What is group counseling?
Group counseling provides an opportunity to improve personal skills, develop increased confidence, overcome blocks to personal effectiveness, and acquire a keener awareness and appreciation of interactions with others. In a group setting, a small group of peers and co-facilitators meet weekly to provide feedback and support for self-improvement. Group members are encouraged to explore and express feelings, examine belief systems, reflect on and receive feedback about patterns of behavior, and work toward making healthy changes. In order for group counseling to be effective, active participation is encouraged. Participation involves regular attendance and respectful, honest communication. Groups may focus on a specific topic or may be general with an emphasis on personal growth. Typically group members will be working on a variety of issues. Groups meet weekly for one to two semesters.
Fall 2017 Group Therapy Offerings
Expressive Arts Therapy Group with Danica and Mallaree
This is a process-oriented group that is enhanced through the use of expressive mediums such as journaling, collaging, drawing, and music. The goal is to use these approaches to increase self-expression and growth, and there is absolutely no expectation of art-related skills or experience. We will use art to establish a safe space for sharing, build awareness of thoughts and feelings, gain insight into relationships, and explore our experiences and identities. This group welcomes individuals dealing with any type of issue and may be particularly helpful if you feel apprehensive about social interaction, struggle with expressing yourself verbally, or are looking for new ways to connect with yourself and others.
Mondays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: September 11th
Personal Growth Group for Men with Archandria and Danica
This group is for men who want to gain a better understanding of themselves and the way they interact with people in their lives. The group is a safe space to explore feelings, give and receive important feedback, and practice healthy ways of relating to others. Typical topics that come up in the personal growth group include: anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship concerns, trust issues, self-esteem concerns, and other such topics. The diverse array of concerns that individuals come in with allows ample opportunity for everyone to learn from each other and discover common bonds through discussing emotional experiences.
Mondays 4:00-5:30 pm; Start Date: September 11th
Women of Color Discussion Group with Archandria and Shelee-Ann
This group will meet weekly to engage in an affirming, inviting, and authentic discussion around students’ experiences as people who identify as women of color on the UTD campus. We invite both undergraduates and graduate students to join in the discussion. Participants are welcome to discuss any and all topics that are relevant to their experiences (e.g. race relations, gender equality, media influences on self-esteem/body image, racism, sexism, career development, dating, relationships, and sexuality). Your privacy will be respected. You are welcome to join and bring a friend.
Please note: This discussion group is intended to offer a space for women and women –identified students of color. To ensure that the group offers an affirming space for women of color, leaders will invite the group to explore their racial, ethnic, and gender identities in the context of discussion that affirms the existence and psychosocial impacts of racism and sexism.
Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 pm; Start Date: September 19th *meets in the Multiculural Center Conference Room, SSB 2.400*
Autism Spectrum Connection with Erin and Alanna
This is a group for students on the Autism Spectrum to connect in a supportive space and share their unique experiences with/in/of neurodiversity.
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 pm; Start Date: September 12th
I'm FIRST: First Generation College Student Group with Danica and Alyna
The goal of this group is to help support first-generation college students, while creating a community of support within the Student Counseling Center. This group welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, and it will be a goal of the group to explore how other identities impact the first-gen experience.
Tuesdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: September 12th
Graduate Student Support Group with Jim
This group is for UTD students who are working on their graduate / professional degrees and are in need of support for overcoming any personal issues that are getting in the way of one’s graduate work; balancing demands from school and work with personal life; getting motivated and organized to finish your dissertation / thesis / publications; preparing for qualifying exams, defenses, presentations, or job interviews; or improving one’s relationship with colleagues and peers.
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm; Start Date: September 12th
Gender and Sexual Identity and Expression Group with Ellen and Jantel
This is a process group open to all students who identify as gender, sexual or romantic minorities. The group is intended to provide a supportive and safe environment for people to share their individual and interpersonal struggles and joys, as well as learn more about themselves. Typical themes include, anxiety, intersection of identities, depression, and minority and relational stress. Diverse viewpoints will be welcomed and equallyrespected.
Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 pm; Start Date: September 19th
Mindfulness with Brittany and Shelee-Ann
This is a hybrid groupthat combines a general interpersonal process group with meditation techniques. This group will introduce members to mindfulness meditation, experimenting with various exercises to help quiet the mind and focus on the present moment. Additional stress-reduction exercises and strategies will also be taught, providinggroupmembers with a holistic approach to recognizing and managing their stress more effectively. Thisgroup will also allow members to connect with, and receive support from, their peers. We will use eachgroup meeting asa way for members to discuss relevant events and stressors with thegroup, weaving in meditation strategies that can be useful for increasing awareness and decreasing stress. No prior experience with meditation needed!
Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 pm; Start Date: September 13th
Personal Growth Group for Women with Ellie and Mallaree
This group is for women who want to gain a better understanding of themselves and the way they interact with people in their lives. The group is a safe space to explore feelings, give and receive important feedback, and practice healthy ways of relating to others. Typical topics that come up in the personal growth group include: anxiety, depression, family issues, relationship concerns, trust issues, self-esteem concerns, and other such topics. The diverse array of concerns that individuals come in with allows ample opportunity for everyone to learn from each other and discover common bonds through discussing emotional experiences.
Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: September 21st
Healthy Relationships with Brittany and Archandria
This process-oriented group is open to students interested in increasing their understanding of themselves and how they relate to others. The goal of this group is to improve interpersonal relationships through examining how one contributes to relationship dynamics along with attempting to connect with others by sharing your own personal experiences. If you are struggling to understand your role in difficulties within various types of relationships, had difficulty balancing your needs with those of others, frequently disagreed with others, or had conflict with others, you may benefit from this group. Along with relationship exploration, group will also address general concerns or struggles that group members may have.
Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm; Start Date: September 14th
HoP: Hour of PAUSE (Open Group) with Alanna and Archandria
This is our open group for students needing to be placed in the upcoming groups (mid-semester or Spring groups) due to timing or scheduling issues or who would benefit from a “taste” of the group process before being placed in an ongoing group. Please consult with Group Services Coordinator about placement of students in this group to make sure it is available as needed.
Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm; Start Date: TBD
For more information:
Come by: SSB 4.600
Email: Archandria Owens, Ph.D., Group Services Coordinator at [email protected]
The following services are available at the Student Counseling Center: