Groups and Workshops


Working together, helping one another

You are invited to join a group at Broene! Groups are a place to grow and thrive, a place to receive support from others in the midst of life's challenges, a place to learn about yourself and practice healthy coping skills.

Groups are organized around a variety of themes, and typically include 5–10 students. They are scheduled based on your availability. All groups are free and confidential, and all are facilitated by a trained counselor.

Please fill out this sign-up form to let us know your schedule and group interests—once four or more students have expressed interest in a group, we will coordinate schedules and get back to you with details. Alternatively, you can sign up (or ask questions) by contacting Broene directly at 616-526-6123 or We look forward to growing together!

Group descriptions

General groups | Topical groups | Skill-building groups

General groups

Expressive Arts

Through drawing, coloring, and painting, members of this group use visually creative means to explore their thoughts and feelings. No artistic experience or skill required.

Men's Process

Participants in this group are provided with an opportunity to explore questions related to masculine roles and identity, both on personal and societal levels.

Striving & Thriving

Are you yearning for an opportunity to understand yourself better? This group provides a supportive context in which to experience open and honest engagement with peers about your issues and concerns.

Topical groups

Bridges (transitions)

Are you in the midst of a major life adjustment, such as being new to campus or returning from an Off-Campus Programs study experience? If so, you are invited to tell your story, explore new perspectives, and share support as you create a bridge between experiences.

Coping With Depression & Anxiety (mood)

Feeling sad or worried? Come receive and share support with others who understand. Information regarding effective coping with depression and anxiety will be provided.

Eating Disorders

Students recovering from eating disorders are invited to receive and share support with others who understand.

LGBTQ Support

This lunch group enables students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning to support one another through dialogue, educational growth, and mutual understanding.

Men's Survivor Support

Confidential support is provided in a safe environment for male-identified students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact, either as children or adults.

Practically Perfect (perfectionism)

Do you feel like what you accomplish is never quite good enough? This group will help with focusing on understanding, channeling and challenging perfectionism.

Step One for Females (pornography)

Female-identified students who are struggling with pornography use or other compulsive sexual behavior are invited to work towards freedom through this group, which provides a safe and confidential environment to process concerns, receive support, and work towards goals.

Step One for Males (pornography)

This group is for male-identified students who are struggling with pornography use and desire to be free.

Strides (pornography)

Female-identified students negatively affected by the pornography use of others (such as partners or family members) are invited to share support through this group.

Taking Control (substance abuse)

This group provides support to students who would like to explore and address the impact of alcohol or drugs on their lives.

Women's Survivor Support

Confidential support is provided in a safe environment for female-identified students who have experienced unwanted sexual contact, either as children or adults.

Working Thru Grief

Students who have experienced a loss are invited to discuss their feelings, learn effective coping skills, find ways to remember loved ones, and begin to heal.

Skill-building groups

Building Resilience

Practice and process skills learned in DBT Core Skills group to improve ability to manage emotions and interpersonal effectiveness. Prerequisite: Completion of DBT Core Skills (see below)

DBT Core Skills

Learn skills for managing intense emotions including, core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.


Would you like to increase feelings of gratitude, joy, compassion, and resilience? Join us in learning and practicing the art of happiness, utilizing and expanding on the award-winning documentary HAPPY.

Mindfulness Meditation

Learn to manage stress and calm intense emotions through the practice of mindfulness meditation—the art of paying attention nonjudgmentally to the present moment.

Section One (9/8–10/20): Thursdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Section Two (9/28–11/16): Wednesdays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Section Three (10/31–12/12): Mondays, 3:30–4:45 p.m.