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 2018 Schedule

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

Jan 24 Active Coping: Breathe Your Way to Calm
Jan 31 Cognitive Toolkit for Reducing Negative Moods
Feb 7 Mindfulness in Practice
Feb 21 Mastering Social Anxiety
Feb 28 Cultivating Self-Care: Body Positive Thinking
Mar 7 When Anxiety and Depression Converge
Mar 14 Active Coping: Breathe Your Way to Calm
Mar 21
Cognitive Toolkit for Reducing Negative Moods 
Apr 4 Cultivating Self-Care: The Power of Social Connection
Apr 11 When Panic Attacks 
Apr 18 Wise Mind I: Habits of a Healthy Mind
Apr 28 Wise Mind II: Finding Balance

 


 #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. 

Fall 2017 Schedule

Thursdays   |   1PM -2:30PM   |   Room 296, SHC

Nov 2 Let’s Talk: Communication in Relationships
Nov 9 Healthy Boundaries and Conflict Resolution
Nov 16 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.

 

Trauma Recovery Skills Workshop

This 3 -session workshop teaches effective therapeutic strategies for coping with traumatic stress.  Students experiencing distressing symptoms such as nightmares, hypervigilance, panic, or feelings of disconnection/avoidance will practice skills for cultivating a greater sense of safety, reconnection, and emotional balance.  Student can self-refer for this skills workshop.

 

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. 

 

Self-Compassion Group

This psychoeducational/ process group is designed to bring understanding and compassion toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate.  Students learn how to ge caring and gentle with themselves in times of great difficulty, with the hope of recognizing that being imperfect and experiencing difficulties in life are inevitable. 

 

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