Fall 2018 Groups

Grief Support Group for Students Who Have Lost Parents or Siblings

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

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 three-session workshop that will teach you techniques on stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, emotion management, and general self-care. To register, complete the online screening form.
Wednesdays 11:15-12:45

Coping with Sadness and Depression

Coping with Sadness and Depression

Do you struggle with feelings of sadness or depression?  Do you experience patterns of negative thinking that impact your mood and ability to function? In this group, you will learn various strategies that help you relate to your thoughts and emotions in a different way, which can prevent continued or cycling low mood.  You will also get the chance to support other students who face similar concerns.  Six sessions.
Wednesdays 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. 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)

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.  To register, complete the To register, complete the online screening form and a facilitator will contact you. and a facilitator will contact you. Five sessions.
Section 1: Thursdays 11:15-12:45
Section 2: Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 (Coffey Hall, St. Paul) 

ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion

ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion

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 sections; however, an SCS staff person will co-facilitate this section.
Thursdays 2:00-4:00

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 12:30–1:30

Student Academic Success Strategies Workshop

Student Academic Success Strategies Workshop

Do you need some extra support with your academic skills? Spend some time this semester creating effective and efficient strategies for academic success.  Topics include: Time Management & Planning, Study Strategies, and Motivation & Procrastination.  Workshops will be offered on a rotational basis, weekly.  Attend one, or attend them all.  To register, complete the online form.  Questions?  Contact sass@umn.edu
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00

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

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

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

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 4:15-5:15

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