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. Any Miami student is welcome to register and watch the workshops.

 

Mindful Art
Wednesday, 6/10/2020, 2pm EST 

Mindfulness is mentally focusing on one’s awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging and accepting own feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. These exercises can decrease anxiety symptoms and increase overall well-being. To fully participate in this 20 minute mindful art workshop you will need paper and some form of writing utensil such as colored pencils, pens, or paint.  Having color options is great, but not necessary.  (No art experience is needed)  

Mindful Art Workshop

 

Thinking about Thinking
Monday, 6/15/2020, 2pm EST

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 

 

Interpersonal Objectives: Get What You Want
Tuesday, 6/23/2020, 1pm EST

This workshop covers the basics of interpersonal relationships and DEAR MAN, a skill to help you effectively communicate your needs to other people.

 Interpersonal Objectives

 

Biofeedback Breathing
Wednesday, 7/1/2020, 2pm EST 

Research shows that your mood is related to your physiological state. Bio-feedback trains you to change your physiological state to improve your mood! This workshop will cover different effective breathing techniques.

Biofeedback Breathing

 

Remote Studying and Stress Management
Monday, 7/6/2020, 2pm EST 

Stress is something that we all feel, and this workshop will address stress as a whole, different stress management skills and its impact on studying.

Studying and Stress Management

 

Body Image and your “Summer Body:” Love the Skin You’re in
Wednesday, 7/15/2020, 2pm EST 

With fun in the sun can also come some pressure related to having the "perfect" summer body. This workshop will address factors that drive the summer body ideal, define positive body image and equip you with tools to accept and love the skin you're in! 

Body Image

 

Cultivating Self-Compassion
Thursday, 7/23/2020, 3pm EST

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

Self Compassion

 

Choose to Snooze: Sleep Hygiene
Thursday, 7/30/2020, 2pm EST 

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

 Sleep Hygiene


 


 

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."