Groups & Workshops

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About our online groups and workshops:

Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers a range of online educational workshops, affinity groups to connect and create community, and counseling groups for increased support in moving toward healing or change around specific challenges. Students can learn new skills and strategies, connect with one another, and share difficulties and experiences in a safe, supportive online environment. Some groups and workshops meet for the entire semester, and others for 3 or 6 weeks. Groups and workshops are open to all UMN-Twin Cities campus students who are who are enrolled in Summer and/or Fall 2022 courses.

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Why join?

Our workshops provide opportunities for students to:

  • Receive emotional support        
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-confidence    
  • Improve social skills 
  • Decrease loneliness and isolation
  • Learn to deal with personal issues and resolve conflicts
  • Gain new perspectives
  • Talk with other students who have similar experiences

How to join:

For educational workshops and affinity groups:  Complete the brief registration form by clicking on the associated link (below).  Facilitators of the workshop will reply via email with next steps for joining.  

For counseling groups: Email us at [email protected] or talk to your SCS counselor to schedule a groups screening/information meeting with group facilitators to learn more. 

Email us with your general groups and workshops questions at [email protected].

Boynton Mental Health also offers group counseling services and workshops.

Educational Workshops

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Anxiety ACTion Workshop

The Anxiety ACTion workshop helps students better understand their struggles with anxiety, and learn new ways of pursuing a full and meaningful life. This semi-structured group utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which teaches students to see their personal experiences and relationships from different perspectives, and to act in valued ways that allow them to relate differently to anxious feelings, depressed moods, worrying thoughts, and self-defeating behaviors. Three total sessions, recurring through the semester.

Mondays 1:00-2:30
Sessions 1-3 on June 13th, 20th, 27th, and again on July 11th, 18th, and 25th

Facilitator: Chieh-Yu Liao

To register, complete this sign-up form

Academic Stress Workshop for Graduate Students (Pre-Recorded)

Feeling stressed about graduate school? Want to gather some insight and skills on ways you can better manage the stress of your program? Join staff from Student Counseling Services and Student Academic Success Services to discuss emotional response, skills, and strategies for tackling issues like procrastination, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome.

Facilitators: Sarra Beckham-Chasnoff, Jenny Steiner

View the pre-recorded workshop series here

Go-pher Safer, Funner Sex!

This space is intended to provide non-stigmatizing sexual health information and a space for participants to reflect on their sexualities and desires. Verbal participation is always welcome and encouraged, but not required. All participants are requested to keep other participant information such as names and what they are sharing confidential: what’s said here stays here; what’s learned here leaves here. Topics include: safer sex practices, boundaries, consent, communication, queer sexuality, sex and disability, and many more!

Mondays, 10:00-11:00 am

Facilitator: Nikolai Guimaoutdinov

To Register, complete this sign-up form

Affinity Groups - In Collaboration with our UMN Campus Partners

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Folx Like Me: Community and Connection for Queer-Identified Students at the U

Folx Like Me is a space for all queer-identified students to find community and support around their lived experiences. In this space we may discuss/explore relationships, cisheteronormativity, racism, belongingness and other issues that impact our community.

We acknowledge that queer identities may be diverse and expansive. This is a safe and inclusive space for all: transgender and non-binary individuals, individuals on the asexual/aromantic spectrum, queer/trans people of color and many more! We value and encourage maintaining privacy and confidentiality in this space regarding participants and subjects discussed.

This space is facilitated by a trauma-informed, Russian, transmaculine non-binary bisexual person, and a transmasculine non-binary queer Latinx and disabled person.

In collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC)

Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 

Facilitators: Nikolai Guimaoutdinov (they/them; SCS), Layton Hernandez (he/they; GSC)

To register, complete this sign-up form

International Student Support

Are you an international student who wants to learn how to optimize your experience at the U?  Student Counseling Services offers a weekly, English-speaking group for undergraduate and graduate international students. The purpose of this group is to promote a supportive environment where you can discuss concerns and issues that arise from being an international student. Some of the topics may include, but are not limited to, cultural identity, homesickness, acculturation, isolation, and social support. This is an online, open group, where you are free to attend any weekly zoom sessions that fit your schedule. 

Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm

Starting June 14th 

Facilitator: Chieh-Yu Liao

To register, complete this sign-up form

Counseling Groups

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Chronic Condition and 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 one another in a safe environment.

Thursdays 11:30-12:30
Facilitators:  Alexa Fetzer, Kara Bauer

To join, Email SCS at [email protected] to schedule a groups screening/information meeting with group facilitator

Dissertation and Thesis Support

These groups meet every other week to provide support and focus on problem-solving strategies for graduate students at the dissertation or thesis stage. These groups fill quickly, and there is frequently a waiting list for an opening. Space becomes available as students complete their degrees.

Section 1: Thursdays (bi-weekly) 2:30-3:30

Facilitator: Nikolai Guimaoutdinov

Section 2: Thursdays (bi-weekly) 3:00-4:30     

Facilitators: Alexa Fetzer, Kara Bauer

To join, Email SCS at [email protected] to schedule a groups screening/information meeting with group facilitator

*Please note: Educational Workshops and Affinity Spaces are available to students outside the state of Minnesota. Counseling groups are only available to students who are residing within the state of Minnesota.