Syracuse UniversityCounseling Center

Groups Offered This Semester

Below are the groups offered at the Counseling Center this semester. If you have further questions or concerns about the groups, please contact our Group Coordinator Carrie Brown, Ph.D. at

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A Brief Introduction to Mindful Awareness Practice


This four-week group introduces students to the concept of mindfulness as a means for tolerating stress and managing difficult or painful emotional experiences.  Participants attend weekly sessions in which they learn a variety of mindfulness meditation practices as well as practice at home each day for a minimum of 5 minutes.  Students will learn a variety of mindfulness practices so that they can discover which ones are most useful to them, practices include: body scan, relaxation breathing, eating meditation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and other practices that can be integrated into daily life routines.  Students need to commit to attend all four sessions, both because each session builds on the previous and because group discussions will be an important part of the group experience

Building Resilience

Fridays, 10:30am-12:00pm

Building resilience can increase the traits and skills the provides us with the strength and stamina to confront the challenging and sometimes overwhelming obstacles that we face in life. This group is a skill based and process group designed to help students understand more about their own personal resilience skills and to develop additional skills related to resilience. Students will discover themes and connections in their life for the purposes of understanding their own identity and becoming more resilient. This group is a five-week interactive group that will also include participants engaging in some of the experiential activities from the group sessions.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Group

Wednesday, 2:15pm - 4:15pm

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) has been extensively researched and found to be effective at helping people to manage intense, overwhelming emotions. Research shows that DBT strengthens a person’s ability to handle distress, or large emotions, without losing control or acting destructively. DBT can also be helpful for people who at times feel separate from their emotions, or have difficulty identifying what their emotions are. The skills taught in DBT can both reduce the size of your emotional waves and help you keep your balance when your emotions overwhelm you. Click here for a DBT Group Introduction

Emotional Resilience

Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm

Do you find it difficult to maintain your balance when your emotions overwhelm you? Do you find your relationships with others, and yourself, are regularly affected by your emotional waves? This group will support participants as they learn new skills and approaches to manage life challenges. Loosely based upon Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), this semi-structured group incorparates skills for the development of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. This group is designed to support participants' wish to better understand themselves, their emotions, and their desire to live a more balanced life.

First-Generation Support Group

Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm

First-generation students often experience a range of feelings about being the first in their family to attend and complete college. Including:

  • Feeling pressure to succeed for the WHOLE family
  • Feeling confused about the university environment
  • Feeling torn between family and academic responsibilities
  • Feeling frustrated with the system
  • Doubting ability to succeed
  • Feeling as though you don't fit in
  • Feeling that family and friends don't understand or know how to help

If you have experienced any of the above feelings then this group is for you! Meet others who are having similar feelings and learn how to manage your college experience. The group will meet weekly and will be facilitated by a staff therapist who was also a "first generation" student.

Options Education Group – Alcohol and Other Drug

The Options Education Group focuses on harm reduction, decision-making, and the physiological impact of substance use. Participation in the Options Education Group may be a self or mandated referral.

*The Education Groups do not occur every week. Please call the Counseling Center for specific dates.

Tuesday, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Thursday, 3:30-5:00pm

Friday, 10:30am - 12:00pm

The Options Education Group focuses on harm reduction, decision making, and the physiological impact of substance use. Participation in the Options Education Group may be a self or mandated referral.

Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group

Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30pm

This group is for female identified survivors of sexual assault. Members will share their experiences and feelings in an understanding and accepting environment. The group will aim to help members reduce guilt, develop coping strategies, and strengthen self-esteem.

Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight - FLYER

Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Among students of color, the burden of race-related stress, stereotype threat, and the imposter syndrome often adds to the stress of being a college student. This group offers students of color a safe space to process the challenges of navigating the world, on campus and beyond. Students of color are also able to connect with others with similar experiences and feelings, which will help group members feel validated, supported, and empowered.

Supporting Students with Anxiety

Fridays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

This group is for students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and difficulty with stress management. This semi-structured group will provide a variety of relaxation and coping skills. Each session will provide some education about stress and anxiety as well as provide a supportive environment for students who are dealing with similar issues. Group members will be provided the time to practice skills during session.

Understanding Yourself and Others (Undergraduate and Graduate groups available)

Mondays, 10:00-11:30am

Tuesday, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Wednesday, 3:00pm - 4:30pm (Graduate Students)

Friday, 1:30pm - 3:00pm & 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Would you like to feel more comfortable with yourself and in interactions with others? In a safe and supportive environment, this interpersonal process group offers an opportunity to relate to others who are experiencing similar concerns. Group members are able to increase self-awareness by exchanging genuine and honest feedback with others. Group counseling allows individuals to explore their identity in relation to others and work through emotions that come as a result of this process.