University Counseling and Testing Service

Groups for Fall 2014

The ISU Counseling and Testing Service offer a variety of weekly groups in order to meet the various needs of the diverse students we serve. Groups are a powerful way to bring about meaningful change in the interpersonal, emotional, or personal challenges we face. We encourage students to utilize these services as they work toward overcoming difficulties and improving their lives. Contact the ISU Counseling & Testing Service at (208) 282-2130 to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors to discuss joining a group.


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Interpersonal groups are an effective way to gain support from other individuals dealing with a variety of personal concerns. It is an opportunity to address boundaries, emotional intimacy, increase self-awareness, and practice new behaviors in a safe, confidential environment. Students are encouraged to interact with each other in an honest and genuine manner as they provide and receive feedback to each other.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This group focuses on mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation skills. Individuals who have difficulty managing intense emotions, stressful life events, problematic relationships, or act impulsively may benefit from learning DBT skills. Fall 2014 will emphasize mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness and spring 2015 will address emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to improve focus, reduce harmful stress reactions, and improve immune system functioning. Open to students, staff, faculty, and community members. No experience with meditation is necessary to attend, and there is no charge. Please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire session to minimize disruptions. No need to commit to the entire series.

Pond Student Union - Clearwater Room
Fridays 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Aug. 29th-Dec. 12th 2014(Except for Oct. 17th and Nov. 28th)

Social Skills

This group is for people who feel shy and inhibited in social interactions or feel like they don't know the social "rules." We will learn about and practice various aspects of communication and relationship issues in a safe and fun environment. This group is appropriate for students with Asperger's or Autism Spectrum Disorder and for students who feel like they could benefit from learning about social skills in a group of peers.



The University Counseling and Testing Service serves Idaho State University with a dual mission. Our counseling services mission is to support the academic, emotional, social, vocational, spiritual, cultural, and professional development of students and other members of the ISU community by offering counseling, assessment, outreach, consultation, training, and educational and health promotion services. Our testing services mission is to initiate and provide a secure, professional, and proctored testing environment to meet individual, University, and community needs for admission, certification, licensure, correspondence, course placement, job placement, and academic course exams.


We support and affirm the University's core values of learning, diversity, engagement, leadership, responsiveness, and responsibility. In so doing, we commit to a counseling and testing work environment that is welcoming and comfortable for all individuals, regardless of race, sex, gender, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, spiritual identification, national origin, or disability. We further commit to an ethical, efficient, and wise use of both our fiscal and human resources in support of our dual mission.

Learning Outcomes

The University Counseling and Testing Service plays a critical role in the educational, health, and wellness missions of Idaho State University. Our learning outcomes reflect our commitment to the safety and success of all ISU Students.
Learning Outcomes


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209