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Group Counseling

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This is a great time to take advantage of the unlimited counseling sessions offered in groups.

In an effort to better serve students, we are offering group counseling to DePaul students. Without compromising privacy,  students can learn more about themselves and gain support from others. All are welcome to take advantage of this opportunity regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or ethnicity; and we are committed to providing students with the best services possible.

We work to offer a variety of groups and workshops at the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, as well as online, for students who may be struggling with specific issues (e.g. grief/loss, self-esteem), or who would like to understand more about how they tend to relate to others in general. 

Group counseling and educational workshops can be particularly effective for a broad array of concerns. These resources not only offer students an opportunity to get support and feedback from others, but also to learn more about themselves in unique and stimulating ways.

Depending on student turnout and other factors, groups may change from quarter to quarter throughout the academic year. For the most up-to-date information on groups currently offered, please visit the counseling center or contact UCAPS​.  

Please note: All students must complete a group screening appointment before participating in a group. Workshops do not require a group screening appointment.

Autumn Quarter 2022 Groups & Workshops​

Graduate Student Virtual Drop-in Space: UCAPS has an updated status of the graduate process group that was scheduled for the fall quarter on Thursdays from 5-6:30PM. Unfortunately, the group will be unable to run as planned. In lieu of a closed group, Dr. Alice Wasylowsky will be offering a virtual drop-in space, where any graduate student can join and offer support/problem solving to peers. Any graduate student is welcome to join this virtual drop-in group on Thursdays from 5-6PM every week for the remainder of the fall quarter. During this hour, students can stay for as long as they would like to get and provide support. 

Due to continued interest, we will also explore getting the graduate student support group started earlier as the closed group in the beginning of the winter quarter. 

Dates: October 20, October 27, November 3, and November 10

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Group Facilitator: Alice Wasylowsky, PsyD

Please email Dr. Wasylwosky the day you are interested in joining and she will send a Zoom link for that week’s meeting.

Undergraduate Open Process Group: DePaul UCAPS will be offering an open, process-based group for all undergraduate students which will utilize quotes, poetry, or images to facilitate discussions. The group focuses on using these materials to better enable students to identify underlying emotions and begin processing them. Furthermore, the group will provide a safe place to foster social skills. Through active discussions, group members will nurture relationships and gain a better understanding of self. At times, the moderator may additionally engage in psychoeducation around salient coping skills to assist the students in bolster their emotional regulation skills.

What is a Process Group and What is Covered?

Process groups are typically unstructured. There isn’t a specific topic for each group session, but some of the groups may be focused on a particular theme such as: Life Transitions, Depression, Anxiety, and Mindfulness. The power of process groups lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others.

Who is Able to Join?

All undergraduate students are welcome to join. Attendance is not mandatory as each group will likely involve new and ever-changing dynamics. The group will meet Tuesday’s from 5:00-6:30 and can function with as little as three members and as many as fifteen.

Planned Start Date: October 11th

Time: Every Tuesday, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: Lincoln Park Campus, Student Center Room 350

Group Facilitator: Francis “JD” Dragna, PsyD

For more information about any group, please call (773) 325-CARE (2273) to sign up for a group screening appointment with the facilitator.

Relieve Your Monkey Mind: This is a process and structured group to help students learn how to be mindful about their thought patterns and process. You will learn and practice deep breathing, stretching exercises, understanding your monkey thoughts, and mindfulness meditation to help you to manage anxiety mindfully. 

Note:  There will be two groups offered. Each group is limited to 5 participants per group. You may bring your own yoga mat and dress loose fitting clothing.

Planned Start Date: October 18th

Time: Group 1: Tuesdays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm; Group 2: Tuesdays, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Location: Lincoln Park Campus, Student Center Room 350

Group Facilitator: Tow Yau, PhD

For more information about any group, please call (773) 325-CARE (2273) to sign up for a group screening appointment with the facilitator.

Anxiety Toolkit Group: This is a small group psychoeducation and support group of approximately 8-10 active group members. This group will work to promote insight into student’s unique experience of distress, the factors which contribute to it, and generating ideas for the change that students want to achieve and the path to help get there. Group members will learn about the factors that contribute to anxiety, distress, and the adaptive ways that they can and already do respond to these feelings through practice, discussion and support. 

Topics covered will include awareness, insight, and openness/flexibility in regards to recognizes one’s own experience of stress/anxiety and ways in which they themselves might be able to change or manage these feelings. Self-compassion, internal and external locus of control, flexibility, non-judgmental acceptance will be discussed through activities like journaling, brief activities, self-reflection, discussion and support.

Start Date: October 27th

Time: Every Thursday, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Lincoln Park Campus, Student Center Room 350

Group Facilitator: Enrique Silva, LCPC

For more information about any group, please call (773) 325-CARE (2273) to sign up for a group screening appointment with the facilitator.