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The Carruth Center is open, but most of our clinicians are working remotely. We are only seeing psychological and psychiatric emergencies in person at this time. For information about counseling options available to students located in West Virginia as well as students currently outside of the state, please see our COVID-19 updates page.

Current Groups

Every Fall and Spring semester the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services offers a variety of groups.

Counseling groups are often the best way to work on areas of concern, especially when those concerns deal with issues that directly affect your relationship with others. Groups give you contact with peers as well as a therapist in a safe and confidential environment. 

Membership in a group is by appointment only. We may offer drop-in groups each semester, but these will also require that you make an appointment with us. Please call us at 304-293-4431 if you are interested in joining a group. All groups will be held virtually via Zoom Healthcare during the Spring 2021 semester. 

Please contact the Group Coordinator, Jessica Johnston-York by phone at 304-293-4431 or email at jessica.johnstonyork@mail.wvu.edu for more information about group services at Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services or to share ideas about a group you would like to see offered. 

Spring 2021 Groups

Interpersonal Process Groups (semester-long)

Interpersonal process groups focus on the relationships between group members and exploring what occurs within the group. Group members explore and discuss patterns of relating to self and others by developing acceptance and understanding of themselves and others, improving emotional expression, and giving and receiving support. These groups also provide a safe environment to explore a variety of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, stress, school, relationships, family concerns) and improve self-care while connecting with other students in your university cohort.  

Graduate Student Group - FULL

This interpersonal process group also provides a space to discuss common experiences of graduate students, including thesis/dissertation, research and teaching expectations, graduate advisor concerns, funding and financial concerns, and family and relationship concerns. 

Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 pm. Contact Emily at emily.melhorn@mail.wvu.edu or Emily at  emily.shrider@mail.wvu.edu.

Understanding Self and Others (undergraduates only)

Mondays 5:00-6:30 pm. Contact Phil at  philip.schulte@mail.wvu.edu.

Women's Group - FULL 

This interpersonal process group provides a space for women-identifying individuals to receive support and explore lived experiences including gender role expectations, body image concerns, relationship functioning, emotional expression, empowerment, and sexual harassment/violence while improving self-compassion. 

Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm. Contact Jessica at jessica.johnstonyork@mail.wvu.edu.


Support Groups (semester-long)

Groups for students with a variety of concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, stress, school, relationships). Offers a safe environment to give/receive support, learn about yourself, and improve self-care while connecting with other students with shared lived experiences. 

BIPOC Support Group - FULL

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Support group aimed at creating a validating and empowering space where BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students can experience connection and community.  

Monday 5:00 PM-6:30 pm. Contact Felicia at  felicia.hooper@mail.wvu.edu or Ife at ife.sinclair@mail.wvu.edu

Qmmunity - FULL 

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Support group aimed at creating a safe and affirming space where LGBTQ+ students can experience connection and community. 

Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm. Contact Jeneice at jlshaw@mail.wvu.edu.


Rotating Workshops and Drop-In Spaces

Anxiety 101

Do you constantly worry? Are you feeling anxious? Come join our workshop! Anxiety 101 is a 3-week workshop series where you will learn strategies to help manage your anxiety. You will learn about symptoms of anxiety, causes and effects, but more importantly… how to cope with anxiety! You will also learn about incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine and utilizing relaxation techniques to cope with your anxiety. Please plan on attending all 3 weeks of the workshop. 

Thursdays 5:00-6:00 pm. Contact Sara at sara.disimone@mail.wvu.edu

Drop-In Stress Management Group

This is a weekly, no commitment group for students to learn more about ways to manage stress and improve resiliency. Students will need to first schedule a triage appointment before joining this group by calling 304-293-4431

Mondays 2:00-3:00 pm. Contact Seth at  seth.haxel@mail.wvu.edu.  

What's Good?!

Black-identified students are invited to attend the Carruth Center's weekly "What's Good?!" virtual space to chat with the Black clinicians on staff about their experiences, connect with other students, find support, and build community. The discussion space is available every Friday at noon and conversations related to non-mental health concerns are also welcome. 

Students:  Register for the weekly Zoom meetings.

For questions, contact Ife Sinclair at  ife.sinclair@mail.wvu.edu

Students with Disabilities Space

This is a weekly drop-in space for any WVU student with a disability. Hosted by therapists at the Carruth Center, this space is not a therapy group, but offers disabled students with a place to find connection, support, and community. Conversations about mental health, coping, and self-care are also welcome.  

We will meet on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM starting on March 10th with the same Zoom link (below) each week.  

https://wvumdtv.zoom.us/j/95937156388?pwd=bGpYVUZvYXh1N2liczEvSlVLMkRLZz09  

Meeting ID: 959 3715 6388  

Passcode: Carruth  

Email Emily Shrider at emily.shrider@mail.wvu.edu with questions.  


Student Assistance Program

SAP is for students who want to learn more about drug and alcohol use. SAP will not be holding groups during the Spring 2021 semester. For information about SAP online alternative assignments, please contact Missy at Melissa.Pforr@mail.wvu.edu.

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