In response to COVID-19 pandemic, group counseling services at the Student Counseling Center will be offered differently for Fall 2020 through pre-recorded video series and drop-in workshops as described below.
Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops
These weekly 50-minute workshops are intended to create a space for students to gain perspectives about mindfulness, discuss the Mindful Coping Practice Series offered by the counseling staff, experience a mindfulness meditation, navigate ways of developing a consistent mindful practice, and learn wisdom from each other’s lived experience. Please note that these drop-in workshops are not a substitute for counseling and do not constitute mental health treatment.
Offered each Wednesday at 11am, starting on September 9 and continuing throughout the fall semester. Pre-registration is not required, but you will need to enter your PUNet ID to read the workshop guidelines and access the zoom link. We look forward to seeing you on zoom!
The Student Counseling Center offers group counseling. Group counseling provides a safe environment for self-exploration and collaborative problem-solving, combining professional guidance and the support of your peers. Group counseling is an effective approach to many common concerns for college students, including: navigating difficult relationships, coping with anxiety, and feelings of isolation.
Skill-based groups are usually in a structure-based format because there is a specific theme or topic of discussion, and each group session is focused on a topic relevant to the overall theme. There is often a lesson or learning component, skills practice, and self-reflection. Our skill-based groups are offered as a 3-session series several times each semester. Requires pre-registration; contact information below.
Mindful Coping Group | This 3-session group focuses on using mindfulness exercises to enhance flexibility and develop insights about how you respond to distress. In-session writing reflections help you to get a better sense of your personal values and how you want to focus your energy in life.
Now available online as pre-recorded videos; follow along in the downloadable Student Workbook. Start with a brief Overview of the Mindful Coping Practice Series and then watch each 20-30 minute session: Session One, Session Two, and Session Three.
Wise Mind: Building Emotional Resiliency | A 3-session skill-based group that is designed to help you make a change in your life by learning mindfulness techniques and distress tolerance skills to manage difficult emotions and thoughts. Our hope is that these three sessions could provide you with a springboard from which to integrate skills into your daily life to build emotional resiliency.
Now available online as pre-recorded videos. Watch each half hour video of the Wise Mind Practice Series on the SCC playlist at the Pacific University youtube channel: Episode 1: Mindfulness, Episode 2: Building Emotional Resiliency, Episode 3: Emotion Regulation. Follow along in the downloadable workbook (see link beneath each video).
This group focuses on personal exploration and is currently offered only in Forest Grove. The group is unstructured and there is not a specific topic or plan for each group session. Members are encouraged to provide one another support and feedback, and to gain awareness of their own reactions to one another to develop greater relationship satisfaction. Counseling groups begin within the first four weeks of the semester and continue for the semester with 4-8 student participants. Process groups require an in-person pre-group consultation with the group facilitator(s); contact information below.
Understanding Self and Others | For people who are interested in increasing authenticity and satisfaction in relationships.