Spring 2014 Groups


To schedule a group orientation appointment, stop by 340 Appleby to complete a group screening form. For more information, call 612-624-3323.

For everyone

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.
Mondays from 1:00-2:30 p.m., starting February 17, 2014. Closed.

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

Undergraduate Student Support Group: An opportunity for undergraduate 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, adjustment, relationships, and achieving balance in one’s life.
Mondays 1:00-2:30 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.
Tuesdays 4:40-6:10 p.m.

Cross-Cultural Discussion Group: Offered through International Student & Scholar Services. International and U.S. students are invited to join ISSS cross-cultural discussion groups. Group members will meet 2hrs/week to share cross-cultural experiences, personal thoughts, and feelings in relaxed small group atmosphere. Several groups will be formed to meet in the afternoon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from mid-October through first week of December. Groups will have a consistent meeting time and will be led by two leaders with group facilitation experience. To join: 1) Complete an online application and 2) Complete an individual interview with an ISSS staff person. For more information, please contact Grace Machoki.

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.
Section 1: Tuesdays April 1, 8, 15 4:30-6:00 p.m. Closed.
Section 2: Fridays April 18, 25, May 2 11:30-1:00 p.m. Closed.

Stress Management: This five  session evidence-based stress management program is designed to help students reduce and manage stress.  This group provides information and activities to increase students' overall wellness and ability to control stress.
Mondays April 7 - May 5 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

Survivors' Groups: 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).
Section 1: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00
Section 2: Fridays 1:00-2:00

Relationship Violence Group: 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).
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00

Outsmarting Stress: Educational and support group for under/graduate students who are registered with Disability Services. Topics include organization skills, stress management, and managing the impacts of your disability.
To Be Announced.

Especially for Graduate Students

All UCCS groups are open to graduate students. In addition, we offer the following groups especially for graduate students:

Graduate 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.
Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 p.m.

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 running currently, 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.

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