Group therapy offers some unique benefits such as:
• being able to receive feedback from multiple people,
• relating with, giving support to, and learning from others struggling with similar issues and feelings,
• learning about your ways of relating with people by observing how you interact with others in group
• practicing new and intentional ways of relating with others in group,
• working through social anxiety (e.g., by facing it in group), and
• generating collective solutions to problems.
All University Counseling and Wellbeing Center groups require members to commit to keeping what is shared in group confidential at all times. All groups are facilitated by a therapist or team of two therapists. Groups contain between 4 and 8 members. Group formats range from unstructured to semi-structured to structured and psychoeducational. All potential members first meet individually with the group leader(s) to assess if group would be an appropriate fit for them and vice versa. Please see below for specific groups offered at the Counseling Center. Please call us at 396-6204 if you'd like to schedule a group screening for any of the groups listed below.
The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center will be offering two Connections groups for the fall 2014 semester, which will meet weekly. Both groups are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. These groups will provide members an opportunity to give and receive support, as well as focus on how members interact with each other. These unstructured process groups work from the "group microcosm" theory that states that the conscious and unconscious ways members interact with each other in group is representative of how they relate with others in general. As members' interpersonal styles and patterns emerge in group, members will likely gain insight into their conscious and unconscious patterns of interacting and relating with others, and have opportunities to practice relating in new, effective ways with other group members. These groups would be beneficial for any student feeling generally unfulfilled or dissatisfied in their relationships or in the ways they typically interact with or perceive others. This group will be co-facilitated by two therapists.
The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center is offering a Graduate Student Support group, which will meet every other week for 90 minutes throughout the 2014 summer and fall semesters. The day and time will be determined based on potential members' availability. This semi-structured group will focus on common stressors that graduate students experience, providing students with the opportunity to give and receive support, and collectively generate effective solutions to some of the challenges associated with graduate school. Topics to be addressed may include dealing with procrastination, motivation, and balancing multiple life responsibilities. This group will be facilitated by a licensed psychologist.
The University Counseling and Wellbeing Center has offered other groups over the past two spring semesters including a mindfulness and self-compassion, and anxiety management group. If you would like to suggest a specific theme for a group that might be helpful to you and/or other students, please contact Dr. Laurie Kessler, Groups Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.