Groups and Workshops

Groups

Working together, helping one another

Challenge yourself to grow personally and relationally by participating in a group through the Broene Counseling Center! All groups are confidential and are facilitated by a Broene counselor, providing you with an opportunity to learn new ways of thriving in college and in life. Groups are typically comprised of 5–10 students, and are a highly effective treatment modality for many concerns experienced by college students. Groups bring together students with similar concerns, providing a unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback.

Information regarding Fall 2015 groups is listed below. To join a group, please contact the Broene counselor listed; you may also contact the Broene office at (616) 526-6123 or broene@calvin.edu. All groups are offered as a free service to enrolled students.

General groups | Topical groups | Skill-building groups


General groups

Expressive Arts

Through drawing, coloring, and painting, members of this group use visually creative means to explore their thoughts and feelings. No artistic experience or skill required.

Thursdays, 10:30–11:45 a.m. (02/04–03/24 & 03/31–05/12)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Mark Recker at 616-526-6941 or mar2@calvin.edu.

Men's Process

Participants in this group are provided with an opportunity to explore questions related to masculine roles and identity, both on personal and societal levels.

Wednesdays, 12:30–1:20 p.m. (2/3–3/9)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Aaron Winkle at (616) 526-6679 or asw3@calvin.edu / Dan Vandersteen at (616) 526-7027 or dv23@calvin.edu.

Striving & Thriving

Are you yearning for an opportunity to understand yourself better? This group provides a supportive context in which to experience open and honest engagement with peers about your issues and concerns.

Tuesdays, 8:45–10 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Mark Recker at (616) 526-6941 or mar2@calvin.edu



Topical groups

Bridges (transitions)

Are you in the midst of a major life adjustment, such as being new to campus or returning from an Off-Campus Programs study experience? If so, you are invited to tell your story, explore new perspectives, and share support as you create a bridge between experiences.

Mondays, 3:45–4:45 p.m. (02/15–03/07)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Irene Kraegel at (616) 526-7016 or ibk2@calvin.edu.

Coping With Depression & Anxiety (mood)

Feeling sad or worried? Come receive and share support with others who understand. Information regarding effective coping with depression and anxiety will be provided.

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (02/10–04/20)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Sheri Rodriguez at (616) 526-7348 or sr25@calvin.edu.

Eating Disorders

Students recovering from eating disorders are invited to receive and share support with others who understand.

Wednesdays, 4–5 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Christian Gibson at (616) 526-6796 or cag22@calvin.edu.

LGBTQ Support

This lunch group enables students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to support one another through dialogue, educational growth, and mutual understanding.

Thurdays, 12–1 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Dan Vandersteen at (616) 526-7027 or dv23@calvin.edu.

Men's Survivor Support

Confidential support is provided in a safe environment for male-identified students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact, either as children or adults.

Mondays, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Dan Vandersteen at (616) 526-7027 or dv23@calvin.edu.

Practically Perfect (perfectionism)

Do you feel like what you accomplish is never quite good enough? This group will help with focusing on understanding, channeling and challenging perfectionism.

Fridays, 8–9 a.m. (02/05–03/11)
Thursdays, 8–9 a.m. (03/31–05/05)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Amanda Worst at (616) 526-6126 or aim2@calvin.edu.

Step One for Females (pornography)

Female-identified students who are struggling with pornography use or other compulsive sexual behavior are invited to work towards freedom through this group, which provides a safe and confidential environment to process concerns, receive support, and work towards goals.

Thursdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Cindy Kok at (616) 526-6125 or ckok@calvin.edu.

Step One for Males (pornography)

This group is for male-identified students who are struggling with pornography use and desire to be free.

Mondays, 5–6 p.m.
Fridays, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Dan Vandersteen at (616) 526-7027 or dv23@calvin.edu.

Strides (pornography)

Female-identified students negatively affected by the pornography use of others (such as partners or family members) are invited to share support through this group.

Fridays (biweekly), 3:30–4:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Cindy Kok at (616) 526-6125 or ckok@calvin.edu.

Taking Control (substance abuse)

This group provides support to students who would like to explore and address the impact of alcohol or drugs on their lives.

Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Cindy Kok, at (616) 526-6125 or ckok@calvin.edu.

Women's Survivor Support

Confidential support is provided in a safe environment for female-identified students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact, either as children or adults.

Tuesdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Amanda Worst at (616) 526-6126 or aim2@calvin.edu.

Working Thru Grief

Students who have experienced a loss are invited to discuss their feelings, learn effective coping skills, find ways to remember loved ones, and begin to heal.

Mondays, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Mark Recker at (616) 526-6941 or mar2@calvin.edu.



Skill-building groups

Building Resilience

Practice and process skills learned in DBT Core Skills group to improve ability to manage emotions and interpersonal effectiveness. Prerequisite: Completion of DBT Core Skills (see below)

Wednesdays, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Sheri Rodriguez at (616) 526-7348 or sr25@calvin.edu.

DBT Core Skills

Learn skills for managing intense emotions including, core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

Tuesdays, 1:30–2:45 p.m. (2/2–2/23 & 3/22–4/12

For more information or to sign up, please contact Sheri Rodriguez at (616) 526-7348 or sr25@calvin.edu.

HAPPY

Would you like to increase feelings of gratitude, joy, compassion, and resilience? Join us in learning and practicing the art of happiness, utilizing and expanding on the award-winning documentary HAPPY.

Fridays, 12–1:15 p.m. (2/5–3/11)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Irene Kraegel at (616) 526-7016 or ibk2@calvin.edu.

Mindfulness Meditation

Learn to manage stress and calm intense emotions through the practice of mindfulness meditation—the art of paying attention nonjudgmentally to the present moment.

Section One (2/3–3/23): Wednesdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Section Two (3/1–4/19): Tuesdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Section Three (3/21–5/9): Mondays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, contact Irene Kraegel, PsyD, at (616) 526-7016 or ibk2@calvin.edu.