Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Fall 2014 Groups are posted below. 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.
Fall 2014 Groups:
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services) CAPS
Meets: Weekly Tuesdays Time: 7:00pm
Location: Solarium (Room 201) (2nd fl., Davison Health Center)
Intended to create a network of support for those who have experienced the death
of a loved one. Please feel free to come and leave when it is convenient for you.
For more information please contact:
Sexual Assault Survivors* Support Group
Connect and heal in the company of others.
Meetings follow an open support group format
and participants determine topics each week.
Tuesdays beginning September 23rd – December 2nd from 5:30PM-6:45PM.
to sign up and with questions.
Reference “Tuesday Support Group” in the subject line.
Sign up by Thursday, September 18th.
*The group is open to female identified survivors.
Please contact Alysha if you’re interested
in joining a male-identified survivors support group.
Contact us at 860.685.2910