This group was started as an office collaboration between the Counseling Center and Office of Disability Resources in the Fall '09 and has continued into the current Spring '13 semester. The group is open to any student who has officially registered with the Office of Disability Services. The group meets in the Office of Disability Resources conference room every Wednesday from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM.
Advocacy, Communication, and Transition are at the core of what we discuss in this support group format. The students who have committed to each other for once a week for the better part of two semesters have found the group to be therapeutic and comfortable enough to openly discuss ideas and conflicts in their lives and process them with each other.
For more information contact the Office of Disability Resources.
Understanding Self and Others
The Counseling Center is pleased to offer a weekly support group for female students struggling with feelings of low self-confidence. Our intention is to provide a safe environment in which students can explore their ways of relating to self and others, in order to increase self-understanding and acceptance and develop more satisfying and lasting connections with others.
Presenting concerns of students may vary but are likely to be reflected in some of the following thoughts:
- “Even my best friends don't really know me.”
- “I’m too sensitive to what others think.”
- “I'm tired of basing my decisions on what others want for me.”
- “I feel guilty when I say ‘No’ to someone.”
- “I lack self confidence.”
The group will meet weekly for 1 ½ hours in the Counseling Center. For more information, please contact Dr. Maureen Walls-McKay or Lauren Conner at (434) 395-2409.
Stress & Anxiety Management
The group's primary theoretical focus will be cognitive-behavioral as well as be a support group for students who have difficulty managing stress and anxiety. This will be an open group and each week will introduce new techniques on managing stress. The first week will be an introduction which will discuss and formulate the rules of the group as well as go over issues of confidentiality. First week will also have each member introduce themselves and discuss how stress is impacting them. In the following weeks information on stress/anxiety management as well as cognitive-behavioral interventions will be introduced. The objective of the psychoeducational information is to help students be aware of healthy vs. dysfunctional stress, how to much stress impacts our functioning, and the physiological impact of stress on the body. Interventions will include learning stress tolerance, meditation Mindfulness exercises, importance of physical exercise, and deep breathing.
A stress management plan will also be discussed from a strength-based approach. The stress management plan will make group members aware of how stress impacts them physically, emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally, and socially. The stress management plan also will address from a strength based approach of adopting new as well as past successful strategies to help group members deal with stress in all areas of functioning.
The second phase of the group will be a support group where each one discusses their stress each week and how they coped with their anxiety as well as receiving and providing support for other group members. Issues of time management and procrastination may also be addressed as additional topics if necessary as they are often related to stress/anxiety.
This group meets Thursdays, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. If you are interested in the group and/or have questions, please contact David Davino at 434-395-2409.