Group Counseling and Skills Classes

We are excited to offer a wide range of services to meet student needs. Students interested in participating in a workshop are invited to visit Engage to register. Please contact the Counseling Center at 573-882-6601 for more information on classes and groups.

Please note, most groups fill early in the semester and will not accept new members until the next semester. However, some groups remain open. If you are interested in participating in a group or class please contact our group and classes coordinator, Angela Soth McNett at 573-882-6601. After an initial evaluation, our clinical staff will discuss groups and class options that are appropriate for you.

People of Color (POC) Support Group: This open support group serves as a way to openly engage in dialogues around what it means to be a person of color on this campus. This group serves to empower students and help them recognize that there are other individuals that share similar experiences. POC group ultimately serves as an outlet for people of color to come together weekly in order to enhance their success at Mizzou. These groups will remain open to new members as the semester progresses as long as group membership has not maxed out.

International Student Support Group: This open group is intended to help international students find support and help as they adjust to life and academic work in the United States. Each week, there will be a new theme for discussion. These themes will be based on various challenges that international students typically tend to encounter, such as getting connected to Mizzou and American culture, the impact on mental health of financial and academic concerns, and assertiveness. We will also discuss how to make social connections when socially distancing.

Trans and Non-Binary Support Group: This support group is for students who are transgender, non-binary or questioning to explore, understand and celebrate their gender identities and expressions. Students do not need to be in any particular place regarding coming out or transition to be in this group. This is a space to honor everyone’s unique gender experiences and journeys. Topics discussed will depend on group members’ needs, but may include: identity exploration and self-definition, cultivating identity pride, coming out, social transition, medical transition, dating, family experiences, dysphoria, and navigating cisnormative spaces.

Interpersonal Process Groups: This is a process-oriented group helping members with interpersonal skills, increased expression of emotion, understanding social dynamics, and gaining a greater awareness of one’s self. Members will have a safe place to explore feelings and thoughts, give and receive support and feedback, and practice healthier ways of relating to themselves and others.

Graduate/Nontraditional Student Support Group: This is an open support group for graduate and non-traditional students who are dealing with a variety of personal concerns. This group will help students work through difficulties they face as well as help them to build strengths and skills to interact more effectively with others. Goals of the group include establishing a supportive community and sharing your concerns and supporting others in their individual challenges. Examples of topics to be discussed and processed are: creating balance between school, personal, and work demands; finding and maintaining motivation and momentum; dealing with time management, perfectionism, procrastination; and learning more effective ways to interact with others.

Relational Support Group: This open support group is for clients who have concerns with family, social, and romantic relationships. This group can help students work through difficulties they have faced within these relationships as well as build strengths and skills to interact more effectively with others.

Social Confidence Group:  The social confidence group is designed to help students re-frame unhelpful thoughts and build new patterns of behavior which will allow them to more readily navigate social and professional relationships. The group consists of two inter-dependent phases and it is essential that group members attend both phases in order to get the most out of the group. The first phase consists of instruction in the CBT-model of social anxiety; how symptoms develop, how they are maintained, and how they may be addressed. The second phase involves putting those techniques into practice through guided role-play activities with co-facilitators and other group members. Interested students will have a chance to speak with co-facilitators in order to orient themselves to the group structure and establish goals.

Recovering from Grief and Loss Group: This open group will explore the reactions and feelings associated with grief and loss. We will explore the factors that benefit and hinder grief recovery. Students will have the opportunity to participate in exercises and discussions that are designed to assist them in overcoming their losses.

Healing From Family Challenges Groups: These closed groups are for students who experienced significant dysfunction or distress within their family of origin (such as trauma, physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect) which has impacted their self-perception, sense of self-worth and ability to have healthy and rewarding relationships as adults. The group seeks to provide students an opportunity to heal from their early family experiences by use of validation, support and connection to others. Group members will be provided with psychoeducation regarding the ways in which trauma impacts the body; they will be taught skills such as containment and emotion regulation; and they will be provided with a safe space to process family experiences.

Coping through Connection Support Group: This is an open support group for students struggling with feelings of loneliness. It is intended to serve as a venue for these students to connect with peers and support one another while sharing experiences related to not only loneliness but also a range of common challenges that students face (e.g., managing stress/mood, school, balancing responsibilities, and adjusting to changes). The discussion space is aimed at providing students who feel isolated with a supportive environment that can help them navigate and cope with the day-to-day stressors and challenges of college

Navigating Emotions Group:  This is an open, skills-based group that focuses on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. This group will teach students different ways of relating to their emotions and allowing them to use their emotions to follow their values, rather than be at war with them. The group will run for twelve weeks, with two six week “rounds” of the modules. Students can join at any point during the semester and be able to do each module once. There are six modules, so expect to commit to six weeks of being in the group.

Working with the Inner Critic Group: Many students struggle with a harsh internal voice. These harsh internal voices represent one way of relating to the self and to others—through fear, competitiveness, or shame. This closed group will provide a supportive space for learning to relate differently to these critical voices through a compassion-focused orientation. The group will include psychoeducation about how the brain works, training in mindfulness and compassion, and processing of any struggles with a focus on compassion. As Paul Gilbert, who developed compassion-focused therapy puts it, “At the heart of this therapy . . . are ways of building caring connections (in contrast to fearful, self-focused, or competitive connections) with others and with self.”

Anxiety Class: The anxiety class is a four-week classroom-like course designed to help students develop coping skills for anxiety symptoms. Students will increase their knowledge of anxiety, its causes and symptoms and will learn and practice new skills to aid in building self-mastery and confidence.

Alleviating Daily Distractions (A.D.D.) Class: The A.D.D. class is a 4-week classroom-like course designed to help students develop coping skills for difficulties in attention, concentration, time management, organization, and improving their overall diligence. Students will increase their knowledge of attention, concentration, how they can adjust their implicit organization skills, and effectively use adaptive/technological resources to help them reach their full academic potential. Each round of A.D.D. consists of four independent classes. Students are welcome to join the current round and continue until they’ve completed all four classes. The classes are primarily discussion-based to help students reflect on how they can effectively incorporate the skills and tools presented to them into their daily lives.

Take charge of your own well-being. Sign up for free workshops with Student Health & Well-Being. Topics include skills for managing anxiety, depression and stress; learning to sleep well, mindful living and how to have a great relationship with your body. Register for these free workshops and other Student Health & Well-Being events in Engage.

Skills classes are focused on developing a particular skill or learning to manage a specific challenge. Our classes range from one to four weeks. Topics that may be addressed in skills classes include managing symptoms of anxiety, self compassion, quieting your inner critic, self-care, or managing stress. Classes are offered to students when learning specific skills is likely to significant improve their well-being and day to day functioning. Classes are scheduled throughout the semester.

Group therapy is the best treatment to address many emotional and relationship issues college students face. Group therapy provides you with the opportunity to address your current concerns, to connect with others experiencing similar issues, to learn and try new behaviors, and to increase your self-awareness. At the Counseling Center, we offer a wide array of groups to address the needs of our students. Group is often the best treatment choice for addressing anxiety, depression, and relationship patterns.

Most groups are limited to 10-12 people and run from 6-14 weeks. It is important to attend every session of your group and to do any homework between groups. Most groups offer a pre-group meeting with group leaders to assess the fit of the group for a student’s specific needs.

It is common to feel anxious when thinking about joining a group. It can feel difficult to share personal thoughts and concerns with others, particularly when you begin as “strangers.” Once the group progresses,  you will likely develop trust and feel more comfortable participating in the group. Learning about yourself in group therapy usually has a positive effect on your relationships and can improve your quality of life. To learn more about group therapy, please watch this video, developed by Wright State University’s Counseling and Wellness Services and used on our website with their permission.