Spring 2016 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


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. To register, complete the online registration form.
Thursdays from 11:15–12:45

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 4:30–6:00                       Section 2: Wednesdays 1:15–2:45

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).
Wednesdays 11:15–12:15

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.
Wednesdays 10:00–11:30

Let’s Do This! A Group to Help You Overcome Procrastination and  Discover Your Inner Passion for Academic Success: Let's Do This is a combination support and didactic group for students wishing to address issues of low motivation, procrastination and similar issues negatively impacting academic performance.  The group format will include some informational presentation, group discussion, and weekly goal-setting. To register, complete the online registration form.
Wednesdays 1:00–2:30

Managing Depression: Do you struggle with depression?  Do you experience repetitive patterns of negative thinking that impact your mood and ability to function?  In this group, through various exercises, you will learn to relate to your thoughts and emotions in a different, less reactive manner.  In doing so, you will gain the skills necessary to stop the decline into depression before it begins.
Wednesdays 10:15–11:45

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.
Fridays 1:30–3:00

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).
Section 1: Tuesdays  4:00–5:00       Section 2: Fridays 11:00–12:00       Section 3: Fridays 1:00–2:00

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) 

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                       Section 2: Wednesdays 4:00–5:30

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.

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