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Group Counseling

Group counseling is an excellent option for a variety of concerns that many college students encounter such as stress, anxiety, adjustment, relationship, expressing feelings, decision-making, coping skills, or identity.

Groups Offered Fall 2022

This group is intended to help students increase understanding and knowledge about anxiety. It also aims to equip students with some skills to recognize and manage anxiety-triggering situations effectively.

Three-week commitment; Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. PST

Section 1: Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4 (via Zoom)

Section 2: Oct. 11, 18 and 25 (via Zoom)

Section 3: Nov. 1, 8 and 15 (via Zoom)

Section 4: Nov. 29; Dec. 6 and 13 (via Zoom)

To register, call the CTC office at 208-885-6716 or email ctc@uidaho.edu.

This group is intended to increase understanding and knowledge about depression. The goal is to provide students with some skills to recognize and manage symptoms of depression effectively with daily practice.

Three-week commitment; Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. PST

Section 1: Oct. 6, 13 and 20 (via Zoom)
Section 2: Nov. 3, 10 and 17 (via Zoom)

To register, call the CTC office at 208-885-6716 or email ctc@uidaho.edu.

This group is intended for college students of any age or educational status (i.e., undergrad, grad, etc.). DBT Skills include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The general goals and purpose of the groups are to help participants improve the 4 skills noted above, although the design of the groups for the CTC may be brief and thus, may be focused on only one or two skills at a time. Although students go through varying stages from Freshman to Senior, all students can benefit from developing the sets of skills covered in the groups. This group should be appropriate for all students of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

Six-week commitment
Section 1 (Zoom): Tuesdays, 1:30-2:45 p.m. PST; Section 2 (In-Person, CTC’s Group Room): Fridays, 1:30-2:45 p.m. PST

Section 1: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1 and 8
Section 2: Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; and Dec. 2 (No Group Nov. 25 – Fall Recess)

To register, call the CTC office at 208-885-6716 or email ctc@uidaho.edu.

This group uses an integrated approach that draws from Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Therapy. It provides a range of skills to support growth and potentials, build on strengths, develop kind languages and compassionate treatment toward self, and identify an individual path to a valued and purposeful living. This is NOT a “Feel Good” group; rather, it motivates people to adopt responsible and caring actions in their efforts to alleviate pain and bring more joy and contentment into their lives.

This group would be ideal for students struggling with excessive self-criticalness, guilt, & shame, chronic stress, anxiety, and depression. It may also be beneficial to those who are curious to broaden their understanding of their suffering and to consider alternative ways to improve the quality of their lives.

Four-week commitment; Mondays from 3:30–4:45 p.m. PST

Section 1: Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 20 (In-Person, CTC’s Group Room)

To register, call the CTC office at 208-885-6716 or email ctc@uidaho.edu.

Upcoming Group & Workshop Sessions

Considering Group?

All UI 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, UI students who participated in group counseling at CTC indicated that:

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

UI 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

Email: ctc@uidaho.edu

Web: Counseling & Testing Center

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Mary Forney Hall Room 301

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

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

Phone: 208-885-5138

Fax: 208-885-4354

Email: ctctest@uidaho.edu

Web: Strategic Plan

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