Every semester the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological 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.
For our group counseling sessions, we ask that students sign up for the semester. The groups meet one time a week and vary in time. Students must meet with a clinician for an initial appointment in order to get signed up for the group. 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 Fall 2021 semester.
Fall 2021 Groups
Interpersonal Process Group
The Interpersonal process group 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. This group also provides 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 Support Group
The graduate student support group provides a space for students to discuss common experiences of graduate school including thesis/dissertation, research and teaching expectations, graduate advisor concerns, funding and financial concerns, and family and relationship concerns.
Real Talk: A Healing Community for BIPOC-Identifying Students
This is a support group that gives us place where to explore: intersectionality and identity-related stressors, building community while navigating higher education, mental well-being and fostering joy and celebrating richness of culture.
A weekly, confidential support group aimed at creating a supportive space where students can explore their experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Anxiety Support Group
Stressed out, racing thoughts, socially anxious? This group provides skills focused on managing the physiological symptoms of anxiety, challenging anxious thoughts, and coping with anxiety.
For more information, contact Bobbi Jo Witham
Thrive and Grow: International Student Support Group
This support group is designed to provide support and assistance for international students’ adjustment, academic success and personal growth. Members have opportunities to explore and share experiences, discuss different topics, learn useful strategies, and provide support. This is an open group where members can decide to join when they can.
Potential topics may include talking about stress, anxiety, & negative thinking, homesickness/loneliness, coping
with biases and discrimination and learning about self-care strategies.
Managing Your Emotions
This group will provide students with skills for managing their emotions. Students struggling with anger, frustration, episodic depression, anxiety/irritability, stress and feelings of emptiness would benefit from this group. The group will be a combination of skills building and discussing how those skills have been effective towards their emotion regulation. This group can help students improve their relationships, problem solve, and cope with intense feelings. Managing Your Emotions group teaches skills in Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Workshops and Drop-In Spaces
Every semester the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services offers a variety of workshops and drop-in spaces. Workshops are a great way to learn skills and practical ways to help manage your thoughts and feelings. Workshops are generally skills based and don't require a lot of self disclosure.
Workshops are generally a 3-4 week commitment and no initial appointment is needed. To get signed up, please register via links below or emailing the Workshop facilitator.
All workshops will be held virtually via Zoom Healthcare during the Fall 2021 semester.
Do you constantly worry? Are you feeling anxious? Come join our workshop! Anxiety 101 is a recurring 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.
To register for this drop in workshop, please contact Sara DiSimone
Koru Mindfulness is a recurring 4-session course that will teaches students the skill of mindfulness. It will also help students build the habit of using it in their lives on a regular basis. Benefits of mindfulness practice can include reduced anxiety, better ability to respond to and manage stress, and improved sleep. We’ve found that folks get a lot more out of Koru if they stick with it from beginning to end, therefore attendance at all 4 sessions is required. Each session is 75 minutes. You are encouraged to practice 10 minutes of mindfulness each day.
Register using the links below. Contact Beth Moore if you have any questions
September 2nd - September 23rd: https://student.korumindfulness.org/course-detail.html?course_id=5077
September 30th - October 11th (No group October 7th): https://student.korumindfulness.org/course-detail.html?course_id=5375
November 4th - November 25th : https://student.korumindfulness.org/course-detail.html?course_id=5376
Self-Care & Support during Quarantine
The Carruth Center is offering a virtual drop-in group for students who are currently in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19. This therapist-led, virtual space will allow individuals to discuss their experience during isolation or quarantine, receive support, and participate in interactive activities. This is an open discussion group for students who may be isolating or in quarantine and is not a therapy-based group.
Please contact Morgan Sharpless to register.
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 Fall 2021 semester. For information about SAP online alternative assignments, please contact Missy at Melissa.Pforr@mail.wvu.edu.