Many people are hesitant at first about joining a group but quickly find that sharing their concerns with others, hearing about other people's similar experiences, and giving and receiving emotional support can be very helpful. Groups provide a variety of perspectives and allow members to try new behaviors in a safe environment. Past group members shared the following about their experience:
“Group is a good place to explore your thoughts and worries with people who can listen to you, laugh with you, and help you work through your problems.”
“Group has helped me realize that I’m not the only one who is going through my situation.”
“Group therapy has helped me to grow a lot. It has helped me to see aspects of my life from different perspectives, and to see things in a new way.”
What is group therapy?
Group therapy is a type of counseling that can be very effective in helping people solve problems and feel better about themselves and their lives. Group therapy typically consists of four to ten students and two counselors who meet for about ninety minutes once a week. All participants agree to keeping confidentiality about who is in the group and what is disclosed. Groups may be the sole treatment or complement individual therapy. Groups can also be a good way to continue to benefit from services after finishing individual therapy. All potential members of a group meet with a group leader in advance for a screening interview. The process helps to find a good fit between a student and a particular group. Learn more about group therapy "What Happens in a Therapy Group".
Why do people join groups?
Groups are effective for achieving an array of personal goals. The following is a list of items that may reflect your concerns:
|- Expressing thoughts and feelings||- Coping with stress|
|- Learning to communicate better||- Supporting others|
|- Increasing support system||- Facing fears|
|- Working on social skills||- Controlling temper|
|- Decreasing social anxiety||- Increasing motivation|
|- Improving personal relationships||- Improving mood|
|- Learning to manage emotions||- Learning to stop procrastination|
|- Getting better at making decisions||- Improving academic performance|
|- Becoming more independent||- Reducing anxiety and worry|
|- Becoming more confident||- Talking about family problems|
|- Learning more about oneself||- Learning to make and keep friends|
If any of these items reflect your reasons for seeking therapy, then group therapy may be the best option for you!
Fall 2017 Workshops Series
ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FREE, AND OPEN TO ALL UC STUDENTS.
Surviving to Thriving
These workshops are designed to help you lead a fulfilling life through values-based action.
Strategies for School
October 5, November 2, November 30
This workshop series focuses on strategies that support student success, including time management skills, coping with attentional control issues, and test-taking strategies.
This workshop will provide information about how past hurt can impact current relationships and provide strategies for creating healthy boundaries, effectively communicating with others, and making value driven decisions about your relationships.
Stress to Success
These workshops are designed to help you manage the stresses of college life through mindfulness and relaxation strategies.
Pleasures and Problems
October 17, November 21
This workshop provides both the information and skills needed when facing the pleasure and problems of alcohol and other drug use.
October 25, November 22
This workshop provides information and skills needed to develop a healthier relationship with food.
All workshops are located at UC Counseling & Psychological Services (225 Calhoun Street, Suite 256). For more information call 513-556-0648.
Fall 2017 Group Therapy Services
Understanding Self & Others (USO) Graduate Student Group
The Graduate Student Support Group promotes discussion about common stressors for graduate students or other non-traditional students.
Understanding Self & Others (USO) for First-Year Students
The First-Year USO Group provides a supportive environment for first year students having difficulty transitioning to college.
A support and process group for transgender and gender non-conforming students. Questioning gender students are welcome. Discussions will include coming out, managing rejection and microaggressions, relationships, transitioning, and self-acceptance.
Understanding Self & Others (USO)
The USO group provides a warm and supportive environment in which you can experiment constructively with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback.
This group will focus on the social and emotional needs of UC students of any gender expression, identity, or cultural background who identify as LGBTQ+.
A gender inclusive group for survivors of sexual violence or intimate partner violence that provides a safe and empowering space to process traumatic experiences, learn skills to help manage emotional distress, and better understand the impact of trauma on one's life.
Wednesdays 3-4:30pm and Fridays 10-11:30am
The Midful Self-Compassion group provides a space to learn to manage stress more effectively, bounce back from challenges more quickly, decrease perfectionism, and increase self-kindness.
The Bearcat Brothers Group offers a place for men to come together and discuss their problems in a fun and dignified way.
Smart Recovery focuses on recovery from addictive behaviors including alcohol, drugs, smoking, or other addictive behaviors, such as gambling, sex, and pornography.
Building Social Confidence
This group focuses on identifying fears related to social situations, reducing self-defeating thinking patterns, and strengthening effective social skills.
Family of Origin Group
Hope & Healing
The Hope & Healing Group provides a safe and empowering space to process traumatic experiences, learn skills to help manage emotional distress, and better understand the impact of trauma on one’s life.
All groups are free to UC students and held at UC Counseling & Psychological Services (225 Calhoun Street, Suite 256). For more information, please call 513-556-0648.
An Introduction to Group Therapy" by Darius Campinha-Bacote
The video was Darius Campinha-Bacote's dissertation project at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. The video is used here with their permission.