Therapy in a group setting can be a productive and supportive way to address common concerns. Students meet as a group with one or more clinicians to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills. Some groups are time limited, while others are ongoing. Group offerings vary each semester and lists are updated at the beginning of the semester. Additional groups may be developed, depending on student interest and staff availability.
Get started: If you are currently meeting with a UH&CS counselor, speak to them directly about a referral to group. If you are not already seeing a UH&CS counselor, call 216.368.5872 for more information. All therapy groups for Fall 2020 will be held over Zoom.
Groups for Students in Ohio and Out of State
The following groups are available to all CWRU, CIA, CIM and KSU podiatry undergraduate, graduate and professional students regardless of where they currently reside. For additional information on dates/times available and to register click on links below.
Koru Mindfulness is a four session course that will teach you a wide variety of mindfulness skills in a group learning environment. These skills will help you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life so that you can experience the benefits of less stress, better sleep and improved self-compassion. For more information on Koru mindfulness or to register, visit the Koru Mindfulness page.
Transitions to College
Transitions to College is a new group counseling is offering this year. It is open to any student who is a first year, first semester student living on campus who finds themselves struggling with making the transition into living with unfamiliar people in an unfamiliar place. This group aims to offer peer support to members over a 10 week period while also offering some psychoeducational guidance for ways to make this life changing time a little easier. Group members can expect to meet with other students who are new on campus who may also be struggling with things such as: roommate issues, finding a place to belong, figuring out a balance between studying and socializing, living in a new city, meeting new people and other topics as well. This group will be facilitated by a clinical social worker in the counseling department who will offer advice and suggestions to help this transition to college be as smooth as possible. To register: https://cglink.me/2cS/r1137713
LGBTQ+ Support Group
Students across marginalized sexual and romantic orientations, gender identities and expressions are invited to this group, which is intended as a safe place for support. Feel free to bring topics to process with the group, such as coping with discrimination and oppression, coming out to family and friends, intersections of identity, or supporting an authentic sense of self in the face of social expectations. Whether you're questioning your identity or have been out as LGBTQIA+ for a long time, you are welcome.
Groups for Students in Ohio
Due to state licensing laws some of our psycho-educational groups can only be offered to students residing in Ohio. In order to participate in the groups listed below, you must currently reside in the State of Ohio. If you are interested in any of these groups call Counseling Services at (216) 368-5872 to schedule a group evaluation.
Grief Support Group
This group is designed for students who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is a process-oriented group that invites members to share their feelings of grief and to be supported by other students who have experienced similar losses. It is intended to help break the isolation of grief and provide meaningful tools for coping. Students interested in attending will be required to complete an assessment with the group facilitator to discuss the group in further detail and to determine if the group is a good fit.
In the Company of My Sisters
The focus of this group is on creating a safe space for women of color to support one another, connect over experiences of discrimination, oppression, racism, and gain wisdom and energy from each in a safe, supportive, and confidential space. This group is open to anyone identifying as a women of color, residing in Ohio. Download flyer
Interpersonal Process Group
This group is for students who want to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. Participants identify specific goals they want to achieve to improve their social lives, such as managing conflicts, communicating directly and assertively, making connections with new acquaintances, coping with loneliness, improving trust in others, increasing self-esteem, and establishing interpersonal boundaries.
Each member of the group has the opportunity to ask for feedback on their own goals, as well as to offer feedback to other members. Rather than focusing on the past, this group seeks to cultivate a supportive, here-and-now environment to foster healthy self-concepts and social skills.
Moms in Grad School
This group is intended to be a supportive and educational group for moms in grad and/or professional school. Finding the balance in the various identities we wear is difficult, and we hope to provide a space free from judgement while we figure this out together. Download flyer
Mood and Food
Mood and Food is a semi-structured group for students who are currently recovering from an eating disorder, have mood dependent eating and/or disordered eating, and struggle with their relationship with food and their bodies. Group members will have a space to gain support from other students regarding their own experiences, as well as a chance to focus on their own personal goals. Each group will also include a focus on learning skills to help manage thoughts, feelings, urges, and behaviors associated with eating and body image issues.
Motivated to Moderate
This group is for students who are concerned about their use of alcohol and/or various other substances. It is a non-abstinence based group, which means it is not required that group members want to stop using, but must acknowledge that their substance use plays a role in their lives. We will explore ways alcohol and drug use may be interfering with personal goals, relationships, etc. Students will set personal goals and work towards making changes that are meaningful to them.
Students of Color Group
Students in Ohio who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) are welcome to join this group. The focus of this group is on creating an inclusive and non-judgemental space for BIPOC students to support one another, connect over experiences of discrimination, oppression, racism, and gain wisdom and energy from each other in a safe, supportive, and confidential space. The group meets Tuesday's from 1:00- 2:30 pm.
Support Group for PhD's
This support group is offered for doctoral students who want to come together to explore and process the challenges and struggles of being in a PhD program. Here we discuss ways to balance school and personal life; manage relationships with PIs, advisors, and peers; and improving self-confidence and self-efficacy.
Support for Supporters
This group is for students who grew up in households where chronic illness, mental illness, addiction or other sorts of dysfunction played a shaping role in how they view themselves and the world. Students in this group learn new patterns of relating, healthy boundary setting, and improve their sense of self-worth.
Support Group for Women Earning PhDs
This support group is offered for students who identifies as woman and want to come together to explore and process the challenges and struggles of being a in a PhD program. Here we discuss ways to balance school and personal life; manage relationships with advisors and peers; and improving self-confidence and self-efficacy.
This group is for students who are experiencing difficulties as a result of gender-based violence. The group aims to combine psychoeducation and support in order to develop effective coping strategies, improve interpersonal relationships and instill a sense of safety while managing trauma related symptoms. Students interested in attending will be required to complete an assessment with the group facilitator to discuss the group in further detail and to determine if the group is a good fit.