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Preparing for Mental and Emotional Wellness in College:

A Workshop for Rising College First-Years

Workshop Description:

The transition from high school to college can be a difficult one, even for the most academically advanced students. That’s because students are often not fully prepared for emotional changes they’ll experience when starting college for the first time. This 3-hour workshop is designed to help emotionally prepare young adults for their first year of college. It’s full of practical, specific information to help students adjust more quickly to independence in a new setting.


  • Learn what to expect from the college transition and how to recognize unrealistic expectations
  • Learn coping skills to deal with the transition and stress
  • Better understand the components of mental health and how to maintain it
  • Identify the signs of mental health struggles (depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking, etc.)
  • Know what steps to take and which resources to use when these symptoms arise


For: Students about to start college for the first time

When: Wednesday, August 14th from 4 pm – 7 pm

Where: The Board Room, Main Street Landing, 1 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401

Cost: $125 per student

Refreshments will be provided.

Pre-registration is required to ensure a seat, but payment will be accepted at the workshop. Please find registration form and info here.

Questions? Contact Megan Kiernan at [email protected] or (802) 863-2495 ext. 711.

Speaker Bio:

Megan Kiernan, LCMHC, LADC, works as a psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer at Networks, Inc. in Burlington, VT. She presently spends half of her clinical time working with a college age population, and in the past, worked for several years as a per diem counselor at Middlebury College so she is acutely aware of the pressures and stressors that college students face. As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, Megan is also very familiar with patterns of addiction and how they can be misused as coping skills in this population. Megan has a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont.