Would you like to feel stronger? To learn coping skills for managing your emotions? To connect with peers and professionals who understand you and want to help? Broene is here for you! Check out these great seminars, workshops, and groups offered for free on campus.

Not sure which resource is right for you? Set up a brief screening at Broene to discuss your goals with a counselor. Given that a wide variety of personal difficulties are best addressed in the context of a seminar, workshop, or group, students seeking other services at Broene will be asked to complete one of these services as a first point of service. Data shows that students report higher benefit from group therapy as compared to individual therapy at Broene in a variety of areas. We hope that you’ll join us.

To sign up for a seminar, workshop, or group, click the sign-up button on this webpage. Or stop by our office (SC368), call us at 616–526–6123, or email us at broene@calvin.edu. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Stress is a natural part of the college experience. Stress Management Seminars provide students with tools and tips for channeling stress into success. Each seminar will focus on a different aspect of stress management, and students will benefit from attending multiple sessions. All seminars are presented by a Broene counselor. While signing up ahead of time is appreciated, drop-ins are welcome.

To learn more about dates and times see schedule

  • Dates: Second Thursday of each month (2/9, 3/9 & 4/13)
  • Times: 5–6 pm
  • Location: HH 217

Workshops meet for three sessions and provide students with specific tools for emotional wellness. All workshops are confidential and are facilitated by a Broene counselor. See workshop topics & schedules below.

To learn more about dates and times see schedule

Workshop options
  • RIO (Recognition…Insight…Openness…)

    Learn and practice skills for managing strong emotions in everyday life in order to feel more calm and controlled.

    • Time: Mondays 4–5 pm
    • Start dates: 2/13, 3/27 & 4/3
  • Getting Unstuck

    Learn and practice skills for managing and reducing depressed feelings in order to enjoy life more.

    • Time: Wednesdays 4–5 pm
    • Start dates: 2/8, 3/1, 3/29 & 4/19
  • Anxiety Toolbox

    Learn and practice skills for managing and reducing anxiety in order to feel strong through life’s challenges.

    • Time: Thursdays 4–5 pm
    • Start dates: 2/2, 2/23, 3/16, 4/13 & 4/27

Groups meet throughout each semester, providing an opportunity to go in-depth with your thoughts, feelings, and experiences —an opportunity to practice authenticity in a safe and supportive environment. Groups are arranged around topics or shared goals. All groups are confidential and are facilitated by a Broene counselor, and most are comprised of 5–10 students. See group topics and schedules below.

To learn more about dates and times see schedule

  • Expressive Arts

    Use visually creative means to explore thoughts and feelings (no artistic experience or skill required).

    • Times: Thursdays 3:30–4:45 pm
    • Facilitator: Shayne McNichols, MSW
  • Mindfulness Meditation

    Manage stress and calm intense emotions through the practice of mindfulness meditation

    • Section one: Thursdays 3:30–4:45 (2/2–3/16)
    • Section two: Wednesdays 3:30–4:45 (2/22–4/12)
    • Section three: Tuesdays 3:30–4:45 (3/14–5/9)
    • Facilitator: Irene Kraegel, PsyD
  • Step One for Men (pornography)

    Find support in freedom from pornography use

    • Times: Mondays or Fridays 3:30–4:45 pm
    • Facilitators: Chris Klein, MA, and Keith Louwerse, PsyD
  • Step One for Women (pornography)

    Find support in freedom from pornography use

    • Time: Tuesdays 3:30–4:45
    • Facilitator: Olja Haglund, LMSW
  • Survivor Support for Women

    Experience support in healing from unwanted sexual contact, either as a child or adult

    • Time: Wednesdays 3:30–4:45 pm
    • Facilitator: Christian Gibson, MSW
  • The REgroup

    Process thoughts and feelings about race and race relations, including witnessing, experiencing, or hearing about racially-based violence or harassment (students of all racial & ethnic identities welcome)

    • Time: Tuesdays 5–6 pm
    • Facilitator: Shayne McNichols
  • Working Thru Grief

    Discuss feelings of loss, learn effective coping skills, find ways to remember, and begin to heal

    • Time: Mondays 3:30–4:45
    • Facilitator: Bren Shantz, MA
Mondays
3:30–4:45 p.m.

Step One for Men, Section One
Working Thru Grief

4–5 p.m.

RIO Workshop (managing strong emotions)

Tuesdays
3:30–4:45 pm

Mindfulness Meditation, Section Three
Step One for Women

5–6 pm

The REgroup

Wednesdays
3:30–4:45 pm

Mindfulness Meditation, Section Two
Survivor Support for Women

4–5 pm

Getting Unstuck Workshop (managing depression)

Thursdays
3:30–4:45 pm

Expressive Arts
Mindfulness Meditation, Section One

4–5 pm

Getting Unstuck Workshop (managing depression)

5–6 pm

Stress Management Seminars —2nd Thursdays of each month (drop-ins welcome —HH217)

Fridays
3:30–4:30 pm

Step One for Men, Section Two