Counseling and Psychological Services

Group Counseling

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

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Healing Forward: Self-Care for Survivors Support Group

A new 9 week psycho-educational support group designed to
help survivors* of sexual assault build sustainable self-care practices.
Week 1: Why Self-Care Matters
Week 2: Self-Compassion
Week 3: Sleep Hygiene
Week 4: Mindfulness and Meditation
Week 5: Mindful Eating
Week 6: Creativity and Play
Week 7: Building Harmonious Relationships thru Mindful Communication
Week 8: Playing with Movement
Week 9: Sustainable Self-Care

Sessions will include art, movement and other activities to assist in the exploration of topics.
Mondays beginning February 10th –April 21st from 5:30PM-7PM.

with questions.
Sign up by Thursday, February 6th.
Reference “Monday Support Group” in the subject line to sign up.
*The group is open to female identified survivors.


Breaking the Silence - Sexual Assault Group for male-identified survivors 

(Tuesdays beginning February 18th)

The Sexual Assault Support Group for male-identified survivors will be held on Tuesdays beginning February 18th-April 22nd from 5:30-6:45pm
Meetings will follow an open support group format and participants determine group topics each week.
Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator for more information.
Reference “Tuesday Support Group” in the subject line.  The deadline to sign-up is Monday, February 10th.

Contact us at 860.685.2910