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? The Center for Counseling and Wellness 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? Stop by the Center for Counseling & Wellness to set up a brief screening—a counselor will work with you to identify which of the resources at our center is the best fit for your needs and goals. 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 Counseling & Wellness may be asked to complete one of these services first. (Data shows that students report higher benefit from workshops and group therapy as compared to individual therapy at Counseling & Wellness in a number of different areas.) Students are encouraged to communicate openly with their screening counselor regarding any additional needs.

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 counseling@calvin.edu. Students who have not completed a screening during this academic year will be scheduled for a brief screening prior to participating in a workshop or group. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Fall 2019

These workshops provide a confidential and supportive environment where you can learn to strengthen your emotional wellness and build resilience amidst life’s challenges. New clients will be scheduled for a brief screening at CCW prior to participating in a workshop.

Workshop options
  • Anxiety Toolbox

    Learn and practice skills for reducing anxiety.

    • Time: Wednesdays, 4–5 p.m.
    • Section 1: Sep 4–Sep 18
    • Section 2: Sep 25–Oct 9
    • Section 3: Oct 16–Nov 6
    • Section 4: Nov 13–Dec 4
  • Getting Unstuck

    Learn and practice skills for reducing depression.

    • Time: Tuesdays 4–5 p.m.
    • Section 1: Sep 10–Sep 24
    • Section 2: Oct 1–Oct 15
    • Section 3: Oct 29–Nov 12
    • Section 4: Nov 19–Dec 10
  • Caring for Yourself LAB

    Work the skills you've learned for reducing anxiety and depression with the support of a counselor

    • Time: Thursdays 4–5 p.m.
    • September 19 through December 5

This drop-in series provides you with an opportunity to pause and actively care for yourself in the midst of a stressful semester, learning coping techniques that will help you throughout life. Offered in collaboration with ResLife, each month of programming features a different theme related to resilience. Activities include yoga, art therapy, mindfulness, etc. All Calvin students welcome!

  • Location: Schultze-Eldersveld (SE) basement study room
  • Time: Tuesdays, 8–9 p.m.
  • Theme: Self-Care
    • September 10: Introducing Thrive!
    • September 17: Yoga
    • September 24: Yoga
  • Theme: Vulnerability
    • October 1: Thrive! activity
    • October 8: Yoga
    • October 15: Yoga
    • October 29: Thrive! activity
  • Theme: Connectedness
    • November 5: Yoga
    • November 12: Yoga
    • November 19: Thrive! activity
    • December 3: Thrive! activity

Groups are an opportunity for you to go in-depth with your thoughts, feelings and experiences—an opportunity to practice authenticity in a confidential and safe environment. Groups are arranged around topics or shared goals. New clients will be scheduled for a brief screening at CCW prior to participating in a group.

  • Anxiety 2.0

    Deepen practives for managing anxiety effectively.

    • Time: Tuesdays 4–5 p.m.
  • The Body Project

    Learn to love your body, just as it is (for women).

    • Times:
    • Wednesdays 6:30–8 p.m.
    • Section one: Sep 25–Oct 16
    • Section two: Oct 30–Nov 20
  • Expressive Arts

    Use visually creative means to explore thoughts and feelings.

    • Time: Mondays 3:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Mindfulness Meditation

    Learn to manage stress and calm intense emotions through the practice of mindfulness meditation.

    • Times:
    • Thursdays 3:30–4:45 p.m. (Sep 5–Oct 17)
    • Wednesdays 3:30–4:45 p.m. (Sept 25–Nov 13)
    • Thursdays 3:30–4:45 p.m. (Oct 28–Dec 9)
  • Practically Perfect

    Understand, challenge, and effectively channel perfectionism.

      Time: TBD
  • Practicing Mindfulness

    Calm stress with a guided 20-min meditation in the Welness Room.

    • Time: Fridays 1:30–2 p.m.
  • The REgroup

    Process thoughts and feelings about race and race relations.

    • Time: Tuesdays 5:30–7 p.m. (2nd week of every month, beginning Oct 8)
  • Step One for Men

    Find support in freedom from pornography use (for men).

    • Time: Mondays 3:30–4:45 p.m.
  • Step One for Women

    Find support in freedom from pornography use (for women).

    • Time: Tuesdays 3:30–4:45 p.m.
  • Survivor Support

    Work toward healing from unwanted sexual contact (for women).

    • Time: Thursdays 3:30–4:45 p.m.
  • Taking Control

    Practice a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol.

    • Time: Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Unstuck 2.0

    Deepen practices for managing depression effectively.

    • Time: Mondays 3:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Without Shame

    Receive support related to sexual and/or gender identity in a safe, confidential, and agenda-free space.

    • Time: Tuesdays 5–6 p.m.
    • Time: Fridays 12:30–1:20 p.m.
  • Working Through Grief

    Share and process feelings of grief.

    • Time: Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Cost and schedule

All Counseling & Wellness services are offered free of charge. Given that the subject of each workshop and group builds from week to week, committed students are typically asked to attend all sessions of a workshop or group. While workshops last for three weeks, groups can last up to a full semester. Please note that there is a $15 fee for missed sessions without notice, including workshops and most groups.

3:30–5:30 p.m.

Expressive Arts

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Unstuck 2.0

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Step One for Men

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation Session III (10/28–12/09)

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Step One for Women

4–5 p.m.

Getting Unstuck

4–5 p.m.

Anxiety 2.0

5–6 p.m.

Without Shame

5:30–7 p.m.

The REgroup

8–9 p.m.

Thrive! Programs

  • September: Self-Care
  • October: Vulnerability
  • November/December: Connectedness

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation Session II (9/25–11/13)

4–5 p.m.

Anxiety Toolbox

6:30–8 p.m.

The Body Project

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation Session I (9/5–10/17)

3:30–4:45 p.m.

Survivor Support

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Working Through Grief

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Taking Control

4–5 p.m.

Caring for Yourself LAB

1:30–2 p.m.

Practicing Mindfulness