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 broene@calvin.edu. We look forward to growing together!

Group descriptions

  • 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.

  • Women's Process

    Connect with other women to talk honestly about what shapes our ideas about being a woman. Potential topics include relationships, body image, anger, self-care, and more.

  • 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, trans 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.

  • 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.

  • HAPPY

    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.