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Workshops and Gathering Spaces

Welcome to CAPS Workshops and Gathering Spaces! The workshops are designed to help students learn how to best navigate stressful times, get unstuck from negative thoughts and feelings, and find meaning in the midst of chaos. The gathering spaces are an opportunity to connect to peers and to share experiences, support, and resources. CAPS staff serve as facilitators in those spaces. Workshops and Gatherings Spaces are open to all currently enrolled NU students.

Workshops and gathering spaces are not therapy groups and they are not intended as treatment for mental health concerns. If you are interested in therapy services, please click here to schedule a consultation with a CAPS counselor. For information about our group therapy options, you can take a look at our Group Therapy webpage.  

What's Happening at CAPS Newsletter

Want to be the first to know about upcoming CAPS events and workshops? We have now have a monthly newsletter we will be sending out to keep you in the know.


Fall 2023 Programs

Coffee Talk "Fika Time" for International Students

Coffee Talk is a monthly gathering space for all international students. The gatherings will be hosted by CAPS staff to help facilitate meaningful conversations where one can share their experience as an international student and build community.

On the Chicago campus, Coffee Talk is also known as “Fika Time," which is a Swedish cultural practice where people take time from their busy day to socialize with others while enjoying coffee, tea and treats. There will be simple snacks to accompany our conversations in the spirit of fika!

Coffee Talk “Fika Time” is a welcoming space where participants can: 

  • Cultivate a sense of belonging and connection on Chicago campus; 
  • Share and connect around the study-abroad experiences and navigating cross-cultural adjustments in academics, career, relationships, etc.;
  • Gain new understanding and resources for emotional wellbeing and coping skills;
  • Celebrate the pride and resilience of international students;
  • And take a break from studying!

Time: Every first Friday of the Month, 3:00-4:00PM (please arrive on time)

Dates: September 8th, October 6th, November 3rd, and December 1st, 2023  

Location: Abbott Hall Room 332 TGS Conference Room

To help us plan for the event, to receive reminder and updates about Coffee Talk “Fika Time” for International Students, please RSVP here: 

Facilitators: Angel Cheng, PhD and Chicago CAPS staff members 

For any questions or inquiry, please contact Dr. Angel Cheng at

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Question. Persuade. Refer.

Help strengthen our safety net for students in distress. Learn how to recognize signs of suicide and how to ask a question about potential suicidal thoughts, persuade someone to get help, and connect them to appropriate resources. We offer trainings for students as well as for faculty and staff. QPR is not therapy or a crisis service. For CAPS crisis support services, please click here 

Dates for QPR Training

We are pausing new in-person and virtual QPR Trainings for Winter Quarter 2022.  We encourage you to sign up for HR Mental Health First Aid Training to learn how to support students in distress.