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Group Opportunities


Why Group?

Groups generate growth.  Joining a group is an anxiety inducing process. Individuals often enter group not knowing what group members will be like, whether they will fit in, or if they will even get anything out of group. These are all uknowns that can evoke discomfort. The good news is that personal growth often occurs when we are able to push ourselves out of our comfort zones. At the very least, individuals often feel a sense of pride for overcoming any fear associated with group and are able to use this confidence in other areas of their lives.

Groups provide support. A group gives individuals the opportunity to share their experiences, as well as to hear about similar challenges faced by others. These interactions are often incredibly beneficial because individuals learn that they are not alone in their struggles and group members are able to offer support to one another.

Groups teach us we are human.In many cultures there are implicit and explicit messages that suggest it is best to keep any struggles, and accompanying feelings such as guilt, fear, or shame, to ourselves. Too often, the consequence of this is isolation and feeling alone in our experiences. A group provides a safe space that allows individuals to learn first-hand that pain and suffering is a normal human experience, which we all share.

Groups provide powerful feedback. It is common to wonder how people in our lives perceive us and whether the messages that we intend to communicate, both verbally and nonverbally, are interpreted correctly. A group provides a safe environment for individuals to ask and receive feedback from others and learn ways to utilize this feedback in a meaningful and effective way.

Groups open the door to self-awareness.  A group can help individuals tune into their emotional experiences and learn how they tend to respond to these emotions. A group also provides an interpersonal setting which allows individuals to pay close attention to how they interact with others and learn how these patterns impact their relatonships and lives in general.

Group Opportinities, Spring 2018

Self-Care Group

So often we can find ourselves emotionally drained from day-to-day stress. At other times, we might find it difficult engaging with the people we regularly come into contact with in our lives. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for group members to learn additional skills necessary for better regulating and managing unpleasant or distressing emotions. While we can’t control everything that happens to us in life, we can control how we respond and react to these situations. Additionally, group members will learn which coping skills and resources best suit their particular style and develop greater self-compassion.

Weekly time: to be determined.

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Process Group

Are you interested in learning more about yourself and how you interact with others? The ways in which we relate to others is complex and often brings about challenges.  We invite students to participate in this group to learn about what gets in the way of developing and maintaining satisfying relationships. This group will help students understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors impact others around them, and will encourage self-awareness and connection to others. Members will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback from group members with the intent of learning about themselves and how others perceive them. 

Weekly time: to be determined.

For more information, please contact:​.

Mindfulness Workshops

The Counseling and Wellness Center is offering a series of three separate four-session workshops teaching mindfulness and meditation skills.  Mindfulness practice cultivates awareness of the mind and body in the present moment with openness, curiosity, and acceptance.  In the workshop you will learn skills that can help you improve focus, reduce stress, regulate emotions and manage physical pain.  All levels of experience and curiosity are welcome.

The workshop will be offered three separate times throughout the semester, and are limited to 12 students in each. The first begins February 1 so please contact us ASAP if you are interested in that one.

Workshop #1: February 1, 8, 15, and 22 (3:30-5:00 pm)

Wor​kshop #2: March 1, 8, 22, and 29

Workshop #3: April 5, 12, 19, and 26

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