Summer 2015 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Section 1: Tuesdays 4:40–6:10 p.m. - will resume in the fall.
Section 2: Wednesdays 1:15–2:45 p.m. - will resume in the fall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 12 noon
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 p.m. - - will resume in the fall.
Tuesdays 3:00–4:30 p.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.
Section 1: Tuesdays 3:30–4:30 p.m. - currently closed for summer
Section 2: Fridays 1:00–2:00 p.m. - currently closed for summer
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.
Women's Group: An opportunity for female 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, identity, and achieving balance in one’s life.