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Groups

We know what you’re thinking.  Groups?  Seriously??  So before you condemn the possibility of joining a group at CPG, consider some things.  We live in a technological age that is doing its best to disconnect us from one another and many students talk about feeling alone.  Others talk about their worries that everyone else seems happy and put-together but they feel like something isn’t right when it comes to themselves.  Groups are the perfect way for all of us to learn how to authentically connect with one another; experience what it is like to show your real self and see how others will accept you and care for you anyway.  That connection showing your real self is the helping factor in groups.  Many students question, “If I say something in a group, will my stuff get blabbed out to the rest of campus?”  In our years at CPG doing groups, this has never been an issue.  Not once.  Not only is confidentiality a rule for all groups, group members respect one another and they hold to that promise.  So, seriously, take a chance.  We are offering a bunch of groups this year because we feel so strongly about them.  Check them out.

2018-2019 Groups at CPG

This co-ed interpersonal process group is designed to help students explore their own sense of personal growth and well-being in their personal and academic lives at Clark. This is a group for people who: have concerns about important relationships in their life, need more support, want to be supportive of others, and want time to explore feelings and thoughts. The group provides an opportunity to practice new behaviors within a safe, confidential and supportive environment where group members learn to interact in an honest and genuine manner. This groups meets weekly each semester for 10 weeks. If you have questions about this group, please email Shawn McGuirk.

  • Co-Leaders: Shawn McGuirk and Jennifer Dockery
  • Meets: Tuesdays at 2 pm
  • Begins: 9/18/2018

Do you experience weeks of feeling down or sad for no apparent reason?  Have you lost interest in things you used to enjoy?  Do you find that you are distancing yourself from the people you love?  Do you feel unmotivated to do what you need to do?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, come check out this group.  In a safe and supportive environment, students will learn various strategies to help manage dark thoughts, low mood, and difficulties with sleep.  In addition, students can learn strategies to get back to their more energetic selves.  This group meets weekly for 8 weeks each semester.  If you have questions about this group, please email Ruby Yarmush.

  • Co-Leaders: Ruby Yarmush and Ben Trigani
  • Meets: Fridays at 10am
  • Begins: 9/21/2018

Are you coping with any form of anxiety including chronic worry, social anxiety, obsessive thoughts, health related worry, and panic attacks?  Ever wonder why your anxiety doesn’t seem to go away, and why those stress management strategies you read about don’t seem to work?  Come get a better understanding of what anxiety is and how you can begin the path to becoming a calm, worry-free person. This structured group uses strategies from mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies to better manage and relate to anxiety.  This group will support members in accepting anxiety and transforming their relationship to anxiety.  The ultimate goal of the group is to assist members in freeing themselves from the pull of constant struggle with anxiety so they can focus on living a more rich and meaningful life.   Members will participate in experiential exercises and complete homework assignments.  This group meets weekly for 8 weeks each semester.  If you have questions about this group, please email Marcia Galvinhill.

  • Co-Leaders: Marcia Galvinhill and Melissa Morrison
  • Meets: Wednesdays at 3pm
  • Begins: 9/19/2018

Do you want to try a completely new way of working to help your depressed mood, anxiety or difficulties maintaining focus?  We have oftentimes heard of depression being a “chemical imbalance” where the brain is not producing enough neurotransmitters like serotonin.  However there is a new way of thinking about depression where it is about neurodegeneration (or the shrinking or dying off of cells), particularly in the areas of the brain called the amygdala and the hippocampus.  Recent research has shown that mental and physical training can significantly help people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and difficulties with motivation and concentration.  This is a novel clinical intervention that combines mental training (1/2 hour of meditation) and physical training (1/2 hour of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise) to stimulate parts of the brain that are critical for attention and focus as well as learning and memory.  For a more detailed description of how MAP Training works.  The group will meet twice a week for meditation in the Bickman Multipurpose Room (in the Kneller) for a half hour followed by another half hour of self-directed cardio in the Bickman Fitness Center.  If you have questions about this group, please email Megan Kersting.

  • Leader: Megan Kersting
  • Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:30
  • Begins: 9/18/2018

Do you find yourself thinking a lot about your weight, body shape, or body size?  Do you often find yourself feeling guilty, ashamed, or comparing your appearance to others and always seem to fall short?  Then the My Body My Self group is right for you!  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 and helps students learn how to view their bodies, abilities, and emotions from a more balanced and nurturing perspective.  This group meets weekly each semester for 10 weeks.  If you have questions about this group, please email Sarah-Eve Hamel.

  • Leader: Sarah-Eve Hamel
  • Meets: Thursdays at 11am
  • Begins: 9/20/2018

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 each semester.  If you have questions about this group, please email Tara Blarney or Ben Trigani.

  • Co-Leaders: Tara Blarney and Ben Trigani
  • Meets: Mondays at 1pm
  • Begins: 9/17/2018

This group is for students who have experienced either a single traumatic event and/or chronic, complex trauma.  Trauma may include, but is not limited to, neglect, abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, psychological), poverty, homelessness, intimate partner violence, and discrimination. Through this group, we will work together to explore safety physically and emotionally.  This group is not a support group, but instead a place to explore emotions, relationships, self-regulation skills, and the things that make us who we are outside of trauma.  We will use various different treatment methods including psychoeducation, trauma informed yoga, mindfulness, and resilience training to work towards recovery.  This group meets weekly for one hour for 10 weeks out of the semester.  If you have questions about this group, please email Susannah Barry.

  • Co-Leaders: Susannah Barry and Damon Pryor
  • Meets: Wednesdays at 10am
  • Begins: 9/19/2018

Feel reluctant about participating in a traditional group therapy? A creative-arts therapy group can be a great alternative and offers the similar benefits! By participating in this group, students use various mediums (clay, painting, mask making, and other) in a supportive setting to facilitate self-awareness, growth, and healing/stress-reduction.  In this group, members have the opportunity to use their own creative, emotional, and intuitive aspects to discover and express themselves.  The primary focus of this group is on the healing process by discovering new insights and creating meaning to one’s experience through engaging in an expressive arts intervention and group processing after the activity.  The group is also to form close relationships with other group members, find new ways to cope with personal concerns, and provide support to others.  This group is helpful to address concerns of, but is not limited to, assertiveness, social anxiety and isolation, identity development, emotional regulation, and self-esteem.  No previous experience with art is needed.  Art materials will be provided.   This group meets weekly for 10 weeks out of the semester.  If you have questions about this group, please email Megan Kersting.

  • Co-Leaders: Megan Kersting and Jacqueline Gener
  • Meets: Fridays at 1pm
  • Begins: 9/21/2018