UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Group Counseling

While it is natural to feel a little anxious about joining a group at first, group counseling has many advantages and most participants ultimately find it a very rewarding experience.

  • Most students have relational issues: conflict with parents, a recent break-up, loneliness, social anxiety, issues of sexual identity. Group counseling gives students an opportunity to get feedback and practice new relational skills in a safe environment. In fact, group counseling can be more effective than individual counseling for many of our clients.
  • Talking with other students helps you to know that others share similar concerns; it is very powerful to know you are not alone. You also learn that your peers can empathize, even with your most painful feelings, and this alone, can lead to a sense of relief, connection, and validation.
  • Peer feedback is sometimes more relevant to a student and easier to hear than the same thing said by a therapist or parental figure. We find that students can be very caring, but also very direct in their feedback. In fact, learning to give feedback respectfully and compassionately is another benefit of group counseling. 
  • Giving to others, in the form of listening, caring, and feedback may be helpful in fostering a student’s own healing. We all know how wonderful it feels to help someone else.

Current Groups See below for a more detailed description of each group

Art Therapy Group 
Starting Soon!

Interpersonal Process Group
Starting Soon!

Thrive:  The Series                                                                                                                                                                  Starting Spring 2016!

 

View printable Groups Brochure.

See Below for a list of groups we are currently offering, or have offered in the past, and a description of each group.
See also a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Contact Counseling Services with any questions or to join a group at 715-425-3884.

Interpersonal Process Group

For many issues that bring people to counseling, group counseling is a more powerful path for change than individual counseling. The Interpersonal Process Group offers opportunities to:

  • find out that you are not alone in your struggles
  • learn from the wisdom and experience of several others, not only the counselor
  • experience both giving and receiving acceptance, support, and genuine connection
  • interact with others in healthy ways
  • develop insights regarding your own patterns and styles which are valuable in creating the changes you desire

The Interpersonal Process Group is composed of 5-8 members, students are asked to commit to attending the group through the end of the semester when they join, and can continue participation as long as it continues to be beneficial.
Ask your counselor whether the Interpersonal Process Group is a good match for you or call 715-425-3884 to set up a group orientation meeting with the group leaders.

For more on interpersonal process groups, view information here.

Art Therapy Group

Art will be used as a backdrop to communication within this 7 week group. Join us to create art, meet people and settle in to a sense of belonging.

Call Counseling Services at 715-425-3884 if you are interested in participating in this group.

Thrive:  The Series

Open for 8 to 10 students.

Session 1:  Exercise (putting together a workout plan, connection between exercise and mental health)

Session 2:  Nutrition (Abby Ludwig, RD with Encompass Nutrition discusses eating for better physical and mental health)

Session 3:  Sleep (Speaker from Woodbury Sleep Disorders Center discusses Healthy sleep habits/resources for sleep issues)

Session 4:  Stress Management and Relaxation (Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Breathing, Massage)

 


How do I join a group at Counseling Services?

 Contact Counseling Services at 715-425-3884 and talk with a counselor about joining.



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Contact Us

Student Health and Counseling Services
Student Health Services: 715-425-3293
Counseling Services: 715-425-3884
M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
211 Hagestad Hall