Group Counseling Offerings and FAQs
Groups provide a safe and supportive environment in which you can experiment with new behaviors, improve communication skills, and receive feedback from other students with similar concerns, experiences, and interests. One of the most valuable aspects of participating in a group is learning that you are not alone. Each group is led by one or more of our licensed clinicians. All groups for the Spring 2021 Semester will be facilitated remotely.
If you are interested, please fill out this form and a clinician will get back to you or call (443)885-3130 and request to schedule a consultation. Please indicate which group you are interested in joining when you schedule your consultation.
Anxiety Skills Group
Title: Find Your Calm
Group Leader: Dr. Jolley
Mondays, 2pm-3pm EST
Do you struggle with anxiety? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with life's uncertainties? This three-week skills training group is intended for individuals interested in learning how to better manage and cope with feelings of anxiety. Each week, participants will learn about symptoms of anxiety, identify how it shows up in their lives, and learn how to incorporate specific skills, such as deep breathing and mindfulness, into their daily lives. As participants move through the group, they will develop a tailored coping plan to address their specific needs.
General Process Group
Title: Understanding Self and Others
Group Leader: Dr. Richardson
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm EST
This process group will provide a supportive environment that will allow you to practice new ways of relating to others, gain a better understanding of yourself, identify and explore feelings, and receive support and feedback. Topics and themes that may arise over the course of the group include interpersonal relationships (family, friends, etc.), communication difficulties, adjustment, managing mental health, and more. To participate in this group, students must schedule a group screen with Dr. Richardson.
Title: Men Talk
Group Leader: Mr. Bacote
Thursdays, 3pm-4pm EST
A discussion among men with respect to how they think, feel, and behave. The purpose of this group is for men to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually (WELLNESS). Topics to be discussed: entrepreneurship, human sexuality, healthy relationships ( women and family members ), politics, anger, police reform, smart tips on how to conduct oneself when approached by the police, all lives matter ( Black ), race, Black on Black crime, sports, mental health, Afrocentricity, sexual assault ( "when no means no and when yes means yes "), brotherhood, nutrition, Black History, fraternities, gang life, respect, drugs, leadership skills, Covid-19, enlightenment, and Know thyself.
What is group counseling?
Group counseling may be used as an alternative to individual counseling or may be used in addition to individual counseling as a supplement to address specific needs. Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as social anxiety, depression, grief and loss, or substance abuse. Other groups focus more generally on skill building and self-growth such as social skills, self-esteem, loneliness, anger, etc.
Why would I want to be in a group?
Group counseling can provide benefits that individual counseling may not. Groups can:
• Help develop and improve communication and social skills
• Help members learn to express themselves
• Help members receive support
• Help members learn to receive difficult feedback
• Help members gain self-awareness by hearing others
• Help members recognize that they are not alone as others may experience similar issues
• Help members decrease problematic behaviors through accountability
Will I benefit from group?
Group works! In studies comparing group psychotherapy to individual therapy, group therapy has been shown to be as effective and sometimes even more effective than individual counseling. Group counseling is a powerful and effective way for students to share, give and receive support, learn and heal. Many students can benefit from counseling in a group format.
Is group counseling confidential?
Counselors must adhere to applicable state laws regarding confidentiality. Each group member agrees to the confidentiality of the information shared in group prior to joining
Do I have to share my deepest feelings and secrets?
Not if you don't want to. You control how much you share. You can share as much or as little as you would like. Many people feel more comfortable sharing as group progresses.