Counseling Center

Forest Trail

Group Counseling

General Information about Groups

What is Group Counseling? (pdf)

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.

Additional Information

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).

Groups for  Spring 2018

Me, Myself and Us [Tuesdays at 11:00am]

Experience support and hear what others would do if they were in your shoes. Through weekly discussions, this group provides a safe space to focus on how problems in your life influence day-to-day activities and relationships.

Thriving [Mondays at 2:00pm]
It’s time to move from surviving to thriving. In this group, you will better understand barriers to embracing the life that you want to live.  By better understanding what is important to you in life and making choices to act with intention, you will be living a more fulfilling life. In this group, you will learn about: your fears, worries, and anxiety and how trying to maintain control can keep you stuck; finding your values; and making choices based on your values.

Modern Family [Thursdays at 3:30pm]

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.

I have Anxiety???  [1 session workshop, various times]

Anxiety; do you manage it or does it manage you? Students will learn new skills to manage anxiety. You will participate in relaxation exercises and learn cognitive strategies for dealing with anxiety-provoking experiences.

Kind Mind [4 week workshop starting 2/6/2018, Tuesdays at 2:00pm]

The most important conversation you will have all day is with yourself!  In this group, you will increase understanding of your emotions, increase self and other compassion, and learn skill to ask for what you need.

For more information please come by DePaolo Hall second floor, Room 2079, or call (910) 962-3746.