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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  • Winter Term 2018 - Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm
  • Winter Term 2018 - Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm
  • Winter Term 2018 - Thursdays 1:00-2:30pm (will likely start later in term)

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 are 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 groups provide 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 Nate Page or talk with your clinician at SHAC to learn more.

Expressive Art Therapy Group

  • Winter Term 2018 - Mondays 3:00-4:30pm
  • Winter Term 2018 - Wednesdays 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 Nate Page or talk with your clinician at SHAC to learn more.

Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Winter Term 2018 - Day/Time TBD (based on student schedules)

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03) Registration Required

Survivors of Sexual Trauma Support Group
This support group is run by a licensed clinician and 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. The group focused 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 Marit Lysne or talk with your clinician at SHAC to learn more.

Grief Support Group 

Winter Term 2018 - Day/Time TBD

Location: SHAC Meeting Room (Davis 03) Registration Required

Grief Support Group
Weekly support group for those who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. If you are interested in joining, or want more information, contact Leah Wellstone



  • Winter Term 2018 - Required Orientation held EACH Thursday 12:10-12:50pm in Davis 03 (SHAC Group Room), plus additional times throughout the term (see Events Calendar on home page), then self-scheduled, self-guided sessions after that!

Biofeedback for Stress Management

Biofeedback means "feedback from the body.” Biofeedback training can help you learn how to calm down quickly and easily, increase awareness of how stress and tension impact your body and mind, and develop the ability to bring your stress response under greater conscious control. In order to start practicing biofeedback you will need to attend a 40-minute orientation meeting to learn about the software, sensors, and how to begin practicing biofeedback. Afterward the orientation, you may begin coming into SHAC to check out the biofeedback equipment for self-guided sessions of 20-30 minutes.

Time to Meditate 

  • Winter Term 2018 - Tuesdays 12:10-12:50pm (NEW LOCATION: at the front of Skinner Chapel's sanctuary)
  • Winter Term 2018 - Fridays 8:15-8:45am (NEW LOCATION: Alumni Guest House Library)

Time to Meditate
NEW LOCATIONS FOR "TIME TO MEDITATE"! One good thing about mindful meditation is that we can practice anytime and anywhere. This term we are trying some new locations during the same times as fall term. The intention is to be more accessible -- no stairs.

Come explore meditation and mindfulness, and practice being aware of what you are doing while doing it. Moment to moment, non-judgemental awareness. Informal. Open to all levels/no experience necessary. Open to students, faculty and staff. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a friend and your curiosity. Lead by Betsy Lane-Getaz & Nate Page from SHAC.

"Time to Meditate" is brought to you by Nate Page and Betsy Lane-Getaz (SHAC), Proud Chanarat (Chaplain's Office), and Caroline Boroughs, Carolyn Ward and Mindha Liu (Office of Health Promotion).

Resilient Self workshops
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

Perfectionism & Procrastination Presentation Series
This video workshop series helps students understand the underlying elements of perfectionism and procrastination and learn how to change destructive mindsets and behavior patters in a way that will improve self worth and emotional well-being, enhance relationships, and increase productivity.

Click here to watch and learn to let your perfetionism* go.


(*Yes. We know. If this bothered you, probably should watch the videos.)

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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