Dr. Cholette is a licensed psychologist and the Clinical Director for South Village Counseling at SUNY Geneseo, who has been able to incorporate the skills she learned from Professional Institutes I and II into many areas of her life, including her 200-hour YTT program, her work as psychologist, and in her personal life.
Over the past two decades of providing mental health services to college students, Beth has observed a huge increase in the prevalence of anxiety disorders on campus. Many of these students lack coping skills to effectively deal with their stress, but taking Professional Institute 1 with Joan Nichols gave Beth relevant tools and skills to share with her clients:
On Campus Workshops
Offering workshops to students to teach breathing techniques, particularly during mid-terms and finals, help to enhance self-regulatory tools for her students so that they can better cope with the pressure and stress of exams and projects.
In her one-on-one counseling sessions, Beth has been able to provide students with effective and accessible tools to promote their self-awareness and resiliency, in and out of the classroom. According to Beth, “college students could really use the yoga techniques earlier on in their academic career,” which is why she believes that “Yoga Ed.’s program teaching K-12 is amazing.”
R.A. Training Programs
Resident Assistants at SUNY Geneseo must balance their personal responsibilities and coursework while also serving as resource persons and support for their fellow students. By providing training to R.A.’s, Beth empowers them to be better leaders, who can more easily help undergraduates navigate the stress of college life.
After taking Professional Institute 2 in July, Beth continued to implement yoga tools and resources with her college students for individual therapy, now with a deepened understanding of adolescent development.
And even more, she is eager to initiate more outreach programs, including stress reduction workshops, meditation sessions, and even yoga classes, throughout the campus. Beth has been encouraged by the university’s openness to incorporating these techniques, and is hopeful that the opportunities for implementation will continue to flourish. Beyond her work at SUNY Geneseo, Beth remains dedicated to sharing the benefits of yoga to youth in the greater community, with hopes of bringing yoga programming to the pediatric ICU of a local hospital.
“I definitely would not hesitate to recommend Yoga Ed. to other professionals: it can be so beneficial to everyone, even if you’re not into yoga.”