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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 clbrow01@syr.edu.

Is Group Therapy for you? More information and FAQ may help you decide.

 


Basic Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices

6 weeks beginning 10/8/18 - 11/12/18 

Monday 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. 

This 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 to discover which ones are most useful to them. Students need to commit to attend all of the sessions, both because each session builds on the previous and because group discussion will be an important part of the group experience.

Building Resilience

Thursdays, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

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, 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.

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

 Friday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. beginning 10/12/18

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 dietitian.  Topics of this group will include nutrition education, mindful eating, body image, biology of weight regulation, family dynamics, adaptive coping and other themes pertaining to the relationship between food, mind, and body.   The group will provide a compassionate and supportive environment for participants to develop a better understanding of these areas and to work both inside and outside of group on maintaining a healthy relationship between mind and body.


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.

Monday, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Friday 3:15 - 4:45 p.m

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

Fridays, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Undergraduate and Graduate Groups Available

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

Thursdays, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Thursdays, 4:30p.m.-6:00 p.m.

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 groups available:

Tuesday, 10:30 to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

Friday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

 

Graduate Groups Available:

Tuesday, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

 

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.