Group Counseling

Here are the groups we are currently offering- Groups Brochure – Fall 2014

If you have an interest in joining a group, please fill out our Group Interest Form

Here is a flyer describing our current Drop In Groups

Overview
During each fall and spring semester, the Counseling Center offers a number of group counseling experiences on issues related to students’ needs. There are no limits on students’ participation in these groups.

Group counseling involves groups of six to ten people who meet weekly with one or two trained members of the Counseling Center staff to talk about their struggles and problems. Some groups focus on specific topics or problems while others address multiple concerns.

When people interact freely with other group members, they tend to recreate difficulties that brought them to counseling in the first place. Under the skilled direction of group facilitators, the group supports, offer alternatives, or gently confronts individuals. In this way, group members resolve difficulties, learn alternative behaviors, and develop new social skills or ways of relating to people. Group counseling is a very effective means of treatment and, in some cases, the best form of treatment.

In a group, you can…
…learn more about how others perceive you.
…feel acceptance and belonging.
…discover you are not alone in the difficulties you are experiencing.
…hear ideas from others which will enhance your ability both to make decisions and to solve problems.
…benefit from the experience of being helpful to others.
…learn to express your feelings and ideas to others constructively.
…gain encouragement by observing others’ successes.

If you feel a group experience could help you, review the descriptions of groups we offer currently and groups we have offered in the past. Not all groups will meet each semester. Some only form when enough students have expressed interest. You may also call the Counseling Center at 515-2423 or stop by our office on the 2nd Floor of the Student Health Center to learn more about group counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions and Common Misperceptions about Group

Confidentiality
The group leader and all group members share responsibility for confidentiality. Each therapy group member must sign an agreement to adhere to rules of confidentiality. Group members pledge that they will never share group business, including names of other group members, outside the group. Confidentiality is critical to the development of a safe, respectful, and trusting atmosphere in which individuals share their feelings openly.