Group Counseling

Students may choose to participate in one of our psychoeducational, psychotherapeutic, or support groups. Offerings for Fall 16 Groups are posted below.  Please check back frequently as more will be added as the semester begins.

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 - Fall 16 Groups:

Body Imag(in)e

Can I find Peace with my body?

This workshop is a confidential environment to learn skills and explore the possibility of improving body image. The group will meet for 3 Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:30, beginning November 1st. Please contact Annie Keating-Scherer, LCSW at akeatingsche@wesleyan.edu for more information.

HEALING FORWARD

Self-Care for Survivors: A structured 9 week psycho-educational support group that focuses on helping students develop sustainable self-care practices. Each week, the group focuses on a different aspect of building sustainable self-care practices.  Topics include self-compassion, sleep hygiene, mindfulness and creativity and play. Sessions include art, movement and other activities. The group meets once a week for 1.5 hours.

For more information about joining a group, contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator at awarren@wesleyan.edu

JOURNEY FORWARD 

ON THE PATH TO INTUITIVE EATING AND HEALTHY BODY IMAGE
This is a CAPS-facilitated co-educational group for those who struggle with complicated or disordered eating, eating disorders and/or preoccupation with food, weight or body image.  The group will meet weekly throughout the semester onThursday evenings from 5:00-6:30pm.

Please contact Joy Zelikovsky, LPC at 860-685-2646 or jzelikovsky@wesleyan.edu

MINDFUL ACTION

On the path to finding balance and actively moving toward what we truly value in life.  This is a 6-session workshop series for students who want to develop resilience in dealing with stress from within and from without. 

The workshop series will meet on Mondays from 3:30pm – 4:30pm beginning September 26th, 2016 in the Solarium (2nd Floor) – Davison Health Center. 

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee at skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu or Dr. Lisa Miceli at lmiceli@wesleyan.edu by 5pm on September 14th, 2016.

WESUPPORT SIX-WEEK TRAINING SERIES

Wesleyan Counseling and Psychological Services is accepting applications for the WESupport Workshop Series.  WESupport is a series of six 1-hour sessions that prepares students to be peer mental health advocates.  Participating students will learn about a variety of mental health topics, become familiar with the signs that a friend or acquaintance may be in distress, gain practice talking with someone who is struggling, and become familiar with both campus and community resources.  Students who complete all six sessions are eligible to join the WESupport student group, an active network of peer mental health advocates.

For students interested in becoming Peer Mental Health Advocates, we offer a six-week training seminar that covers issues ranging from depression and anxiety to suicide prevention.  Please contact Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea at jdandrea@wesleyan.edu for more information or to apply to this program.

STUDENT-RUN

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

(Sponsored by the office of Counseling and Psychological Services)

Meets: Weekly
Wednesdays
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:

Contact us at 860.685.2910