Counseling and Wellness provides various groups throughout the academic year, providing a forum or students to work together on common problems/concerns. Groups are typically 60-90 minutes in length and unless otherwise noted, open to all students. If you are interested in participating in a group, let us know by sending a quick email to .

What is a workshop?

A workshop is a series of seminars focused on a particular topic. The seminars generally can be attended one at a time, though they are designed to be sequential in order. A seminar might consist of some psychoeducation around a specific or focused topic followed by a skills demonstration or discussion. It is not a space to process individual concerns with the large group, though attendees are welcome to share appropriately. It is encouraged to let staff know you are interested in attending, though walk-in attendees are welcome and encouraged as well. It can be a great way to begin a therapeutic journey and experience Counseling and Wellness without a great deal of commitment to attendance.

What is group counseling?

Group counseling, like individual counseling, is intended to help students constructively address personal and/or interpersonal concerns and/or problems.

Research has shown that group counseling is equally effective as individual counseling. For certain concerns and/or problems (e.g., social anxiety, interpersonal problems) group counseling can be even more effective than individual counseling.

There is evidence for the effectiveness of group counseling for the following issues:

Anxiety
Depression
Poor self-esteem and lack of self-confidence
Stress management
Traumatic experience

What are the different types of group counseling?

PsychoeducatIonal — A psychoeducational group is to help improve knowledge and understanding of certain topics/issues pertinent to emotional wellness. (e.g. Self Depression screening)

Skills training — A skills training group is to help learn skills and techniques that help with overall well-being. (e.g. stress reduction techniques)

Support— A support group provides a platform for students with a common interest to provide and receive emotional support and problem-solving advice in a safe space. (e.g. Students of Color Support Group) 

*Psychoeducational and skills training groups also fall under the category of support group

How many people are in a group?

Most groups we offer have 4–10 students in addition to 1 clinician.

How long does the group last?

Counseling and Wellness offers semester-based group counseling. Groups therefore meet 8–12 times each semester. Students, however, are welcomed to stay in a group more than one semester. Some students stay for a semester and some continue for a year or more. Each group session is typically 90 minutes long.

 

Common Concerns and Myths about Group Counseling

Concerns

Do I have to share personal information during the group?

In group counseling, confidentiality is taken very seriously. The rule of thumb is “what is said in group, remains in group.” Confidentiality-related concerns are always thoroughly discussed at the outset of group counseling to help each member feel safe in group.

I have so much trouble talking to people; I’ll never be able to share in a group.

Most (if not all) people are anxious about talking in a group. You will begin to feel less anxious and more comfortable over time as you observe and listen to other group members. Group counselors may also provide active assistance and structure to help members feel more comfortable talking.

I’m afraid I will be judged or criticized by the leaders or other group members.

It’s very important that members feel safe in the group. Group counselors are there to help develop a safe environment and will work to maintain a constructive and caring atmosphere for all group members. A benefit of group therapy is receiving feedback from others who are trying to help. Group counselors help members give feedback in a way that is respectful, thoughtful and constructive.

What if another member of the group is my friend or classmate?

We often realize how small a world we live in! If you happen to know someone in the group, inform the group counselor. The group counselor can help explore the extent of the relationship and make adjustments as needed. You can choose to discontinue the group if you do not feel comfortable.

Myths

In group, I am expected to disclose my deepest secrets.

You will be encouraged to share at a level that feels comfortable to you. It is common to feel uncomfortable at times when sharing, though most find their level of safety and willingness to talk increases as the group progresses. You may be invited by the group counselor or other members to discuss your reactions or personal concerns, but you will never be forced to do or share something you do not want to.

If I am in a group, I will not get enough attention or may not get my needs met.

Group members are often surprised by how their concerns are being addressed, even when others are speaking. Recognizing how your own experiences may be related or how you can connect with another member can also help you to learn from others and facilitate personal growth.

Hearing other member’s problems will make me feel or get worse.

Quite opposite to this apprehension, group members often report gaining a sense of connection by hearing others’ struggles that are similar to their own. Group counseling can help you learn to sit with others who are suffering, as well as increase tolerance of your own suffering, in a way that is compassionate and helpful. In group therapy, you not only receive help from but also provide help to other members, which positively contributes to your self-esteem.

 

All groups will be held confidentially via Zoom with a licensed counselor from the Counseling Center.