UF’s Counseling & Wellness Center offers a variety of counseling groups that are open to all enrolled students at the University of Florida. Group counseling is as effective or can be more effective than individual counseling in addressing many common concerns undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students experience, including anxiety, depression, isolation, adjustment, grief, coping with stressors, etc. College students are likely to experience a range of interpersonal concerns in their developmental process towards greater independence, intimacy, and personal growth; and counseling groups are a great modality to address these concerns.

HOW TO JOIN A CWC GROUP?




WAYS TO INITIATE GROUP SERVICES:



Schedule a brief consultation via phone by calling us at 352-392-1575. (M-F, 8AM-5PM)

Please note: The CWC works to serve as many students as possible; however, during high-volume times, we may have a waitlist for services.


Take a Quiz

Finding the right support can make all the difference. Take our brief quiz to discover which groups may align best with your needs and goals! (Please note that the results of this quiz do not guarantee access to group counseling services.)

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Summer 2024 Schedule

These are not a drop-in meetings and students are expected to attend their group weekly throughout the semester.

Understanding yourself & Others

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UNDERSTANDING YOURSELF & OTHERS

These groups are about developing emotional awareness and self-understanding, building trust and connections, and enhancing relationships (with friends, family, romantic, professional, etc.) through support and feedback. This is a collaborative space that aims to build community and sense of belonging through processing shared experiences and supporting each other’s progress toward individual goals. The discussion topics are often determined by group members.

Skills & Support

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SKILLS & SUPPORT

These groups are about developing and practicing effective coping skills for specific concerns. Examples of skills you may learn and practice include anxiety management, biofeedback, social skills, practicing self-compassion, journaling. learning distress tolerance and emotional regulation, improving intimate partner communication, and coping with ADHD.

Wellness Support

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WELLNESS SUPPORT

Support groups are about connecting with others who share similar lived experiences and/or identities in an empowering, supportive, and compassionate space. Students can be in community with others similar to them or who have experienced similar concerns (e.g., grief and loss, high sensitivity, intimate partner concerns).

Learning Together: Peer Support

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Learning Together: Peer Support

Students participate in these groups through forms of engagement created within international movements of current or former mental health service users and facilitated by CWC faculty who share this lived experience as peers. The different forms of peer support offered at the CWC—in which participants learn together and from each other—are all intended to be alternatives to conventional counseling. Peers worldwide have discovered that if they can co-create relatively safe spaces to dialogue about whatever they are experiencing while respecting each other’s worldviews and choices, and without being othered or dehumanized, that they often move toward living in more creative, meaningful, engaged, and productive ways.

Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)

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ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS (AOD)

These groups promote a safe, non-judgmental, and psychoeducational environment where students can discuss their substance use and gain understanding and perspective about their choices. Depending on the group, students may learn ways to practice use reduction or abstinence in a supportive space.