Groups and Outreach

Groups

Groups for Academic Year 2017-2018 At the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth, we are striving to meet the mental health needs of our students so that they can achieve their educational, career and personal goals. Group is a very powerful and effective way to bring about meaningful change. Students may attend a group as a supplement to their individual therapy (group therapy does not count towards the 6-session limit per semester), or they can attend without additional counseling from CPG. If you are interested in attending any of the following groups (or have ideas for other groups), please feel free to email us at counseling@clarku.edu.

Connections

This group is a half-semester support group that will be held in September and October for First Year students in their efforts to transition to college and connect with the Clark campus.  If there is sufficient interest, there will be two sections of this group.  Please keep an eye out for an email in late August about how to sign up for this group!  For more information, please contact ShaQuan Read at sread@clarku.edu

Helping Self and Others

This group focuses on relationships, emotional intimacy, boundaries, self-awareness and other components of interpersonal process.  It provides an opportunity to practice new behaviors within a safe, confidential, and supportive environment where group members learn to interact in a more honest and genuine manner.  Students dealing with a variety of personal concerns are appropriate for this group.  For more information, please contact Megan Kersting at mkersting@clarku.edu.

Intersections

Out? Coming Out? Figuring it all out?  The CPG will be offering a group focused on being LGBTQ+ or questioning at Clark and all that comes along with navigating our intersecting identities.  Come to give and receive support and celebrate your triumphs.  This group will meet weekly for one hour throughout the fall semester.  Location TBD.  Interested or have any questions?  For more information, contact Michael Hendrickson in the CGP at mhendrickson@clarku.edu

Body Image Group

This psychoeducational group focuses on helping students learn to accept and appreciate their bodies.  This group challenges the negative messages regarding women's bodies that come from the media.  In addition, they learn skills to help them stop blaming their bodies and recognize the beliefs and feelings that lead to negative body image.  For more information, contact Kaitlyn Gaudreau in the CPG at kaitlyn.gaudreau@clarku.edu

Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Group

If there is sufficient interest, this group focuses on helping students develop skills to deal with current life problems that may be related to past trauma.  Students will learn to understand how to set healthy limits in relationships and develop more self-confidence.

Please keep an eye out for an email in late August about how to sign up for these groups! 

Outreach

At Clark University Center for Counseling and Personal Growth (CPG), we strive to connect, educate and intervene with the larger Clark University community and ultimately strengthen our "community of caring". Providing education and prevention to university students, faculty and staff, through the forms of workshops, presentations, trainings, participation in campus-community events, and dialogues, gives the Clark community the opportunity to learn about mental health issues and it can have a positive impact on students who may not otherwise pursue formal counseling.

Through prevention and outreach, CPG is able to reach numerous students, from those who are interested in learning more about college student mental health and may benefit from gaining information about the variety of services CPG has to offer, to those who may want to know more about how to help a friend, to reaching out to those students who may experience too much stigma to actually feel comfortable seeking therapy. CPG creates a web of support not only for students, but also encourages staff and faculty involvement through a variety of education and prevention efforts.

CPG provides outreach presentations on a number of topics to Clark University staff, faculty and students (e.g. members of a Clark student club or organization). Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Stress Management
  • Time Management / Procrastination
  • Staying Healthy at College (Mind/Body Balance)
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Changing bodies, Changing Minds (Body Image)
  • Helping Yourself While Helping Others
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Disordered Eating
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • How to Be a Helpful Bystander for Sexual Assault (Enhanced Training for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)
  • Consent

If you are a Clark University staff, faculty or student, and you would like a counselor to speak to your group, please feel free to contact CPG Counselor, Michael Hendrickson, at mhendrickson@clarku.edu.