The Student Counseling Center offers a variety of groups for different student populations, presenting concerns, and personal development opportunities. Groups can be a great way to improve and/or maintain mental health while connecting with others who have similar experiences. See below for current group offerings.
Gender & Sexuality Support Group
an lgbtq+ and ally-friendly support group for JU students
Tuesdays 4:15-5:00pm, Center for Gender & Sexuality Office | Open to all JU Students
Led by: Rosie Zacarias, B.A., & Kameela George, B.S.
You are good and you are enough just as you are! This group is a safe space for LGBTQ+ students and allies to discuss a variety of topics surrounding identity, gender, and sexuality, and to build community and support through shared experiences. Join us anytime, no registration or ongoing commitment required.
In The Swell
A mindfulness meditation group for the JU community
Fridays 1:30-2:15pm, Outside Botts Hall | Open to all JU students, faculty, and staff
Led by: Dr. Jaime Jenkins
Imagine the rise and fall of ocean waves, with dolphins frolicking playfully in the swell, and surfers patiently waiting for just the right moment to start paddling. This is a moment of mindfulness, which involves practices that help reduce physical responses of anxiety, enhance mental clarity, increase focus, and improve performance. Join us for a guided session of mindful meditation, visualization, or relaxation, and group discussion about meditation practices. Anyone at JU wanting to learn more about the power of the present moment may participate, no experience or ongoing commitment required.
Dates: 2/10, 2/24, 3/3, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21
Circle of Support
A grief & loss support group for JU student athletes
Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm | Contact Dr. Jaime Jenkins at 352-514-5464 for a consultation
Led by: Dr. Jaime Jenkins
One of the most effective ways to heal after a traumatic loss is to build connections with others in a supportive space. This group will provide a safe space for compassionate connection with others who have experienced losing a loved one, a teammate, or a family member, and for those who are supporting loved ones going through the grieving process.
A group for injured & recovering JU student athletes
Mondays 7:30pm, DCOB 128 | Open to JU Student Athletes
Led by: Student Athletes Gabby Holtrop & Tino Chiweshe, w/ JU Counselors Tiffany Cummins, B.S. & Stephanie Grebe, B.A.
Support is essential through all seasons of the student athlete experience. The Student Counseling Center has partnered with SAAC to offer this group for student athletes who are currently injured or who have recovered from an injury. Injuries can be big or small, physical or mental! Group meetings will consist of informal conversations led by student athlete leaders and facilitated by JU Counselors.
The Student Counseling Center offers one-hour educational workshops on a variety of topics. These are intended to provide students with skills, resources, and activities to gain a greater understanding of yourself, others, and the world around you, and learn how to live a happy and fulfilling life here at JU and beyond. Workshops are available by request for individuals, clubs, classes, teams, organizations, and departments. If you would like to request this for your group, fill out an Outreach Request Form at least two weeks in advance of the requested date. Workshop options include:
Gain an understanding of stress – where it comes from, its purpose, what it looks like – and what you can do to respond to stress healthily and effectively. You’ll learn how to restructure your thoughts, practice mindfulness, and engage in calming and relaxation techniques to help you stress less and thrive in your life as a college student and beyond.
Using Your Strengths
Use the VIA Character Strengths Survey to do a deep dive into harnessing the power of personal strengths in your life as a college student. You’ll identify your own top strengths, explore how they impact all the different areas of your life, and create a goal for growing and maximizing your strengths in your everyday life.
Not just spa days, shopping sprees, and weekend trips - we're talking about real, authentic self-care: The things that feed into who you are as an individual, representing respect, self-compassion, connection, rest, and so much more. Take a deep dive into the nine dimensions of wellness, and explore practical ways to invest in yourself in your everyday life.
BASIC Counseling Skills 101
Intended for student leaders, this interactive workshop introduces the very basics of counseling skills to effectively engage in conversations about struggle, needs, and support. Participants will practice skills with each other, process their experiences, and brainstorm strategies for navigating potentially challenging situations.
We can create a custom workshop to fit your group's needs. Please provide us with as much information as possible regarding your ideas, needs, and goals for the workshop.