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 a Group
You may either send an email to email@example.com and request to participate in a 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.
Fall Semester Groups for 2019
Every Sunday, starting October 27, from 7:00- 8:00 pm | Located in the BSAC in the Brandt Student Center
Transitions 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.