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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.

2019-2020 Groups at CPG

The Understanding Self and Others group is a 6-week, co-ed group that explores who we are, and how we can better understand our relationships with ourselves and with others. Specifically, participants will come to a better understand of what makes up the ‘self’ (e.g., how they perceive themselves, and how they believe others perceive them). Members will also consider how they view others who are similar and different in background, personality, etc., and how best to communicate most effectively, as well as assist others in better understanding of themselves and others.  If you are interested, please email Shawn McGuirk.

  • Leader: Shawn McGuirk
  • Two 6-week groups will be offered each semester:  Group 1 will run between early semester to mid-semester, and Group 2 will run from mid-semester to the end of the semester.
  • Meets:  TBD
  • Begins:  TBD

And Still I Rise is a pilot group aimed at teaching skills needed to thrive living as a minority in this country and attending a school where your culture, race or ethnicity is underrepresented.  It will last 12 weeks over the course of two semester (6 weeks in the fall semester and 6 weeks in the spring semester).  It will endeavor to impart strategies for handling struggles stemming from microaggressions (from those both in power positions as well as peers) to self-esteem issues stemming from being racially or culturally diverse.  If you are interested, please email Damon Pryor.

  • Co-Leaders: Damon Pryor and Mikayla Wynter
  • Meets: TBD
  • Begins: TBD

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.   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.  This is a 12 week group, where the first 6 weeks focus on building skills to manage anxiety, and the second 6 weeks focuses on relaxation skills and how to incorporate these skills into your everyday life.  Students interested in this group have the choice of doing the entire 12-week group, or just the first- or second half.

If you have questions about this group, please email Shawn McGuirk or Ruby Yarmush

  • Co-Leaders: Shawn McGuirk and Ruby Yarmush
  • Two 6-week groups will be offered each semester:  Group 1 will run between early semester to mid-semester, and Group 2 will run from mid-semester to the end of the semester.  Students are welcome to do both Group 1 and Group 2 each semester.
  • Meets:  TBD
  • Begins:  TBD

Are you looking for adaptive skills and strategies to cope with painful emotions and difficult experiences? If so, the DBT group is right for you! This psychoeducational group will support students in finding balance between acceptance and change through the four modules of mindfulness (Sept-Oct), distress tolerance (Nov – Dec), emotion regulation (Jan – Feb), and interpersonal effectiveness (Mar – Apr). The group will run quarterly throughout the year, with the opportunity to join in between modules!  If you are interested, please email Sarah-Eve Hamel.

  • Leader: Sarah-Eve Hamel and Allison Elber
  • Meets: TBD
  • Begins: TBD

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:  TBD
  • Begins:  TBD

Coming Out? Figuring it all out?  CPG is offering a group focused on being LGBTQIA+ 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 Tristan Barney or Ben Trigani.

  • Co-Leaders: Tristan Barney and Ben Trigani
  • Meets:  TBD
  • Begins: TBD

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 7 weeks out of the semester.  If you have questions about this group, please email  Zoe Bryan.

  • Co-Leaders: Zoe Bryan and Hunter D’Abundo
  • Meets: TBD
  • Begins: TBD

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.    There will be two 6-week groups will be offered each semester:  Group 1 will run between early semester to mid-semester, and Group 2 will run from mid-semester to the end of the semester.  If you have questions about this group, please email Melissa Morrison or Tristan Barney.

  • Co-Leaders: Melissa Morrison and Tristan Barney
  • Meets: TBD
  • Begins: TBD

This is a group for students who are in process separating their adult identity from the legacy of their family of origin’s identity. Creation of healthier relationships with self and others is the goal.  There will be two 6-week groups will be offered each semester:  Group 1 will run between early semester to mid-semester, and Group 2 will run from mid-semester to the end of the semester.

If you have questions about this group, please email Jacqueline Gener or Ruby Yarmush.

  • Co-leaders:  Jacqueline Gener and Ruby Yarmush
  • Meets:  TBD
  • Begins:  TBD

 

This 6-week psychotherapy group will focus on issues associated with adjusting to college and the Clark experience. This group will allow students to discuss the challenges of beginning college with other freshman who are going through the same transition. Topics will include (but are not limited to) homesickness, imposter syndrome, fitting in, making friends, and coping with stress/anxiety. Above all, the group aims to be a supportive place for students interested in a smoother transition to Clark.  If interested, please email Marcia Galvinhill.

  • Leader:  Marcia Galvinhill
  • Meets:  TBD
  • Begins:  TBD