Group counseling is a great way to address a variety of concerns, and a highly effective form of treatment for college students. Groups are led by 1 or 2 counselors and typically include 3 to 8 students. Each group centers on a specific theme and meets weekly for the majority of the semester or for a shorter period of time (e.g., 5 weeks). Group counseling is particularly helpful to:

  • Increase positive emotions
  • Improve emotion coping skills
  • Build relationship skills
  • Develop understanding of oneself and one’s strengths and challenges
  • Offer support to others
  • Decrease loneliness

Groups are confidential. As a group member, you are in control of what, when, and how much you share. During Spring Semester 2022, the following groups are offered. If you are a student interest in joining a group, call the Counseling Center at 401-254-3124 or visit the Center in the CSD Building near Cedar Hall.

Coping Skills

These groups are designed for students who would like to learn how to cope effectively with painful or strong feelings such as anxiety, depression, or irritability. Over the course of these 6-week groups, participants will learn and practice skills related to mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. While there will be room to talk about one's personal life and concerns, the group is set up to function like a small class with group leaders teaching skills and participants sharing what it's like to practice them.

Coping Skills 1: Thursdays, 10:00am – 10:50am; Facilitators: Kineret Kandelker, Psy.D. and Carolyn Stokes Walker, M.A.


Quiet Mind Body Stretch

This weekly drop-in activity incorporates breathing exercises, light yoga poses and meditation to help you cope with stress. This is drop-in so no registration required.   Fridays, 12:10pm – 1:00pm; Facilitator: Debbie Knapman, LICSW.