General Information about Groups
Each semester the Counseling Center sponsors several structured, support or process groups. Typical groups consist of 4 - 10 students along with a staff facilitator that meet for approximately 1.5 hours once a week. Before joining a group, students will have an opportunity to visit individually with the group leader(s).
Groups offer a helpful alternative or supplement to individual counseling by encouraging participants to interact with others who have similar concerns. Groups are ideally suited for addressing interpersonal concerns and provide an effective environment to learn new skills and strategies.
Members often realize that they are not alone in their difficulty and may receive support and feedback from others. Group leaders may provide information to help address members' concerns and facilitate a process where group members can learn from each other.
Groups are designed to be a confidential and a safe place where members can learn and experiment with different behaviors (e.g. interpersonal interactions, relaxation techniques, thought changing techniques, and coping strategies, etc.)
How do I join a group?
If you are already receiving services at the Counseling Center, inform your counselor that you are interested in joining in a group. If you are not currently receiving services at the Counseling Center, come to the center located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall to complete the paperwork indicating your interest in joining a group. After completing this paperwork, an appointment will be scheduled for you to visit with a counselor so that you can discuss your interest in joining a group.
For additional information, contact the Counseling Center at 910-962-3746 or come by the center, located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
Potential Groups for Spring 2016
Although male students may sometimes feel alone in being overwhelmed or self-conscious, many men at UNCW experience very similar struggles. This group provides an opportunity to talk about those experiences. Group topics may include:
Gender role expectations
Struggles with our families are often a natural and inevitable part of everyone's life. This Group is a safe place for students to talk about difficulties with parents or challenges with siblings and better understand the impact of family dynamics on their well-being while providing a place to practice new relational strategies to separate and relate.
Personal Exploration Groups
Personal exploration groups offer a place where students can be supported by others and hear what others would do if they were in their shoes. Through weekly unstructured discussions, this group provides a safe space to focus on how problems in your life influence day-to-day activities and relationships.
Taming Your Worry: Living Life More Fully
We all worry. Worry indicates to us that things are important and perhaps require action. Sometimes, worry gets in the way of our ability to lead a full life. This 5 week semistructured group will help you get a closer look at your worried mind and teach you skills each week to address your worry in a healthy, growth fostering way. Given the sequencing of skills, commitment to attend all 5 sessions is required.
Although female students may sometimes feel alone in being overwhelmed or self-conscious, many women at UNCW experience very similar struggles. This group provides an opportunity to talk about those experiences and how they influence mood, relationships, sense of self-worth, and overall well-being.
Group topics may include:
Relationships with family, friends, and significant others
Body image & Self-esteem
Gender role expectations
Multiple roles of women (i.e. family, career, social, etc.)