is a structured, time limited psychoeducational group that will teach a variety of skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). There are four main skills the group will cover: mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT skills were developed to help people who feel overwhelmed by their emotions and/or have a history of difficult relationships. The goal of this group is to improve quality of relationships and to replace destructive behaviors with more effective coping skills.  

Todd Drazien & Missy Taylor  

Clinical, Closed (in-person at the Wellness Center)  

Deep Breathing and Relaxation Workshop with Dr. Megan Nesbitt 

Feeling anxious and struggling to focus? Has it been increasingly difficult to be present? This monthly workshop will focus on body-mind techniques for lowering anxiety, combatting stress, and interrupting worry. Each meeting will begin with deep breathing and then focus on a relaxation exercise, a guided visualization, or an awareness technique. All students, staff, faculty, and members of the Dickinson community are invited to attend. Beginners and drop-ins welcome.  
First Wednesdays of the month (2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3) at 4:40pm 

In person, HUB Side Room 201 

Non-clinical, drop-in 

Destination Dickinson: International Student Support Group:

Come in and just be... together. This is designed to be a safe, comforting, and supportive space, where international students can share their experiences, challenges, and successes, as they navigate their journey at Dickinson. This drop-in group will offer support, as well as some skills or strategies, to help manage the unique experience of being an International Student. All are welcome, students can attend as their schedule allows, and are not required to attend every meeting. 

Monday's 9:30-10:20 (Starting Feb. 27) at Wellness Center 2nd Floor Conference Room. 

(No meeting on Monday 3/13 due to Spring break

Dialing Down Depression  

This is a one-time 50-min drop-in group workshop which covers the signs and symptoms of depression, as well as the impact of depression on oneself and in relationships. The majority of the time in session is devoted to learning evidence-based skills to help reduce depression, as well as improve mood, interpersonal connection, and promote healthier thinking. This is a psychoeducational workshop.  

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 on Feb. 27th, April 10th, and May 1st. 

Fridays 12:30 – 1:30pm Feb. 24th and April 7th. 

Nicole Lavertue; Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center 


Getting Through It 

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm 

This workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of what trauma is and focuses on a variety of topics all surrounding/focused on understanding traumatic events how we respond to them, and the path to recovery from these experiences. Examples of topics include...Safe and Inclusive spaces, healthy relationships, and The Neurobiology of trauma.  

Theo Nugin 

Non-clinical workshop; open; in-person at the Wellness Center 

Interpersonal Process Group  

Tuesdays 12-1:15 PM 

Thursdays 12-1:15 PM 

This group provides students with a safe environment where they can increase their understanding of themselves, explore how they relate to others, and try new ways to interact with peers.  

Megan Nesbitt & Rebecca Shoemaker; Carrie Bowerman & Rebecca Shoemaker 

Clinical, closed (in-person at the Wellness Center) 


Managing Stress Workshop  

This is a one time, 50-minute drop-in psychoeducational group workshop, discussing signs and symptoms of stress, as well as how stress impacts our lives and our bodies. Much of the session is spent learning many different skills or strategies that are proven to reduce stress and improve overall functioning. 

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 pm on Feb. 6th, March 27th, and April 24th. 

Fridays at 12:30-1:30 pm on Feb. 3rd and March 24th 

Nicole Lavertue; Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center 

Navigating Grief and Loss Workshop 

This is a 50-minute drop-in group workshop which discusses the difficult journey of grief and loss, as well as offers tools that may help along the journey of grieving.  This is workshop is psychoeducational in nature. 

Mondays 12:30 – 1:30 pm on March 6th and April 17th. 

Fridays 12:30 – 1:30 pm on March 3rd, April 14th and May 5th.  

Nicole Lavertue; Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center 

Setting Healthy Boundaries: A Brief Workshop Series 

New for the Spring 2023 semester, the Wellness Center is excited to sponsor a reoccurring, 3-week workshop series for students interested in: understanding what healthy interpersonal boundaries are (and are not); learning a step-by-step process for setting and maintaining boundaries; and practicing skills for implementing boundaries in a variety of relationships. 

All 50 min workshops will be held on Wednesdays at 1 pm (Location TBD).  As this series will be reoccurring throughout the semester, students will have multiple opportunities to attend all 3 presentations if they would like.  While reservations for this workshop are NOT required and attendance will NOT be taken, students are encouraged to RSVP through EngageD to ensure there is enough space in the room for all present to be comfortable.  Students may also directly reach out to Dr. Rebecca Shoemaker at the Wellness Center for additional information. 

Topics & Dates:  

Healthy Boundaries 101 (2/8, 3/22, 4/19); Setting, Communicating, and Respecting Boundaries with Others (2/15, 4/5, 4/26); & Practicing Skills & Self-Care (2/22, 4/12, 5/3) 

Upgrade Your Well-Being  

This is a one-time 50-minute drop-in psychoeducational workshop which focuses on improving your overall well-being. The goal of the workshop is to increase your coping strengths and add tools to your toolbox, so you can enhance your overall well-being. 

Mondays at 12:30-1:30 pm on Jan. 30th and March 20th 

Fridays at 12:30-1:30 pm on Jan. 27th, March 10th, and April 21st. 

Nicole Lavertue; Non-clinical workshop, open, in-person at the Wellness Center