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.

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.






Coping Skills

3:00-3:50 pm


After Silence

3:00-4:30 pm



Understanding Self and Others

2:00-3:20 pm



Breaking Free

2:00-3:20 pm



Men’s Group



3:30-4:50 pm


Grief Group


Viking Union 462A; Starts April 19th




First Generation

4:00-5:30 pm

Location Edens 111

Women's Group



After Silence (Not running spring quarter 2018)

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

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Old Main 585 B, CASAS Office

Facilitators: Nikki Cassidy PsyD & Michelle Langstratt, MA, LMHC

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.

Thursdays, 2:00-3:20p

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD

First Generation College Student Group (Not running spring quarter 2018)

This is a group for people who identify as first generation college students, and who are interested in support and conversation with other first-generation students who are navigating cultural, financial, academic and interpersonal stressors.

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Location Viking Union 432

Facilitators: Shari Robinson, PhD & Jon Dukes, MSW

Grief Group

This support group is a place to share the pain of our losses, the memories of our loved ones, and the wisdom we may have gained from our grief. Whether your loss happened recently or years ago, we hope you can join us. 

Thursdays, 3:00-4:20p

Viking Union 714

Facilitator: Andrew Armstrong, PhD; Eric Denson, PhD

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.

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Phil Burns, MS; Dylan Keenberg, Psy.D.

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.

Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Philip Burns, MS

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.

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:20 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Andrew Armstrong, PhD

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. 

Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:50 pm

Old Main 540, Counseling Center

Facilitator: Camille O'Connor, PhD


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, 3:30 - 3:50pm Counseling Center - Old Main 540

Courage to Connect

This two-part workshop series will explore shame and vulnerability based on Brene Brown's research. We invite you to learn about shame, shame triggers, vulnerability, and authenticity while having the opportunity to practice empathy and compassion for yourself and others.

May 16th 3:30-5:00pm

Old Main 585

Facilitator: Nikki Cassidy, PsyD

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.

April 30th, 4:00-5:00pm

Old Main 540 

Facilitator: Anne Marie Theiler, MS