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 Spring 2020
As of March 17th, groups have been cancelled for the Spring semester of 2020. Depending on interest, the following groups may be offered in Fall 2020.
Interpersonal Therapy Group (The "IT Group")
Feeling connected, understood, and supported are important parts of well-being, 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, once per week.
- Apoximately 10 people
Graduate Student/Older Student Group
Often the issues that affect graduate students and older undergraduate students (24 and older) 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 a therapeutic space for such students to discuss, reflect, and share with one another in a supportive atmosphere.
- All Semester, once per week
Being a woman in our society comes with unique challenges, frustrations, and joys. So often, women are set up to believe that we have to tear one another down in order to succeed, when in reality, the more we lift one another up, the better we all feel and the more we can achieve. The Women’s Group is a place where women can come together to support one another, connect with one another, and help one another to weather the challenges and frustrations and celebrate the joys in a safe, supportive environment. There will also be an optional expressive arts component to the group.
- All semester, once per week.
Other group offerings are being discussed, and may be implemented based on need and staff availability.
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 several weeks of the semester, before the group starts.
- 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 Spring 2020. 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