Groups are typically composed of 5-8 members. These members meet weekly for 60-90 minutes. The issues discussed in the group are generated by the group members, with guidance and facilitation by the group leader(s). Some of our groups are time-limited and topic focused. Other groups are open-ended with regard to time and not focused on a particular topic.
- A group provides opportunities to learn with and from other people and to understand your own patterns of thoughts and behaviors (as well as those of others)
- Other people can often see attitudes and behavior patterns that are limiting and that may be difficult to see in yourself.
- A group is an opportunity to receive genuine support, personal feedback, and useful alternatives from peers.
- A group is an opportunity to experiment with and work toward new attitudes and new ways of coping with life's stressors.
Occasionally students feel nervous or uncomfortable with the idea of joining groups. This is normal. Pursuing or confronting the things that cause us to feel uneasy can sometimes be the most beneficial way to facilitate change. The staff at UCS recognizes this and, as such, efforts are made to ensure group environments are supportive and safe.
Interested in joining a group? Please come by or call the Counseling Center (410-455-2472) to schedule a group interest interview. All questions about group can be directed to Dr. Emilie Stuber, Group Coordinator.
Often the personal issues that bring us to counseling have more to do
with how we relate to others than we think. This group will help members
explore the relationship between their interpersonal style and their emotional
well being. Members will be encouraged to experiment with new behaviors,
which can foster more meaningful connections with others and enhance emotional
well-being. This group can be especially beneficial for students who feel
isolated, depressed, anxious, or who are concerned about how they relate
The dissertation support group will help graduate students initiate, conduct, and complete their research and/or dissertation. Group members set goals and report on their progress in reaching these goals each week. The challenges and difficulties of the writing and research process are also discussed, as are strategies to help group members find success with their writing and research endeavors. Topics discussed include motivation, time and workload management, self-doubt, balancing academic responsibilities with personal life demands, and working with faculty.
This group provides a supportive environment to explore issues pertinent
to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.
Members are free to discuss a variety of topics in addition to sexual
identity, including interpersonal relationships, family, academics, etc.
This group is open to students who have experienced the death of a
family member or close friend. Members will be able to share their experiences
of the loss and how it continues to affect them in a safe, supportive
environment. The group will allow for opportunities to connect with
others who are also navigating the difficulties of grief. Topics likely
include differing responses to grief and ways of coping with loss.