Groups

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.

INTERPERSONAL GROUP: CONNECTING ON CAMPUS

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 to others.

GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP

This group will provide a supportive, encouraging environment for students to express their concerns about graduate school. Topics might include motivation, time and workload management, self-doubt, balancing academic responsibilities with personal life demands, and working with faculty. Members are also welcome to discuss the process of working on their thesis or dissertation.

LGBTQ SUPPORT GROUP

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.

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

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.

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS PROGRAM

What happens in our romantic relationships affects all aspects of our life, including our health, school, and other relationships. Come learn important skills that you can use in all your relationships! To participate in the Fall 2014 program, email UMBC.relationships@gmail.com for more information.