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.
These groups primarily involve learning and practicing various skill sets to develop psychological wellbeing. Drop-in 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 in drop-in group form. 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 drop-in group, students must go through Walk-In Clinic and obtain a referral. Students are encouraged to attend drop-in 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 drop-in groups; however, students may be referred to these drop-in groups by their individual therapists. Drop-in groups may also be helpful for students awaiting their first therapy session (intake) or in between sessions.
Sign-up groups or 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 sign-up group, students must go through Walk-In Clinic and attend a group screening appointment, in which the group therapist 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 sign-up group; however, some sign-up groups require that members also participate in individual therapy.