Summer 2019 Groups

Chronic Condition and Pain Support Group

Chronic Condition and Pain Support Group

This is a group for students who have a chronic condition or experience chronic pain to provide and receive support. These conditions do not have to visible, and individuals can be in any stage of their condition (i.e. recently diagnosed, struggling with figuring out a diagnosis, in remission). Members both give and receive support, comfort and safety surrounding the struggles associated with living with a chronic condition and pain while being a student and share coping strategies in a friendly, welcoming environment. A formal medical diagnosis is not needed to join the group.
Tuesdays 11:00-12:30.

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)

Eating/Body Image Concerns Group

Eating/Body Image Concerns Group

The Eating and Body Image Concerns Support Group provides an opportunity for individuals of all gender identities to process and explore how their experiences with eating concerns and body image concerns have impacted their life. Members will meet with others who also struggle with eating and body image concerns. The goal of this group is to offer a space where students can share their experiences, build insight and understanding, create community, and receive feedback. As members address ways in which eating and body image concerns continue to impact their life, co-facilitators will offer space for the discussion of various themes (e.g., cultural considerations) relevant to group members.
Tuesdays 1:00–2:30

Grief Support Group for Students Who Have Lost a Significant Person in Their Life

Grief Support Group for Students Who Have Lost a Significant Person in Their Life

Similar to the Tuesday group, students who have experienced a loss give and receive support as they work through the grief process. Participants will be able to discuss their loss in a safe and supportive setting, but the loss may involve a person other than a parent or sibling.
Wednesdays 3:30-5:00

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

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
Section 3: (Male-Identified Survivors): Thursdays 4:15-5:15

Trauma Process and Support Group

Trauma Process and Support Group

The Trauma Support and Process group provides an opportunity for individuals to process and explore how their experiences of power-based violence have impacted their life. Members will meet with others who have also experienced instances of power-based violence including, but not limited to, sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The goal of this group is to offer a safe space where students can share their experiences, address ways in which their experiences continue to impact their life, explore interpersonal patterns, and receive support and feedback.
Monddays 4:30–6:00

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.
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