Educational Workshops

Counseling Services is committed to serving the USC Upstate community by offering programs and presentations on a variety of mental health topics.

Our staff is available to conduct presentations focused on enhancing students’ mental health and overall development. Please request workshops at least 4 weeks in advance. To request a workshop, please email us at

Question, Persuade and Refer

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR)  is a nationally-recognized suicide prevention program that has the overall goal of educating students, faculty, and staff how to assist students in emotional distress. This 90 minute training focuses on the referral skills needed to assist a distressed student in seeking professional help. QPR will teach participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral and situational clues. QPR provides direction as to how to QUESTION a student about suicidal thoughts, how to PERSUADE them to seek help and how to REFER the student for help.

If you are interested in learning more about how to help distressed students and would like a QPR training for your department or unit, please email Counseling Services at Participants will obtain a certificate of completion.

Register for Question, Persuade, and Refer Training

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Successful Spartan Workshop Series

A series of free, interactive personal growth workshops for students, faculty & staff.

Join us with these workshops that will teach you skills that will help you be a Successful Spartan in life, and not just college. Each workshop will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

All workshops will be held in the John M. Rampey, Jr Center. 
490 Hodge Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303 Map Pin icon


September 6, 2022

12 p.m.


Finding Your Focus?

It is hard to be in the present moment. We get so worried about the past and the future, which begins to impact our current experience. Join us as we teach you how to develop Mindfulness Skills to help you stay focused in the present moment, to enjoy the experiences you have today.


October 5, 2022

1 p.m.

Let’s Talk About Stress.

Stress can be overwhelming and sometimes debilitating. It can impact your health, academics, social interaction, and relationships. Join us with learning new still to effectively manage stress, so you are able to live a more manageable life.


November 1, 2022

11 a.m.

Unplug & Connect.

Social media and technology have all but taken over today’s society. It has changed the way we communicate, interact, and spend our time. Join us with learning not only how this impacts mental health, but the importance of continued face to face interaction without technology.

***Please contact Counseling Services if there is a specific topic you would like for your class, group, or organization.