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 and contact information regarding each group 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

Creative Arts

Are you a “hands–on” person? Do words sometimes seem inadequate? Through drawing, coloring, and painting, members of this group use visually creative means to explore their own thoughts and feelings. These artistic expressions form a basis for connecting with other group members about what is learned and gained in the process. No artistic experience or skill required. Facilitated by Mark Recker, MA.

Tuesdays, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

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. The group is open to men who might benefit from support and discussion around shared issues. Facilitated by Bren Shantz, MA, and Dan Vandersteen, MSW.

Thursdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Bren Shantz at 616-526-7017 or bms37@calvin.edu.

Striving & Thriving

This group offers the opportunity for participants to learn about themselves and their own distinctive ways of relating to others. Members form a supportive community in order to receive encouragement and help one another to make progress towards their personal goals. Group members communicate honestly and openly about their reactions, feedback, and suggestions in a caring, confidential atmosphere. Members are welcome to bring any issues to the group that they feel are important. Facilitated by Mark Recker, MA.

Section One: Mondays, 3:45–5:00 p.m.
Section Two: Thursdays, 9:00–10:15 a.m.

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

Women's Process

This discussion group provides a safe space to talk honestly about how our families, faith, culture, and media have shaped our ideas about being women. The group is open to women who might benefit from connection and support around shared issues. Issues might include relationships, anger, shame, body image, self-care, improving communication, and maintaining healthy connection with others. The group will focus on the specific interests of its members. Facilitated by Amanda Worst, MSW.

Wednesdays, 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.



Topical groups

Bridges (transitions)

Life requires frequent transition between environments, and these types of transitions trigger stress. If you are in the midst of a major life adjustment, this group can support you in creating a bridge between your experiences. Perhaps you are new to campus, or are preparing to transition off campus. Perhaps you have recently returned from an interim or semester experience through the Off Campus Programs office. Whatever your type of adjustment, you are invited to join us in telling your story, exploring new perspectives, and sharing support through the transitions of life. Facilitated by Irene Kraegel, PsyD.

Mondays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.

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

Discussion (LGBTQ)

This discussion group enables students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning to support one another through dialogue, educational growth, and mutual understanding. Facilitated by Dan Vandersteen, MSW.

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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

Grief (loss)

Groups provide a powerful way of dealing with grief and loss, as people find comfort in knowing they are not alone. Though each person is a unique individual and their loss is a personal experience, the feelings they experience are often felt by others going through similar experiences. The goal of this group is to help members discuss their feelings, learn effective coping skills, find ways to remember loved ones, and begin to heal.

Quarter Two only: Tuesdays, 3:45–4:45 p.m.

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

Practically Perfect (perfectionism)

Do you feel like what you accomplish is never quite good enough? Do you worry about making mistakes or failing? Practically Perfect focuses on understanding, channeling, and challenging perfectionism. This group will look at the types and origins of perfectionism, expectations and their impact, and the role of compassion and grace. Facilitated by Bren Shantz, MA, and Amanda Worst, MSW.

Quarter One: Thursdays, 1:30–2:25 p.m.
Quarter Two: Wednesdays, 8:00–8:55 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Bren Shantz at 616-526-7017 or bms37@calvin.edu.

Step One (pornography)

Step One is a confidential group for men who are struggling with pornography use and desire to be free. Facilitated by Dan Vandersteen, MSW.

Mondays, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

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

Strides (pornography)

This confidential group is for women who are negatively affected by others (such as boyfriends, significant others, family members, or husbands) who are using pornography. The group provides a safe setting to discuss concerns, ask questions, and receive support. Facilitated by Nicole Marshall (counseling intern).

Fridays (biweekly), 3:45–4:45 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Nicole Marshall at 616-526-6123 or nrm6@calvin.edu.

Taking Control (substance abuse)

Students who would benefit from exploring the impact of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs on their lives are welcome to join Taking Control. The group provides confidential support, both for voluntary students and for those mandated to attend for judicial reasons. Facilitated by Bren Shantz, MA.

Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Bren Shantz, at 616-526-7017 or bms37@calvin.edu.

Victim-Survivor Support Group

This safe, confidential support group is open to female—identified students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact—including those who were sexually abused as children or sexually assaulted as adults. Facilitated by Broene counselor and Sexual Assault Prevention Team leader Amanda Worst, LLMSW.

Fridays, 8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

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



Skill-building groups

ADHD Support

If you struggle with focus and concentration, this group is for you! Members will receive support as well as information regarding the effective management of attention difficulties. Facilitated by Nicole Marshall (counseling intern).

Quarter One: Fridays, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Quarter Two: Fridays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Nicole Marshall at 616-526-6123 or nrm6@calvin.edu.

Breathing Space

Join us for a brief time of quiet, guided meditation in the Chapel Undercroft meditation room each Monday at noon. No previous meditation experience required. Facilitated by Irene Kraegel, PsyD.

Mondays, 12:00–12:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Irene Kraegel at 616-526-7016 or ibk2@calvin.edu.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is the treatment of choice for individuals who have difficulty regulating emotions and behaviors. The DBT skills group involves taking action and participating in changing one’s thoughts through the use of specific coping techniques and psycho-education. The focus of this group is on four main concepts: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. DBT has been proven to help people make positive and long-term behavior changes. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in an empathetic and supportive environment. Facilitated by Sheri Rodriguez, MSW.

Quarter One: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Quarter Two: Thursdays, 3:45–4:45 p.m.

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? Would you like to feel happier? Join us in learning and practicing the art of happiness, utilizing and expanding on the award-winning documentary HAPPY. This six-week group will combine research-based information, discussion, and practical exercises designed to boost happiness and contentment, drawing on the fields of positive psychology, neuroscience, sociology, economics, and leadership studies. Facilitated by Chris Klein, MA (Residence Life staff) and Amanda Worst, MSW.

Quarter One: Thursdays, 12:00–1:15 p.m.
Quarter Two: Thursdays, 10:30–11:45 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Amanda Worst at 616-526-6126 or ibk2@calvin.edu.

Mindfulness Meditation

Are you feeling stressed, discontent, or unfocused? Would you like to feel more comfortable in your own skin? This group offers students an opportunity to cultivate nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment through the practice of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness has been shown by research to decrease stress, increase positive emotions, improve attention, and support a sense of belonging. Students will be introduced to the principles of mindfulness and provided with opportunities to practice it for themselves. Participation includes a handbook and access to free audio meditation guides. All participants will be provided with an overview of the topic in the first meeting before being asked to commit to the seven–week series. Facilitated by Irene Kraegel, PsyD.

Section One (2/4–3/25): Wednesdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Section Two (3/3–4/21): Tuesdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Section Three (3/25–5/11): 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.