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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ACT on Depression Group

Not offered for Spring 2017

Are you caught in the “depression trap”, otherwise known as “depression compression” in which you feel “sad”, “numb” or “detached”?  The harder you try to “be happy” the more depressed you become, as if life is compressing around you.  If so, consider the ACT on Depression Group as a possibility to find new meaning in life as well as in your day to day activities.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based treatment process in group format that will help you 1). Recognize symptoms of depression; 2) Understand depression’s positive and negative impacts on your life and, 3). Provide new ways to overcome and deal with depression’s impact on your life. The goal of this group is to develop understanding and acceptance of the emotional impact of depression and then, develop the skills and insight to positively react to those emotions

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

Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies Group

Friday, 2:30pm – 4:00pm (Held at Health Services)

This semi-structured group is for students motivated to learn strategies for managing concerns related to eating and/or body image.  It will be co-led by a Counseling Center therapist and registered dietician.  Topics will include nutrition education, mindful eating, body image, biology of weight regulation, family dynamics, adaptive coping, and other themes pertaining to the relationships among food, mind and body.  The group will provide a compassionate and supportive environemnt for participants to develop a bettere understanding of these areas and to work both inside and outside the group on maintaining a healthy relationship between mind and body.

Introduction to Mindful Awareness Practice

Tuesday, 4:15pm-5:45pm

This six-week group introduces students to the concept of mindfulness as a means for tolerating stress and managing difficult or painful emotional experiences.  Participants attend the six 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 six sessions, both because each session builds on the next and because group discussions will be an important part of the six-week group experience.

Men's Group

Friday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

This process-oriented group for men provides members an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics, including definitions of masculinity, gender roles and gender definitions, relationships, friendships, family of origin, and substance use. Members will have an opportunity to enhance communication skills, develop greater self-understanding, and enhance ways in which they seek support from the communities in which they live.

Options Education Group – Alcohol and Other Drug

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

Monday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Tuesday, 10:30am - 12:00pm

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 Recovery Group

Tuesday, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This group is for female 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

This group is for students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and difficulty with stress management. It is a semi-structured group that 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

Tuesday, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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

Thursday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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, the 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.