Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Personal Growth Groups Offered by Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) for Fall 2007

For more information call 855-5711.

Mondays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
If you have gotten into trouble due to anger or are afraid that you will, this is the group for you. In this group, you will learn where anger comes from, what it means and what you can do to control it. This is an open ended group. Members may join at any time provided space is available.

Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Often the personal issues that bring us to counseling have more to do with how we relate to others than we think. These groups will help members explore the relationship between their interpersonal style and their emotional well-being. Members will be encouraged to experiment with new behaviors, which can foster more meaningful connections with others and enhance emotional well-being. Participants in past undergraduate therapy groups have said that the following are some of the most helpful aspects of these groups: learning how I come across to others, learning that I’m not the only one with my kind of problems, receiving the support of others who can relate to my problems, learning to express my thoughts and feelings more openly/honestly.

3 sets of dates (see below)
The ability to relax our minds and bodies is one of the most useful tools that we can cultivate in our self-care toolbox. It has proven effectiveness in combating the effects of stress, anxiety, and numerous physical maladies. This three-week group will teach the basics of relaxation techniques and help participants practice them. Limited to 14 participants. First group offered on 9/18, 9/25, and 10/2 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. Second group offered on 10/9, 10/16, and 10/23 from 10-11:15 a.m. Third group will meet 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14 from 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Are you struggling with food or body image? Join the Eating Concerns & Body Image Group. Any woman struggling with body image or eating issues is invited to join this group. Our group will provide a safe environment to meet with 5-8 other women who share similar difficulties with body image, binge eating, purging, restricting, laxative use, and over-exercise. Over the semester, this group will explore their eating habits, but also interpersonal difficulties that can contribute to eating problems such as stress, depression, family and other relationships, assertiveness, and expressing emotions. The goal of this group is to help women develop a deeper understanding of their eating and body issues and to establish new ways to challenge old habits. An initial consultation is necessary.

Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Drug and alcohol use can have a number of unintended consequences. Sometimes students are aware of them, sometimes not. If you are interested in exploring your drug and alcohol use in this non judgmental atmosphere so you can better make up your own mind about the risks and benefits, please call.

To Reserve a Spot in a Group:
Advisors and students call 855-5711 for further info or to set appointments.
(Note: The student initially schedules an intake interview with a counselor. If the two of them decide a given group would be helpful, the counselor would formally enroll the student in one of the groups.)

Fees for Group Counseling:
-- Charged at a rate ½ that of individual counseling. Group sessions usually cost about $9.
-- Two free sessions each of fall and spring semesters, one free session each summer term. (The two free sessions can be comprised of individual and / or group sessions. The client does not get two of each free.)