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Group Counseling

Groups Counseling Provides:

  • A community of social and emotional support
  • Connections with others who share similar concerns
  • Different perspectives and ideas
  • Increased insight about self and others
  • Adaptive coping skills

To join a group please call us at 208-885-6716 or stop by in person. We are located on campus on the third floor of Mary E. Forney Hall at 1210 Blake Ave.

Groups & Workshops Offered Fall 2023

Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced three-session seminar specifically designed to help people who struggle with a variety of anxiety-related concerns (e.g., panic attacks, Generalized Anxiety, test anxiety). The goal of this seminar is to provide education on anxiety and to teach coping skills for managing anxiety symptoms.

  • This group offers skills to identify and manage signs of anxiety more effectively.
  • Three-week commitment
  • No pre-group screening
  • Series #1 – Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10)
  • Series #2 – Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18)
  • Location: Mary Forney Hall

This four-week group will focus on developing skills to foster and maintain relationships via self-monitoring and effective communication. It will also include some of the things that get in the way of effective communication.

  • Learn skills to foster and maintain relationships through self- awareness and effective communication.
  • Psychoeducational information about unhelpful vs. helpful; behavioral, emotional reactions, relationship values and boundaries.
  • Four-week commitment
  • Pre-group screenings required (call 208-885-6716 to schedule)
  • Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 16)

Developing a positive relationship with food can be challenging. Gain tools to help increase your mind-body connection, learn about Intuitive Eating and how to start incorporating its principles into your life. This group is informed by the work of Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, The Original Intuitive Eating Pros.

  • Skills to develop a positive relationship with food.
  • Four -week commitment
  • Pre-group screening required (call 208-885-6717 to schedule)
  • Thursdays, 2:30-4 p.m. (Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26)

Skills to reduce unhelpful self-criticism and guilt and a more balanced relationship with emotions.

  • Learn skills to recognize, allow, investigate and nurture difficult experiences with mindfulness and self-compassion practice.
  • Help shift away excessive self-criticism, shame and guilt.
  • Four-week commitment
  • Pre-group screening required (call 208-885-6717 to schedule)
  • Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 10, Nov. 16)

Upcoming Group & Workshop Sessions

Considering Group?

All U of I group counseling sessions are free and confidential and serve as a great place to:

  • Experience a community of social and emotional support
  • Explore your identity
  • Hear different perspectives and ideas
  • Learn coping skills
  • Gain insight
  • Feel a sense of belonging
  • And much more!

If you are interested in attending group, check out our upcoming sessions calendar to explore current group offerings. 

What is unique about Group Counseling?

Group offers a safe, confidential space for students to help each other get support, validation, normalization, diverse perspectives and adaptive skills to navigate challenging situations. Oftentimes, students feel empowered to make changes in their own lives after listening to other members in the group because they learn that they are not alone in their struggles.

Research has also shown that Group Counseling is as effective as individual counseling and, when appropriate, could be used in conjunction with individual counseling.

What do students have to say about Group Counseling?

According to group satisfaction surveys, U of I students who participated in group counseling at CMHC indicated that:

  • 100% were pleased with their decision to join group
  • 96% would recommend group counseling to a friend

U of I students also provided feedback on their group experience as part of these surveys, saying they enjoyed:

  • “[Hearing] others’ perspectives and knowing that they struggle like I do; [learning] that I am not alone”
  • “[Getting] feedback from other people. That had a huge impact on me.”
  • “[Learning] how to help my interpersonal relationships and social patterns.”
  • “[Gaining an] understanding my inner self.”
  • “[Having] more diversity of thoughts and perspectives”

Contact Us

Mary Forney Hall Room 306

Physical Address:
1210 Blake Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844-3140

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3140
Moscow, ID 83844-3140

Phone: 208-885-6716

Fax: 208-885-4354


Web: Counseling & Mental Health Center