Groups and Workshops

Virtual Workshops

SCS is excited to offer weekly Live Webinar Workshops! Each week there will be different topics presented by one of our staff for about 30 minutes. Additionally, each week there will be a workshop focused on how to cope during COVID19, and these sessions will allow for general questions and comments after the workshop via chat. Any Miami student is welcome to register and watch the workshops.

Wednesday, 9/9/20, 2pm EST- Cultivating Self Compassion

This workshop will cover the basics of self-compassion and ideas on how to put it into practice to foster self care.

Cultivating Self Compassion 

 

*Friday, 9/11/20, 2pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID19

 

Monday, 9/14/20, 2pm EST- Thinking about Thinking

This workshop will help attendees understand the role of thoughts in the formation of feelings and behaviors and give strategies for addressing unhelpful thought patterns.

 Thinking about Thinking

 

* Friday, 9/18/20, 2pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

Monday, 9/21/2020, 3pm EST- Building Resilience

We are all facing challenges and adversities in different ways throughout our daily lives. This workshop will cover what resilience is and how it can help you, as well as present a brief exercise for helping you to improve your own resilience skills. Have pen and paper available to make the most out of this workshop!

Building Resilience

 

*Thursday, 9/24/20, 2pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

*Tuesday, 9/29/20, 4pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

Wednesday, 9/30/20, 3pm EST- Shame & Vulnerability

This workshop will help attendees explore the often painful experiences of shame, how we cope with those experiences, and the ways in which shame is so much more than a negative emotion, enabling us to foster connection, learning, and growth.

Shame & Vulnerability

 

Monday, 10/5/20, 1pm EST- Expressive Writing: Creative Coping for 2020

This workshop will support attendees in learning to use expressive writing as a way to cope and build resilience. This form of writing was developed by psychologist James Pennebaker to help individuals connect with, express, and understand emotions following stressful life events.

Expressive Writing 

 

*Monday, 10/5/20, 2pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

Monday, 10/12/20, 2pm EST- Practicing Gratitude

This workshop will explore how we can use gratitude as a tool to manage our stress and anxiety, as well as build resilience.

Gratitude

 

*Thursday, 10/15/20, 2pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

*Monday, 10/19/20, 2pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID 

 

Friday, 10/23/20, 1:30 pm EST- Choose to Snooze

Having trouble sleeping lately? Counting sheep not working? This workshop will cover how to get better sleep hygiene and choose to snooze better!

 Choose to Snooze

 

*Tuesday, 10/27/20, 2pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

Wednesday, 10/28/20, 2pm EST- Fair Fighting

This workshop will help attendees understand the barriers to healthy conflict and provide tools for effective communication. The goal is to better equip attendees to engage in "fair fighting," which is a structured method for handling conflict with others, and address how this impacts relationships.

Fair Fighting 

 

Wednesday, 11/4/20, 3pm EST- Taking on Perfectionism

This workshop will help attendees recognize signs of perfectionism, and how it can be both helpful and unhelpful. Attendees will learn strategies to address unhelpful perfectionism.

Perfectionism 

 

*Thursday, 11/5/20, 4pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

Monday, 11/9/20, 3:30 pm EST- Mindfulness & your Senses

Our mind tends to wander and then we have to redirect and focus our attention, this is referred to as mindfulness. This workshop will discuss mindfulness and its benefits, and share different ways to engage in practice using your senses.

 Mindfulness and Senses

 

*Tuesday, 11/10/20, 3:30 pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

*Tuesday, 11/17/20, 4:00 pm EST- Coping During COVID19

Coping During COVID

 

Monday, 11/16/20, 1:30 pm EST- Working through Unexpected Grief

This workshop will discuss how grief can occur in unexpected ways and how to work through, especially while at school.

Unexpected Grief

 


 

In-Person Groups & Workshops (currently not available)

People seek therapy for many reasons. Often, it is because they are dissatisfied with some aspect of their relationships, e.g., feeling alone/lonely, shy or awkward in social situations, having difficulty maintaining long-term relationships, dealing with conflict, or having difficulty communicating what they need. All of these concerns involve interpersonal functioning. Experience and research show that one of the best ways to address such concerns is in a group of other individuals struggling with similar difficulties.

What is the difference between individual and group counseling?

Being referred to a group can elicit a mixture of reactions. However, in spite of fear or anxiety, it is true that for many concerns, group therapy is an extremely rich, intense, and powerful road to personal growth.

Many people have the mistaken belief that group therapy is simply a more cost effective way of doing individual therapy. Thus, many people believe that they are receiving "second best treatment" and are being "cheated out" of individual attention from the therapist: this is simply not true. Research and experience show that group therapy can be in most cases as effective as individual therapy, and in many cases is considered the optimal treatment modality more effective and/or desirable than individual therapy for addressing certain concerns (i.e., Social Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, etc.). In group therapy you have access to two trained therapists and up to eight other "therapists" (other group members) who provide feedback.

Here are some benefits of being in a group:

Group can provide a much needed sense of not being alone in one's struggles. Many believe that everyone else's life is perfect, or that everyone "has it all together." In a group, you get to see that although others may look "perfect" on the outside, inside they are dealing with similar problems and insecurities.

Group provides a safe "laboratory" to work on problems. Typically, the very same interpersonal problems that bring you to the group will be demonstrated in the group. For example, let's say you feel socially awkward. In the group, you will also feel awkward. The difference is that in the group, other group members who care about you will give you feedback about how you come across to them. You will get different perspectives and suggestions on what to do from people. You could then actually experiment by trying these new suggestions in the group and get feedback on how you are changing.

A common question is: "How can other people who are trying to work on the same problem help me? They don't know the answers either!" Actually, it is not necessary for other group members to "know the answers," only that they be willing to support you in your journey. What tends to help is (a) for you to know that others know you are struggling, (b) for them to care enough to be honest with you to tell you what they see you doing that keeps you stuck, and (c) for them to help you find your own answers while supporting you in your decision and chosen path of:

  • Feeling good about helping others.
  • Learning about how others see you.
  • Learning new skills and gaining hope from seeing that others have had similar problems, and have survived and even thrived.

Groups are confidential: what is said in group stays in group. While we cannot guarantee the behavior of other student group members, our therapists take confidentiality very seriously and expect all members to take it seriously also. The importance and rules around confidentiality are typically discussed in the first group and we encourage everyone to voice their concerns, particularly since Miami University is a "small campus" and Oxford is a "small town."