Group Counseling and Workshops

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Group Interest Form

Completing this form is a great way to learn more about the group, and it is not considered a commitment to join. Please be advised – email (and this form) is not a secure medium for transmitting confidential information.

Group therapy offers students an opportunity to understand themselves, gain skills to manage stress and their emotions, or both. The group therapy format is an effective way to address many types of struggles.  Some groups focus on developing effective coping mechanisms. Other groups focus on relationships and/or identity.

Specifically, group can provide the following:

  • opportunities to learn new and effective skills to manage stress, anxiety or overwhelming emotions.
  • opportunities to develop more effective habits.
  • support from others who have had similar experiences and help remembering that you are not alone in your struggles
  • a safe and supportive place to try out new behaviors and ways of interacting
  • a place to deepen understanding about roles and patterns. Feedback to and from others about how you are perceived can be a catalyst for understanding and change
  • a place to learn about closeness, trust, and intimacy

Below are descriptions of the available groups. If you are interested in participating in one of our groups, please call (213) 740-7711 and ask to speak to the facilitator of the group you are interested in joining, or submit the Group Interest form below.  If you are not sure what group might interest you, please either complete the Group Interest Form short survey and someone will be in contact with you, or contact Dr. Abbie Wolfson, Group Program Coordinator. In either case, you are also welcome to schedule an initial consult to discuss your group options with one of our counselors.

Groups and Workshops Offered Summer 2018

Summer Session I:     week of 6/4  – 6/29.

Summer Session II:    week of 7/9 – 8/10

Summer Workshops : Drop In, No Registration Required.

Feel Better Workshops:   Thursday 4:00-5:00pm,

Held in the Trojan Conference Room, first floor of Engemann Student Health Center. These workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students who would like to learn basic skills or consider new approaches to improve their ability to manage stress or cope with adversity. No registration required.

1st Thursday:     Stress Management– tools to better manage inevitable life stress.

2nd Thursday:   Managing Emotions – tools to manage difficult emotions and stay healthy.

3rd Thursday:    Calm Your Anxiety– tools to manage anxiety and nervousness.

4th Thursday:    Relationships and Connection– improving and sustaining your social support network.

5th Thursday:    Preventing Procrastination and Perfectionism – understand how your mindset impacts academic anxiety and overcome procrastination (held only on months that have a 5th Thursday).

Mindfulness Drop-In:  Monday 12:00-1:00pm – Student Counseling/ESHC –  Robin Ward/Alise Cogger

An ongoing, mindful meditation practice, group that meets every Monday from 12pm to 1pm at the Student Counseling Center at Engemann Student Health Center.  Meditation instructions are given in a supportive environment, no prior experience necessary.  All students, faculty and staff are welcome. No registration necessary.

Summer Groups – registration required

Effective Living Group: Tuesday 2:00 – 4:00pm – Sarah Schreiber/Bryce McDavitt

The Effective Living Group is a group for students who feel that it is difficult to manage intense emotions. It is meant to teach a variety of skills adapted from DBT to assist individuals who struggle with emotional and interpersonal issues. Session one will focus on Improving Relationships. Session two will focus on Managing Moods and Emotions. Each week the group will review old material, teach new material, and assign practice exercises. Group members will interact with each other and help each other learn and grow during this process.

Mindfulness Skills for Daily Living:  Tuesday  11:00 – 12:30pm – Yong Park – Rolling admissions

A structured and experiential group class using mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and to build relation and well-being skills. Students will learn ways to be more present, aware, accepting, and compassionate of their experiences. Students will have the opportunity to learn and engage in different types of mindfulness practices each week.

Empowerment:  Survivors Support Group:  time tbd

Group led by counselors from Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention.

Taking Control of Anxiety:  Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:30pm – Summer Zapata/ Teddy Goldsmith – Rolling Admissions

Taking Control of Anxiety is a group that blends strategies with self-reflection to allow participants to understand, cope with and learn ways to reduce their anxiety.

Summer Workshops : Drop In, No Registration Required.

Feel Better Workshops:   Thursday 4:00 – 5:00pm

Held in the Trojan Conference Room, first floor of Engemann Student Health Center. These workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students who would like to learn basic skills or consider new approaches to improve their ability to manage stress or cope with adversity. No registration required.

1st Thursday:     Stress Management– tools to better manage inevitable life stress.

2nd Thursday:   Managing Emotions – tools to manage difficult emotions and stay healthy.

3rd Thursday:    Calm Your Anxiety– tools to manage anxiety and nervousness.

4th Thursday:    Relationships and Connection– improving and sustaining your social support network.

5th Thursday:    Preventing Procrastination and Perfectionism – understand how your mindset impacts academic anxiety and overcome procrastination (held only on months that have a 5th Thursday).

Mindfulness Drop-In:  Monday 12:00 – 1:00pm – Student Counseling/ESHC –  Robin Ward/Alise Cogger

An ongoing, mindful meditation practice, group that meets every Monday from 12pm to 1pm at the Student Counseling Center at Engemann Student Health Center.  Meditation instructions are given in a supportive environment, no prior experience necessary.  All students, faculty and staff are welcome. No registration necessary.

Planned Fall 2018 Group Counseling

If you are interested in being contacted about specific groups in the fall, please complete the group interest survey  and indicate you would like to be contacted in the fall.

Support and Skills Groups:

Break Free from Anxiety: 

This 10-week, skills training group helps students understand and challenge patterns of anxiety using an evidence-based curriculum.  Students practice new coping strategies that draw on mindfulness, cognitive behavioral techniques, and exposure therapy.  Students will be challenged to engage with the material through weekly homework assignments and group discussion.

Taking Control of Anxiety:

This 5-week/session series repeats during the semester. The group blends strategies with self-reflection to allow participants to understand, cope with and learn ways to reduce their anxiety.

Social Confidence Group:

A structured skills group that focuses on the needs of individuals with social and performance anxiety. CBT strategies will be employed as well as exposure exercises. Group topics include anxiety management, assertiveness and communication skills.

Effective Living Skills:

The Effective Living Group is a group for students who feel that it is difficult to manage intense emotions. It is meant to teach a variety of skills adapted from DBT to assist individuals who struggle with emotional and interpersonal issues. Learning modules include Regulating Emotions, Tolerating Distress, Increasing Mindfulness, and Improving Relationships. Each week the group will review old material, teach new material, and assign practice exercises. Group members will interact with each other and help each other learn and grow during this process.

Managing Mood:

This skills group for students who experience anxiety and/or depression runs once during the first half of the semester and starts again half-way through the semester. This group uses an evidence-based model to help students identify emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of distress. Students will also be taught new and more effective ways to respond to their emotions. The group begins both at the start of the semester and again at the mid-point.

Mindfulness Skills for Daily Living:

A structured and experiential group class using mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and to build relation and well-being skills. Students will learn ways to be more present, aware, accepting, and compassionate of their experiences. Students will have the opportunity to learn and engage in different types of mindfulness practices each week.

Mindful Well-Being:

Through mindfulness practice, activities, and group discussion, the group will help participants to cultivate self-compassion in meeting life’s difficulties. It can be especially helpful in addressing self-criticism and judgment, as well as perfectionism. It will also assist members in developing the ability to be present in the moment, leading to greater self-kindness, confidence and well-being.

New Choices:  Substance use support (not 12 step or abstinence-based

This group provides support for students who are reassessing their use of alcohol or other substances (not other addictions at this time). Focus is on building motivation, increasing awareness of use and triggers, providing strategies for making/maintaining desired changes, and living a more balanced and satisfying life.

Peace with Food :

Provides support for students in managing the struggle with the relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves. Primary focus is helping students understanding the function of the role of food in their lives, underlying emotional concerns, learning to name feelings, and alternative coping with feeling.

Yoga as Healing for Survivors of Sexual Trauma: (RSVP) –

A program that provides Trojans with a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies, helps them become grounded in the present moment and allows them to explore the benefits of mindfulness as they flow breath to movement in guided trauma-informed practice and meditation. This program is open to individuals who have sexual-based trauma.

Empowerment: Skills and Support for Survivors:

This is a group for undergraduate and graduate students who have experienced sexual assault during college and hope to gain skills to improve their mental and emotional well-being. This group also provides an opportunity to connect with other students with similar experiences.

Support and Therapy Groups:

Men of Color:  Drop-In

The Men of Color group is a weekly, drop-in space for all male-identified students of color to work toward a better understanding of themselves and others at the intersections of gender, race, culture, and social pressure. We will explore how the complex experience of masculinity in today’s society shapes how we think, feel, and relate to others, as we consider areas of growth, and strength.

Women of Color:  Drop-In

The Women of Color group is a weekly, drop-in group for students who, they themselves, identify as women of color. The group offers space for students to support and empower one another and to discuss personal and universal experiences as women of color at USC. Topics discussed include identity, body image, stress management, and resiliency/growth.

Grad Relationship Group:

This process group helps graduate students achieve fulfillment in relationships with partners, family, friends, mentors, and others.  Students develop healthy relationship capacities through the interaction of group members in a supportive space.  You will be invited to be aware of your thoughts and feelings, and speak up authentically in order to understand the roles you tend to take in relationships and why you react the ways you do.  Learn to navigate emotionally-intense interpersonal issues, such as trust, intimacy, assertiveness, anger, and loss.  The group accommodates 6-8 members, who participate for the whole semester.

Women Grad Student Support Group:

This support group is a space where female-identified students can support and learn from one another about managing the demands of being in a graduate program, specifically:  how to balance school and other parts of their life, develop and maintain a social support network, cope with feelings of being an imposter, discuss difficulties with advisors and/or peers, or other topics group members would like to explore together

Undergraduate Relationships Group:

This group is focuses on learning how to have vital, rewarding, authentic relationships. We talk about friendships and romantic/sexual relationships, as well as professional, academic, and family relationships. Relating to others effectively and fulfillingly is an ability that can grow through practice. Group members work on improving this ability through the interactive nature of the group itself, and by giving and receiving honest feedback about each other’s style of relating.

International Tea Time Weekly group:

A therapeutic discussion and support group to provide space for international students to share their experience here at USC. This is a chance to discuss anything that is confusing, difficult, or amusing. Themes commonly discussed include communication, relationships, homesickness, identities, and adjusting to USC in general.

Sexual Orientation Support Group:

This group addresses life and relationship issues related to sexual orientation.  Talk openly with other students about being pansexual, asexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or other sexual identities. Topics are based on students’ interest and can include exploring your identity; trust and relationships; dealing with heterosexism or internalized homophobia; dating; family and societal expectations; and self-esteem. The group accommodates 6-8 members, and participation is confidential.

Gender Spectrum: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Support Group:

A supportive space to talk with other students about life and issues related to gender identity.  Topics are based on students’ interest and can include exploring your identity; trust and relationships; dealing with cisgenderism or internalized transphobia; coping with stresses of campus life; transitioning and hormones; coming out; dating; family and societal expectations; and life in general. Accommodates 6-8 members; participation is confidential.

Living with Loss:

For students who have lost a loved one in any point in their lives. The loss could be a parent, friend or relative. Group provides a place for students to meet with others who are experiencing grief, learn about the grieving process, and share coping strategies.

 

Fall 2018 Workshops:

Feel Better Workshops:  Drop-In – Thursday 4:00-5:00pm, No registration required.

These workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students who would like to learn basic skills or consider new approaches to improve their ability to manage stress or cope with adversity.

Let’s Talk: International Student Workshops:  Drop-In

A casual discussion workshop about common adjustment challenges that USC international students face, such as managing stress and connecting with others. Student do not need to sign up and can just show up to participate once per month.

Trail Blazers:  First Generation College Student Workshops:  Drop-In

 

An opportunity for first-generation college students to discuss experiences unique to first-gen students.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
12:00 –1:00

Drop-In (ESHC)

Mindfulness Practice

Robin Ward

9:00 — 10:30

Women Graduate Student Support

Christina Mohajerani

Rolling admissions until full

10:00 – 11:30

Empowerment: Skills &  Support for Survivors of  recent sexual assault

Emily Shinne

1:00-2:30

International Tea Time Group

Yoey Cheng

Rolling admissions

12:00 – 1:30 Mindfulness Skills For Daily Living

Yong Park

 Rolling admissions

12:15 — 1:15

 Drop-In (STU413)

Men of Color Group

(STU 413)

Quade French

10:00 — 11:30am

Taking Control of Anxiety

Summer Zapata

Rolling admissions

1-2:30pm

Undergraduate Relationship Group

Elizabeth Reyes

1:30 – 3:30

Yoga as Healing for Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Contact Emily Shinne

5 session

1:00 – 2:30pm

Mindful Well-Being

Robin Ward

 

1:00 – 2:30

Peace With Food

Elizabeth Reyes

 

12:30 — 2:00

 Effective Living Skills  

Sarah Schreiber

 

Rolling admissions

 

3:30 – 5:00

Social Confidence

Broderick Leaks

2:30 — 4:00pm

Managing Mood Skills Group

Andy Iskander

Begins at start and midpoint of semester

1:30 – 3:00

Social Confidence

Broderick Leaks

3:15-4:15pm

Drop-In (STU 413)

Women of Color

Annie Hsueh

 

2:00 — 3:30

Grad Relationship Group

Bryce McDavitt

 

5:00-6:00

(Drop-In IRC 1016)

Let’s Talk – Int’l Student Workshops

2/21

3/21

4/18

2:00 – 3:30

Gender Spectrum

Bryce McDavitt

 

4:00 – 5:00

New Choices: Substance Use Support Group

Alise Cogger

3:00 – 4:30

Break Free from Anxiety-10 week

Teddy Goldsmith

4:00-5:30pm

Sexual Orientation  Support Group

Bryce Mc Davitt

 

  3:30-5:00pm

Living with Loss

Yong Park

Rolling admissions

 
  4:30 – 5:00

Women Grad Group

  Feel Better Workshops

Drop-In 4:00-5:00

 Trojan conference Room

Topics repeat month

 

First week of month 3/1:       Stress Management

Second week 2/8 & 3/8:

Managing Emotions

Third week 2/15 & 3/15:

Calm Anxiety

Fourth week 2/22 & 3/22 Relationships

Fifth week 3/29: Academic Anxiety

 

 

 

 

Disability Services and Programs

Please visit the Office of Disability Services and Programs for information about their available groups.

 

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