Health Education & Groups

This page will be updated each quarter with the groups that are being offered by Student Wellness Services, as well as the health education offerings from our clinic!

Groups Offered Winter Quarter 2019

A variety of psycho-educational, therapy (processing based) and support groups are offered each quarter. To sign up, visit SWS Evaluation and Referral Services (EARS) in Sem 1 2110. 


Therapeutic Skills for Mind/Body Wellness

Learn and practice coping skills for stress, depression, and anxiety through breath and movement to bring greater balance to our minds and bodies.  All bodies welcome.  Come learn what coping skills work best for you and your unique abilities and experiences.

Facilitated by: Quinn Russell, LMHCA 
12:00 - 1:30 pm in the CRC

Creative Self-Care

Develop and implement a sustainable self-care practice utilizing art and creativity to improve overall wellness and a greater feeling of balance in life.  This group is for students of all levels of artistic ability, and is geared toward those who do not currently utilize art in their self-care practice.

Facilitated by: Beth Schuurmans, LMHCA 
2:00-3:30 pm in SEM 1

Can You Relate?

Can You Relate is a group to help you examine and build healthier relationships with friends, partners, parents, co-workers, and peers. Group members will support each other in learning and exploring good communication skills, and establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries - all while honoring your individual, unique you!

Facilitated by: Leslie Johnson, MSW
4:00 - 5:30 pm in SEM 1


Seven Challenges Group

Seven Challenges is a non-abstinence based substance treatment program.We use the challenges to look at the ourselves and the decisions we are making about our substance use and help us move toward our personal goals.

Facilitated by: Quinn Russell, LMHCA
11:00 am - 1:00 pm in SEM 1

Mindfulness Based Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Therapy, an integrative model of Eastern and Western perspectives, is designed to regulate ruminative and destructive thought/emotion and bring an enduring mental wellbeing in our lives. The aim is to understand and develop core mindfulness-based interventions for personal anxiety and depression, which interfere with daily functioning in many areas of life such as school, work, relationships, community involvement, and activism. The Mindfulness-Based Therapy group activities will include core practices of formal/informal mindfulness, two modes of mind (being and doing), identification of automatic reactions, body scanning, identification of ruminative thought and its function in relapse, thought/emotion regulation, self-compassion, openness, and taking kind actions. This group is intended for individuals who are experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms, either for the first time or for reoccurring symptoms, as well as for those seeking prevention of these symptoms.

Facilitated by: Jamyang Tsultrim, LMHC
4:00 - 5:30 pm in SEM 1


LGBTQQIA2P Relationship Skills

This skill-building group/workshop looks at understanding healthy and unhealthy by building communication and conflict resolution abilities for students who identify in the LGBTQQIA2P spectrum. This group will also address intimate partner violence and bystander skills. Come talk about relationships and how we can better equip ourselves and our communities to care for one another and thrive.

Facilitated by: Quinn Russell, LMHCA 
2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Student Equity and Arts Lounge

Coping Skills for Grief and Loss

Feelings of grief and loss can come from many types of life experiences and it’s not uncommon to have difficulty in working through those emotions.  This six week group will utilize art and creativity to process your loss and offers a space to explore your grief while getting support and learning coping tools to continue toward healing.

Facilitated by: Beth Schuurmans, LMHCA
3:30 - 5:00 pm in SEM 1

LGBTQ Coping Skills for Trauma

This is for LGBTQQIA+ students who are interested in building skills and resilience for experiences of trauma.  This group helps us build a toolkit for coping for with trauma by utilizing art and writing.  We will learn grounding skills to use in moments of distress and have a weekly space to practice new self-care skills.

Facilitated by: Quinn Russell, LMHCA and Beth Schuurmans, LMHCA 
5:30 - 7 pm in SEM 1

Autism Support Group

The Autism Support Role Play and Gaming Group is a group for any student who is on the autism spectrum (and those that are there to support us.) This group will give you a place where you can safely talk about things that are bothering you, make new friends, and have an amazing time. Games are always provided, and you’re always welcome to bring any games you want to play. Once a month this group will also include social skills training, which will be conducted by Dr. Kelly Brown, from Student Wellness Services. Participants will determine what the group looks like, and what activities and discussions are had each week. We are here for you to stop by whenever you desire. The drop in style of this group means that anyone can stop by at any time, and you can attend meetings when you feel you need it—without feeling like you have to attend every meeting.

Facilitated by: Kelly Brown, PhD
5:30 - 7 pm in the Library


Compassion Focused Therapy: Foundation of Mental/Physical Well-Being

Compassion Focused Therapy is based on the recent research that our brain is naturally hardwired to respond with kindness, compassion and a sense of collaboration, rather than with self-criticism, self-loathing and competitiveness to achieve personal and social wellbeing and accomplishment in life. The research results have also shown the effectiveness of compassion and self-compassion for reducing symptoms of clinical conditions such as depression and anxiety as well as trauma. Compassion and self-compassion broaden positive attitudes and qualities in practitioners’ lives. This group program includes foundation practices of focused attention, open awareness and relaxation methods, actual practices of loving-kindness, self-compassion, compassion, gratitude or rejoicing, thought/emotion regulation, resilience and expanding practices of positive attitudes/qualities toward prosocial activities. Participants will learn methods to cultivate healthier perspectives and relationships regarding their bodies, feelings, thoughts and emotions, and interactions with others.

Facilitated by: Jamyang Tsultrim, LMHC
3:30 - 5:00 pm in SEM 1

Coping Skills for Trauma

This group helps us build a toolkit for coping for with trauma by utilizing art and writing.  We will learn grounding skills to use in moments of distress and have a weekly space to practice new self-care skills.

Facilitated by: Quinn Russell, LMHCA
6:00 - 7:30 pm in SEM 1


Eco Therapy

Studies show that connection to our natural environment can reduce anxiety, improve mood, restore attention, and increase resilience.  This group will work in relationship with our natural surroundings to help us build skills to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.  Activities will include forest walks, activities to learn mindfulness and coping skills, and group processing time, all while immersed in the beauty of the Evergreen woods.

Facilitated by: Quinn Russell, LMHCA
10:30 - 12:00 pm in the Evergreen Woods


An easy to access online program that provides support for anxiety, depression and other common concerns. TAO includes videos and complete skill-building exercises. Sign up here.