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Fall 2015 Groups


Men's Group

The Men's Group is a confidential group of male peers. Through thoughtful discussion, group members will explore preconceived notions, personal thoughts, and learned perceptions about masculinity and how it is related to issues such as interpersonal relationships, mental health, and personal identity. Group members will help set the agenda and work together to provide and receive constructive feedback on how their personal idea of masculinity influences their life.   Some questions group members might have include: What does it mean to be a man? Is masculinity affected by one's culture? Does a male's sense of masculinity change with age? What does it mean to ask for help or exhibit vulnerability? Am I less of a man because my partner makes more money than me? Do gender roles really matter in a relationship? 

Facilitated by Chris Black &Jarmichael R. Harris on Wednesdays from 1pm-2:30pm 

Understanding Self and Others
This group is a safe environment where one may develop more self-awareness and grow personally while exploring oneself in relationship with others. Presenting concerns frequently include: anxiety, social anxiety, depression, peer relations as well as romantic relations, and family issues that have impacted self-concept (among many others.) Basically, people who are motivated to work on improving some aspect of themselves can benefit from this experiential learning opportunity. Often members benefit by finding effective ways to connect and communicate with others while addressing their own personal concerns. 


Facilitated by Derrance Hughes and Christine Jehu on Tuesdays from 11 am-12:30 pm

Graduate Student Support Group 

This support group is for graduate students and/or non-traditional students aged 24 years and older. Students that are in this slightly older age group often experience different stressors and pressures than younger, "traditional" students face. There may be many reasons that you have come to college later in life. Military, family obligations, second degrees, or career changes may have played a key role in your decision to further your education. You may find this group helpful in addressing personal and/or family challenges, interpersonal communication, relationship issues, problem solving skills, decision making, and much more. 

 Facilitated by Kim McIntyre on Thursdays from 9 am-10:30 am 

The ACT Group is an eight week structured group utilizing the core concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In this group, members will be invited to explore a new way of living that is more congruent with personal values. Participants will focus on accepting what is out of our control, learn psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings, clarify personal values, and identify ways to engage in committed values driven action.

Facilitated by Leslie Veach on Mondays from 3 pm-4:30 pm

Sexual Assault Survivors

This group is a safe place for female survivors of sexual assault to gather, learn, heal, and explore their experiences. The group begins with a psychoeducational component, exploring common reactions to sexual assault as well as ways to cope with them. Group members then explore and share about their experiences using a variety of creative, therapeutic techniques, including writing, collaging, music, and more. No one is ever forced to share, but the safe, welcoming, and nonjudgmental milieu that defines this group will foster an environment where all can find common ground and learn from each other as they work to grow and heal.

Facilitated by Kat Bursky and Leslie Veach on Wednesdays from 2:30-4 pm


Co-facilitated by professional staff, this weekly support group provides an opportunity for sexual and gender minorities to explore a wide range of topics such as identity development, coming out to family and friends, relationships and dating, gender transitioning, social stigma, religion, community... and much more! 

Facilitated by Kim McIntyre and Christi Mobley on Mondays from 3-4:30 pm


DBT Informed Group

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment, originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals, specifically those with borderline personality disorder. However, there is various research showing its efficacy for treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance use, depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, etc. This group will take the mindfulness and emotion regulation modules taught in traditional DBT treatment program facilities and reduce them into a short, 8-week DBT-Informed group. Group members will learn core mindfulness and emotion regulation skills during group as well as participate in formal mindfulness practices in session. In addition, group members will be assigned homework each week related to the skills they have learned in group. Finally, since this group is considered a strictly skills-based approach, group members are encouraged to attend individual therapy to help apply the group skills to specific personal situations. This group will resume during the Spring semester of 2016 in which previous members can build on previous skills and new members can join as we cover distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness skills over the course of another 8-week group.  

Facilitated by Kirk Mochrie on Tuesdays from 2:30 –4 pm 

The Center for Counseling and Student Development welcomes YOU to inquire specifics about group offerings and/or make suggestions for future groups!


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