Build Your Mental Health Toolbox Series – June 2020 – SOCHE

About the Series

The current pandemic has left us facing an invisible enemy, not just the virus, but also vast uncertainty and a degree of vulnerability, the likes of which most people have never seen. How does one adjust and cope from day to day with a problem that cannot be seen and whose end is not yet in sight? 

SOCHE invites all employees from member institutions to join us for a FREE 3-part lunch-and-learn virtual seminar “COVID Survival: How to Build Your Mental Health Toolbox.” We’ll be meeting via the SOCHE Zoom platform on Tuesday, June 9; Monday, June 15; and Wednesday, June 17.

Led by Tom Payton, M.S., Ed., this series looks at the many facets of the pandemic crisis, providing opportunities for participant discussion and practical ideas for managing our way through these times. Perspectives and strategies will be varied to meet the needs of a diverse group.

Register now for this free series that will help you build your mental health toolbox and bolster your response to the ongoing pandemic crisis.  Zoom links will be sent to registrants prior to the first session.

Session 1 – Tuesday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

This session will look at the overall reactions and experiences reported, relative to the virus and measures taken to manage it thus far. We will look at general strategies such as the value of enduring and listening to the tension; practicing self-compassion; understand the neurological negative bias; and incorporate some aspects of Positive Psychology (gratefulness).

Session 2 – Monday, June 15, 12 -1 p.m.

The next two sessions will discuss hardiness, a form of resilience. You will be introduced to the “Three Cs,” and on June 15, we will cover the first one: Commitment/Connection.

Session 3 – Wednesday, June 17, 12-1 p.m.

Finally, a discussion on Control and Challenge, including related techniques. Each of the “Cs” involves a choice we learn to ask ourselves, as we evaluate our thinking, feeling, and doing. This will be followed by a wrap-up and discussion about what we will do differently because of having met and learned together.

About the Presenter

Tom Payton

Tom Payton, M.S., Ed.

Tom Payton serves as a Career and Mental Health Counselor at Southern State Community College, where he has been employed for the past ten years. In addition, he teaches Psychology at SSCC and has been an adjunct professor, teaching Career Counseling to graduate-level counseling students at both Xavier University and the University of Dayton for the past few years. His teaching philosophy is that learning takes place when we all learn together. Tom is a graduate of the UD Counselor Education program and is a Licensed Professional Counselor certified in Reality Therapy. He is married to Julie and has two daughters, Amanda and Heather. Both Julie and he live in Kettering. .


  • Tuesday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Monday, June 15, 12-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 12-1 p.m.


ONLINE - Login information will be shared with registrants prior to each session.


This is a FREE event

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