Counseling & Psychological Services
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Hello and welcome to the Group Counseling section of our webpage! The CPSC is commited to providing students with a wide range of therapy groups that meet the needs of our students here at Rowan University.
While some students may initially experience hesitation about joining a group, we challenge you to give it a try and take the chance that it might be a great experience for you. Whether it be working on relationships, getting support from fellow students, or learning new skills, we believe you'll find something that can assist you in meeting your personal goals. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 856-256-4222.
What is Group therapy?
Group therapy is a powerful treatment approach that facilitates positive growth and change. Student can receive understanding, support, and encouragement from others facing similar issues in a safe, confidential environment. They can also gain multiple perspectives and feedback. Group members can deepen self-awareness, enhance relationship skills and experiment with new ideas and ways of relating to others. Most students, though somewhat apprehensive at first, report that the group experience was helpful far beyond their expectations.
We are convinced that therapy is one of the most effective tools for addressing issues common among college students. We invite you to learn more about group therapy opportunities at CPSC.
Please see below for a list of current groups offered for the Fall 2012 semester.
Why Group Therapy?
Group therapy is the most effective treatment approach for many issues college students face. Most personal problems are interpersonal in nature. Very often they stem from our relationships or from our personal patterns of relating. Group therapy offers the rare opportunity to explore and understand how you relate to others and get specific feedback on how others react to you.
For many Rowan University students, groups can be more effective and produce quicker results than individual counseling. The lessons group members learn from each other and the chance to work through problems with other people who share similar concerns are what make group therapy effective . Only in group therapy can you directly work on how you relate to others.
The group environment of trust and safety can help you build the skills you need to create the same kind of trust and safety in your real life and in classes and work; in residence halls, fraternities and sororities, coops, and apartments; with friends, family, and intimate partners.
The group experience can help you learn about your style of relating, your ability to be close, and your personal effectiveness in relationships, and gives you the unique chance to see how others struggle with these concerns. It also offers the opportunity to explore a broad range of personal concerns
What are the benefits of group therapy?
Isn't individual therapy better?
Group therapy can be more efficient than individual therapy for two reasons. First, you can benefit from the group even during sessions when you say little by listening carefully to others. You will find that you have much in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself. Second, group members will often bring up issues that strike a chord with you, but which you might not have been aware of or brought up yourself.
If you are currently seeing a therapist at Rowan, ask him/her about joining a group. If you are not, contact the Group Coordinator, Dr. Laurane McGlynn at 856-256-4222. Prior to joining a group, a meeting will be scheduled between you and the group facilitator(s). During this meeting, you will have a chance to discuss your interest in the group, ask questions, identify goals, and determine if group is right for you.
The following groups are confidential and offered free of charge to Rowan University students:
The General Therapy Group- a process oriented group that is open to students with a broad range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress management, and relationship issues. This group offers students the chance to practice social skills, improve self-esteem, and discuss issues in a safe and supportive environment. The group is facilitated by two counseling center professional staff members who act as co-leaders and typically includes 8-10 students. Contact Dr. Laurane McGlynn at 845-256-4222 for more information.
Interpersonal Skills Group – Understand Self and Others
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction- open to Rowan students, this eight-week group for stress management focuses on mindfulness meditation, mindful eating, mindful movement, visualizations for relaxation, body scan, gentle yoga, techniques to manage anxiety and depression, deep relaxation and stress management skills. Learn to feel emotionally calmer!Contact Dr. Laurane McGlynn at x4222 for more information.
Mindfulness Skills group - This experiential group offers the opportunity to learn to listen to, heal and accept yourself. We will be practicing mindfulness skills that include meditation, body scan, relaxation breathwork, gentle yoga and stress reduction practices. The benefits of mindfulnesss include feeling emotionally calmer, awareness and acceptance of the present moment, clear and creative thoughts, taking responsibility for your well-being, develop your own inner stress management and cultivating kindness and compassion for yourself and others. Please Call Dr. Laurane McGlynn at 856-256-4222 for more information.
DBT for Eating Disorders Group-As part of the Counseling Center’s Eating Disorders Treatment Track, a DBT for Eating Disorders Group is offered for primarily binge eaters and bulimics. A one-hour process group is in which members discuss any issues affecting them during the preceding week is followed by a skills group that teaches emotional regulation, distress tolerance, acceptance and mindfulness. Members have in common concerns with bulimia, binge eating and drinking, purging or restricting behaviors. For most members, this two-hour group combining therapy with learning new skills, takes the place of individual therapy as part of their comprehensive treatment plan. Others will continue with the support of individual therapy as needed. Student are referred to this group by their individual counselors; if you are interested, feel free to first discuss this with your counselor who will schedule a screening.
The Body Image Group-For women interested in changing their relationship with their bodies, food and weight, the Counseling Center is offering two sections of the Body Image Group. Breaking through the isolation, this group helps students who want to develop better self esteem and confidence to set and achieve personal goals with the support of women who share the struggle. This semester, groups are offered on Thursday from 4:30-6p.m. or on Friday from 10:45a.m.-12 noon. Students interested in joining one of the two groups should contact the Counseling Center for an intake and screening.
The Transition Group- an open, “drop in”, support group held in the Student Center for new students, transfer students or any other student struggling with adjusting to university life. Roommate issues, socialization issues, loneliness, homesickness and any other issues impacting your college experience can be processed in a safe, confidential environment. This group is designed to be a peer support group, open to all who feel the need to share and learn ways to adjust and cope with the general transition into the Rowan community. For more information contact Bob Logan @ x5716.
Substance Abuse Group- The counseling center is offering a combination Psycho-Educational / Process Oriented Substance Abuse group with a Motivational, Stages of Change format for students who have concerns about their own use or abuse of alcohol, and other drugs. A combination of education on substance misuse and exploring one’s readiness to change is the basic theme of the group. The group offers students a safe environment to explore their relationship with substances and insight to make appropriate changes that can help avoid consequences resulting from abuse. For more information contact Bob Logan @ x5716.