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Group Therapy and Support Groups

Groups and workshops are powerful tools for growth and change.  Many students participate in our groups each semester.  Whether you want to overcome challenges, improve relationships, connect with others, or learn how to manage stress, anxiety or depression, there is a place for you. 

Therapy and support groups are facilitated by health care professionals and run 4-8 weeks, depending on the group. Groups are offered both in the fall and winter semesters.  

If you wish to participate in one of the wellness groups, please email scc@uwindsor.ca and we will contact you back within 24-48 hours.


Available Groups:

6 weeks, 90-minute sessions

Group Description:

This 6-week group was developed for people who are having difficulty managing their moods; specifically, depression and or anxiety.  This group utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach

In this group, you will learn skills and strategies for improving your mood, achieving more balanced thinking, managing stress, and accomplishing goals in your personal and academic life.

In each 90-minute meeting, we will discuss planned topics such as thinking traps, core beliefs, problem-solving, mood improvement, and anxiety management.  You will have the opportunity to set specific goals and work towards their completion each week through the coursework provided.      

Cohort Options Winter 2022:

Cohort 1- Tuesdays, beginning January 11th, 1-2:30pm

Cohort 2- Wednesdays, beginning January 26th, 10-11:30am

Cohort 3- Thursdays, beginning February 3rd, 10-11:30am

Cohort 4- Tuesdays, beginning February 22nd, 1-2:30pm

 

8 weeks, 90-minute sessions

Group Description:

This 8-week group was developed for people who are experiencing significant emotional and relational distress.  This group utilizes a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) approach.

In this group, you will learn skills to manage your emotions, cope with distress, improve relationships, deal with conflict, and generally be more mindful.

In each 90-minute meeting, we will discuss planned topics such as Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself as well as participate in group discussions and group exercises related to the skills learned.

Cohort Options Winter 2022:

Cohort 1- Tuesdays, beginning January 11th, 10-11:30am

Cohort 2- Thursdays, beginning January 20th, 10-11:30am

Cohort 3- Mondays, beginning January 31st, 10-11:30am

8 weeks, 90-minute sessions

Group Description:

This group will focus on improving executive functioning and common condition-based struggles with people who have ADHD

Cohort Options Winter 2022:

Cohort 1- Wednesdays, beginning February 2nd, 1-2:30pm

Group Description:

This group will be an open drop-in group that students may participate in as a one-off intervention to a problem they've been having, or as an intermediary step while waiting for individual counselling or CBT/DBT group therapy.

Winter 2022:

Drop-in any Wednesday, beginning January 12th, 3:00pm-4:30pm

4 weeks, 90-minute sessions

Group Description:

This 4-week group was developed for people who are experiencing stress, worry, and difficulty coping. 

In this group, you will learn about the theory and practice of mindfulness and meditation.  You will learn concrete stress reduction skills and mindfulness practices to incorporate into your daily life.

In each 60-minute meeting, we will discuss planned topics such as the theory of mindfulness, formal versus informal mindfulness, navigating difficult emotions, and practising self-compassion.  Each group meeting there will be 15 minutes dedicated to a formal group mindfulness practice.

Cohort Options Winter 2022:

  • not being offered Winter 2022

6 weeks, 90-minute sessions

Group Description:

This 6-week CBT-based group was developed for people who are experiencing depressed mood, feeling unmotivated, and/or have lost interest and enjoyment in their usual activities. 

In this group, you will work with group members to become more active and engaged in your life. You are going to figure out what activities will be most helpful to you and what steps you can take to get started.

In each meeting, you will develop practical strategies and doable steps to engage in activities with the goal of improving your mood and solving problems. In between our meetings, you will work on personally meaningful goals – this is an essential part of our work together.  We will focus on reconnecting or building parts of your life that increase feelings of enjoyment or accomplishment and bring you closer to your goals and values.

Cohort Options Winter 2022:

  • not being offered Winter 2022

8 weeks, 90-minute sessions

Group Description:

This 8-10 week CBT-based group was developed for people who are experiencing anxiety in social and/or performance situations.   

This is a structured group that focuses on building your confidence in social situations.  You will work on your own personal goals in group aiming to build your social confidence and reduce your anxiety. 

Every week, we will discuss planned topics (e.g., CBT model of social anxiety, dealing with criticism, starting conversations, expressing opinions, assertiveness). This is an action-oriented group where we will set up experiments and role plays to do in meetings and between meetings.  An important part of this group is setting up activities to complete outside of group meetings.  These activities are based on research and evidence, and have been found to help reduce social anxiety. 

Cohort Options Winter 2022:

  • not being offered Winter 2022

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FAQ about Group Therapy

You get to decide what, when, and how much you want to share with the group. You will never be forced to disclose any information that you are not ready or willing to share. As a first step, it is helpful to simply listen to others who are struggling with similar difficulties. When you feel comfortable and safe enough to share, you will likely experience the group to be supportive, encouraging, and affirming. 

You are not alone! Most people feel anxious about talking in a group. It is our experience though, that within a few sessions, most people find that they become comfortable enough to begin talking and sharing in the group. 

Group therapy can be more efficient than individual therapy. You have the added benefit of listening to others and finding commonalities in the concerns they are working on. As group members bring up issues, you might realize that you are being similarly affected. In this way, you have the opportunity to address issues that you were not initially aware needed addressing.

Research shows that group therapy can be equally effective as individual therapy, and in some cases, actually more effective than individual therapy. This is because of the opportunity to learn from the experience of others, receive support and feedback, and address issues that perhaps were outside your realm of awareness.

Group facilitators are there to ensure a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. No judgement allowed! As you come to trust other group members, you will likely find that you have many concerns in common. This leads to an increased sense of understanding and acceptance. 

There are no problems too big or too small! Everyone benefits from knowing that they are not alone; that they are not the only one struggling. As you help and support others in the group, you are also contributing to your own well-being.