Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Fall 2014 Groups will be posted soon. Please check back frequently.
Groups vary a great deal in content and format. Some are educational and curriculum-based and may feel like small seminars in which the leader instructs the participants with some discussion. Groups designed to teach study skills or coping strategies are examples. Other groups are designed to provide support for particular populations of students, such as international or GLBTQ students. Support groups are generally unstructured and informal, and the content is largely determined by the students in attendance. Other groups are more traditionally psychotherapeutic in nature, and the leader or co-leaders guide the participants in discussions of relevant topics. Whatever the format and content, group counseling can be intimidating to students at first because it may feel frightening to share personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences with a number of peers at once. However, once the initial anxiety is overcome, groups can provide relief, comfort, and support to participants. Most people find it very reassuring to talk with others who have similar feelings and life experiences, and a group can be a powerful tool for healing and change.
The makeup of groups will change from year to year and even semester to semester. Students who are currently seeing a CAPS therapist can speak directly to him or her about the possibility of joining a group. Other interested students should see check out the groups below and then call Chariklia Flanagan at 860.685.3143 to inquire about participation. It is likely that interested students will be asked to meet briefly with a therapist to ensure that participation in a group is the right decision.
Spring Groups 2014
Grief Support (student-run)
Date: meets weekly on Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Davison Health Center - Solarium (room 201) - 2nd floor
Healing Forward: Self-Care for Survivors Support Group
Breaking the Silence - Sexual Assault Group for male-identified survivors
The Sexual Assault Support Group for male-identified survivors will be held on Tuesdays beginning February 18th-April 22nd from 5:30-6:45pm.
Contact us at 860.685.2910