A sample of the groups CHWS has provided in the past appears below. Because we are a counseling staff of three (and a student body of 2,600), we do not offer all of these groups at any one time. Factors determining group offerings include numbers of clients presenting with a particular issue on our caseloads (e.g., adult children of alcoholics); student, parent or administrator requests (e.g., AD/HD support); emergent issues (e.g., grief group in response to the Virginia Tech shootings); Psychology Intern interests (e.g., depression management group).
Between the Lines, a support group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning students, runs regularly every semester. In past years we have also offered brief AD/HD Support Groups (yes, intentionally brief!), Survivors of Sexual Trauma groups, and Eating & Body Image groups on a more regular basis.
We have a private group therapy room that accommodates nine people total; therapy groups at UPS are typically four to seven students. There is a webcam in the group room that may be used to tape group sessions.
Given that we are a small school, we frequently have to work very hard to fill our therapy groups. Creative ideas interns have for "selling" groups, advertising group services, and motivating student participation are all highly appreciated!
Groups at a Glance
Here are some examples of groups we have run in the past:
Eating and Body Image
For women and men exploring their relationship with food and body, and for those recovering from eating disorders. Themes include safety, depression, sexuality, self esteem, relationship, etc.
Survivors of Sexual Trauma
A safe environment for creative recovery from sexual abuse or assault for women and men. Give and receive support through the healing process understand how the trauma may affect current relationships and design positive change.
Between the Lines
Social and emotional support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, queer students as well as those questioning their identity.
Attention Deficit (ADD) Support Group
Emotional support, goal setting, and creative ideas for the social and academic challenges of living with ADD in college.
General Therapy Group
Work on improving relationship with self and others. Members help each other with self-esteem, assertiveness, conflict, intimacy, mood swings, values, family, divorce and other issues.
Stress Reduction Group
Help with determining your priorities and designing your time to match these values. Understand how you deal with anxiety, relax, and experiment with new coping strategies.
Mindfulness Meditation Workshop Series
A brief 4-week series of drop in workshops to help students learn different styles of meditation.
Grief and Loss Support
Help dealing with the loss of someone or something important, such as a death, the loss of a relationship, a change in physical health or skills, future plans/dreams, or a cultural adjustment.
Sobriety Support Group
For students wanting the support, structure and skills needed to maintain a quality abstinence from alcohol and other drugs. For those who have made a change they want to keep.
Slow Dance with Mary Jane
A brief, semi-structured support group of students wanting to decrease their use of marijuana. This group was based upon the Stage of Change.
Non - Traditional (Older) Students
Support for students aged 27+, who are beginning or returning to their academic careers. Share the challenges of being a student later in life, such as ageism and balancing multiple roles.