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.
Be sure to pre-register as space is limited!
Calendar of Groups and Workshops
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”