Group Counseling and Workshops

CTS offers both weekly workshops and by-appointment groups. If a workshop is indicated as a zoom drop-in workshop, students can attend virtual workshops sessions weekly or on an as-needed basis without an appointment. If a group is indicated as a group in which a screening appointment is needed, an individual must schedule a screening prior to attending the group to determine if the group will be able to meet their needs. By-appointment groups require a weekly commitment.

  • Please see our workshop list to determine if any workshops would fit you. If a virtual Zoom workshop feels appropriate, feel free to connect via Zoom a few minutes prior to the start of the workshop; if you are experiencing suicidal ideation, please call CTS at 940-565-2741. 

  • For those signed up for closed groups, you will be contacted by your group leader concerning scheduling.

Thank you for your interest in the Counseling & Testing Workshops! Please be sure to read the acknowledgments before clicking on the link.

Workshop Acknowledgements:

  • I am available to attend this workshop session or series at the designated time.
  • I have access to a private space from which to participate in the workshop as well as the necessary technology (e.g., reliable internet access, computer with webcam and speakers).
  • I understand that this is not a therapy group, and I am not becoming a CTS client by attending.
  • I understand that I will not have any mental health records or diagnoses by attending this workshop.
  • I can contact CTS at 940-565-2741 or email if I need services or help with a crisis situation.


Drop-In Workshops

Please check in with the front desk to attend workshops

All groups & workshops are located in Chestnut Hall 313 unless otherwise stated.

Coping Skills Workshop

Fridays (weekly)


How do we make it through difficult situations, emotions, and relationships? There are actually skills we can learn to help us cope, manage, and thrive through life's challenges. In this group, we will learn and practice skills in the following areas:

  • Mindfulness and relaxation
  • Assertive communication
  • Emotional awareness and identification
  • Tolerating pain and distress
  • Healthy relationships

Start Date: September 22nd

Mindfulness & Meditation for Mental Health

Wednesdays (weekly)


13-week workshop meeting for 1 hour in which participants will learn and be led in the practice of a technique for meditation and mindfulness and be provided with psychoeducation on skills as related to supporting mental health. The objective of the group is to introduce and support students in the practice as they develop greater agency in where their minds go.  

Start Date: September 5th

Connecting Through Music

Wednesdays (weekly)


We will listen to different types of music together and discuss ways music helps people express their emotions and connect with others. Group leader will bring in songs of various genres each week but will also encourage attendees to bring in songs that they would like to share with the group. Attendees will be encouraged to share how they feel about the music that is played in the group.

Start Date: September 14th

Art Therapy Open Studio

Tuesdays & Fridays (weekly) 


Art Therapy Group is a safe place to explore and express feelings, manage stress and anxiety, and explore new art materials. New media will be presented with an intervention designed to facilitate expression, promote relaxation or just for fun.  Focusing on the process of art making rather than the finished product is encouraged to challenge perfectionistic tendencies and practice mindfulness.

Limited space available.

Start Date: August 29th

Healthy Relationships

Thursdays (biweekly) 


A biweekly workshop that provides students a safe space to explore issues related to interpersonal relationships, which may include but are not limited to boundaries, communication skills, family and cultural needs, friendship, attachment needs, self-care, and coping skills.

Start Date: September 21st


Consultation Hour

Wednesdays (Weekly, Virtual; Faculty & Staff Only) 3:00PM-4:00PM

Thursdays (Biweekly, In-Person; Faculty Only) 11:00AM-12:00PM

University Union 249 (Faculty Lounge)

Counseling & Testing Services is offering a drop-in hour at the Faculty Lounge for Faculty and Staff to ask questions or consult with a counselor regarding a specific concern or regarding any of the following topics:

  1. Personal Mental Health and available resources
  2. Student Mental Health and available resources
  3. Assisting students in distress
  4. Warning signs to be aware of
  5. Burnout prevention
  6. Suicide prevention

Link to Workshop

Start Date: August 23rd


Thursdays (biweekly) 


A bi-weekly workshop that provides neurodiversity students a safe space to better understand neurodiversity, experience support through a sense of community, and discuss challenges faced as a college student. A strong focus on validating and normalizing experiences of neurodiversity students by providing psychoeducation about neurodiversity, exploring resources and avenues for advocacy, role modeling empathy and support in a group setting, self-discovery, identity exploration, and empowering students through a sense of community.

Start Date: September 14th

Great Expectations

Wednesdays (weekly) 


This workshop will highlight the importance of managing academic expectations as students transition from high school to college. This includes understanding the effects our expectations can have on our self-esteem & self-efficacy when they do not align with our previous academic performance from high school. During this workshop, students will learn how to set achievable goals that allow them to adjust to a new academic environment while learning new material. Students will also learn how to challenge irrational thinking centered upon academic perfection and self-calming exercises to help decrease academic distress.

Start Date: September 13th

Surviving Semester Break

October 10th & 24th

November 7th & 14th


This four-part workshop meeting in which students will receive psychoeducation on mind-body connection, and learn breathing and yoga techniques coping skills, strategies, and a safe space to approach concerns with returning home and/or leaving campus during semester breaks. Objective of the group is to help participants increase their understanding of resources and strategies as they navigate their semester break.  

Start Date: October 10th

Walking Through Grief

Wednesdays (weekly)


This is a 10 week workshop meeting in which students will receive psychoeducation on grief, coping skills, and a safe space to process loss with the support from peers. Objective of the group is to help participants increase their understanding of, normalize and embrace their emotions during their grieving process while learning strategies to cope with loss in a supportive environment.

Start Date: September 13th

International Student Circle

Wednesdays (biweekly)


Marquis Hall Rm. 107

This workshop is a support circle dedicated to providing a safe, open space for international students to come to share their experiences, concerns, struggles, and learn skills and strategies to help manage in a time of uncertainty and change.

Start Date: September 6th

Let's Talk: Mental Health and the Performer

Thursdays (biweekly)


Radio, TV, Film, & Performing Arts (RTFP) Lobby

An open space for student of the Theater & Dancer Department to drop in and learn more about the services that CTS provides to students on campus. This includes information on therapy groups, workshops, outreach events, and campus activities involvement.

Start Date: September 15th


Closed Therapy/Support Groups (Screening Appointment Required)


Survivors of Sexual Assault (SOSA) Group

Mondays (weekly)


SOSA is a closed process/support group focused on understanding the impact of sexual assault, provide coping tools, support and a safe venue for processing the client’s personal healing journey. The group will be formatted as a 10-week group focused on processing and support. Some topics of the group may include: Myths of sexual assault, effects of sexual assault, physical, emotional, and cognitive coping, relationships, healing, change, legacy, self-compassion, forgiveness, and hope. Members of this group will have experienced sexual trauma but will not be asked to disclose details of their trauma to the group. Members will however be asked to talk about their personal healing journey, process emotional reactions, reveal effects of the assault, as well as discuss coping strategies and obstacles to change. Members will be asked to participate in activities, learning coping skills, practicing coping or homework activities outside of group which may include creative activities, writing statements describing the effects of their trauma, cognitive behavioral exercises, mindfulness exercises, and journaling.

Start Date: September 18th

Project Self

Wednesdays (weekly)


Project Self is a closed psycho-educational group focused on improving self-esteem through development of self-awareness, compassion, and acceptance. Objectives also focus on goal setting skills, identifying unhelpful thinking, assertiveness, and boundary setting skills. This is a 7 week group. Each session topic builds on the session before and offers new opportunities for skills application and practice. 

Start Date: October 4th