We know what you’re thinking. Groups? Seriously?
Before you condemn the idea 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, and to experience what it is like to show your real self and see that others will accept and care for you anyway. That connection — showing your real self — is the key factor of 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. Confidentiality is a rule for all groups, and group members respect one another and hold to that promise. So, seriously, take a chance. We are offering a large number of groups this year because we feel so strongly about them. Check them out.
Groups are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. Because we want to fully encourage students to connect with one another, all of our groups are being held in person (masked) for the spring 2022 semester. In addition, some groups may be held in campus spaces outside of the counseling center. We anticipate that groups will start in early to mid-February 2022. If you are interested in attending a group, please email the group leader who is leading the group.
You may notice that we did not advertise a day or time for each group. When we advertise our groups to the student community in late January, group leaders will contact students who have indicated an interest in joining a particular groups and gather all available times. Once each group leader has collected students’ availability information, they will decide on the best time that can accommodate the most students. Once that is determined, group leaders will contact all interested students about the day and time of the group.