Summer 2014 Groups and Workshops


About our groups and workshops

Each semester University Counseling and Consulting Services (UCCS) 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 UCCS at 612-624-3323 or come to 340 Appleby Hall, where you can obtain more information about any of our groups and workshops. 


Groups and Workshops Offered This Semester

Assertive Communication Workshop: Learn to initiate conversations and to ask for what you need without feeling guilty. Improve your appropriate expression of thoughts and feelings. Structured exercises teach skills for communicating directly, while respecting the rights of both self and others. Six sessions.
Thursdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m., starting June 5 until July 10.

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 9:30-11:00
Section 2: Tuesdays 3:00-4:30
Section 3: Wednesdays 10:30-12:00
Section 4: Fridays 8:30-10:00 (St. Paul, Coffey Hall)
Call 612-624-3323 to be put on the waiting list.

Graduate and Professional Student Support Group: An opportunity for grad students to share experiences, give and receive support, and learn from each other in a safe environment. Discussions will address the issues of greatest concern to participants and might include stress, relationships, and achieving balance in one's life.
Wednesdays 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Pursuing Happiness Workshop: An opportunity for students to learn how to implement positive emotions, character strengths, and a sense of meaning into their academic and personal life. We will learn about the mental and physical health benefits of positive psychology and promote the positive, as well as alleviating negative aspects of life.

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
Fridays 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Take 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.
Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 p.m., starting June 10 - July 15.

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.
Thursdays 2:30-4:00 p.m.

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