Counseling and Psychological Services

Group Counseling

Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Spring 2015 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.

 

Current - Spring 2015 Groups:

Male Survivors Sexual Assault

The Sexual Assault Support Group for male-identified survivors will be held on

Mondays beginning April 6th-May 4th from 6:30-7:45pm.

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 to sign up.

Reference “Monday Support Group” in the subject line. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, April 3rd at 12pm.

 

Journey Forward: Intiuitve Eating and Healthy Body Image

This is a CAPS--‐facilitated co--‐educational group for those who struggle with complicated ordisordered eating, eating disorders and/or
preoccupation with food, weight or body image.

The group will meet for 8 weeks on Monday evenings from 5--‐6pm, beginning in late February. A preliminary intake is required before joining the group.

Please contact Annie Keating--‐Scherer, LCSW at 860--‐685--‐3150 or

akeatingsche@wesleyan.edu

Peaceful Minds for International Students

Using mindfulness and cognitive behavioral psychology to overcome stress, low mood, and anxiety

Many international students experience homesickness, loneliness, academic stress, language and communication
difficulties, and even doubts about their own abilities as they progress academically.

We invite those who identify as international students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and difficulty
with stress management to find support and connection here at the Peaceful Minds group for International Students.

It is a nine-week structured group that will provide a number of tools that will help you build up your own “tool bag”
which will give you some skills to manage your stress, mood, and anxiety during this period of adjustment.

Week 1: Introduction & What is Anxiety and Low Mood?
Week 2: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Based Approach
Week 3: Setting Goals
Week 4: Increasing Activity Levels
Week 5: Facing Your Fears
Week 6: Thought Challenging
Week 7: Problem Solving
Week 8: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Week 9: Wellbeing Blueprint

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee (skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu)
to register by February 9th, 2015.

Reference “Peaceful Minds” in the subject line of the email.

Thursdays beginning February 19th – April 30th  from 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Space is limited. Reservations will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Participants will be expected to attend all 9 sessions.

 

Healing Forward:

Self-Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Restore mind, body and spirit in this 9 week support group for female identified survivors of sexual assault on Tuesdays beginning February 10th

from 5:30-7:00pm.

Each week the group will focus on a different aspect of

building 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.

Email Alysha B. Warren, LPC,

Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator to sign up for the group.

The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 7th.
Reference “Healing Forward” in the subject line of the email.

STUDENT-RUN
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services)

Meets: Weekly

Tuesdays

Time: 7:30pm

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:

jmasand@wesleyan.eduor
scorner@wesleyan.edu
or
gmartino@wesleyan.edu

Fall 2014 Groups:

STUDENT-RUN
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:

jmasand@wesleyan.edu or scorner@wesleyan.edu

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.

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator,

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