Groups

The Counseling Center is currently working on developing groups based on the interests and care of our students.  If you are interested in a group and want more information, please call the Counseling Center at 570-941-7620.

Benefits of Group Counseling

  1. You are not alone.   Groups provide support and make you realize that other students experience similar challenges. You are not as different or alone as you think.
  2. Groups provide a sounding board.   Groups can offer a different perspective. You can receive support AND share your wisdom.
  3. Groups can propel you forward.    Hearing from others on how they've overcome difficulties can be encouraging. During the group experience you will likely meet people representing a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Listening and learning from every member's perspective provides members with greater insight into your own personal growth and development.
  4. Groups promote social skills.   While it is common for students to feel anxious prior to attending their first group, most students feel relieved and more comfortable as the sessions progress. Remember, it takes time to feel comfortable speaking up in a group, adjusting to group norms, and experiencing the benefits of group. It is important that you share at your own pace.
  5. Groups teach you about yourself.    Groups can be a way of uncovering the areas that may be blocking your ability to overcome your issues.
  6. Do I have to reveal all my deepest secrets and feelings to the group?   NO, you do not. You alone decide how much you want to share an­d no one can force you to reveal your secrets or feelings.  Most group members tend to share more about themselves when they feel safe in the group.  We encourage you to be aware of your pace for group involvement and to share when you feel comfortable doing so.
  7. What if a member of the group is my friend or classmate?   We recognize that it might be awkward to be in the same group with a friend/classmate.  Please let the group leader know immediately if you have an existing relationship with someone else in the group, if that is a concern to you.  If that happens, the group leader, in consultation with each person, will decide how best to resolve this situation.