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.
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.
Learn how to MOVE from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, while realizing your personal values and creating life goals. MOVE toward a life that matters to you! Must commit to three (3) consecutive weeks of the group. For more information on MOVE and to register, visit the MOVE page. This group is available to all students, regardless of where they live.
Support Group for Black Students
A confidential, safe space for Black students to gain support and discuss the impact of recent and historical violence and racism. Students can drop-in anytime during the group discussion. Open to all Black CWRU, CIA, CIM and KSU Podiatry undergraduate, graduate and professional students. For more information and to register, visit the Additional Services page.
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.
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.
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.
Resilience Enhancement Group
The group is for students who are interested in changing patterns of behavior that are no longer helpful. Here you will learn skills to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and other distressing emotions through an approach based in mindfulness that balances self-acceptance with change. Distress, emotional pain, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems such as over- or under-eating, using substances, self-injuring, losing control, or "using-up" relationships can make it incredibly difficult to function. In this group, we target the issues that cause distress and promote coping skills that can be used in place of previously established self-defeating behaviors within a framework of acceptance - we are doing the best we can, even though we may need to learn ways that work better.
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.