Groups & Workshops

Every quarter, the counseling center offers a variety of different groups and workshops. In group therapy, you can count on the expertise of the counselors who facilitate the group, and you can also get to know other students who are experiencing similar issues as you. Our therapy groups are designed to facilitate connection, promote personal growth and self-understanding, and build resilience. A common theme for group participants is wanting to learn how to change thinking, feelings, and/or behavior to feel better about themselves and cope more effectively with life. Please see the following handout to learn more about what you can expect if you choose to participate in a process group

Workshops include psycho-educational and skill building sessions. Workshops do not require consistent attendance.  You do not even need to be a client at the counseling center to attend.  In workshops, there is less emphasis on sharing personal experiences, so just plan to show up and learn something new, or engage in some healthy practices!

Click on the specific group/workshop name below for more information or download the current group flier. If interested in joining a group, call (360) 650-3164 to schedule an initial assessment with the group facilitator who will recommend whether the group could be of benefit to you. Most groups start near the beginning of the quarter, so be sure you call within the first few weeks of classes. If a group has already started, you can ask to be placed on a waiting list for next quarter.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

 

Life Hacks

2:00-3:20 pm

 

 

Breaking Free

2:00-3:20 pm

 

After Silence

2:00-3:20 pm

 

 

Understanding Self & Others

2:00-3:20 pm

 

 

 

Queer Connections

2:00-3:20 pm

Men's Group

3:30-4:50 pm

 

 

Mindfulness 

3:30-4:50 pm

 

Women's Group

3:30-4:50 pm

 

 

Groups

After Silence 

A safe, confidential support group for individuals who identify on the feminine gender spectrum and have been affected by sexual assault or abusive relationships.

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Old Main 585 B, CASAS Office

Facilitators: Nikki Cassidy PsyD & Deidre Evans, MSW

Breaking Free

This group is open to students of all gender identities who experience disordered eating. This group offers a supportive space for students to share their experiences, thoughts, fears, hopes, and emotions regarding food and body image.

Tuesdays, 2:00-3:20 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD

 

Life Hacks

This 8-week workshop series is focused on building coping skills related to mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. Drawing from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, students will learn practical tools to help manage distressing thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. 

Mondays, October 8- December 3

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Chris Edwards, PhD

Life Hacks Sessions:

10/8: Distress Tolerance

10/15: Emotion Regulation

10/22: Mindfulness

10/29: Interpersonal Effectiveness

11/5: Distress Tolerance

11/19: Emotion Regulation

11/26: Mindfulness

12/3: Interpersonal Effectiveness

 

Men’s Group

A process group for students who identify on the masculine gender spectrum to meet and discuss issues relevant to their lives, their identities, and their sense of self. Participating will increase your awareness as you learn from and relate to other men on campus.

Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Phil Burns, MS; Travis Dennison, MA

 

Mindfulness Group

This group is for people who want to find balance through exploration of mood and anxiety concerns, and improve emotional health through meditation, experiential activities, and thoughtful discussion.

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Kelsey Johnson, LMHC; Phil Burns, LMHC; Heather Freeman, MA

 

Queer Connections

A support group for undergraduate and graduate students who are looking for a safe and confidential space to discuss issues related to identities within the LGBTQIA community. All identities within the LGBTQIA spectrum, including those questioning their identities, are welcome.

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitators: Jennifer Gildner, PhD; Charlie Waldo, MA

 

Understanding Self and Others Group

A process group that provides an opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, their relationship,s and how to connect with others.

Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitators: Dylan Keenberg, PhD; Rachael Mishanec, MA

 

Women’s Group

A safe space for individuals who identify on the feminine gender spectrum to connect with other women and to share your thoughts on issues such as assertiveness, body image, intimacy, and friendships. 

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Gabrielle Hope-Foucault, LMHC

 

Workshops

Coping Skills

A three-part educational workshop where students learn practical tools for coping with distress. Three sections are offered in rotation through the quarter. Students are encouraged to attend all three parts (in any order). To attend, just show up. No sign-up is necessary.

Mondays, October 15th- December 3rd 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Coping Skills Sessions:

10/15: Calming Body & Mind

10/22: Self-Care Through Mindfulness

10/29: Managing Emotional Distress

11/5: Taming Test Anxiety

11/19: Calming Body & Mind

11/26: Self-Care Through Mindfulness

12/3: Managing Emotional Distress

Taming Your Test Anxiety

Do you panic during exams? Are you freezing on your math tests? Is test anxiety dragging down your grades?  Attend this workshop and learn to maximize performance and minimize stress. Also, check out our online resources at the counseling center website.

November 5th 4:00-5:00 pm

Old Main 540 

Facilitator: Anne Marie Theiler, MS