Group Therapy

Therapy in a group setting can be a productive and supportive way to address common concerns. Students meet as a group with one or more clinicians to explore a specific topic and develop coping skills. Some groups are time limited, while others are ongoing. Group offerings vary each semester and lists are updated at the beginning of the semester. Additional groups may be developed, depending on student interest and staff availability.

Get started: If you are currently meeting with a UH&CS counselor, speak to them directly about a referral to group. If you are not already seeing a UH&CS counselor, stop by our office in 220 Sears Library for a walk-in appointment to establish care and to learn more about our groups. Additional information is available by calling 216.368.5872.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Group

This group is for students who struggle with social interactions and are on the autism spectrum. Individuals meet weekly to share their CWRU experiences and discuss a variety of topics including communicating with others, handling coursework, and disability management. Students can come every week or drop in when their schedule allows. This group is co-sponsored by ESS Disability Resources.

Check-In Group

Have you struggled to remain in school because of personal or mental health concerns? Have you had to take time off from school in order to seek treatment? This group is for students who are trying to stay on track academically while also taking care of their emotional, psychological, and mental healthcare needs. Group members offer support and encouragement to each other, share their successes, and address emerging stressors and concerns before they become overwhelming and unmanageable.

Grief Support Group

This is a group for students who want to explore and process feelings regarding the death of someone in their life. We will explore the impact of the loss and explore healthy ways of coping with and processing grief. Potential topics the group will explore include common grief reactions, the difference between depression and grief, physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual reactions to grief, and coping skills.

Executive Functioning Group

Over the course of five weeks, the group covers topics related to executive functioning, the mental skills that enable us to plan, focus, and juggle multiple obligations successfully. This group is co-sponsored by ESS Disability Resources.

Interpersonal Process Group

This group is for students who want to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. Participants identify specific goals they want to achieve to improve their social lives, such as managing conflicts, communicating directly and assertively, making connections with new acquaintances, coping with loneliness, improving trust in others, increasing self-esteem, and establishing interpersonal boundaries.

Each member of the group has the opportunity to ask for feedback on their own goals, as well as to offer feedback to other members. Rather than focusing on the past, this group seeks to cultivate a supportive, here-and-now environment to foster healthy self-concepts and social skills.

Partners of Medical School Students

This informal group is for spouses and partners of students that attend Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Lerner Medical School, CWRU School of Dental Medicine, and the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine. Participants meet regularly to share experiences and to support each other in a comfortable social atmosphere.

Support for Supporters

This group is for students who grew up in households where chronic illness, mental illness, addiction or other sorts of dysfunction played a shaping role in how they view themselves and the world. Students in this group learn new patterns of relating, healthy boundary setting, and improve their sense of self-worth.

Stress Management Group

A moderate amount of stress is customary for most of us, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. However, when daily stress accumulates beyond your personal threshold, it can lead to a harmful state of chronic anxiety. Learn how to manage your stress in a healthy way using mindfulness meditation, cognitive-behavioral strategies, and group support. Identify your personal goals for wellness and stress-reduction, and use the group to keep you on track.