Skills Groups

Winter 2014 Offerings

Adult Children of Alcoholics
Day/Time: Fridays, March 14th to April 4th, 1:00 - 2:00p
Location: 204 STU
Description:  This group is for individuals who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional environment and as a result may feel different than others.  They may also have trouble managing feelings; have difficulty with relationships, and meeting their own needs.  Education topics will address learning healthy coping and healing.
Topics Covered:

* Session 1:  Education on the 14 Traits of an Adult Child of an Alcoholic (ACOA).  Education regarding the problems that arise from having been raised in this type of environment, and education regarding the solution.
* Session 2:  Education on the 4 Basic Family Roles of ACOA.  This will include discussing why these survival roles are unhealthy and how to transition unhealthy roles into strengths.
* Session 3:  The Solution-Part 1:  Education on changing unhealthy coping to healthy coping.  The following tops will be discussed “Talk, Feel, & Trust,” Boundaries, Relationships, and Developing Healthy Intimacy in Relationships.
* Session 4:  The Solution-Part 2:  Education on Grieving, Healing the Child Within, and Where to We Go From Here.


Drugs & Alcohol: Changing Your Use
Day/Time: Thursdays, starting February 6th, 2:30-4:00p
Location: 204 STU
Description: This group is designed to educate clients on the disease concept of chemical dependency and abuse. In addition, clients will learn the medical aspects of mood altering chemical use, how to recognize negative consequences of drug use, how to assess their current status regarding substance abuse and how to recognize as well as manage triggers.

Everyday Emotions
Day/Time: Tuesdays, starting February 11th, 2:00-3:00p
Location: 204 STU
Description: This eight week group focuses on the development and perfection of skills related to emotions. The group will introduce specific techniques for mindfully paying attention to emotions, improving interpersonal interactions, guiding one's own emotional experiences, and tolerating distress and unpleasant emotions. This group is based on strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy.


Healthy Relationships
Day/Time: Mondays, starting February 10th, 10:00-11:00a
Location: 204 STU
Description: This four week educational group is designed to help students learn how to establish and maintain healthy romantic relationships. Group participants will identify healthy and unhealthy characteristics of current and/or past relationships and be provided with info about appropriate relationship boundaries/interpersonal communication skills. A focus will be placed on using the skills acquired to make healthy relationship decisions. The group activities are designed for individual participants, although couples who are both GVSU students may benefit from attending the group.


How to Worry Well
Day/Time: Tuesdays, starting February 4th, 2:00-3:00p
Location: 204 STU
Description: This four week group is meant to help students learn strategies to manage stress, depression and anxiety. Participants will gain foundational knowledge for developing a practice that can be tailored to their own individual needs.


Women's Empowerment
Day/Time: Wednesdays, starting February 12th, 1:00-2:00p
Location: 204 STU
Description: This four week educational group is aimed at helping GVSU female identifying students achieve greater self-confidence and self-esteem in a variety of contexts. Society's expectations of women will be a main focus in this group. In addition, the 'ideal woman' will be described and challenged by group members. The meaning and challenges of being an educated woman in society, achieving healthy sexual identity, and achieving overall self-confidence and self-esteem will be discussed and explored in group as well. Handouts on empowerment techniques and local resources will be provided to encourage women to seek the support and encouragement from themselves and others.

To attend a skills group you must be referred by a counselor. Please schedule
an initial intake appointment by calling (616) 331-3266
or by stopping by our office: 204 STU.

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