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Group Therapy

At this time, the Counseling Center has adapted group therapy to be offered via HIPAA compliant Zoom for the health and safety of our staff and students. Groups typically meet weekly for 60 minutes over the course of the quarter and members have the option to be returning members each term. Students have unlimited access to Counseling Center groups. Our therapy groups typically have 5 to 10 members and 1-2 group co-leaders. Facilitators and members agree to maintain confidentiality and discuss any issues that may affect confidentiality.

The power of group therapy comes from the unique opportunity for group members to share experiences, increase self-awareness, give and receive feedback, and improve interpersonal relationships. Although it is not uncommon to be somewhat apprehensive at first, many individuals report that their group experience exceeded their expectations. For many emotional concerns and personal struggles, group therapy is the most effective treatment modality. The Counseling Center offers a range of groups each term and we feel confident that group therapy is an effective and beneficial treatment for addressing some of the more common issues our Dragons face.

Please note that while we are operating remotely, we ask that all members keep their cameras on during group therapy. Keeping cameras on allows for a more interactive experience while also ensuring that all members are in a private space during the group.

See below for more information on group topics.

For more information on joining a group at the Counseling Center, please contact counseling@drexel.edu and indicate which group(s) you are interested in joining.

Please return to this website for more information as it will be updated regularly.


Counseling Center Teletherapy Groups for Fall 2021

PROCESS GROUPS

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS (USO)

A safe, supportive environment for students who want to gain awareness of their functioning in relationships (with friends, family, romantic partners, classmates, etc.). Participants will learn about themselves by exploring their interpersonal patterns, getting feedback about how they function in relationships, and using the group to experiment and try out new behaviors, such as sharing honest thoughts and feelings. Students who are struggling with establishing or maintaining satisfying relationships may especially benefit from this group.

GRAD GROUP

Similar to the Understanding Self and Others group, this group is for graduate-level students who want to experience stronger emotional connections with others while also working through personal issues that may be unique to being a part of a graduate program at Drexel.

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS: INTERSECTING QUEER IDENTITIES (USO:IQI)

This group provides a safe and supportive environment for undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ or questioning students to share their concerns and experiences, receive and give honest feedback and support, and learn about themselves and how they relate to others. This is a space where members can explore gender and sexual, or affectual, orientation at the intersection of other cultural and social identities (e.g., race, religion).

CHAOTIC FAMILIES

This group offers students support for managing difficult family relationships. For example, students who were raised by caregivers who struggled with addiction or mental illness, and/or controlling behavior. Students might have had to navigate complicated family dynamics, such as estrangement. Students can share their experiences and offer support to one another while learning more effective communication and boundary setting. This group might be helpful for individuals who struggle with self-esteem, current relationships, self-confidence and comfort in social settings as a result of these experiences.

HYBRID GROUPS (Psychoeducational and Process)

ADJUSTMENT TO COLLEGE LIFE

This group is to help first-year students and in-coming second-year students attending classes on campus for the first time to address common issues such as homesickness, stress management, building relationships, and self-care. Learn helpful skills and get support from other students experiencing similar issues.

SUPPORT GROUPS

STUDENTS OF COLOR SUPPORT GROUP

This support group aims to provide students of color with a safe and supportive space to share what it means to be a person of color in a predominantly white institution and country. Students will be invited to connect and empower one another by sharing stories, providing feedback, encouragement, and advice.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

Adjusting to a new culture, school, and country can be both exciting and stressful. This support group offers a safe and supportive space to explore those unique experiences of international students. International students will have the opportunity to connect and share their successes, difficulties, and personal growth as they navigate the culture of Drexel and the United States.

FIRST IN THE FAMILY

This support group aims to provide support for first-generation college students. Students will have opportunities to relate, encourage, and support through shared experiences with topics that may include, but not limited to, lack of knowledge about college experience/resources, imposter syndrome, financial and family stress, and challenging subject matters.