Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Counseling Groups

Students interested in a group must first complete an initial intake appointment. To schedule this appointment and/or simply learn more about a group, please call 702-895-3627.

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Healthy Relationships: Letting Go & Allowing Others In

Are you having difficulties in your significant relationships (e.g. romantic break-up, family problems, etc.)? Sometimes our past experiences can leave messages in our heads that affect the way we view ourselves and others today. If you find yourself dating partners with similar problems as you, or you find it difficult to trust yourself or others due to low self-esteem, this may be the group for you. This group will help you understand yourself, your relationships, and the processes of forgiving and healing through the exploration repetitive, unproductive, or destructive relational patterns. Additionally, it is a space to develop healthy interpersonal patterns and practice new ways of relating to others.

 

General Therapy Groups

General therapy groups are intended to provide therapeutic experiences for people with diverse needs. The group format provides an atmosphere where individuals can practice interpersonal skills and gives them a chance to challenge and/or validate internal assumptions. Members are welcome to bring any issues to the group that they feel are important. The primary focus of therapy in the group is on the interactions among group members. Members are encouraged to give support and feedback to others, and to work with the reactions and responses that other members' contributions bring up for them. Come to learn about yourself and better understand your relationships.

 

Relationships Group

Interpersonal group therapy is often the treatment of choice for students who experience troubled relationships. Group therapy offers many significant therapeutic benefits. Members learn about themselves and how to improve their interpersonal relationship skills. Group therapy offers peer feedback, self-awareness building, support and the unique opportunity to practice, in vivo, with other students who may be experiencing similar difficulties. In an interpersonal group therapy, students can experience healing from past relationship issues and learn how to have close, meaningful and rewarding relationships.

 

Career Success Group

This is a process group that would focus on providing student support and resources as they negotiate the challenges (perceived or otherwise) of their career choice. Objectives would include anxiety-management skills, normalizing the developmental process, problem-solving skills, and integrating career choice with personal identity development. This group would not require any testing.

 

Career Exploration Group

This is a time limited (5 weeks), structured, psychoeducational group intended to help students with choosing a major and career path. Students will be required to take the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator at Career Services. Interpretive considerations of student profiles will be processed to explore personal meaning, perceived fit, and possible major/career implications of assessment results. Students will give and receive feedback from one another while participating in activities to increase awareness of values and career style.

 

Building Social Confidence

Would you like to improve the quality of social interactions and the availability of social support? This is a time limited (8 weeks), structured, psychoeducational group intended to help students build social confidence. It combines an educational and support approach. Topics covered are include building conversation skills (how to start, sustain, and end conversations), assertiveness training, how to speak up in class, and how to reduce anxiety in social situations such as dating, parties, or professional meetings.

 

Mindfulness and Yoga for Well-being Group

This is a time limited (8 weeks), structured, psychoeducational group intended to help students learn mindfulness. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and in a non-judgmental manner. This group draws upon the practices of mindfulness, yoga, and cognitive therapy to support participants who are coping with anxiety, depression, and/or physical problems. This group aims to teach ways to increase awareness of thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations, and utilize cognitive restructuring techniques, such as making changes to ineffective thought patterns. No previous experience with Yoga is necessary.

 

Midweek Mindfulness Group

A structured, educational, open group intended to be supportive and skill building. The purpose of this group is to provide an intermediate intervention for clients on the waitlist as well as an adjunct intervention between sessions for clients already in therapy. The group begins with some basic definition and instruction on the skills and attitudes of mindfulness, followed by practice exercises.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Group for Anxiety

This 6-week, structured group will use the self-help workbook "The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety" to guide students through the process of learning more about anxiety and how trying to control anxiety can keep them stuck, replacing their avoidance approach to a more willingness approach to anxiety, learning to let go of trying control anxiety, learning mindful acceptance, finding their values, and then making choices based on their values.

Overcoming Test Anxiety Workshop

This is a time limited (6 weeks), structured, psychoeducational workshop intended to help students with test anxiety. Students will give and receive feedback from one another while participating in activities to increase awareness and learn strategies for overcoming test anxiety.

Stress Management & Assertiveness Workshop

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to assess your current stress level, reduce symptoms, and improve coping and stress reduction skills. You’ll also learn how to improve your assertiveness, communication, time management techniques; learn how to set boundaries and limits; and discover reasons and ways to say "no" without feeling guilty. In addition, members will participate in guided imagery, deep breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation exercises. The leader will also provide valuable nutritional and exercise information and offer a free body composition analysis. No pre-group appointment is required, but seating is limited.

Take Control: Health and Wellness Skills Group

This group is for students who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression or stress. Participants will learn stress management and relaxation skills, cognitive skills to combat negative thinking, and practical ways to decrease anxiety, alleviate depression, and improve relationships. Group session topics include: self- care strategies, organizational skills, identifying and interrupting unproductive thinking, developing healthier attitudes, improving relationships, expanding social support, and relaxation skills.

Mood Management Group

The Mood Management Group is a group for students who want to manage and learn more about their depressed moods. This group will be a safe place to learn how to maintain positive mood, recover from depressive bouts, and prevent relapse from future bouts. This group has an integrative approach that will touch on issues such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, medication, and self-esteem. Ultimately, this group aims to help participants to control their moods and, consequently, improve their relational, occupational, and academic functioning. Call today to see if the Mood Management Group is for you.

Success over Substances (SOS) Group

This group focuses on the student who is actively thinking about the effect substances may be having on them. The group generally has an orientation toward wellness and emphasizes intrinsic reasons to change behavior. The central focus is to help students make healthful decisions about the role substances may or may not play in the lives. Members are encouraged to give support and feedback to others, and to work with the reactions and responses that other members' contributions bring up for them. Come to learn about yourself and better understand your substance use.

Alcohol (or Other Drugs) Got you Thinking Group

This CAPS group focuses the student who is actively thinking about the effect substances may be having on them. The group generally has an orientation toward wellness and emphasizes intrinsic reasons to change behavior. The central focus is to help students make healthful decisions about the role substances may or may not play in the lives. The group has rolling admissions, and group members commit to a minimum of five group sessions. It is designed to cover specific modules in a set, rotating sequence. All members complete the sequence regardless of entrance date. Remember, great thinking is done in a group.

A Group for Every Body

This confidential group is designed for female students who experience negative body image, meaning they feel dissatisfied with their appearance. The group provides the opportunity for members to give and receive support around struggles related to body image, eating, food, weight, and media messages about appearance. The group will work to identify situations that trigger negative thoughts and feelings about one's body, and develop healthy, effective coping strategies to develop positive body image. Additionally, the group will explore how culture, society, and family influence perceptions of self. The group also allows for the examination of underlying causes and provides an environment to help students promote positive body image and develop greater self-acceptance.

Bereavement Group

Social support during bereavement is the most important element to help cope with loss. Many students’ support system is strong and loving in the beginning, but as time goes on they may feel alone in their grief. This group is designed to help students understand and cope with the feelings, physical sensations, thoughts, and behaviors associated with grieving.

Academic Support Group

The academic support group is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their academic work such as time and stress-management, overcoming procrastination, managing test anxiety, problem-solving as it relates to challenges that may hinder academic progress and motivation, and learning how to optimize one’s functioning from a wellness perspective. Additionally, students have an opportunity to provide and receive support from their peers that can minimize a sense of isolation in dealing with academic challenges and introduce creative strategies for staying on their academic mission.

Graduate & Professional Students Support Group

This group will be facilitated through a supportive process intended to help its members to improve their professional and personal lives. It is designed to be a forum where students can relate to one another, learn and find validation from one another's experience, and overall develop greater awareness about oneself and areas for improvement as well as learn the skills to make identified changes. General outcome is for students to better manage life as a graduate student.

Military Students Support Group

This is a support group that would focus on providing student veterans and active military status/reservist/guard students a safe environment to receive strength and encouragement in their efforts to cope with and adjust to challenges unique to military life. Students will have an opportunity to experience personal growth, provide and receive support from one another that can minimize a sense of isolation in dealing with their unique challenges, be they academic, relational, or adjusting back to civilian life, and instill hope in their ability to successfully navigate stressors, responsibilities, and ultimately successfully achieve their educational goals.

Family Members of Military Persons Student Support Group

This is a support group that would focus on providing UNLV students who are family members, e.g., spouse, child, sibling, relative of military persons a safe environment to receive strength and encouragement in their efforts to cope with and adjust to challenges unique to military life. Students will have an opportunity to experience personal growth, provide and receive support from one another that can minimize a sense of isolation in dealing with their unique challenges, be they academic, relational, or adjusting back to life with their returned military loved one, and instill hope in their ability to successfully navigate stressors, responsibilities, and ultimately successfully achieve their educational goals.

The Balance: First Generation College Student Support Group

Balance is a support group for first-generation college students which are defined as students whose parent(s) have not attained a college. First-generation college students often face a unique set of challenges including limited knowledge about the university setting, resources, and expectations, as well the added pressure from family members who do not understand the demands of college work. Balance aims to facilitate students’ success by providing additional support in a safe and nurturing environment. Along with the support, students will learn skills and knowledge to successfully navigate the university system and enhance their academic performance while feeling more socially integrated and supported.

A.L.A.N.A. Support Group

This group invites ALANA (African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native Americans) men and women who are seeking consult around issues of race, identity, biculturalism, and/or discrimination. Group discussions may involve issues such as stress due to racism, interracial dating conflicts, acculturation, and immigration stress. This group will focus on providing support, developing new insights, and building skills to help address the issues that are unique to these populations.

Sexual Orientation (L.G.B.T.Q) Support Group

This is a support group that will explore issues of sexual orientation. In particular, this group may address identity issues related to coming out, dealing with family and friends, struggles with intimacy, and managing relationships. The group welcomes participants who are questioning or exploring their sexual orientation or who are at various stages of the coming out process.

Disability Support Group

This group will be facilitated through a supportive process to help its members gain support and encouragement from other students with disabilities. It is designed to be a forum where students can relate to one another, learn and find validation from one another's experience, and overall develop greater awareness about oneself and areas for improvement as well as learn the skills to make identified changes. General outcome is for students to increase a sense of connection with others on campus and confidence in their ability to successfully navigate stressors, responsibilities, and ultimately successfully achieve their educational goals.

ADHD Support Group

This support group is designed to provide students who have attention deficit/hyperactive difficulties with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their academic work. Students can gain support and encouragement from other students with ADHD, learn how to work effectively with professors and instructors, learn how to enhance personal relationships, and share their experiences with medication. Additionally, students have an opportunity to provide and receive support from their peers that can minimize a sense of isolation in dealing with academic challenges and introduce creative strategies for staying on their academic mission.

Finding FOCUS: ADHD Group

This time limited (6 weeks), skill-based group will include psychoeducation about ADHD, assistance available on UNLV’s campus, and strategies/interventions aimed at increasing attention and academic success. The group will be facilitated through a supportive process intended to help its members to improve their academic and personal lives. It is designed to be a forum where students can relate to one another, learn and find validation from one another's experience, and overall develop greater awareness about oneself and areas for improvement as well as learn the skills to make identified changes. General outcome is for students to better manage life with ADHD.