Group Counseling is often the most effective counseling intervention.
Counseling groups typically have 5-8 members and are led by one or two counselors. Most groups meet weekly for 75 minutes and run for a varying number of weeks. Both undergraduate and graduate students can participate in counseling groups.
Group counseling is a place to:
- talk confidentially about your concerns.
- share your concerns with others students who have similar issues.
- receive support from group members and counselors.
- learn about alternative ways of looking at personal problems.
Group counseling helps because students:
- learn that they are not alone with their concerns.
- learn new ways to resolve their problems from both peers and counselors.
- often get a sense of increased competence when they learn that they can help others.
- learn about themselves and new ways of relating to others.
Each group member decides how much he or she wants to share. Because of the climate of trust within the group, members feel free to care about and help each other.
Students become members of a group by making an appointment with the Counseling Center. A counselor will discuss the issues of concern with you and help you to formulate a plan to begin to manage those concerns. Your counselor will then assist you in becoming part of a group. New groups are formed every academic year and vary according to student demand. Group offerings will be posted on our web page at the beginning of each academic year.
How to Sign up for Group
You may either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to participate in group, or click the link below, and fill out the Group Counseling Intake Assessment. The assessment will automatically transfer to the counseling center, where a counselor will confirm a time to meet with you in order to discuss group counseling further.
Spring Semester Groups for 2018
Connections: An interpersonal process group
Tuesday 10:00- 11:00 am
Connections is a 6-week interpersonal process group for students who identify concerns of loneliness, disconnection, and isolation. This group is for students who want to explore their own identity and self-worth, to find new ways to connect and communicate with others, and also understand what may be getting in their way of achieving these goals. Students can use the interpersonal interaction of the group to learn about themselves, identify and expand their own interpersonal patterns, practice new ways of relating to others and articulate difficult feelings within a supportive and growth producing atmosphere. This group is on Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. If this time does not work for you, please let the counselor’s know so that adjustments can be made if needed. The group will be open to attend for 2 weeks, and then will be closed after that to create a safe place for group members to share. The group is for a maximum of 10 students.
Skills for Success
Thursday 10:00- 11:00 am
Skills for Success is a group offered to undergraduate and graduate students who desire practical strategies for coping with life’s challenges. Students will learn to identify healthier ways to cope when in distress and will learn to use their personal strengths to cultivate autonomous lives. Strategies learned and discussed in Skills for Success will include cognitive and behavioral topics with emphasis on building tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal, and mindfulness skills. The treatment model used to guide the Skills for Success group is evidence-based and derived from cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior theories.
Mind Over Mood
Wednesday 4:00- 5:00 pm
Mind Over Mood is a 6-week long group geared toward addressing symptoms relating to Depression, Anxiety, and/or Bipolar disorder. Students will learn to identify triggers, explore ways to increase their internal locus of control, and practice useful skills to better manage distressing symptoms. The skills that will be learned in Mind Over Mood are rooted in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and will help students gain more control over managing distressing symptoms.
Tuesday 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Serenity Now is a group based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. ACT assumes that pain is a normal part of living and that excessive efforts to avoid pain can lead to greater suffering. In this group, you will have the opportunity to explore how your painful thoughts and feelings affect your life and experiment with different ways of relating to them. You will also be given the opportunity to clarify what makes life worth living and learn how to create a rich and meaningful life guided by your values.” This group will run for ten weeks. This group will be open for the first five weeks and then become closed after Spring Break to whomever remains.