Support Groups

Group counseling offers a confidential, safe space to gain awareness of yourself and others. The experience can reduce loneliness, normalize life events, promote change, and teach new relationship skills. Groups help us learn how to connect with our own feelings while in the presence of others.

You will learn…

  • You’re not alone
  • Many struggle with finding a safe place to be themselves
  • Life involves giving and receiving support
  • There is joy in finding your own “voice”

 

Should I choose a support group or a presentation?

Support groups have more sessions, whereas a presentation would be given once.
Support groups are ideal for students that want to discuss with a small group of their peers about a topic that they are all interested in at the Counseling office, while presentations are geared more towards a larger group of students (like Greek Life, organziations, classes, etc) at their chosen location.

Want to join a group?

For more information or to sign up for a group, contact us by emailing wellbeing@mst.edu, calling 573-341-4211, or visiting 204 Norwood Hall.

ADHD SUPPORT GROUP

Cope with the diagnosis and symptoms of ADHD (including inattention to details, inability to follow through on tasks, losing things, and being easily distracted), while seeking practical solutions.

 

ANGER MANAGEMENT*

Learn to manage anger effectively, stop violence or the threat of violence, develop self-control over thoughts and actions, and receive support from others.

8 weeks

 

ANXIETY AND STRESS

Learn about the biological and neorlogical effects of stress and anxiety and create a toolbox of different techniques to alleviate stress and reduce anxiety. Some techniques includes muscle relaxation, mindfulness and breathing exercises, somatic exercies to reconnect with the body, and more.

Fall 2021: Mondays from 2-3pm; email wellbeing@mst.edu to join.

 

ASD GROUP

Encourage and support one another, improve social connection, share resources and information together, all while growing resilience in coping with college life. Join us in a setting of trust, safety, and mutual respect.

 

BODY IMAGE*

Learn how to like the way you look now with focus on self-acceptance, reducing worry, challenging self-criticism, and becoming more confident.

 

COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)

Learn to respond to stress and negative emotions by changing your thought patterns and learning DIY skills for managing daily life.

Check out Student Well-Being's CBT 101 Canvas course to learn how CBT works and access tools to support yourself on your own time. You may be directed to enroll in the Health and Well-Being course where you will find CBT 101 in the modules.

 

FAMILY ISSUES GROUP

Experience the support of other students who are coping with the added burden of family troubles, such as divorce, alcoholism, mental health problems, chronic illness, unemployment, or incarceration.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

Enjoy the support of other graduate students while exploring how to effectively work with your advisor, manage time, take care of yourself, and thrive during the semester.

Fall 2021: Fridays from 2-3pm via Zoom; email wellbeing@mst.edu to join.

 

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Explore relationship challenges that lead to feelings of anxiety or depression while working to be healthy, create boundaries, and resolve conflicts positively.

 

LGBTQ+

Experience the encouragement of others in the LGBTQ+ community and support each other on the journey through college and beyond. Possible group activities include navigating college issues, sharing local & nationwide supports, practicing healthy self-care habits, processing stress & practicing coping skills, role-playing difficult conversations, discussing healthy dating practices, and much more.

  

MEN'S ACTION THERAPY*

Explore diverse issues regarding masculinity by addressing the role of the media in shaping perceptions, building healthy relationships, and increasing leadership in areas such as substance abuse and gender-based violence.

 

MINDFULLY USING SONGWRITING IN COPING (MUSIC)

Develop a skill set to shift your attention from problems to solutions, experience a rhythmic structure for relaxation and breathing, visualize positive imagery and gratitude to evoke pleasure and happiness, process your experiences and achieve a state of relaxation, engage in behavioral activiation to tolerate distress and change your mood, empower your personal choices, develop trust in self and others, and express feelings related to adverse childhood experiences in this group.

Learn to use songwriting as a coping skill, sing, improvise, & write musical pieces, play drums, hand percussion & other instruments, listen to music with and without visual imagery, express feelings & emotions through music, record songs, and practice breathing techniques, thought processing, & distress tolerance.

No music performance or experience is required, but those with this background are also encouraged to attend a screening session.

 

MINERS 4 RECOVERY

Explore your behaviors, reflect on ideas for change, avoid negative consequences related to drugs and alcohol, and experience the support of a safe group. This is not an abstinence-only group.

Fall 2021: Wednesdays from 3-4pm; email wellbeing@mst.edu for zoom link.

 

MINER SUPPORT NETWORK

The Miner Support Network is a campus organization that works to de-stigmatize mental health through confidential, weekly, peer-facilitated groups while holistically working to create an inclusive community dedicated to empathy, trust, and relationship building through network-wide stress-busting events.
Learn more here.

 

RESILIENCE AND COPING*

Explore and practice effective strategies to improve your well-being.

4 weeks

 

SAFETY GROUP

Experience a highly structured group for students with the goal of reducing PTSD symptoms and increasing feelings of personal safety.

Fall 2021: Tuesdays from 3-4pm; email wellbeing@mst.edu for a screening and zoom link.

 

SOCIAL CONFIDENCE GROUP

Reduce social anxiety, gain confidence, and practice skills in a safe and supportive setting.

7 weeks

 

THRIVING, NOT JUST SURVIVING!*

Address challenges, share experiences, offer & receive support, find solutions, gain skills in becoming resilient, and learn how to live well in a compassionate environment.

 

WORRIERS TO WARRIORS: CONQUERING TEST ANXIETY

Identify the root causes of test anxiety, gain practical skills in stress management, learn how to re-write your negative thinking, and find new ways to balance school work and life.

3 weeks

 

* = group only offered as needed /per request