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 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 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.
Summer 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.
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.
Ease up on Yourself!: Mindful Self Compassion
This six-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.
International Support Group
This group provides support to international students who are adjusting to life and academic work in the United States. Each week there is a new theme for discussion. These themes are based on various challenges that international students typically tend to encounter, such as connecting to Mizzou and American culture, the impact on mental health of financial and academic concerns, and assertiveness. The group also focuses on how to make social connections while socially distancing.
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.