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Counseling Groups

The Hamre Center for Health and Wellness facilitates counseling groups each semester, based on the needs and expressed interests of students. These groups are designed to help students address mental health concerns, connect with others, and build new tools and skills.

Request a group and/or share your idea

We believe in groups as a powerful tool to support mental health and collective healing. We want to offer groups that meet the unique needs, identities, and histories of our students. 

Some students have expressed interest in the past for the groups listed below. If you are interested in attending a weekly or bi-weekly group on one of these topics or if you have another group you’d like to request, please complete this Group Interest google form. When there are at least 5 students interested, we will reach out via email with next steps.

Here are some group ideas:

-Grief and Loss Group

-Anxiety Skills Group

-Experience of Sexual Violence Support Group

-Mental Health Support Group

-Creative Arts Group

-Trans, Non-Binary, and Gender Expansive Thriving Group

-International Student Support Group

-BIPOC Connections Group

Stay tuned for additional group offerings

As the semester proceeds, new workshops and one time group offerings will be announced. If you would like to keep up to date with our group offerings we welcome you to follow us on instagram, look out in the Mac Daily, or stop by our office for the latest information.

Counseling Group FAQ

  • What is group counseling?

    Counseling groups are designed to help students explore concerns, connect with others, and learn new strategies and skills. The groups may focus on a particular theme or concern or may be tailored to a specific group of individuals. They are open to all students, unless otherwise indicated.

  • What is the difference between process groups and psychoeducation groups?

    Process groups provide an environment for students to identify and explore emotions, give and receive support, and practice healthy ways of relating to others. Psychoeducation groups focus on developing skills around a particular concern and often involve discussions and experiential activities to apply the skills you are learning. At the Hamre Center, we have both process and psychoeducation groups.

  • What is the difference between closed groups and open groups?

    A closed group is when members remain together until the group ends with no additional members joining after the group starts. Open groups is when new members can be added throughout the duration of the group. Our groups, oftentimes, are open groups so acceptance into the group is open throughout the semester.

  • How long do groups meet?

    Our groups typically meet between 1 – 1.5 hours once a week. Some groups meet for most of the semester, while others are short term—four to six sessions.

  • How many students are in a group?

    Our groups have between 5 – 10 members and typically start when there are 5 students committed to attending continuously.

  • Why should I try a group? Will it be as effective as individual therapy?

    Counseling groups are a powerful tool for learning, growth, and change and are considered one of the most effective forms of therapy. Students who try counseling groups find that it provides a safe and supportive place to explore their concerns and learn new strategies for overcoming challenges.

  • Do I have to reveal all my deepest secrets and feelings to the group?

    No. You can decide how much and when to share your feelings with the group. Most students are apprehensive about attending a group for the first time and wonder what it will be like to share with people they do not know. However, most find they become more comfortable over time and value the support, understanding, and feedback they get from their peers. All group members are expected to maintain the confidentiality of the group so everyone can feel safe sharing.

  • How can I get the most out of group therapy?

    • Be yourself and speak your truth from personal experience. 
    • Recognize and respect your pace for getting involved in the group. 
    • Take time for yourself by being present and participating.
    • Give and receive feedback by actively listening and using respectful language
    • Experience discomfort and non-closure.
    • Take risks. 
    • Trust the process.

  • How do I get started?

    Many of our groups require an individual 15 – 30 minute meeting with the group facilitator. These meetings give you a chance to ask questions and determine if the group is a good fit for your needs. To schedule your 15-30 minute counseling group meeting, please email the facilitator of the group directly.

Updated July 2023 Katie Tingleff