Summer 2017 Groups

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

Coping with Stress and 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. To register, complete the screening form and a facilitator will contact you.
Thursdays 11:15–12:45

Dissertation and Thesis Support Groups

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. Call 612-624-3323 to be put on the waiting list.
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)

Survivors' Group

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 1:00-2:00
Section 3: (Male-Identified Survivors): Thursdays 4:00-5:00

Taking Charge When Emotions Overwhelm

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. Five sessions. Call the front desk at 612-624-3323 to schedule a screening.
Fridays 2:30–4:00

Understanding Self and Others

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. Call the front desk at 612-624-3323 to schedule a screening.
Section 1: Tuesdays 11:15–12:45
Section 2: Wednesdays 4:00-5:30

QSO: Understanding Self and Others for Queer and Questioning Students

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. Call the front desk at 612-624-3323 to schedule a screening.
Thursdays 2:30-4:00

NEW - When Home Is Hard: Coping with Parents' Mental Health Challenges

NEW - When Home Is Hard: Coping with Parents' Mental Health Challenges

Do you have a parent or guardian living with an addiction or mental health concern? This is a support group for students to share their experiences and connect with other students in similar relationships. Students will have an opportunity to receive and provide support, and to share and learn ways to cope when parents or guardians are struggling. This group will focus on students' experiences, so it is not necessary for a parent/guardian to have a formal diagnosis for students to be eligible. Call the front desk at 612-624-3323 to schedule a screening.     
Mondays 2:30-4:00