Group Counseling

SCS offers various groups during the fall and spring semesters. Unlike individual counseling, there is no session limit for groups. All groups are time-limited, given the cyclical nature of the academic calendar and the transitory nature of the student population; however some groups may be more time-limited than others, and some groups may carry over from the fall semester to the spring semester in a given academic year.

Groups are generally composed of three to eight students and one to two group facilitators.  Counselors are expected to develop and implement process, support, and psychoeducational groups based on demonstrated student needs and on the counselors’ own professional interests and areas of expertise. Counselors may choose to lead counseling groups alone, although it is recommended that counselors co-lead groups with another counselor or a trainee. Group counseling hours are considered part of the counselor’s direct-service provision. Time will be scheduled during weekly staff meetings to discuss pertinent issues regarding the groups being offered (e.g., recruitment of members, group viability, clinical issues emerging).

SCS offers three general types of groups:

  • Process groups: Process groups may have a theme (e.g. Understanding Self and Others) and are appropriate for a wide range of presenting concerns. Clients are encouraged to share concerns and goals with the group, set therapeutic goals, and give and receive in-the-moment interpersonal feedback that they can take with them and apply in other environments and relationships.
  • Support groups: Support groups (e.g. Trauma Survivor Group) bring together clients dealing with a similar concern and allow them to connect with others, share their stories, and receive care support. Support groups generally do not involve as much challenging and feedback as process groups.
  • Psychoeducational groups: Psychoeducational groups are structured groups (e.g. Anxiety Management) that generally involve a counselor presenting material and offering skills.

FALL 2023 Groups

NO CURRENT GROUPS (due to low interest)

Interested in being part of a group? Let us know!

Please email us or call (703) 526-6861 for more information.