For many mental health concerns, group therapy is the treatment of choice. Group offers several benefits over individual therapy, such as:
- Recognizing that you are not alone, and that many other people share your same concerns, struggles, and doubts
- The chance to learn from your peers
- The opportunity to get feedback, support, and validation from many people, not just one therapist
Groups for Fall 2018
Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and can aid in improving overall mood, focus, and wellbeing. The mindfulness group teaches group members how to integrate mindfulness into their lives using a step-by-step approach. Each group also includes guided meditation and other experiential mindfulness techniques.
- 8 Sessions
- Thursdays, 3:30-5pm
- Starts 9/27/18
Interpersonal Therapy Group (The "IT Group")
Feeling connected, understood, and supported are important parts of wellbeing, yet many people find themselves locked into patterns of communication that get in the way of connecting effectively. The IT Group focuses on practicing authenticity, openness, and mutual support in a safe setting, so that you can learn how to do so in your life outside of group and become your "best self."
- All Semester (Skipping Monday Holidays)
- Mondays, 3:30-5pm
- Starts 10/1/18
Graduate Student/Older Student Group
Often the issues that affect graduate students and older undergraduate students are somewhat different from those that affect younger students. It can help to have a confidential place to speak with and listen to students with similar issues and experiences. The aim of this group is to provide such a therapeutic space for such students to discuss, reflect, and share with one another in a supportive atmosphere.
- All Semester
- Wednesdays, 8:45-10am
- Starts 10/3/18
Groups are determined based on student interest. We are open to suggestions for new groups as new needs arise. Groups run on the basis of availability and amount of interested students and available Counseling Center staff. Examples of previous groups include: Grief Groups, Alcohol/Substance Abuse Groups, and Stress Management Groups.
Important Notes on Groups:
- If you are interested in a group, please contact the Counseling Center within the first 3 weeks of the semester.
- Unless otherwise specified, all groups require signing up in advance.
- Some groups may require a screening/orientation session before the group begins.
- If drop-in groups become available during the semester, these will be advertised as such.
No workshops are currently running at the Counseling Center for Fall 2018. Staff, faculity, and student groups are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center with requests for specific workshops. We can accommodate most requests.
Previous Workshops include
- Reducing Anxiety
- Test Anxiety/Stress Management
For further information please contact the UMass Dartmouth Counseling Center, Auditorium Annex, Room 101 or call 508 -999-8648/8650