Groups, Workshops and Presentations

Groups and Workshops

The Wellbeing Workshop

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.  Group will be capped at 8 attendees due to space limitations.

Days/Times:  Monday @ 11:00AM – 12:00PM AND Thursday 1:30PM-2:30 PM (students choose to attend 1 per week that works for them)

Location/Telehealth:  Wellbeing Center, Schwartz 100 Conference Room

Open/Screening/Referral Criteria: Open; Starts 10/4(M) & 10/7 (Th)

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 challenges. 

Days/Times: TBD, probably Tuesday or Thursday afternoon (@ 12:25PM-1:40PM OR 3:15PM-4:30PM)

Location: IN PERSON, Schwartz Conference Room. 

Open/Screening/Referral Criteria: Closed- Will be capped at 6-7 people due to space limitations. Group Screening with Elaine required.  

Facilitators:  Elaine + 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: Wednesdays @ 3PM – 4:30PM
Starts on Wednesday October 13th (may make small adjustments)

Location: Telehealth format

Open/Screening/Referral Criteria:

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 would be present to support and promote coping strategies. Come and join to have your voice heard!

Days/Times:  Thursdays @ 2:00-3:15PM
Starts on October 7th 

Location: ENG B-219 – Conference Room

Open/Screening/Referral Criteria: Screenings with RB & SP

Facilitators:  Randolph Brooks & Stephanie Perez

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. For more information or to register please contact Michelle Lawler at 203-392-5475 or lawlerm1@southernctedu. 

Days/Times:  TBD

Location: virtual 

Open/Screening/Referral Criteria: Open, drop-in 

Facilitators:  Michelle Lawler

Process/support 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:  Mondays at 3:15pm

Location: Virtual

Open/Screening/Referral Criteria: Open to upper-class students, graduate students 

Facilitators:  Matt Ouimet, Emily Velidow


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