Groups and Workshops

Why Groups?

Group therapy helps people learn about themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. It addresses feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety, and it helps people make significant changes so they feel better about the quality of their lives. 

SHAC offers counseling groups throughout the academic year. If you would like a counseling group for an area of interest, please talk with any of our staff psychologists, or call us for an intake interview at (507) 222-4080.

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  • Spring Term 2017 - Mondays 3:30 - 5:00pm
  • Spring Term 2017 - Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00pm

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03)  Registration Required

Understanding Self and Others Therapy Groups
Group therapy is a powerful treatment modality, and has certain advantages over individual treatment. Groups consist of 6-8 members, and are led by two therapists. These groups are open to students with diverse needs, and is designed to help participants increase self-understanding, self-esteem, and intimacy in relationships, as well as address their interpersonal style and relationship-building skills. The group provides a private, warm and supportive environment in which you can constructively experiment with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback. Registration required. Contact or talk with your clinician at SHAC to learn more.

Expressive Art Therapy Group

  • Spring Term 2017 - Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:30pm

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03)  Registration Required

Expressive Art Therapy Groups
This is a non-traditional expressive group therapy using drawing, painting, writing, and other art mediums!  Basically, it's a fun and challenging way to learn more about yourself and target some of your areas of growth.  This group is for anyone, but may be specifically helpful for those struggling with: anxiety (social or general), perfectionism, insecurities, or fear of failure and risk taking.  You DO NOT have to be artistic, creative, perfect, or the best in the world to join.  You DO have to be ready for fun, creative expression, and the challenge of growing and self-discovery! Registration required. Contact or talk with your clinician at SHAC to learn more.

Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Spring Term 2017 - Fridays 4:00 - 5:30pm

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03) Registration Required

Survivors of Sexual Trauma Support Group
This support group is designed to help members feel a sense of safety and support as they work to find healing via connection with others who identify and understand. This group focuses on validation and normalization of feelings, experiences, and trauma responses; increasing coping skills and resilience; and experiencing compassion and empowerment in community with other survivors. You will NOT be asked to retell your trauma story.  Registration required. Contact or talk with your clinician at SHAC to learn more.


Resilient Self workshops

  • Spring Term 2017 - moving online soon!    

Resilient: Body, Mind, Spirit
This three-part workshop will be available online soon.  Each session will focus on developing understanding and skills to manage distress. We will focus specifically on transforming anxiety, depression, and social isolation.

SHAC Perfectionism & Procrastination Workshop Series

  • Spring Term 2017 – dates/times vary
         (Nate Page, Ph.D.)


    DISCUSSION: Challenging a Culture of Perfectionism at Carleton - Tuesday  (April 4) 12:10-1:00 pm; Wednesday (April 26) 6-7 pm

    PROCRASTINATION: TIME MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS –Tuesday  (April 11)12:10-1:00 pm; Wednesday (May 3) 6-7 pm

    PROCRASTINATION: EMOTIONAL MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS –Tuesday (April 18) 12:10-1:00 pm; Wednesday (May 10) 6-7 pm

 Location: Willis 204

Perfectionism & Procrastination Presentation Series
This four-part presentation and discussion series will help students understand the underlying elements of perfectionism and procrastination and learn how to change destructive mindsets and behavior patterns in a way that will improve self-worth and emotional well-being, enhance relationships, and increase productivity. The discussion session examines how easily those at rigorous institutions of higher education can get pulled into an unhealthy perfectionistic mindset. The discussion is designed to help students, staff, and faculty better understand our experiences at Carleton while also exploring ways to make positive changes similar to what many other institutions are doing (for example Harvard's Success-Failure Project and Stanford's Resilience Project).

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?
We are happy to help you determine which group would be the best fit for you. Please contact Student Health and Counseling to schedule an initial meeting with a counselor.

What is group therapy?
A therapy group is usually comprised of 5-10 people who meet face to face with 1 or 2 trained facilitators and talk about what is concerning them most. Members listen to each other and openly provide each other feedback. These interactions give members an opportunity to increase understanding, try out new ways of being with others and learn more about the ways they interact. The content of group sessions are confidential: members agree not to identify other members or their concerns outside of group.

How effective is group therapy?
Group therapy has been proven effective in helping people deal with a broad range of issues from mild adjustment and developmental concerns to severe or chronic mental health concerns. It has been shown
to be as effective as individual therapy, and for some issues, it is even more effective than individual therapy.*

Common reasons for joining a group?
Group therapy is often the most effective treatment for interpersonal concerns, anxiety, social skills, eating disorders, and life adjustment. It is also helpful for depression, poor self-esteem, perfectionism, grief, trauma recovery, and substance use. 

What can I expect if I join a group?
If this is your first experience in a therapy group, you probably have some apprehensions—most people do. Walking into the first session is sometimes the hardest part about group. A primary goal of any group is to help establish feelings of safety and trust. Some members will be ready to open up about their concerns early in group, others may need more time. Each group member’s pace and readiness for sharing is respected. Members tend to quickly develop deep and supportive connections with each other and learn to improve their ability to connect with (and care for) themselves and others. Leaders and members will help each other to face challenges (particularly those that brought them to therapy) and to make the changes they desire. It is usually a difficult thing for group members to say goodbye at the end of a term due to how much they have valued each other and valued the work they have done together.

*It is well documented that group therapy is equally effective, and sometimes more effective, than individual therapy (e.g. Burlingame, Fuhriman, and Mosier, 2003). 

Other Groups that have run in the past:

Groups will be created as needed to meet student requests. If you would like a group that you don't see here, call Student Health and Counseling (507-222-4080) and request it.  Past Groups have included: Coming Out, Mastering The Transition To College, Self-Esteem Workshop, Grief Support, Off-Campus Programs Re-entry Support, Men's Group, Overcoming Social Anxiety