TCS offers a variety of groups for students each semester. Group therapy can be a powerful, highly effective way to learn new skills and address personal concerns while receiving support and feedback from peers. Through group therapy, students have the opportunity to gain personal insight, practice change, and connect with others. Groups are led by knowledgeable therapists who help facilitate the growth of each individual member in addition to the group as a whole.
Types of Groups and How to Join
Groups can be structured, unstructured, or semi-structured in their design. Structured groups are planned ahead of time by the facilitator(s). Unstructured groups indicate that the students decide the topics of discussion and take a greater level of responsibility in choosing the direction of each session. Semi-structured groups offer a combination of these two designs.
DROP- IN SUPPORT GROUPS
*These groups do not require registration and can be utilized on a weekly or as needed basis. These are open groups for Temple students to come together to discuss thoughts, feelings, and struggles, and to receive feedback and support from others. While these are not therapy groups, they are run by TCS counselors and are a supportive and therapeutic space.
COVID Support Group
This group is open to any Temple students who are finding it difficult to cope with issues related to COVID-19. Participants will connect in a safe and supportive space where they can explore their COVID-related struggles with each other.
When: Mondays at 1 pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 946 9594 8268 Passcode: TCS
International Student Support Group
This group is a safe and supportive space for international students to share their stories and explore their challenges, stressors, and successes with one another.
As part of the support group over the next 6 weeks we plan to create 2 topics of discussion in an environment to help foster community discussion. Our first topic is the difficulty many students are facing with loneliness. Over the course of 3 weeks we will explore how you may be facing loneliness during your time as a Temple student in an era of COVID pandemic. Over the next 3 weeks we will discuss the experience of having online classes experience and challenges that come with this experience.
As being part of the group it helps to have individuals commit to coming for 3 week periods. And while we know that it may not always be the case that people can commit to this, we find that it will ultimately help in your experience. If you can come for 1 session that is great and you are all welcomed! If you can come for all 3 even better!. We look forward to meeting with all of you in the near future.
3 Weeks Duration on October 28, November 4, November 11
Topic: Managing Online Learning.
3 weeks duration on November 18, November 25, December 2
When: Wednesdays at 3 pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 931 6650 6394 Passcode: Temple
Eating Concerns and Body Image Support Group
This open therapeutic support group is for all-gender students with mild-to-moderate body image and eating concerns. Participants will process their thoughts and emotions related to food and body image and develop a greater understanding of how these issues affect their lives. This group is not appropriate for individuals with severely disordered eating. If you currently meet diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder, you are encouraged to register for services through the TCS website to speak with a counselor.
When: Tuesdays at 2 pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 961 8672 6684 Passcode: TCS EBIC
Skill-Based Therapy Groups
These groups primarily involve learning and practicing various skill sets to develop psychological wellbeing. Skill-based therapy groups are available throughout the year, are 50-minutes long, and the student decides which group they want to attend and how often. Students may choose to participate during these sessions as much or as little as they want. Each week, a different set of skills is learned and practiced for a total of 8 sessions. Each session is designed to stand alone; however, it is most beneficial to attend the full series. The series is offered twice each semester, allowing students to attend sessions as their schedules permit.
TCS also offers a variety of yoga and meditation sessions. These ongoing weekly sessions focus on connecting the mind and body to improve overall mental, emotional and physical well-being. Sessions are appropriate for all levels.
To join any skill-based therapy group, students must go through Walk-In Clinic and obtain a referral. Students are encouraged to attend skill-based therapy groups when they need support and want to learn and practice a skill to improve their mental health. Students do not need to be utilizing individual services at TCS in order to attend skill-based therapy groups; however, students may be referred to these groups by their individual therapists. Skill-based therapy groups may also be helpful for students awaiting their first therapy session (intake) or in between sessions.
Click here to learn about the Fall 2020 Yoga and Meditation Groups and guidelines for your first session.
Connecting and Relating Interpersonal Process Groups
Interpersonal process groups often focus on sharing and connecting with peers, while learning about the self and others. Members are asked to commit to attending for the full length of the group; this is typically at least one semester. As each group session builds upon the work of prior sessions, it is important that students are able to participate in the entire series to receive the most benefit. Additionally, the commitment to remain in the group is an important part of building trust, cohesion, and a sense of safety, which in turn allows people to talk personally and honestly.
To join a process group, students must go through Walk-In Clinic and attend a group screening appointment, in which the group facilitators and student determine if the group is an appropriate fit for the student’s needs. Students do not need to utilize individual services to join a process group; however, some groups require that members also participate in individual therapy.