Student Counseling Service Events

Spring 2014




Assertiveness Workshop

Tuesday, 2/4/14, 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Monday, 3/3/14, 4:10-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, 4/3/14, 3:20-4:10 p.m.

Do you find it challenging to clearly communicate what you want, express your feelings, needs, and opinions, and stand up for your rights when they are threatened or taken advantage of? If so, join us for this 50 minutes workshop to learn skills designed to help you be more assertive with others. Pre-registration is required two business days prior to the workshop.


Career Assessment Workshop: Using the Strong Interest Inventory to Help Identify Career Interests

Wednesday, 3/5/14, 4-5 p.m. 

Thursday, 3/27/14, 3:45-4:45 p.m.  

Tuesday, 4/8/14, 3-4 p.m. 

Friday,  4/25/14,  10-11:00 a.m. 

Learn how to match interests with academic majors and occupations. Registration and completion of the interest inventory are needed three business days prior to the workshop.


Career Assessment Workshop: Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to Help Identify Personality Characteristics

Wed, 3/26/14,  1-2 p.m.   

Thur. 4/17/14,  1-2 p.m.   

Learn how to incorporate your personality into career planning. Registration and completion of personality measure are needed three business days prior to the workshop.


Understanding Worthiness Workshop

Tuesday, 2/18/14, 2:30-3:20 p.m.

Monday, 3/24/14, 1:50-2:40 p.m.

Thursday, 4/17/14, 1-1:50 p.m.

This 50 minutes workshop is designed to help participants begin to understand the concept of worthiness. We will explore this by looking at the areas of self-esteem, self-compassion and perfectionism. Pre-registration is required.




Graduate Students Support

Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Do you wonder how to balance all the demands of being a graduate student? Are you concerned about relationships with members of your graduate cohort, friends, advisors and professors? Do you sometimes experience feelings of inadequacy (“imposter syndrome”)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come be part of this support group that provides a safe and supportive setting for students to process challenges and concerns related to their graduate school experience. Invest 90 of the 10080 minutes you have each week in your well-being.  Screening is required to participate in this group.

Facilitator: Esther Wright-Wilson


International Students Support (CANCELLED)

Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Would you like to learn more about U.S. cultures and practice English speaking skills? Feeling lonely and want to connect with other international students?  Feeling different from others? Fearful of asking for help?  Not performing well in school? You are not alone. Discuss your experiences with other international students. Meet people who understand. Offer support to others.  Join the support group free. Pre-registration is required.

Facilitator: Dr. Gisela Lin


Managing Anxiety (CLOSED)

Fridays, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.

Is anxiety and stress adversely affecting areas of your life such as your academic performance and social interactions? If so, join us for a semi-structured group designed to help you increase awareness of your personal reactions to stressors, learn anxiety management techniques, practice breathing and relaxation exercises, and gain support from others.  The group will meet once per week, for 7 weeks. Screening is required to participate in this group.

Facilitators: Carlos Orozco & Esther Wright-Wilson


Mature Aggie Women Support and Personal Growth

Tuesdays, 5:10 to 6:40 p.m.

Wednesdays, 12:40 to 2:10 p.m.

These groups provide a safe and supportive environment for female students to explore and work on academic and personal issues. Issues and topics are determined by group members, but often include adjustment to A&M; personal, romantic, peer and professor relationships; self-confidence and self-esteem; stress management; and finding balance and perspective in the complex personal and academic life experienced by graduate or undergraduate women who are older than the typical undergraduate age.  Screening appointment with group leader(s) required.

Facilitator: Kerry Hope


Returning Veterans

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Are you having a hard time readjusting to college life? Is reconnecting with family and friends who may not understand your experiences challenging? Do you find yourself depressed, angry, or anxious at times and in ways that did not occur before deployment? This group is for students who are returning to A&M after deployment and/or combat. It provides support, understanding, and suggestions to help students deal with the readjustment challenges unique to returning veterans. Screening is required to participate in this group.

Facilitator: Nancy Welch


Substance Abuse and Addiction Group 

Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

This semi-structured group is for students who are interested in changing the way in which they use substances. Many students find that college is a time when they are experimenting with new things including drugs and alcohol. If not regulated in healthy ways, however, excesses can be destructive and undermine one’s academic, relational, and fitness goals. Although group members will share the commonality of wanting to modify their use of substances, we will not be exclusively focused on substance use. Rather, the group will reflect on the broad range of circumstances in one’s life that may be associated with a student’s substance use. The group is open, meaning members can join at any point during the semester. This is a non-judgmental place where you will find support, encouragement, accountability, insight, and new friends who are like-minded. 

Facilitators: Jason Hindman & Sarah Spinella


Thesis/Dissertation Support Group

Tuesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

This group is for graduate students struggling with the process of writing a thesis or dissertation. Group topics include issues of competence, procrastination, anxiety, goal-setting, and bureaucratic struggles. Screening is required to participate in this group.

Facilitator: Brian Williams


Understanding Self and Others (CLOSED)

Tuesdays, 2-3:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 2:30-4 p.m.

In this group, through interactions with other group members, you will better understand yourself and your relationship patterns, and develop ways of changing these patterns to improve your relationships.  You will have opportunities to observe your own and others’ emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and reactions as they occur. Screening is required to participate in this group.

Facilitators:  Jason Hindman & Kari Keller; Bethany Smith & Courtney Nelson


Women of Color

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

This group is for female students from U.S. ethnic groups (e.g., Latina/Hispanic, Asian American, African American, Native American, etc.) and other countries.  It provides a safe and supportive environment to discuss the influence of race/ethnicity/culture on family of origin concerns, relationship difficulties, trauma experiences (e.g., abuse, violence), and academic and/or career concerns.  This group also helps members explore the impact of race/ethnicity/culture on identity (e.g., sexual orientation, gender, religion, class, citizenship status, etc.), developmental, and transnational (e.g., migration, documentation, acculturation) concerns. A screening with co-leaders is required to participate in the group.

Facilitators: Iris Carrillo & Gisela Lin