Counseling Center

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Each semester the Counseling Center sponsors several structured, support or process groups. Typical groups consist of 6-12 students along with a staff facilitator (s) that meet for approximately 1.5 hours once a week. Before joining a group, students will have an opportunity to visit individually with the 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, contact the center at 910-962-3746 or counselingcenter@uncw.edu to become a client. 

Spring of 2021 Groups

Spring 2021 Groups
Come-as-You-are-Group.png Come as You Are (Thursday, 3:30-5pm): This group is foremost a supportive non-judgmental space. Changing a behavior (gaming, vaping, gambling, drinking, social media) is challenging and for many group support can really help. Does the behavior impede your success? Are you more organized around the behavior than the behavior is organized around you? The group focus is to explore readiness for change, establish personal goals, and to reduce any harm (harm-reduction) from the behavior. Group will start on February 11th.
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Connections - Understanding Self & Others (Wednesday, 2-3:30pm):  This group offers a safe environment in which participants can enhance understanding of themselves and their patterns in relationships, receive support and feedback from others, identify and explore emotions, and experiment with new ways of relating to others. The focus of the group is on the "here and now," with the idea that through giving and receiving feedback, people will be able to practice new behaviors and gain new self-understanding to build more fulfilling connections in their lives.  Group will start mid-February at the latest.  

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Healthy Relationships – Schema Therapy Group (Monday, 3-4:30pm): This 10-week semi-structured group is based on the Schema Therapy model. Students with specific relationship concerns and/or long-standing patterns of interpersonal difficulties may find this group most beneficial. Group members will learn about their own personal and relational patterns and will have opportunities to give and receive helpful feedback in a supportive and safe environment in order to build healthier relationships with themselves and others. Each group member will be asked to complete a Schema questionnaire. Group will start on February 22nd.

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Kind Mind (Tuesday, 2-3:30pm): This 10-week semi-structured, Mindful Self-Compassion group is beneficial for anyone. Students who have self-critical thoughts, challenges with self-worth, a history of emotional abuse, perfectionism, and body image concerns may find this group the most rewarding. Group members will learn to treat themselves with the same warmth and kindness they would offer a close friend. Group time will be spent learning and practicing self-compassion exercises, sharing reactions to self-compassion, and relating to one another around the shared group experience. Group will start mid-February at the latest.  

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Skills Training (Wednesday, 3:30-5pm): Skills participants learn in this 10-week group include: Core Mindfulness – skills to enhance self-awareness, ability to be in the moment, focus attention; and make more effective choices; Emotion Regulation – skills to decrease emotional reactivity to life situations and events, to identify emotions, reduce vulnerability to negative emotions, and increase frequency of positive emotions in daily life; Distress Tolerance  – skills to increase ability to cope effectively with intense emotions or difficult situations; Interpersonal Effectiveness – skills for meeting needs in social interactions, including increasing ability to effectively make requests and set boundaries. Group will start on February 24th.