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Life Hacks with CAPS: Lively Virtual Workshops
Life Hacks with CAPS: Lively Virtual Workshops are now available to supplement your Life Hack Kit experience! Check out details and schedule of events below.

Life Hack Kits

Life Hack Kits are step-by-step wellness packages designed to help you navigate and demystify some of the more perplexing parts of being human. 

Students: Peruse the possibilities within each different package below!

Interested in having this available for extra credit? Suggest Life Hack Kits to your instructor! Communicate with your instructor for guidelines about receiving credit. CAPS does not provide proof of attendance. Do not send your results to CAPS. 

Students planning to write a class paper or article are encouraged to review Life Hack Kits. If additional information is required, please review guidelines about requesting CAPS interviews.

 

Course Instructors and Student Organization Leaders:  CAPS has learned that instructors and student leaders are increasingly interested in weaving mental health information and prevention into the classroom experience. If this sounds like you, then you are in the right place! You are encouraged to use Life Hack Kits for extra credit/points. Each kit below includes supplemental instructions suggesting how to make this a part of your class/group's wellness experience. Feel free to directly copy and paste the Life Hack Kit you wish to use into your syllabus or Canvas course, or adapt the instructions as they would best fit your course material. 

Instructors are responsible for identifying methods to collect and confirm completion of activities. CAPS does not provide proof of completion or attendance. 

CAPS clinical services may not be utilized for extra credit. While we understand the desire to confirm student attendance or engagement in our clinical services, CAPS is dedicated to maintaining confidentiality and does not provide this information for the purpose of receiving class credit. For the same reason, students may not take screen shots, photos, or otherwise record in any way when they are participating in our clinical services.

 

The Variety Pack: Personalize Your Wellness Journey
  1. Register and log in to YOU@PSU
    • Visit the “Explore” tab
    • Search for an article about any topic you wish (try examples like, "self-care" or "wellness")
      • Extra Credit Suggestion:  Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, provide the title of the article selected and a  written summary with takeaways
  2. Register and log in to YOU@PSU
    • Visit the “Self Checks” tab
    • Complete all three Self Check assessments for Thrive, Succeed, and Matter
      • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, provide a screenshot of the "Self Checks" page, which shows that all three checks have been completed
  3. Register and log in to YOU@PSU
    • Visit the “Goals” tab
    • Follow instructions to create a new (reasonable!) goal.
      • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, provide a screenshot of goals created (the screenshot should include goal creation date and steps toward goal)
  4. Register for and log in to WellTrack
    • Complete a Mood Check
    • Select "Assessment" and complete a Wellness Assessment
    • Open the "Courses" and take a tour of some videos
    • Open "Tools" and take a few minutes to test out each option
      • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write a summary describing 3 takeaways from your tour of WellTrack and identify how you will apply what you have learned to your wellness lifestyle

 

The No-More-Nail-Biter: An Anxiety Management Kit
  1. Register for and log in to WellTrack
    • Select "Courses" & complete the course titled "Anxiety and Stress"
    • Select "Tools" 
      • Complete the Cognitive Distortions Quiz
      • Make a Thought Diary Entry
      • Enter the Zen Room, then personalize and complete a meditation
        • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write a summary describing 3 strategies you learned for coping with anxiety
  2. Attend a free wellness session with Health Promotion & Wellness.
    • Schedule at your convenience!
      • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write a summary describing 3 wellness-enhancing or anxiety-reduction strategies you learned
  3. Attend a free Health Promotion & Wellness Program.
  4. Watch the videos about Self-Care Basics at the CAPS Virtual Library.
    • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write a summary describing 3 strategies you learned
Let's Do This!: A Motivation Kit
  1. Want help setting goals, taking steps, caring for yourself, identifying your priorities, and sustaining motivation as you go?  CAPS clinicians Lori, Mandy, Jason, Ben, Mariah, and Michael take you on a journey with strategies to help you actualize the outcomes you would like to have in your life.  
    • Extra Credit Suggestion: Quizzes are embedded throughout the 40-minute video. Have students complete the full video with quizzes and upload a screenshot of the final "Submitted" screen with their quiz score to Canvas. It is recommended to have students send a full screenshot that includes the date, time, and image of the "Submitted" screen.
  2. Watch the videos about Attention, Focus, and Motivation at the CAPS Virtual Library.
    • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write a summary describing 3 strategies you learned
  3. Register and log in to YOU@PSU
    • Visit the “Goals” tab
    • Follow instructions to create a new (reasonable!) goal.
      • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, provide a screenshot of goals created (the screenshot should include goal creation date and steps toward goal)
  4. Register for and log in to WellTrack
    • Select "Tools" 
      • Schedule weekly activities with the Activity Scheduler
      • Rate your reactions to the activities with Fun Achievement
        • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write a summary describing  your goal setting and follow-through process​​​​​​​
Belonging: A Campus Connection Kit
  1. Coming to a large campus can be overwhelming. It can be helpful to identify and work toward goals in order to make meaningful connections and feel more at home. In this 10-minute video, CAPS clinician Jason Yoder offers ideas for increasing your belonging and creating authentic connections.
    • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write out 3 next steps you can take based on the connections video
  2. WOOP goals can help make your efforts to connect more intentional and effective. Watch the 3-minute video on the WOOP website for more information. Then go practice thinking through a goal using WOOP principles using this guide.
    • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, write a summary describing your own WOOP goal (this could be around connection or something else that you’d like to grow in)
  3. Visit the Student Orgs page to explore the many options available at your campus
    • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, share 3-5 clubs/orgs that you’re interested in learning more about, and how they intersect with your plan for connection
  4. Register for and log in to YOU@PSU
    • Complete the “Matter” self-check to get clarity on specific areas in which you may want to grow
    • Follow instructions to create a new (reasonable!) goal
      • Extra Credit Suggestion: Via Canvas upload or email to instructor, provide a screenshot of goals created (the screenshot should include goal creation date and steps toward goal)

Have a suggestion for a Life Hack? Contact CAPS. This page will be updated regularly, so keep checking back in! 

Life Hacks with CAPS: Lively Virtual Workshops

To supplement your experience with Life Hack Kits, CAPS also offers Life Hacks with CAPS this semester! These are lively gatherings offered via Zoom and are focused on learning how to develop and enhance your connections with others. All sessions are facilitated by CAPS Clinical Services Provider, Jason Yoder, LCSW. Join us via Zoom!

Topic & Zoom Link Date
New to Town: Transitioning to life on campus and reconnecting after a unique year.

Tuesday, 9/21

4-5 p.m.

Being Your Best Selfie: Find your fulfillment, live by your values, and personalize what self-care means to you.

Tuesday, 10/19

4-5 p.m.

Helping a Friend in Distress: Learn how to support others (and yourself!) by recognizing, responding, and referring to local resources.

Tuesday, 11/16

4-5 p.m.

 

Note: As a reminder, instructors are responsible for identifying methods to collect and confirm completion of activities. CAPS does not provide proof of completion or attendance. For example, if attendance at one of these sessions is an option for extra credit, students might complete a summary of 3 strategies learned and submit these directly to the instructor.

Penn State Student Affairs
Counseling & Psychological Services
Main Location

501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802

Additional Locations

3rd Floor Bank of America Career Services Building
University Park, PA 16802

Allenway Building (Downtown)
315 S Allen Street
State College, PA 16801