Group Counseling

Group counseling is a powerful arena for tremendous growth and change.  Not only will students receive understanding, support, and encouragement from others facing similar issues, but they also gain different perspectives, ideas, and viewpoints on those issues. It’s like having 8 counselors for the price of one!

Most student, though somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations. We tend to keep our groups fairly small – around 6-8 group members, depending on the topic.

Numerous groups are offered every semester through the Counseling Services Center that address student concerns in a variety of areas.  Some of the groups are population and/or issue specific, while other groups consist of skill building and experiential learning. 

The needs of the students determine the types and numbers of groups available. These groups are free and open to all university enrolled students. A SCREENING MAY BE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION. Most groups are 60-90 minutes long and they consist of 5 to 8 members.  Please see our groups and events calendar for a current list of all offerings.

 Also, check out our drop-in workshops, which are weekly, free, and open to all students; no screening necessary, low commitment.

CSC Groups for Spring 2018

Group Name Facilitator (s) Day Time Screening/No/Drop-In Dates Location Open/Full
Drum Your Blues Away Ellen Wed 3-4pm Drop-in TBD Food Court in MCC Open
Adulting 101 Series Robin TBD TBD Drop-in TBD TBD No cap
Healing Journey for Sexual Assault Jane TBD TBD Call for Screening TBD CSC Open
True Selves - A Gender Spectrum Discussion Group Kate TBD TBD Drop In: attendance over time encouraged TBD TBD Open
Embracing U: Women of Color Support Group Cara TBD TBD Call for Screening TBD CSC Open
CONNECT for Social Support  Vince/Patrick TBD TBD Call for Screening  TBD CSC Open
Eat, Pray, Love: Women's Empowerment Cara/Jane TBD TBD Call for Screening TBD CSC Open


Closed Support Groups: Support groups are typically closed once the group has started and are important to attend consistently in order to maintain the integrity of the group process. Please call the CSC at 315.312.4416 for more details about these groups or if you are interested in joining.

Open Support Groups and Drop-In Workshops: open to anyone who is interested in joining, where you can stop in as needed.

*Dates and times are subject to change. Call the CSC at 315.312.4416 to confirm.  

There is a great amount of value in group counseling. It’s like having 8 counselors for the price of one! The group process can be very powerful and enjoyable. Imagine being in a room of motivated people with a similar issue. You’re able to feel supported by people who are actually going through a problem similar to yours.

Students can sometimes be hesitant to sign up for a group. Especially if they struggle with social anxiety. However, we at the CSC encourage our students to be open to the process. We tend to keep our groups fairly small – around 6-8 group members, depending on the topic. Group can be a fun, healthy way to meet new people and gain new skills. It can be just as effective, if not more effective, than individual counseling because of the additional support and guidance you can gain from your peers.

Please see below for the schedule of support groups and drop-in workshops being offered by the CSC during the fall 2016 semester. Support groups are typically closed once the group has started and are important to attend consistently in order to maintain the integrity of the group process. Drop-in workshops are open to anyone who is interested in joining, where you can stop in as needed.