Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Group options at MHS (Mental Health Service) range from interpersonal therapy groups to semi-structured groups on specific topics. Individuals interested in participating in group therapy can (1) request a group therapy referral during an Initial Consultation appointment, or (2) discuss options with their current MHS therapist.

Fall 2020 Telemental Health groups:

Thursdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m. | Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3

Topics covered may include but are not limited to:

  • Racial and/or gender oppression
  • Identity issues
  • Vulnerability
  • Trauma experiences
  • Family stressors

What Can I Expect?

This group is structured as an interpersonal process and support group for women who identify as cisgender women of color. It will provide a space for students to voice their experiences, explore their identities, and empower students to make positive lifestyle changes. This summer, the group has been adapted to be held in an online format.

Referral Considerations:

  • Appropriate for cisgender women of color of all ages, undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Students should be comfortable participating in a group conducted via online platform Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is required to participate in group.
  • To download Teams: https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads
  • Attendance, punctuality, and commitment for the duration of the 9-week group is expected.
  • This group is not appropriate for students with active suicidal thinking, disruptive behaviors, or who are experiencing a crisis that would necessitate immediate emergency care.

Mondays 3:00–4:30 P.M. | Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2

Build Your Social Confidence Group Features:

  • Six Week, Closed Format via Microsoft Teams platform
  • Group Activities focused on managing social anxiety
  • Role Play Activities
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Exposure
  • Social Skills Building
  • Assertiveness
  • Interpersonal Relationship

What Can I Expect?

The BYSC group is a psychoeducational/process group specifically for clients who experience social anxiety and/or discomfort. The creation of the BYSC group was guided by the evidence-based research conducted in the field, as well as surveying peer institutions of similar size. This summer, the group has been adapted to be held in an online format. Advanced sign-up and a pre-group screening are required for participation in Build Your Social Confidence.

Referral Considerations:

  • Appropriate for students of all ages, undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Students should be comfortable participating in a group conducted via online platform Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is required to participate in group.
  • To download Teams: https://teams.microsoft.com/ downloads
  • Students should be open to role plays and between-session assignments
  • Attendance, punctuality, and commitment for the duration of the six-session group is expected.
  • This group is not appropriate for students with active suicidal thinking, disruptive behaviors, or who are experiencing a crisis that would necessitate immediate emergency care.

Wednesdays 1:00–2:30 P.M. | Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Sept. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 2

In a Process Group, you may:

  • Learn to communicate more effectively in your relationships
  • Experiment with new ways of relating to yourself, others, and the world
  • Improve skills of coping with life stressors
  • Increase your ability to give and receive feedback
  • Examine patterns that are hindering your personal growth
  • Deepen your level of self-awareness

What Can I Expect?

Process Groups require screening with a Mental Health Clinician.

In process groups, 4 to 12 individuals meet face to face (Microsoft Teams during COVID-19) to share who they are, learn about themselves, and gain skills to use outside of the therapy room. Process groups can be a meaningful way to receive multiple perspectives, encouragement, feedback, and to learn how you relate to others in a safe and confidential space.

Referral Considerations:

  • This group is for graduate students ONLY
  • Most groups, unless specified otherwise, are co-ed.
  • Students should be comfortable participating in a group conducted via online platform Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is required to participate in group.
  • To download Teams: https://teams.microsoft.com/ downloads
  • Attendance, punctuality, and commitment for a minimum of one semester is usually expected.
  • These groups may not be appropriate for students with active suicidal thinking, disruptive behaviors, or who are experiencing a crisis that would necessitate immediate emergency care.

Thursdays, 2:30–4:00 P.M. | Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20

What Can I Expect?

Process Groups require screening with a Mental Health Clinician.

In process groups, 4 to 8 individuals meet face to face (Microsoft Teams during COVID-19) to share who they are, learn about themselves, and gain skills to use outside of the therapy room. Process groups can be a meaningful way to receive multiple perspectives, encouragement, feedback, and to learn how you relate to others in a safe and confidential space.

In a Process Group, you may:

  • Learn to communicate more effectively in your relationships
  • Experiment with new ways of relating to yourself, others, and the world
  • Improve skills of coping with life stressors
  • Increase your ability to give and receive feedback
  • Examine patterns that are hindering your personal growth
  • Deepen your level of self-awareness

Referral Considerations:

  • Most groups, unless specified otherwise, are co-ed.
  • Potential group members can be referred for a group screening by their therapist. Pre-screening with the group leader is required.
  • Attendance, punctuality, and commitment for a minimum of one semester is usually expected.
  • These groups may not be appropriate for students with active suicidal thinking, disruptive behaviors, or who are experiencing a crisis that would necessitate immediate emergency care.

Thursdays 3:00 – 4:30 P.M. | Aug. 27, Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19

What Can I Expect?

Process Groups require screening with a Mental Health Clinician.

In process groups, 4 to 12 individuals meet face to face to share who they are, learn about themselves, and gain skills to use outside of the therapy room. Process groups can be a meaningful way to receive multiple perspectives, encouragement, feedback, and to learn how you relate to others in a safe and confidential space.

Referral Considerations:

  • Students can be referred by their therapist for a group screen.
  • Age 25 or older
  • Identify as male, group is open to all sexual identities
  • Students should be comfortable participating in a group conducted via online platform Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is required to participate in group.
  • Attendance, punctuality, and commitment for the duration of the summer group is expected.
  • This group is not appropriate for students with active suicidal thinking, disruptive behaviors, or who are experiencing a crisis that would necessitate immediate emergency care.

Wednesdays 1:00–2:30 P.M. | Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 07, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 04, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 07.

In a Process Group, you may:

  • Learn to communicate more effectively in your relationships
  • Experiment with new ways of relating to yourself, others, and the world
  • Improve skills of coping with life stressors
  • Increase your ability to give and receive feedback
  • Examine patterns that are hindering your personal growth
  • Deepen your level of self-awareness

What Can I Expect?

  • Process Groups require screening with a Mental Health Clinician.

In process groups, 4 to 8 individuals meet face to face (Microsoft Teams during COVID-19) to share who they are, learn about themselves, and gain skills to use outside of the therapy room. Process groups can be a meaningful way to receive multiple perspectives, encouragement, feedback, and to learn how you relate to others in a safe and confidential space.

 

Referral Considerations:

  • Students can be referred by their therapist for a group screen.
  • Appropriate for cisgender women of all ages and sexual identities who are in Graduate School (Masters, PhD, Law, Vet)
  • Students should be comfortable participating in a group conducted via online platform Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is required to participate in group.
  • Attendance, punctuality, and commitment for the duration of the fall group is expected.
  • This group is not appropriate for students with active suicidal thinking, disruptive behaviors, or who are experiencing a crisis that would necessitate immediate emergency care.

Mondays 1:30–3:00 P.M. | Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18

SCG 2020 Group Features:

  • Eight Week, Closed Format via Microsoft Teams platform
  • Group Activities focused on managing self-compassion
  • Students may do well with a basic familiarity of mindfulness
  • Ideal for students struggling with negative self-talk; depression; anxiety; being a “perfectionist”; or interpersonal issues

What Can I Expect?

This 8-session closed group is designed to bring understanding and compassion toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. The goal of SCG is to teach you how to be caring and gentle to yourself in times of great difficulty, with the hope of recognizing that being imperfect and experiencing difficulties in life are inevitable. The group is not designed to change you but assist you in using compassion to embrace your true authentic self. This summer, the group has been adapted to be held in an online format.

Referral Considerations:

  • Appropriate for students of all ages, undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Students should be comfortable participating in a group conducted via online platform Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is required to participate in group.
  • To download Teams: https://teams.microsoft.com/ downloads
  • Students should be open to between-session assignments
  • Attendance, punctuality, and commitment for the duration of the 8-session group is expected.
  • This group is not appropriate for students with active suicidal thinking, disruptive behaviors, or who are experiencing a crisis that would necessitate immediate emergency care.
  • Advanced sign-up and pre-group screening are required for participation in the Self-Compassion group and is open to a limited number of participants.

Tuesdays 9:00–10:30 P.M. | Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 13

More information to come.

Wednesdays 1:00–2:30 P.M. | Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11

More information to come.

Mondays 1:30–2:30 P.M. | Aug. 31, Sept. 14, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 16

More information to come.

FAQs

Group counseling offers a safe environment in which to give and receive support, 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.

Group therapy can help…

  • Enhance social skills and intimacy
  • Improve confidence navigating difficult relationships
  • Decrease loneliness and isolation
  • Learn to deal with losses more effectively
  • Diminish feelings of helplessness
  • Build self-esteem and mastery
  • Resolve feelings of shame
  • Confront and change problematic behavior
  • Instill hope

Most therapy groups consist of 5-10 members and run for 90 minutes once per week. Seminars, which incorporate education and skill building, may be somewhat larger. Students have the opportunity to meet with the facilitator(s) in advance to discuss their interest in therapy groups, while seminars can be attended on a drop-in basis. Most students participating in group therapy feel apprehension at the start but find the experience to highly beneficial and positive.

Be Yourself. Start from where you are, not from how you think others want you to be. This might mean asking questions, expressing anger, or communicating confusion or hopelessness. Change begins with whatever you feel free to disclose.

Give and Receive Feedback. The purpose of feedback is to help others identify patterns, personal presentations, unrecognized attitudes, and inconsistencies. Feedback delivered in a respectful, caring manner can be one of the most effective ways to deepen any relationship.

Take Risks. Experiment with different ways of behaving and expressing yourself. By taking risks, you can discover what works for you and what does not. This may mean expressing difficult feelings, asserting disagreement, or sharing information you usually keep secret.

Focus on What is Important to You. Through talking about your concerns, the group will help you recognize patterns. Aim for dialogue that fosters an understanding of your experiences (i.e., main ideas, thoughts and feelings).

Be Patient with Yourself. Growth takes time, effort and patience. Changing what has become an integral part of ourselves can be difficult and slow. By having patience with ourselves and understanding roadblocks, we set the foundation for growth and change.

Give the Group Time to Develop. It can take a number of sessions before group members begin to have sufficient trust and security to be open and honest. Make a commitment to attend so that you can benefit more from the group experience.

Adapted from Counseling & Testing Center - University of Oregon