Group counseling provides a unique way to learn about oneself and one’s relationships and to give and receive support and feedback from others. It is the treatment of choice for building satisfying relationships with others and is often preferred by those who benefit from a supportive community. Groups provide the advantage of getting to see others with similar concerns solve their problems and also allow students to gain a network of support. Research has shown that groups are especially helpful in building trust, self-acceptance, intimacy, stronger communication skills and empathy.
Counseling and Testing Center’s Support Groups
- Be Well, Do Well
Tuesdays: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
The Counseling and Testing Center’s general support group is a process oriented therapy group in which students discuss current personal concerns and gain insight into problems affecting their relationships, academic success and emotional or physical well-being.
- Paws OUT: LGBTQIA Success and Sharing Support Group
Thursdays: 3 – 4:30 p.m.
This is a confidential but open group for students who positively identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, intersexed, asexual or for those whose who feel directly impacted by the diverse sexuality or gender of a loved one. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe, confidential setting in which to explore what it’s like to be yourself and share the challenges you face at school, work, in your family, dating and in the world at large.
- African-American Women Support Group
Fridays: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
This support group explores topics relating to African-American women’s issues including race, relationships, personal power, finding balance, career, academics, family dynamics and self-esteem.
- Graduate Student Support Group
Fridays: 12 – 1:30 p.m. and 2 – 3:30 p.m.
The graduate group is an interactive process group made up of men and women enrolled in a graduate program at the university. Co-leaders will encourage group members to participate with each other in a manner that supports a safe space in which to grow and explore personal issues. The group leaders will use various methods to aid members in building healthy boundaries and relationships among themselves. The group will focus on but will not be limited to topics connected to the stresses of graduate school. Other issues like relationships, self-esteem, family dynamics and grief will be addressed as presented.
For information on how to join a support group, call the Counseling and Testing Center at 404-413-1640 or walk-in for a consultation.