Spring 2020 Groups

Chronic Condition & Pain Support Group

Chronic Condition & Pain Support Group

A group for students who have a chronic condition or who experience chronic pain to provide and receive support. Individuals may be in any stage of their condition (i.e., recently diagnosed, struggling to find a diagnosis, in remission), and a formal medical diagnosis is not needed to join the group. Members give and receive support around the experiences of living with a chronic condition and/or pain while also being a student, and share coping strategies with each other in a safe environment.
Thursdays 11:30-12:30

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 will also have space to share their experiences and support one another.
Mondays 2:30-4:00

Feel Better Fast

Feel Better Fast

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of the semester? Do you want to learn effective ways to manage stress and practice general self-care?  If so, this is the workshop for you!  Join us for a 3-session workshop that will teach you techniques on stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, emotion management, and general self-care. To register, complete the online registration form.
Mondays 4:15-5:45.

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. To be added to the waitlist, complete the online registration form.
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)

Grief Support Group

Grief Support Group

An opportunity for students who have lost a significant person in their life 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 (for students who have lost a parent or sibling)
Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 (for students who have lost a significant person in their life)

H.A.R.T. - Healing After Relationship Trauma

H.A.R.T. - 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).
Mondays 12:45–1:45

ISSS Cross Cultural Discussion

ISSS Cross Cultural Discussion

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) organizes cross-cultural discussion groups, which often consist of both international and U.S. students. Members meet once a week to share cross-cultural experiences, personal thoughts and feelings in a relaxed atmosphere. Topics discussed may include 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 discussion sections hosted in a variety of locations on campus; SCS provides the meeting space for the Thursday section.
Thursdays 2:00-4:00

Keep Calm and Thrive in Graduate School

Keep Calm and Thrive in Graduate School

Keep Calm and Thrive in Graduate School is a 5-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.
Thursdays 4:15-5:45

Living Well: Creating Balance and Meaning in Your Life

Living Well: Creating Balance and Meaning in Your Life

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 2:30–4:00

Survivors' Groups

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

Taking Charge When Emotions Overwhelm

Taking Charge When Emotions Overwhelm

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your emotions?  Have your emotions ever affected your behavior or relationships 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.
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

Women's Group

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