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Group Counseling and Skills Classes

We are excited to offer a wide range of services to meet students 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  classes and groups.


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 Class

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 and are often open to new admission in any week.

Group Therapy

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.

Spring 2020 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, Dr. Angela Soth McNett at 573-882-6601. After an initial evaluation our clinical staff will discuss groups options that are appropriate for you.

ACT Group for Depression & Anxiety                                                                                                                    

This is a 6-week group designed to teach students specific skills to manage the symptoms often associated with depression and anxiety. These skills will include strategies to help students manage difficult emotions without avoidance, to engage more fully in the here-and-now, and learn different ways to interact with their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that will help them be able to engage more in their lives. Through utilizing skills, students can come to understand themselves better and live lives of meaning and purpose.

Interpersonal Process Groups   

We offer several process oriented groups to help students enhance interpersonal skills, increase expression of emotion, understand social dynamics, and gain a greater awareness of self. Members will have a safe place to explore feelings and thoughts, give and receive support and feedback, and practice healthy ways of relating to themselves and others.


This 6-week group is designed for students experiencing mild to moderate depression. In this group students will participate in interactive activities aimed at enhancing knowledge around depression and mood. Students will work to improve their mood by learning to identify changes and applying skills to care for their own mental health. Students will create a self-care plan to support their overall wellness and live their best life!

Recovering from Grief and Loss Group

This group will explore the reactions and feelings associated with grief and loss. We will also 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 grief.

Social Confidence Group

This 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 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.

 Graduate/Nontraditional Student Support Groups

We offer support groups for graduate and non-traditional students. Goals of the group include establishing a supportive community and sharing your concerns and supporting others in their individual challenges. Examples of topics addressed may include; 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.

People of Color (POC) Support Group

POC 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 they are not alone in their experiences. POC ultimately serves as an outlet for people of color to come together weekly in order to enhance their success at Mizzou.

Relational Support Group

This group provides support to students 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.

Wise Minds Group

The Wise Minds group is a 6-week  group for students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are no longer helpful. Students will learn skills to effectively manage distressing emotions through an approach based in mindfulness that balances self-acceptance with change.

Ease up on Yourself!: Mindful Self Compassion

This 6-week  group based on the principles of Mindful Self-Compassion is designed to teach students emotional resilience through acknowledging difficult thoughts and emotions in an open, non-judgmental way. Students will learn mindfulness meditation, as well as meditations that encourage loving kindness and compassion towards themselves and others.

Spring Classes

Anxiety Class

This four week didactic course is 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.

iRest Yoga Nidra

iRest Yoga Nidra is a contemporary approach of an ancient yoga meditation which can be helpful in addressing daily stress, decreasing anxiety and depression, improving sleep, and as part of treatment for trauma and chronic pain. This four week class will consist of 20 minutes of education and 30 minutes of guided meditation.