Group Counseling


Group counseling offers a safe environment in which to give and receive support regarding specific issues, explore healthy behaviors, and develop new ways of coping. It allows an opportunity to learn more about oneself and others in a climate of trust and mutual support.

Mental Health Service (MHS) offers a variety of groups each semester – some currently offered groups are described below. Like individual counseling, group counseling at MHS is confidential; information disclosed to other members is not discussed outside the group.

For more information, call 225-578-8774 or stop by MHS, located on the second floor of the Student Health Center.



Emotional Wisdom Seminars

Come learn and practice skills for effective management of anxious and depressed moods! This series meets Wednesdays in Mental Health Service at 3pm. You do not have to pre-register and can attend as many seminars as you like.

Spring 2017 Schedule

Wednesdays  |  3pm - 4:15pm  |  Room 296, SHC

Jan 18 Active Coping: Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
Jan 25 Cognitive Toolkit for Reducing Negative Moods
Feb 1 Wise Mind: Mindfulness in Practice
Feb 8 Mastering Social Anxiety and Panic
Feb 15 Sleep Management and Self-Care
Feb 22 Wise Choices: Medications for Depression and Anxiety
Mar 15 Active Coping: Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
Mar 22 Cognitive Toolkit for Reducing Negative Moods
Mar 29 When Anxiety and Depression Converge
Apr 5 Sleep Management and Self-Care
Apr 19 & 26 #Wisdom: Coping Skills for Emotional Health

 


 

#RelationshipGoals: Building and Maintaining Healthy Connections

Learn ways to improve your current relationships, prepare for future ones, and handle the hardships that may come. Interested students are encouraged to join the group each week or drop in for a topic of interest. 

Spring 2017 Schedule

Mondays   |   1PM -2:15PM   |   Room 296, SHC

Feb 6 Let’s Talk: Communication in Relationships
Feb 13 Fighting Fair: What to Do When We Disagree
Feb 20 Social Media: Dating in The Age of Tinder
Mar 13 Letting Go: Breakups and Grief in Relationships
Mar 20 Let’s Talk: Communication in Relationships
Mar 27 Fighting Fair: What to Do When We Disagree
April 3 Social Media: Dating in The Age of Tinder
April 17 Letting Go: Breakups and Grief in Relationships

 

Students can attend Emotional Wisdom and #RelationshipGoals seminars without a referral. Please inquire at Mental Health Service about all other groups.


 

Interpersonal Therapy Groups

A variety of interpersonal therapy groups are available each semester. You may select an undergraduate or graduate-student-based interpersonal group. These groups allow individuals to grow in awareness of both self and others through the practice and experience of relating effectively with the group in a supportive and safe environment. Typical concerns appropriate to the group therapy setting include relationships, self-growth, communication, and assertiveness. Individuals interested in participating in group therapy should discuss options during their initial clinical consultation appointment or with their current therapist.

 

Graduate Women's Process Group

For female graduate students interested in personal self-growth and increasing feelings of self-esteem and well-being. This group addresses issues frequently encountered by women in graduate school, including, but not limited to, personal assertiveness, body image, relationships, family, academic pressures, and stress management. Group openings may be limited.

 

Men's Process Group                                   

For male students interested in exploring their inner-self, being able to freely express their emotions, and relating with other males in a healthy way.

 

Dissertation Support Group

For doctoral level students currently working toward completion of their dissertation. This group provides support, offers additional accountability and structure, teaches ways to effectively manage anxiety/stress, and helps to increase personal motivation. Participation in a support group is an excellent way of learning from others who are taking part in the same academic journey.

 

Graduation / Transition Group

For students graduating within the next few semesters who have concerns about what comes next. Individuals participating in this 4-session (once per week) group can access support from peers as they grapple with challenging questions like “Am I ready to enter the professional work world, graduate school, or see myself as an “adult?” or “Have I made the right career choices?”

 

Build Your Social Confidence

For undergraduate and graduate students interested in building social comfort and skills in an 8-session (once per week), structured group. Appropriate members are open and willing to engage in structured activities and homework. This group will provide a safe space to help members be able to tolerate conflict, be less self-critical, develop more comfort in social situations, and deepen emotional connection with others.

 

Mindfulness/Meditation Group

For students seeking to reduce emotional distress, increase self-compassion, and improve their sense of well-being and connectedness. This 8-session (once per week) group guides students through an experiential learning process focused on applying mindfulness principles and meditation practice in daily life. No previous meditation experience necessary. 

 

It’s Complicated: Relationships in College

For undergraduate and graduate students interested in examining how romantic relationships make up one’s identity. This group will consist of both a psychoeducational component, as well as interpersonal processing to explore members’ roles, perceptions, and values regarding relationships, in addition to how relationships might impact college life. Members will learn healthy relationship skills in the context of their own personal experiences.

 

Additional groups are available to students each semester on specific topics relevant to the campus community.