Support groups to address single parenting, eating concerns or emotional health St. Thomas Newsroom October 9, 2000 The Personal Counseling Department in Counseling and Career Services will offer several groups for students this fall. If you would like to join one of these groups, please contact the individuals listed below for information. If you have an interest in another group that is not offered, please contact the groups’ coordinator, Sarah Armstrong, at (651) 972-6780.Single Parents Support Group Sometimes being a single parent is exhausting. You may feel isolated, overburdened and unappreciated. This group offers a place to meet with other single parents and talk about common concerns, develop ways to manage time and patience, and just get support for how hard it can be. The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 12, in Room 356, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.Free child care is provided (during the group meeting) in the Hormel Room, second floor, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. The co-leaders of this group are Sarah Armstrong and Sue Hendrickson. If you are interested in this group, call Sarah or Sue at (651) 962-6780.Eating Concerns Group This group is intended for people who have some concerns about their eating behavior, including people with symptoms of bulimia (bingeing and purging) or anorexia (self-starvation), and people who eat compulsively. The group offers a supportive place where you can grow in acceptance of your self and your body.The group will focus on issues identified by members as significant in the development and maintenance of their concern. Possible issues for discussion include changing destructive eating patterns, relationship issues and self-esteem. This group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Oct. 26, in the counseling center, third floor, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. The co-leaders of this group are Colette Kuhn and Wendy Close. If you are interested in this group, Call Colette or Wendy at (651) 962-6780 to schedule a brief intake session.Re-defining the Norm You may be wondering … Am I the only one? Do others share my situation? How do I come across to others? Where can I learn some strategies I can use at school and work? When and how do I disclose to faculty and staff? This group invites its participants to explore issues of emotional health and well-being in a confidential, supportive environment. Some topics for discussion include: learning about inclusiveness and cultural diversity; sharing experiences dealing with stigma and discrimination; developing both classroom and on-the-job problem-solving skills, enhancing communications skills.The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Nov. 2, in the counseling center, third floor, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. For a brief intake interview, or to learn more about the group, contact one of the co-leaders, Steve Maurer or Diane Strike, at (651) 962-6780.