Group Counseling

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Participating in Group Counseling

Group counseling focuses on developing insight, changing behavior and improving relationship skills. In the group setting, students struggling with similar concerns can share feedback with each other and learn new ways of coping.

  • Call 315.443.8000 to meet with a therapist to discuss group options, or to complete the required facilitator-led group orientation prior to enrolling into a group or participating in a drop-in group.
  • Individual and group counseling are covered in full through the Health and Wellness Fee.
  • Most groups meet weekly for 90 minutes for the duration of the semester, and with one to two staff therapists.

Spring 2023 Counseling Groups

The Adventure Based Counseling (ABC) Series is designed for students interested in building leadership and relationship skills, self-esteem, communication, trust, respect and responsibility. Facilitated through multiple teams within the Barnes Center at The Arch, this series is a hybrid of adventure-based activities and experiential processing to foster personal growth. Students interested in non-traditional and active methods of addressing emotional health and well-being are encouraged to apply.

Learn more and apply!

Expectations

  • Students are expected to commit to regular weekly participation, barring extenuating circumstances or illness communicated to facilitators in advance.
  • Students are expected to submit a completed application to express interest. Students not selected may be placed on a waitlist for the current semester or encouraged to participate in a future semester.
  • Students can expect to participate in several indoor and outdoor adventure-based activities including, but not limited to, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, ice activities, esports, rock climbing, challenge course activities and zip lining.
  • Transportation will be provided to meeting sites outside of the Barnes Center.
  • Group members are expected to complete a post-evaluation at the end of the group experience.
  • This is not a confidential therapy group. Staff from multiple disciplines are involved in facilitating the ABC Series. Students can expect that personally identifiable information will be protected and not shared with outside entities when possible.
  • Water or other hydration is encouraged.
  • Students are recommended to dress in comfortable athletic clothing. However, students may be asked to wear more specific clothing depending on the activity of the week (i.e., dress in layers, wear closed-toe shoes).
  • Gear and equipment for each activity will be provided.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend, please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Two (2) absences without communication to facilitators will require a meeting with one of the facilitators individually before continuing with the group. Missing two or more sessions and failure to communicate with group facilitators about absences will result in dismissal from the group.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, meeting with a group facilitator will help connect the student to other resources or opportunities that may better meet their needs.

This is a structured psychoeducational workshop designed to help students better understand, manage and cope, with anxiety and stress. Focus will be on developing skill sets unique to the individual that can be practiced outside of sessions and used as part of a holistic treatment plan.

Each session will cover one or more themes, with brief periods of reflection on how new skills may be used. Each week’s work will build upon the last, so it is important students commit to attending all sessions.

  • Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students) is met or start date of Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.
  • Facilitators: Virginia Evans, LCSW, Cara Capparelli, MS, MHC-LP, NCC
  • Group Meetings: Mondays, 3 p.m., Barnes Center at The Arch Counseling 
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive to group on time.
  • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, check in through the Patient Portal or the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
  • The group will cover one or more themes, with brief periods of reflection on how we can use our new skills.
  • No unrelated cell phone use.
  • Light food/drink are OK. If students intend to eat or drink in group, a preemptive check-in for allergies or aversions will be hosted.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is helpful for students who want to improve their relationship with themselves or others, or for students who struggle with intense, overwhelming emotions. It can also be helpful for students who are looking for ways to reduce emotional suffering and reactivity. The skills taught in DBT can both reduce the size of students' emotional waves and help them keep their balance when their emotions overwhelm them.

  • Tuesdays Group Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students) is met or start date of Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023.
  • Fridays Group Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students) is met or start date of Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.
  • Group Meetings: Tuesdays 1:30 p.m., Fridays  2 p.m., 304 Barnes Center at The Arch
  • Duration: 2 hours

Expectations

  • The focus of the DBT Skills Group is on learning new behaviors, changing old behaviors and exploring new ways of doing things.
  • The DBT Skills Group meets for 120 minutes per week, and it runs for 12 weeks. All DBT Skills Group members must attend the first group/orientation session.
  • Skills Group consists of 4-8 students and two Skills Trainers/co-leaders.
  • Students are expected to arrive to group sober, on time and open to participate. Students who arrive 15 or more minutes after group has started are asked to not interrupt group, as it will have already started.
  • Each group member is asked to sign a group contract in which they agree to commit to group rules. Group rules will be discussed and established at the first group.
  • The first 15 minutes of group focuses on a mindfulness exercise. The rest of group focuses on learning and practicing new skills.
  • It is recommended that the students who attend DBT Skills Group also attend individual therapy during the same period. There may be times when a student and their Skills Trainers feel the student could benefit from supplemental sessions with an individual therapist. We ask that students follow their Skills Trainers' recommendations regarding individual therapy. With adherence to the DBT model, the focus of Individual Therapy will be on developing ways to have the behavior happen.
  • Light food/drinks during group sessions are OK.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend, please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.
  • If a student has relapsed, they are encouraged to return to group to discuss the circumstances with their group.

This group is for students who are curious and committed to learning about themselves through exploring their dreams in a shared space with others. This group is ideal for students experiencing life transitions, losses and other major adjustments, disturbing dreams and nightmares, creative/artistic blocks, perfectionism/excessive self-criticisms and feelings of disconnection or conflict within themselves.

Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive to group on time.
  • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, check in through the Patient Portal or the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
  • The group will explore dreams and provide activities to help facilitate exploration between groups, e.g. dream journaling, sleep/wake practices.
  • Members are expected to communicate honestly about substance use, nighttime medication or any other habits/behaviors that could influence sleep/dream states.
  •  No unrelated cell phone use.
  • Light food/drink are OK. If students intend to eat or drink in group, a preemptive check-in for allergies will be conducted.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

This is a process group intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and other LGBTQIA+ identifying students. Within a safe, inviting and trauma-informed group setting, students are encouraged to explore their identities, connect with peers and find support while developing the confidence to navigate a campus community in a healthy and meaningful way. The group aims to provide a safe and confidential space to address the needs of this community.

Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive to group on time.
  • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, check in through the Patient Portal or the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
  • The group will cover one or more themes, with brief periods of reflection on how we can use our new skills.
  • No unrelated cell phone use.
  • Light food/drink are OK. If students intend to eat or drink in group, a preemptive check-in for allergies or aversions will be hosted.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

This group is for students who are open to trauma processing. Traumatic experiences can get “trapped” or “stuck” in our bodies in ways that can be detrimental to our health, emotions, relationships and overall wellness. This group will guide students through various movements and techniques that support rewiring their brains and nervous systems, allowing trauma to be processed and moved. The group will deepen students' understanding of what trauma is, how it gets healed and support the growth of their full, present potential.

  • Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students) is met or start date of Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023.
  • Facilitators: Susanne Rios, LMFT, CDWF, Barnes Center at The Arch Recreation Staff
  • Group Meetings: Tuesdays, 9 a.m., Third Floor Mediation Room, Barnes Center
  • Duration: 1.5 hours

Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive to group on time.
  • Upon arrival to the Barnes Center, students will check in through the Patient Portal. The student can then go directly to the Meditation Room, located on the third floor of the Barnes Center. The doors will remain propped open for the first five minutes of group, so students should make efforts to be punctual to reduce disruptions.
  • The group will start with 20-30 minutes of psychosocial education on trauma and how particular movement patterns, breathing repetitions, etc. can rewire our brain and body’s responses to trauma. 30-50 minutes can be spent on movement.
  • Every other week, students will have the option of receiving Reiki or other energy work in a private space within the Meditation Room.
  • Sessions which are not fully taken for movement can be used to process or for questions.
  • No unrelated cell phone use.
  • Water or other hydration is encouraged.
  • Students are asked to wear clothing that allows unrestricted movement. Most students choose to remove their shoes and practice on a provided yoga mat.
  • Students are not required to share the type or capacity of trauma they are hoping to work through in the group.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

This group provides a supportive space for students to talk about substance use and what they want out of their lives. Whether students are using substances, wanting to make changes or working on quitting, this is a group to help students find their own path forward. Through this short-term group, members will form connections with each other as they explore the process of change and gain clarity about their relationship with substances.

Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive to group on time.
  • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, check in through the Patient Portal or the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
  • Members are expected to attend group for the full five-week duration and engage with agreed-upon activities between sessions to facilitate self-understanding and group conversation.
  • Members are expected to communicate honestly about substance use, medications or any vitamins/supplements being taken.
  • No unrelated cell phone use.
  • Light food/drink are OK. If students intend to eat or drink in group, a preemptive check-in for allergies will be conducted.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

This group is for students who are actively practicing abstinence from one or more substances.

  • Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students) is met.
  • Start Date: Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
  • Facilitators: Ed Millet, LHMC, CASAC, Melissa Parker, LCSW
  • Group Meetings: Fridays, 1 p.m., 304 Barnes Center at The Arch
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Maximum Group Size: 8

Expectations

  • Students are expected to arrive to group sober, on time and open to participate.
  • Students are asked to refrain from glamorizing other substances or related situations during the process.
  • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, students should check in at the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
  • The first group will center on interdictions, group rules and expectations, goals for group and process.
  • The group topics are generated by the group members, and the group time is spent processing these topics in the space.
  • At the beginning of each group, group members participate in a check-in and are asked to share generally how they are doing and topics related to addiction and/or recovery that they would like the group to explore that day.
  • Group facilitators are active members of the group, assisting with the process and flow of group, offering feedback and reflective questions, and role modeling this for group members.
  • Prior to the end of the group time, group members participate in a check-out and are asked to reflect on the group experience that day, share any feedback for the group and/or any concerns they may have.
  • Light food/drinks during group sessions are OK.
  • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend, please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
  • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.
  • If a student has relapsed, they are encouraged to return to group to discuss the circumstances with their group.

    This group is for students who have experienced recent, adult or childhood sexual or relationship violence.

    • Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students) is met or start date of Monday, Jan. 30, 2023.
    • Facilitators: Ingrid Rauk, Ph.D., Nicole Currivan, Doctoral Intern
    • Group Meetings: Mondays, 2 p.m., 304 Barnes Center at The Arch
    • Duration: 1.5 hours

    Expectations

    • Students are expected to arrive to group on time and open to participate.
    • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, check in through the Patient Portal or the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
    • If running late, please message a facilitator or contact the front desk, who can notify a facilitator.
    • Light food/drinks during group sessions are OK.
    • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
    • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

    This group examines thoughts, emotions and behaviors that hold us back from authentic connections and belonging. The group will focus on shame resilience skills, themes of vulnerability and increasing self-trust.

    • Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students) is met or start date of Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023.
    • Facilitators: Susanne Rios, LMFT, CDWF, London Hill, M.A., M.S.
    • Group Meetings: Thursdays, 2 p.m., 305K Barnes Center at The Arch
    • Duration: 1.5 hours

    Expectations

    • Students are expected to arrive to group on time, willing and open to participate.
    • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, students should check in at the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
    • Each session starts with a check-in and “permission slips” (permission slips will be introduced in the first group).
    • Each session typically starts with a 2-10 minute introductory video, pre-recorded by Dr. Brené Brown.
    • Each week will have curriculum work completed via worksheets. The completed worksheets and topics, answers and experiences are shared.
    • Group facilitators are active members of the group, assisting with the process and flow of group, offering feedback and reflective questions, and role modeling this for group members.
    • Prior to the end of the group time, group members participate in a check-out and are asked to reflect on the group experience that day, share any feedback for the group and/or any concerns.
    • Light food/drinks during group sessions are OK.
    • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend, please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
    • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

    This group is for students wanting to understand their interactions and reactions with others. The group would be useful for those who spend a lot of time in self-judgment or in judgement of others, or students who would like to develop and understand their decision-making skills, life and relational patterns, and social/relational dynamics. This is a group where one can improve on their self-esteem, assertiveness, practice vulnerability and explore person-to-person dynamics in a safe, contained place.

    • Enrollment: Open until maximum group size (8 students per group offering) is met.
    • Duration: 1.5 hours

    Tuesdays

    Thursdays

    • Start Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023
    • Facilitators: Danqing Huo, Psy.D.
    • Group Meetings: Thursdays, 3:30 p.m., 304 Barnes Center at The Arch

    Fridays

    Expectations

    • Students are expected to arrive to group on time and open to participate.
    • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, students should check in at the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
    • The first group will center on introductions (name, pronouns, year/major), group rules and expectations, goals for group and process.
    • At the beginning of each group, group members participate in a check-in and are asked to share generally how they are doing and if they would like dedicated time in group to share.
    • The group topics are generated by the group members and the group time is spent processing these topics in the space.
    • Group facilitators are active members of the group, assisting with the process and flow of group, offering feedback and reflective questions, and role modeling this for group members.
    • Prior to the end of the group time, group members participate in a check-out and are asked to reflect on the group experience that day, share any feedback for the group and/or any concerns.
    • No unrelated cell phone use.
    • Light food/drinks during group sessions are OK.
    • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend, please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
    • Two (2) no-shows, consecutive or non-consecutive, will result in removal from the group to allow waitlisted students to participate.
    • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

      This group is for students who wish to explore judgment, decision-making, life and relational patterns, social/relational dynamics, self-esteem, assertiveness, practicing vulnerability, and understanding yourself and others in a safe, contained place.

      Expectations

      • Students are expected to arrive to group on time and open to participate.
      • Upon arrival to Barnes Center Counseling, students should check in at the Counseling Front Desk. A facilitator will escort the group to the meeting location.
      • The first group will center on introductions (name, pronouns, year/major), group rules and expectations, goals for group and process.
      • At the beginning of each group, group members participate in a check-in and are asked to share generally how they are doing and if they would like dedicated time in group to share.
      • The group topics are generated by the group members and the group time is spent processing these topics in the space.
      • Group facilitators are active members of the group, assisting with the process and flow of group, offering feedback and reflective questions, and role modeling this for group members.
      • Prior to the end of the group time, group members participate in a check-out and are asked to reflect on the group experience that day, share any feedback for the group and/or any concerns.
      • No unrelated cell phone use.
      • Light food/drinks during group sessions are OK.
      • While attendance is expected, if unable to attend, please message a group facilitator as soon as possible or call Barnes Center Counseling at 315.443.8000.
      • Should circumstances arise that prevent participating or lead to feeling that the group is not suitable, please meet with a group facilitator to discuss what contributed to the decision to leave the group. If there is something inherent to the group, group dynamics, unmet expectations, or more, sharing will work to meet student treatment needs.

        Group Counseling Types

          • Process Groups: Explore a variety of presenting concerns, increase self-awareness by exchanging genuine and honest feedback, practice assertiveness and other interpersonal skills to use in daily life, develop more positive and meaningful relationships.
          • Options Education Group: Focuses on the impact of substance use on physiology, perception and decision-making. Discusses the progression of use and ways to reduce risk.
          • Skills Groups: Learn certain skills to cope with and manage concerns such as anxiety, depression, emotional regulation and stress management.