Counseling Center Announces Fall Group Schedule, Including New Students of Color Group
The Counseling Center is offering a number of group therapy options for students this semester. Group therapy is a unique and effective way for students to form connections, practice communication and experience healthy relationship patterns. Groups are offered Monday through Friday and are open to full-time Syracuse University students.
“Group therapy is one of the most effective forms of counseling for college students,” says Carrie Brown, staff therapist and group coordinator in the Counseling Center. “Within the group setting, students have a safe space to practice and develop their interpersonal skills while also connecting with other students with similar concerns and understanding they are not alone.”
For the fall semester, there are nine group offerings within the Counseling Center, including one new group, Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight. This group offers students of color a safe space to process the challenges of navigating the world, on campus and beyond.
“This new group is an important addition to our offerings because students of color often face additional race-related stress that can make college more difficult,” says Tekhara Watson, staff therapist and co-facilitator of the Students of Color group. “By sharing their experiences with others, this group can help students feel supported and empowered.”
To join a group, students must first make an initial consultation appointment with a therapist by contacting the Counseling Center at 315.443.4715. Additional details about group therapy and frequently asked questions are available on the Counseling Center’s Group Therapy webpage.
The following groups are available for the fall semester:
ACT on Depression Group
The goal of this group is to develop understanding and acceptance of the emotional impact of depression and then develop the skills and insight to positively react to those emotions.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Group
The skills taught in this group can both reduce the size of your emotional waves and help you keep your balance when your emotions overwhelm you.
This group provides members with an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics, including definitions of masculinity, gender roles and gender definitions, relationships, friendships, family of origin and substance use.
Options Education Group– Alcohol and Other Drugs
The Options Education Group focuses on harm reduction, decision making and the physiological impact of substance use.
Second Phase Group
This group is focused on understanding your drug and alcohol use as part of the pre-contemplative and contemplative stages of change.
Sexual Assault Recovery Group
This group is for female survivors of sexual assault to share their experiences and feelings in an accepting environment.
Students of Color: Releasing the Invisible Weight
This group offer students of color a safe space to process the challenges of navigating the world and connect with others with similar experiences and feelings.
Supporting Students with Anxiety
This group is for students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and difficulty with stress management.
Understanding Yourself and Others
This group offers an opportunity to relate to others who are experiencing similar concerns.