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Groups are facilitated by trained and licensed clinicians

Group Counseling

Groups provide a safe yet challenging environment for you to improve interpersonal relationship skills and provide an opportunity to practice more effective ways of being. You will find that you will not only learn more about yourself but you will also be able to support and help others through a shared experience. Groups at Boise State are effective and free, and open to all students.

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Fall 2021 Groups:

  • Graduate Student Support Group
  • Stress Support 2021
  • Ongoing Mental Health Management
  • LGBTQIA+ Support Group
  • Mindful Movement
  • Body Positive Boise State
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Group Descriptions and Details:

  • Facilitated by trained and licensed clinicians.
  • Groups will be conducted in a virtual or in-person format.
  • Free to join and participate.

Graduate Student Support

Dates: Sept. 29 – Dec. 8
When:
Wednesdays
Time:
11:30am-1 pm
Where: Meet virtually via Zoom

This co-ed support group is open to graduate students who are seeking an opportunity to give and receive support, provide feedback and connect with fellow graduate students who are addressing similar challenges. Co-facilitated by two counselors who are also graduate students, the group addresses pressures unique to the graduate school experience, which may include work/life balance, mentor relationships, cohort dynamics, imposter syndrome, financial worries and more.

Stress Support 2021

Dates: Sept. 30 – Dec. 9
When:
Thursdays
Time:
2-3:30 pm
Where: Norco Building – 2nd Floor Clinic

Attending college is stressful in the best of times, and for many of us, that stress has been compounded by the novel challenges we’ve faced since the onset of the pandemic a year and a half ago. While facilitating much-needed social connection and support, this counseling support group will aim to foster insight and improve stress management by providing students with a space to share concerns, self-reflect, identify adaptive coping strategies, and increase internal resilience.

Ongoing Mental Health Management (OM)

Dates: Sept. 27 – Dec. 6
When:
Mondays
Time:
10-11:30 am
Where: Norco Building – 2nd Floor Clinic

This group is designed for students whose mental health struggles are chronic and significantly impact their lives and broad aspects of their functioning. The objective of this group is to help these individuals develop and maintain mental health management, stabilization, and wellness strategies and to offer social support. Potential topics include evaluation of coping tools, creating routines that support optimal mental health, self-advocacy, and developing and maintaining an effective mental health support team in university and beyond. Through discussion, feedback, and sharing, members will learn from each other, celebrate successes, and gain insight and coping skills.

LGBTQIA+ Support 

Dates: Sept. 27 – Dec. 7
When:
Tuesdays
Time:
10:30am – 12pm
Where: Norco Building – 2nd Floor Clinic

Students who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community who want to explore and discuss their experiences involving gender and sexuality are invited to join this counseling group. The group will offer these students a place to exchange support and connect with each other on the topics of identity, transitioning, intolerance, relationships, coming out, stress/mental health, etc.

Mindful Movement

Dates: Sept. 29 – Dec. 7
When:
Wednesdays
Time:
1:30-3:30pm
Where: Norco Building – 2nd Floor Clinic

This experiential-process group will explore the powerful connection between our thinking mind and physical body, and how attending to this relationship can promote wellbeing. Members will collectively participate in a physical activity (different each week) for the first half of each two-hour session, and then reconvene in the Counseling Services group room to discuss and reflect on the experience, as well as explore some of the science behind the mind-body connection. All physical ability levels are welcome. Access to locations and any necessary supplies or equipment will be provided by University Health Services. Some activities planned include: biking, walking, playing volleyball, basketball or kickball, frisbee, ping pong, exploring art through our senses, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and more.

Body Positive Boise State

Dates: Oct. 6 – Dec. 1
When:
Wednesdays
Time:
2:30-4 pm
Where:
Norco Building – 2nd Floor Clinic

This counseling group aims to improve one’s relationship with food and body-image through structured discussion and activities on principles related to reclaiming health, practicing intuitive self-care, cultivating self-love, declaring your own authentic beauty, and building community. The group is targeted toward individuals who would like to gain insight, skills and be a positive peer leader surrounding the culture of embodiment on campus. As with all of our groups at Boise State, this is a safe space group that welcomes all students regardless of shape, size, ethnicity, gender identity, etc.

What can I expect?

While a group counseling experience is facilitated by a trained and licensed clinician, in many types of groups the members usually determine the specific issues to discuss within each particular group theme. During the first session of a group, you might expect the group facilitator to define rules and boundaries within the group, and talk about the importance of confidentiality. You can also expect to develop new knowledge and skills related to your personal and social needs that can lead to more fulfilling life experiences.

Common Myths About Group

Myth: I’ll be forced to tell my deepest, darkest secrets.
Reality: You will only share what you are comfortable sharing. There is no requirement that you tell your deepest feelings and thoughts. You may find that as the group progresses, you become more comfortable expressing yourself which can be a fulfilling and affirming experience.

Myth: I don’t feel comfortable talking with people I don’t know, so I probably won’t benefit.
Reality: Many people have thought of the idea of talking in front of a group to be worrying as well, so you are not alone in this. Just listening to another group member can be a valuable experience. Hearing someone else share their thoughts or feelings may help you find that you are not alone in your experiences. As you listen, you will find that you have many things in common with other group members, and as they work on a concern, you can learn more about yourself.

Myth: I will be humiliated or attacked by group members or the leader.
Reality: Sometimes, hearing feedback about ourselves is hard to hear. The group leaders have a specific task to create a safe and supportive environment, making sure that all feedback is given in the most caring and respectful way. It is sometimes hard to find friends or family that can point things out to us in a helpful and caring manner, which is why groups can be so effective because they allow feedback to be given in a way that will be most beneficial for you.
Contact Information

To see the groups that are currently meeting, please email Laura Campbell lauracampbell@boisestate.edu