Groups, Workshops and Presentations

Group Counseling 

Group work is a powerful tool for growth and change. For many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues that college students face, group work can be more effective than individual counseling, because it works directly on improving interpersonal effectiveness! Having the support of other students who understand can also help you maintain the effort and motivation it takes to successfully overcome difficult personal or mental health concerns.

While many students prefer the social context of groups, we understand that some students may initially feel intimidated or hesitant about the idea of talking about sensitive concerns within a group. This is natural, as group work is usually a new experience. However, we have found that most students who attend counseling groups report that the relief and excitement of meeting others who understand their struggles quickly overshadows the initial anxiety. In fact, the students who are most hesitant about group or who tend to be shy or nervous about expressing themselves are often among the ones who benefit the most!

Because group work is so effective and popular, Counseling Services offers a wide array of groups and workshops to address the needs of our students. Some involve more open discussion and sharing, while others address a specific topic or are structured more like a class to teach you positive coping or mindfulness skills. Group offerings may change each semester. If you are interested in a type of group you don’t see listed, please feel free to let us know.  
For more information, or to inquire about joining a group, please contact Counseling Services at 203-392-5475 or  Groups planned for the current semester include:

The Wellbeing Series

An in person interactive 6-week workshop series will guide students in learning skills and strategies to enhance wellbeing and will cover a variety of topics to help students THRIVE in college.  Some example topics may include:  communication, relationships, stress management, self-care, resilience, mindfulness, health and gratitude.  

Days/Times:  Tuesdays, 3-4 OR Thursdays 11-12. Starts 2/8/22 
Location/Telehealth:  Student Center, Room TBD
How to Join: Open; no sign-up needed. Drop in whenever you like!
Facilitators: Wellbeing Graduate Interns

Today’s Struggle, Tomorrow’s Strength

An interpersonal counseling group for any student looking for peer support, feedback, and accountability in working toward their therapeutic goals. Concerns addressed will be determined by the members, and may include adjustment (or re-adjustment) to campus, building confidence, family and relationship issues, and coping with mental health and other life challenges. 

Days/Times: TBD
Location: TBD
How to Join: Weekly group; will be capped at 6-7 people due to space limitations. Set up a pre-group meeting with Elaine.  
Facilitators:  Elaine Allen + Graduate Intern TBD 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) For Anxiety

ACT assumes that efforts to avoid, control or get rid of unwanted thoughts, feelings and/or sensations is what creates suffering. This group is an 8-week program that utilizes a combination of instruction, readings and in-and out-of-session practice and meditation to help members manage anxiety and stress.  For those with social anxiety, it offers a chance to participate in a group without being “put on the spot”, it is less about self-disclosure than learning new ways to lessen the discomfort and embarrassment felt when one is anxious.

Days/Times: TBD, during second half of the Spring Semester. 
Location: Telehealth format
How to Join: Set up a pre-group meeting with Eileen.
Facilitators: Eileen Bonyai

Coping with Societal Stigma

Societal stigma refers to the discrimination and rejection of marginalized groups of people due to their beliefs in regards to religion, gender identity, sexual identity, race and culture. This group focuses on allowing students who identify as part of a marginalized group to learn how to cope with the daily stressors they face. Topics would be student led where each member would provide support and respect to each person’s background and allow for dialogue regarding current events. Licensed counselors will be present to support and promote coping strategies. Come and join to have your voice heard!

Days/Times: TBD
Location: TBD
How to Join: Set up a pre-group meeting with Randolph.
Facilitators:  Randolph Brooks 

Grief and Loss Peer Support Group

Have you experienced grief and loss and feel that no one understands the pain you are feeling?  This group will: connect you to others who are experiencing grief and loss, normalize your reactions, provide education on grief & loss, develop coping skills to manage your feelings, help you identify meaning and purpose. 

Days/Times:  TBD
Location: virtual 
How to Join: Set up pre-group meeting with Michelle
Facilitators:  Michelle Lawler

Upperclass/Graduate student group

This virtual support group is co-facilitated by both a professional and a clinical intern from SCSU Counseling Services. Support groups, often consisting of six to ten students, involve members talking with one another about issues that are troubling them. Members also give feedback to each other by expressing their own feelings about what someone says or does. This interaction gives group members an opportunity to try out new ways of behaving and to learn more about the way they interact with others in a safe environment. The content of the group sessions is confidential; what members talk about or disclose is not discussed outside the group.

Days/Times:  Thursdays 3:15-4:30 pm
Location: Virtual
How to Join: Open to upper-class students, graduate students.  Set up pre-group meeting with Matt. 
Facilitators:  Matt Ouimet, Emily Velidow.

Curious about Cutting Back?

This group is focused on helping students who are motivated in wanting to change or cut back on their use of substances which includes tobacco or alcohol and who may be considering changing unhealthy patterns of addictive behavior which could include the use of social media, gaming or gambling, etc. The group will help students identify strategies for reducing use and learning new coping skills to manage every day life stressors that college students experience.

Days/Times: TBD
Location: TBD
How to Join: Contact Sarah Keiser.  
Facilitators:  Sarah Keiser

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome 

Do you ever downplay your own accomplishments? Are you ever concerned about being exposed as incompetent or incapable? You may be experiencing imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is the experience of constantly feeling like a fraud, and as a result individuals self-sabotage or overwork themselves and are unable to enjoy those successes. This 6 week group will allow for you to overcome imposter syndrome and conquer your self-doubt by learning skills that can be used in everyday life. 

Days/Times: Tuesdays 2:30PM-3:45PM beginning 2/8/21
Location: Virtual
How to Join: Set up pre-group meeting with Stephanie Perez. 
Facilitators: Stephanie Perez


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