Spring 2017 Groups and Workshops


About our groups and workshops

Each semester Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers counseling groups and workshops, in which students share difficulties, learn new skills and strategies, practice new behaviors, and get feedback in a safe, supportive environment. Some groups and workshops meet for a semester, others for 3 weeks, and some are continuing.

Why join a group or workshop?

Our groups and workshops provide opportunities for students to:

  • Receive emotional support
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence                        
  • Improve social skills
  • Decrease loneliness and isolation
  • Learn to deal with personal issues and to resolve conflicts
  • Get multiple perspectives
  • Help others
  • Talk with other students who have similar experiences

How to join a group or workshop

Call SCS at 612-624-3323 or come to 340 Appleby Hall, where you can obtain more information about any of our groups and workshops. 

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Groups and Workshops Offered This Semester


Coping with Sadness & Depression
Do you struggle with feelings of sadness or depression?  Do you experience patterns of negative thinking that impact your mood and ability to function?  In this group, you will learn various strategies that help you relate to your thoughts and emotions in different a way, which can prevent continued or cycling low mood.  You will also get the chance to support other students who face similar concerns.  Six sessions.
Wednesdays 11:15-12:45

Coping with Stress & Anxiety
For students who would like to manage stress and anxiety more effectively. Members will learn tools and strategies for coping with stress and anxiety, and will have a chance to practice these strategies in the group. Members and will also have space to share their experiences and support one another. Five sessions, beginning January 26. To register, complete the online screening form.
Thursdays 11:15-12:45 Closed for spring semester.

Dissertation and Thesis Support Groups: These groups, which meet every other week, provide support and focus on problem-solving strategies for graduate students at the dissertation or thesis stage. These groups are very popular and there is frequently a wait for an opening. Several groups are currently running, and space becomes available as students complete their degrees.
Section 1: Mondays 10:00–11:30
Section 2: Tuesdays 3:00–4:30
Section 3: Fridays 8:30–10:00 (St. Paul, Coffey Hall)
Call 612-624-3323 to be put on the waiting list.

Feel Better Fast: Do you need more stress management skills? Are you feeling overwhelmed or stressed by the demands of the semester? Do you want to learn fast and effective ways to manage stress and practice general self-care?  If so, this is the workshop for you! Learn ways to FEEL BETTER FAST.  Join us for a three-session workshop that will teach you techniques on stress management, relaxation, mindfulness, and general self-care. To register, complete the online screening form.
Section 1: Wednesdays 4:00-5:30                 Section 2: Thursdays 11:15–12:45 p.m.

Grief Support Group for Students Who Have Lost Parents or Siblings: An opportunity for students who have lost a parent or sibling to share their stories, while giving and receiving support around the many issues faced during the grieving process. Participants will be able to discuss their loss in a safe and supportive setting with others who have been through similar experiences.
Section 1: Tuesdays 4:40–6:10                       Section 2: Wednesdays 4:00–5:30

Healing After Relationship Trauma: The Aurora Center provides a safe and confidential space for women who are survivors of relationship violence.  The purpose of the group is to offer information, options, support, encouragement, stress reduction exercises, and to work toward healing from these relationships. Please contact The Aurora Center for more information and screenings (612-626-2929 or aurora@umn.edu).
Fridays 1:00–2:00

ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion Group: ISSS organizes cross-cultural discussion groups which often consist of both international and U.S. students. Members of these groups meet once a week to share cross-cultural experiences, personal thoughts, and feelings in a relaxed atmosphere. Examples of the topics discussed in the past are culture shock, cultural customs, friendship/relationships, communication styles, family, and future aspirations. Please contact ISSS for more information or visit http://isss.umn.edu/programs/disgroup/default.html. There are several sections; however, an SCS staff person will co-facilitate the Thursday section.
Thursday 2:00–4:00

Keep Calm and Thrive in Graduate School: Keep Calm and Thrive in Graduate School is a 3-session workshop designed to provide graduate and professional students insights on how to better prepare for academic demands, to overcome common obstacles and succeed!  We'll cover topics on strategies for academic success, managing expectations, professional relationship building, as well as wellness and self-care. To register, complete the online screening form.
Mondays 4:00–5:30

Living Well: Creating Balance and Meaning in Your Life: This group is a 5-session psychoeducational group that is based on positive psychology and focuses on strengths, gratitude, optimism & altruism, laughter & positive health, and ends with self-compassion and a personal mission statement. Students will learn how to implement positive emotions, character strengths, and a sense of meaning into their academic and personal life. The group will focus on promoting positive health and wellbeing, as well as alleviating negative and stressful aspects of life.
Fridays 2:30–4:00 Closed for spring semester.

Survivors' Group: The Aurora Center provides a safe and confidential space for students who are survivors of sexual assault.  The purpose of the group is to offer information, options, support, relaxation, stress reduction exercises, and to learn how trauma impacts the day-to-day struggles for students. The group serves as a welcoming and nurturing environment for each member to learn and grow from each other's on-going work towards recovery. Please contact The Aurora Center for more information and screenings (612-626-2929 or aurora@umn.edu).
Tuesdays  4:00–5:00

Taking Charge When Emotions Overwhelm: Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your emotions?  Have your emotions ever affected your attitude or behavior in ways you later regret?  If so, this group is for you!  Group members will learn skills and strategies for managing emotions, and will have the chance to practice these strategies in each group session.  Members will also have the opportunity to share their experiences using these new skills. Six sessions.
Section 1: Fridays 2:30–4:00       Section 2: Wednesdays 4:30–6:00 (St. Paul, Coffey Hall) Closed.

USO: Understanding Self and Others: Do you want to develop better relationship skills? This group provides an opportunity to learn from each other, while giving and receiving support around the many personal issues that students deal with. Participants will help each other develop greater self-awareness and increased ability to have satisfying relationships. Relationships, self-confidence, balancing demands, and more–this group will address the issues of greatest concern to its members.
Section 1: Tuesdays 11:00–12:30 Closed.                      Section 2: Wednesdays 4:00–5:30 Closed.

NEW: QSO: Understanding Self and Others for Queer and Questioning Students: Like other USO groups at SCS, this group provides an opportunity to explore relationships, communication, and self-awareness while giving and receiving support from peers.  What is particular to this group is the focus on providing a safe space to explore aspects of sexual and gender identity, and how diversity in these areas impact relationships in unique ways.  Exploring identity, coming out to others, navigating safety, and connecting with community are all likely themes, but like other USO groups, each session will address topics determined by members.
Thursdays 2:30-4:00

Women's Group: The Women’s Group is a safe place to explore struggles that many women experience, including relationship difficulties, self-esteem concerns, navigating emotions, and striving for life balance.  The group provides an opportunity for women to express their thoughts and feelings, and to receive support and feedback from other women who experience similar concerns.  The group is open and welcoming of women who are diverse across all social identities.
Mondays 2:30–4:00 p.m. Closed for spring semester.

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